Letter from John Oscar, KAG President
Camai-Greetings, the Kuskokwim Art Guild’s (KAG) annual steel Salmon-Raven art auction has taken on a new form this year. Over the years it has been a well-attended event by Bethel’s community members at the Yupiit Piciryarait Culture Center by reservation. Not this year, no reservations required, everyone is invited. Due to the pandemic, we are redirecting it into a virtual event. We hope by this time next year, things will be different.
This year’s event will be featured on http://www.32auctions.com/SalmonRaven2020 or just type Salmon Raven 2020. At your leisure, you can link directly on your phone at any time of day rain or snow. The auction is scheduled on December 2, 3, 4, & 5: Salmon Raven 2020. The Live In Person viewing of artwork is cancelled due to the pendamic.
This is a good opportunity to look for a gift to a well deserving recipient, not just one, but your bid also goes directly to one of the services described below.
Since 2002, the Kuskokwim Art Guild has grown to benefit scholarships for adults and youth, summer art camps, the Best In the West business startups, Bethel Bowls for the homeless, individual artist start-ups, the KAG Artist Gift Shop, and the promotion of local and regional artists.
The Kuskokwim Art Guild comprises a diverse membership of local volunteerism and artistry. Our mission is to help stimulate, nurture, and promote creative expression; to network with artists; to expand education in the arts and offer direct opportunities to local and regional recipients. The art guild has partnered with the community leadership and nonprofits to promote its mission with a committed professional group of artists leading the board, an active membership, and many generous supporters from our neighbors just like you.
We the board members of the art guild wish to thank Reyne Athanas, V.P, our very own Inductee to the Alaska Woman’s Hall of Fame Award given to her online on October 20, 2020. It makes everyone so proud to have a role model with her selfless love of giving. Reyne was one of the founders of the art guild in 2002. Quyana Cak’neq Reyne!
Quyana to all the artists, and some have been contributing for many years making this event possible. Our greatest respect to your generosity, you have made many folks happy. Also, I wish to thank the other board members Anne Kosacheff, Moses Tulim, Chris Nevak, Margaret Hanna, and our volunteers Beverly Chmielarczyk and Julie McWilliams for helping out this year. We also thank the Bethel Covenant Church for the live viewing of the artwork.
Once again for many years, our Superman Shorty Salzbrun, our BFF (Best Friends Forever) has donated massive tons of steel, cut in the shape of salmon and raven. Like Shorty, join us and become part of our family “forged-in-steel.” Quyana Cak’neq – Thank You Very Much Shorty!
To everyone, many blessings to family and friends. May the holiday seasons bring forth great joy. Love your neighbor, be safe and wear that mask.