|Courtney Mims' painting |
of the pocket knife.
|Art Alejandro's painting of a|
hunting hat decorated with
To get students thinking about these objects as they could have been used, I spoke with the students about the history of the magazin and what we know about the objects. I left them with photos of the objects, photos of the museum over time, and some historic images of Kodiak.
|Cindy Limchantha's painting includes three|
objects found on site: a bead, a pocket knife,
and a model kayak.
How did the paintings come out? Incredible! Students imagined a variety of scenes and uses for the objects. For example, one of the objects found in the floorboards was a pocket knife. Students studied images of the knife and imagined historic scenes in which the knife could have been used. One student, Cindy Lamchantha, drew an Alutiiq man carving a kayak with a pocket knife. Another student, Courtney Mims, imagined someone using it to fillet a salmon. A blue bead was found in an archaeological excavation within the museum's grounds. Art Alejandro imagined the bead as once gracing an Alutiiq hunting visor.
A wooden needle used to mend fishing nets was found in the attic floorboards back in 1979. Kiva McCarthy painted this familiar Kodiak object entangled within a net, as if someone dropped it after hanging the web.
|79-101-11: A wooden net mending needle, found in the attic.|
|Kiva McCarthy imagined the net needle enmeshed in the net|
it was used to make.
The museum, Mrs. Dillard, and the students are excited to share these paintings with visitors. Fifty of the original paintings will be exhibited in the museum during Crab Festival weekend (Friday, May 24 through Sunday, May 26). After Crab Fest, reproductions of the paintings will be available for viewing within the "Found on Site" exhibit. A huge thank you and congratulations, goes to Kodiak's young artists!