There are many talented artists in the Yukon and Alaska. Sidney Lawrence is probably the most famous Alaskan artist, but my state favourite is Eustace Paul Ziegler, whose pen-and-ink drawing is shown in this column.
Ziegler’s drawing style is unique and depicts “A boy with his bears.” He worked extensively in black and white – with pen and ink or brush – in his early years. He painted probably hundreds of Alaskan subjects, which are treasured in private collections and museums.
Both Lawrence and Ziegler are deceased, but are certainly never to be forgotten.
In the Yukon we have an explosion of the arts happening now. We have some outstanding artists, among them: Lillian Laponen, Halin de Repentigny, Chris Caldwell, Rosemary Piper, Heather Hyatt, Ukjese van Kampen, Richard Shorty, Ted Harrison, Bill Barnie, Mark Preston, Nathalie Parenteau and Jean Taylor. I can think of many more, but I have run out of space.
Note: In my July 21 column, I neglected to mention Kate Carmacks who was with Skookum Jim, Dawson Charlie and George Carmacks when they discovered the gold on Rabbit Creek (later called Bonanza Creek) that sparked the Klondike Gold Rush.
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