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By Dan Rudy 

The arts of Bearfest

 


More than being about biology and conservation, this year’s Alaska Bearfest was also a time to highlight the region’s different art forms.

On Friday, local artists and crafters displayed their creations, which ranged from glassware and quilting to stone jewelry and fruit preserves.

Artist Faye Kohrt explained how she weaves her baskets, hats and necklaces from cedars and canary grass, incorporating local garnets in some of the pieces. She first learned to weave in 1988, after attending a class given by the daughter of a basket weaver from Haines.

Kohrt found she enjoyed it.

“It was r...



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