By Mark Sabbatini
Juneau Empire 

Tlingit artist semi-finalist in state license plate design contest


Courtesy Photo/Alaska State Council on the Arts

A Whale's Tail license plate design by Juneau artist Crystal Worl is among six semi-finalists in a statewide contest open to public voting until July 31. The winner will be announced Aug. 26 at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer and the plate will be available afterward for purchase.

After launching salmon people into the skies, Crystal Kaakeeyáa Rose Demientieff Worl is hoping to fill Alaska's roads with whale tails.

Worl, a Juneau artist who earned national fame for her "Salmon People" artwork featured on an Alaska Airlines jet unveiled last month, is among six semi-finalists in the state's 2023 Artistic License Plate Competition open for the public to vote on until July 31.

In an interview June 15, Worl said she's observed the license plate competition the past couple of years and decided to join this year because of a creation she felt was fitting. "I had a paintin...

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