Wayne Price

Wayne Price

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Haines, Alaska

Tlingit Sculptor

Accomplished Alaskan Tlingit artist Wayne G. Price creates master quality fine art in the traditional Northwest coast style of the Tlingit. Using master level skills in design, art, and carving, Wayne’s work covers a broad range of traditional design and artifacts, including totem poles, canoes, masks, paddles, clan hats, and jewelry. Wayne is held in high esteem for mastery of traditional Tlingit design, providing original designs for Native Corporations, clothing designers, private commission, and more. Wayne has carved 27 traditional totem poles and several non-traditional poles. Most recently, the 40-foot “Kooteeyaa” was designed and carved for SEARHC, an Alaska Native health facility, telling the story of Native Wellness, standing in the center of headquarters campus. The 25 foot “Our Grandchildren’s House” totem, completed in 2008 for Thunder Mountain High School in Juneau, was designed and carved to tell the story of nurturing the youth of today and tomorrow, using education and culture. This pole stands in a prominent position greeting the public in the school’s Commons area. The prestigious Japanese Hokaido Museum recently opened a Northwest Coast Native Art public exhibit, purchasing several pieces of Wayne’s carved wood and silver jewelry for their collection. Wayne has carved 8 traditional dugout canoes. The Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage, and the Hokaido Museum in Japan each commissioned a carved dugout canoe to publicly display in their Northwest Coast collection. Summer of 2009 Wayne instructed 19 Yukon First Nations youth, in a sobriety lifestyle carving culture camp, creating a dugout canoe on the banks of the Yukon River.  Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York City contracted Wayne to teach and demonstrate carving skills for public education programs.  Wayne is the owner and Art Director of Silver Cloud Art Center in Haines, Alaska, and a fire-starter with White Bison’s (http://www.whitebison.org) The Red Road To Wellbriety Training Institute. Silver Cloud promotes sobriety lifestyle using tools of native culture, art, ceremony, and community. Wayne’s way of life is strongly connected to his Tlingit ancestors tribal values. He is committed to insuring the preservation of Tlingit art, culture, and traditions.