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Anchorage artist showcased during Petersburg First Friday Art Show


Kyle Clayton / Petersburg Pilot

Painter Barbara Lavallee, right, talks with Stacey Porter about her work.

Miele Gallery and Framing featured Barbara Lavallee paintings during its August 1 show.

Some of her work includes paintings of Alaska Native village life. Lavallee’s first job in Alaska was teaching at a high school in Sitka during the 1970s where many of her students came from villages.

“I learned to see village life through the eyes of my students,” Lavallee says. “They don’t see it as grim landscapes without trees and unpainted houses. They saw home and family so that’s how I learned to see it.”

Her images show scenes of native fishing, drying fish in smokehouses, subsisten...

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