June 16, 2011 |

Heaton's work opens at Sheldon

Local carver Jim Heaton’s work will be featured during the Sheldon Museum’s second Six-Week Spotlight exhibit opening June 24. "Fish and Chips" includes Heaton’s woodcarvings from museums and private collections as well as new pieces.

Heaton began carving in 1984 and in the past 20 years has completed more than 200 feet of totem poles and house posts. His works includes sheep horn bowls, spoons and bracelets, goat horn spoons, masks, bentwood boxes, wall screens and other sculptural pieces based on the traditions of the Northern Northwest Coast. Heaton was in 2008 awarded a Visiting Research Grant from the Bill Holm Center of the Study of Northwest Coast Art. He has taught carving exclusively since 2005 in the Klukwan through the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka campus.

The exhibit opens with a public reception on June 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. and runs through July 29.

The Six-Week Spotlight series is a juried exhibit of artists from the Chilkat Valley. Ron Horn will conclude the series with his photography exhibit "Natural Art: Digital Photographs of Haines Wildlife and Landscapes" that opens August 5.