Browse the fine art galleries of Sitka and watch the locals create imaginative works of art in silver, wood, ceramic and even glass.
After departing from the pier, you will soon arrive in Sitka’s cultural district, where the fine arts have long been celebrated. Once known as the “Paris of the Pacific,” Sitka claims to have had the first opera house, performing arts theater and grand piano on North America’s west coast. Today, Sitka still zealously supports its artists.
As you stroll to several galleries, you will see artists creating pieces in media such as silver, wood, ceramics and even the regalia beading often found in Native American art. While working, the artists may share stories of how they got started, where they find their inspiration, and how their art has evolved over the years.
Another popular medium in Sitka is glass. While visiting the Wild Arts Gallery, you will see artists skillfully manipulate hot glass into handcrafted bowls and vases. While their techniques may be similar to those used in the glass factories on the Venetian island of Murano, the Sitka artists create their works in kilns not roaring furnaces.
You will be able to watch them twist and stretch the hot glass into highly detailed canes and rods like those produced in Italy. If you feel inspired to work with glass yourself, feel free. The artists will happily show you how to get started. During your visit you will also have the opportunity to purchase pieces made by local artists. All artists are local individuals inspired by the natural beauty that is Sitka. This wonderful gallery is focused on bringing the outside, inside and you will find many unique, yet organic pieces all inspired by the outdoors. Afterwards, you will return to the pier.
Please note: This tour is conducted on foot and includes approximately 90-minutes of guided easy to moderate walking. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Layered cotton clothing and sun glasses are recommended. Sturdy, flat shoes with a closed-toe are required.