Mary Jane Longrich
Mary Jane Longrich is from a Kodiak family with Alutiiq ancestry. She was born on the island and has lived in the Kodiak community most of her life. Interpreting ther world through artistic expression has been important to Mary Jane since childhood. She studied art in college and taught art in local schools. She works in many mediums, including ceramics, sculpture, fiber, painting, drawing, and collage.
"I enjoy the textures and colors of spruce forests, beaches, mountains, the light and the action of the sea, sky, clouds, fish, birds, and animals."
Mary Jane uses vintage beads in her jewelry.
"I appreciate the old beads that have a history, were made by hand, traveled and been traded among cultures, and are each unique . . . I combine them with silver and sometimes vintage buttons or found items. I hope to reflect the world in my art."
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