Antoinette Walker and Annette Bellamy, July 2016 exhibit
Antoinette Walker is an contemporary Alaska artist capturing the marine and coastal life of her Island home of Kodiak, and Bristol Bay where she fishes for sockeye salmon. Kodiak and Bristol Bay are her primary sources of inspiration for her nautical and historical images of a fishery of by gone days. She has exhibited her art in solo and group art shows in Alaska and Arizona. Her work is in many public places,the Kodiak Public Library, The Alutiiq Museum of Kodiak, The Baranov Museum also of Kodiak and the Pratt Museum of Homer.She has a piece in The Living Alaska, A Decade Of Collecting Contemporary Art In Alaska Museums which is traveling the state this year, and a piece in the All Alaska Biennial Exhibition now on display in Anchorage.
Annette’s artwork reflects her work and lifestyle on Kachemak Bay. She commercially fished for 43 years, long lining for halibut and seining and gill netting for salmon. Years of fishing have cultivated her rich visual language. For many years, Bellamy shared a work space and kiln with Halibut Cove artist Alex Combs, firing both functional and sculptural objects. Bellamy’s experience on boats and on the ocean is evident in her vessel forms. Experimentation and variation distinguish her artwork, leaving rich textures and tonal variations. Bellamy’s work is in the permanent collections of the Pratt Museum, the Fuller Craft Museum, the Anchorage Museum and the Alaska State Museum.