Crystal to be Performing artist and designer at Smokehouse Gala
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Crystal to be Performing artist and designer at Smokehouse Gala

About the Gala

First Alaskans Institute is honored to host our annual signature event—The Howard Rock & Ted Stevens Smokehouse Gala, named in honor of two of our greatest supporters—Howard Rock (Inupiaq), founder and former editor of the Tundra Times, and Ted Stevens, longstanding U.S. Senator for Alaska. Both men championed Alaska Native rights throughout their lives.

The Smokehouse

The Gala is also titled after the smokehouse, a shared symbol among all Alaska Native cultures. It represents the strength of our ancestral foundation and the promise of our generations yet to come.

The Evening

The unique and fun-filled evening will include elements of our indigenous cultures as we seek to reflect our cultural values while honoring Alaska Native peoples and our friends. Proceeds from the event benefit First Alaskans Institute, a non-profit, charitable organization committed to the advancement of Alaska Natives and to the values of integrity, respect, Native knowledge and responsibility. Please consider purchasing a table and joining us as we celebrate Alaska Native Heritage Month. 

To purchase a table:

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Crystal featured designer for Style-O-Rama Juneau Fashion Show
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Crystal featured designer for Style-O-Rama Juneau Fashion Show


By Mary Catharine Martin | Capital City Weekly


Juneau’s second annual Style-O-Rama, an event showcasing thirteen boutiques and three local designers, made a compelling case Nov. 5 for why Southeast Alaskans should patronize local businesses — even when they’re shopping online.


Style-O-Rama was conceived and first put on by Shoefly owner Sydney Mitchell in 2015; this year she and Dana Herndon of Higher Image Management joined forces.


“I think it’s important for Juneau women to have a fashion show showing styles relevant to Juneau,” Mitchell said. “It’s an opportunity to showcase local design talent and emerging and established designers — and, I think, it’s just a fun time.”


Style-O-Rama sold out for the second year in a row. Last year, it was at Heritage Coffee and had a 90-person capacity; this year it was at The Red Dog Saloon and had a 150-person capacity, Mitchell said.


Highlighted this year was emerging designer Crystal Worl, who is launching a women’s line of clothing at Trickster Company, the shop she owns with her brother, Rico Worl.


Crystal modeled a pair of her leggings featuring a Raven and fireweed design, and Trickster team member Erika Bergren modeled leggings with a Raven and lotus design. The two also modeled body jewelry inspired by formline design and “modernized Athabascan beadwork floral patterns” and bracelets. Crystal designs the jewelry and Rico engraves it. In some, she uses copper or silver Russian trading beads.


Crystal and Bergren also wore pashminas silkscreened with some of Crystal’s formline art and carried clutches she designed.


The high-waisted, stretchy pants are just the beginning of her women’s clothing line, she said. She plans seven different tops, five different leggings, and four pouches (which also function as pencil cases). There’s a wide range of prices, from $12 for a clutch to $65 for the leggings to $175 for the pashminas.


She’s still thinking of a name for the line, though it’ll likely have to do both with place and with time, regular themes in her work.

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Crystal featured in Washington State Historical Society’s IN THE SPIRIT Exhibition
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Crystal featured in Washington State Historical Society’s IN THE SPIRIT Exhibition

The Washington State Historical Society has accepted original works from Crystal Worl to display at the IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts Exhibit, now in its 11th year at the Washington State History Museum from May 28 to August 14, 2015.

Native American artists submit their works for consideration by a jury who selects the pieces for inclusion in the show. The jury then selects from those on display the winners of Best in Show, Honoring Innovation, Honoring the Northwest, and Honoring Tradition. Visitors to the exhibit cast their votes for the People’s Choice Award and the Historical Society chooses a work to purchase for its collection.

Crystal Worl's works titled Two Frogs and Heen will be shown.

IN THE SPIRIT awards ceremony will be hosted on June 16, which is also Free Third Thursday at the History Museum – sponsored by Columbia Bank and offering free admission from 2 to 8 p.m. The public is invited to attend the event beginning at 6:30 p.m. The People’s Choice

Award will be announced on August 13 at the IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts Market & amp; Festival, 11 – 5 p.m. at the Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave. in Tacoma. The market will offer handmade Native crafts and the festival will feature culture sharing from musicians, dancers, storytellers, and more. Admission to the festival and the museum is free the entire day.

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Crystal to be featured in DECOLONIZE ALASKA - National Touring Exhibition
to Oct 31

Crystal to be featured in DECOLONIZE ALASKA - National Touring Exhibition

"Decolonizing Alaska celebrates artists who face the future as colorful, resilient

innovators, redefining Alaska art on their own terms. This exhibit is not a

comprehensive representation of Alaska art and/or artists addressing

decolonization.  It is an exhibit of artists who self-identify with this theme and it is

constrained by exhibition space and the limitations of my own exposure as a

curator.  I can say with confidence that these artists are shaping their own

stories, challenging and expanding historic definitions of Alaska art. Further,

these artists engage in a debate about how museums and galleries should tell

the story of colonization. As Alaskans, they join the global debates of cultural

theorists who challenge the ways museum and gallery spaces continue to

perpetuate colonization by demarcating specific spaces for indigenous art." 

-Asia Freeman, Curator

Decolonizing Alaska Dates & Locations TBA:

8/1-8/31/16 (Homer) @ Bunnell Street Arts Center, 106 West Bunnel, Suite A, Homer, AK 99603

9/9 – 10/23/16 (Valdez)

1/4-12/31/16 (Juneau)

3/3/17-4/30/17 (Washington, DC)

10/5/17-31/17 (Anchorage)   

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BIOWOMAN Exhibition Features Crystal's Print/Paintings
to Jul 10

BIOWOMAN Exhibition Features Crystal's Print/Paintings

Crystal will have 5 print/paintings in the Biowoman exhibition that will be held at the Thomas Lounge at Ryerson University in Toronto on July 8-July 10, 2016. 


BIOWOMAN is a mobile exhibition project aimed at promoting the works of

women artists all around the world in order to give them a chance to make an

artistic statement on any relevant topic, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, ability,

sexuality, occupation, place of residency, level of education, and economic

status. The purpose of this project is to illuminate the unrealized creative and

intellectual abilities of all women, while celebrating their differences. It also seeks

to challenge conventional constructions of ‘woman’ through

accompanying performances and short lecture(s).

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Tlingit artist protests auction of Native artifacts in Paris
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Tlingit artist protests auction of Native artifacts in Paris

The Paris auction, orchestrated by the company Eve, wasn’t just about selling old relics. Members of the tribes whose ancestors made these artifacts say they are living beings and the spirits of their ancestors are inside of them.

Crystal Kaakeeyáa Worl was in Paris selling her own artwork when she heard about the auction. Worl, her brother and the owners of the gallery hosting them joined a crowd of about 20 people at the auction house to protest.

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ORENDA Art International Gallery in Paris to feature Crystal Worl
to Sep 17

ORENDA Art International Gallery in Paris to feature Crystal Worl

ORENDA Art International gallery located in Paris, exhibits an annual Indigenous artists show from Alaska in late May through September.  This year Crystal will be showing 6-8 of her paintings in parallel with carvings and masks by Alison Bremner, Drew Michael, and Larry Ahvakana, and jewelry by Rico Worl! Crystal will be in Paris 2 weeks in advanced to create some of the larger paintings in paris.  For invitations please email

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F.I.N.E. Art Residency at the Pittsburgh Children's Museum
to Jan 31

F.I.N.E. Art Residency at the Pittsburgh Children's Museum


The F.I.N.E. Artist Residency series is a high-impact rotation of visual artists exhibiting their work and leading programs that introduce new and exciting art and art-making techniques to Museum visitors, staff and educators. 

Join F.I.N.E. Artist Crystal Worl as she introduces us to formline shapes and storytelling traditions of her home, Alaska. Crystal utilizes a variety of mediums such as  kiln-cast glass, printmaking, painting, and silversmithing to explore the relationships and bonds between her people, the land, and the animals. 


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