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Annual Cape Dorset Print Collection at Dennos Museum in Traverse City

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Annual Cape Dorset Print Collection at Dennos Museum in Traverse City

Time: December 2, 2013 from 10am to 5pm
Location: Dennos Museum Center
Street: 1701 E. Front St.
City/Town: Traverse City
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Phone: 231.995.1586
Event Type: art
Organized By: Dennos Museum Center
Latest Activity: Dec 1, 2013

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Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College continues its tradition of exhibiting the Cape Dorset Annual Graphics Collection now through Dec. 1st.

Oct. 18 The sale of prints begins with a reception at 6pm that is free and open to the public.

The Dennos Museum Center has been chosen to be the official U.S. site for the 2013 collection. Sales are conducted by a lottery, since many of the prints are in high demand. Interested buyers may receive a catalogue, price list and lottery number by calling the museum store 231.995.1586, and view the prints online at

Sadly, this year marked the death of Kenojuak Ashevak, an icon of Inuit art and a mainstay of the annual collection for over 50 years. There are seven prints by this remarkable woman in this year’s collection. Kenojuak signed two of them, the remaining five are signed posthumously by her daughter Silaqqi Ashevak.

In 1960, Bernard Rink, Director of the Osterlin Library at NMC, was fortunate to become the Michigan distributor for the first release of prints from Cape Dorset in 1960. From then on the Cape Dorset Print release has been hosted by the College and since 1991 by the Museum. Through this annual sale the proceeds have been used to acquire Inuit prints along with the simultaneous acquisition Inuit of sculpture. Now noted as one of the most historically complete collections of Inuit art in United States, with over 1,500 works in the collection, the Dennos Museum Center continues the tradition of collecting Inuit prints by hosting the Cape Dorset Annual Graphics Collection.

Proceeds from the sale are used to purchase new work for the Dennos Museum Inuit Collection.

Dennos Museum Center is open daily 10am-5pm, Thurs. until 8pm; Sun. 1-5pm. Admission is $6 adults, $4 for children and free to museum members.

Image: Bird Colourful Feathers.

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