John and Joyce Price

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I made my dis­cov­ery of the world of Inuit art in 1975 when I read about an ex­hi­bi­tion at the now closed Snow Goose Gallery in the lo­cal Seat­tle news­pa­per. The show sounded so in­ter­est­ing that I went over to see it on my lunch break and was im­me­di­ately taken with a stone­cut by Pit­se­o­lak Ashoona, OC, RCA (c. 1904–1989) ti­tled An­i­mals of the Deep from 1973. I thought, This is an in­ter­est­ing im­age, but at that point in time, I had no idea who the artist was, and I de­cided I needed to learn more. The next day, I changed my mind and bought it. That first print brought me into the world of Kin­ngait (Cape Dorset), NU, and, even­tu­ally, the rest of the Arc­tic. In the time since, I have been for­tu­nate to build a sig­nif­i­cant col­lec­tion and, more im­por­tantly, to form last­ing re­la­tion­ships with artists I ad­mire, in­clud­ing Keno­juak Ashe­vak, CC, ON, RCA (1927–2013), Pit­se­o­lak Nivi­aqsi (1947–2015) and Jimmy Man­ning, among many oth­ers. My wife, Joyce, and I have two com­plete runs of the Inuit Art Quar­terly and they are full of in­ter­est­ing in­for­ma­tion that’s been very im­por­tant for us in learn­ing about dif­fer­ent artists, com­mu­ni­ties and arts pro­grams. We have many favourite is­sues, but af­ter much thought we agreed the com­mem­o­ra­tive is­sue on Keno­juak Ashe­vak (27.1, Win­ter 2014) is the most dear to us. Over our lives, col­lect­ing the mag­a­zine has kept us up-to-date, par­tic­u­larly with new, younger artists. There are al­ways new forms of art com­ing into ex­is­tence and we, as older col­lec­tors, need to rec­og­nize that. We are so pleased that the Quar­terly con­tin­ues on and, es­pe­cially, that the re­cent is­sues have re­mained as in­ter­est­ing as the is­sues of the past. I only wish more peo­ple were aware of it so they could en­joy it as much as we do.

Qavavau Man­u­mie, John Price and Ar­naqu Ashe­vak in Kin­ngait Stu­dios, 2008

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