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Check out this space if you need answers to the most popular questions from our customers concerning Alaska Native artists and Alaskan art. In case you have a question you feel others will have, feel free to submit it on our contact page.

Q: What are the rules guiding traveling with an ivory?

The ivory on sale in the Gallery is walrus ivory rather than elephant ivory. However, the state of California and some countries have started to ban the shipment of walrus ivory. Ensure that you educate yourself ahead of buying an ivory. At the US Fish and Wildlife Service website, you are able to find good information on there.

Q: What is limited edition print?

The majority of the art printed on canvas or paper is supplied in a limited edition for a fixed price. An edition could be limited to 10 or 20,000, dependent on the request for the work of the artist. Normally the image won’t be reprinted, though it might be issued in a different format, like a giclee on canvas or a card.

Due to the fact that the availability is restricted, the price of the print is most likely to be higher than what is obtainable with a comparable “open” (unlimited) edition print.

Q: What is the artist’s proof?

Some prints are handed over to the artist as his/her proofs whenever art is printed. The publisher won’t be able to sell these prints. Their sale, if and when it happens, is dependent on the choice of the artist. Generally, these proofs were the chance the artist has to correct the deficiencies the printing has; they are similar to the rest of the edition in a majority of the cases.

Q: Why are some of the art marked “sold out at publisher’, “hard-to-find” or “rare”?

If there is anyone that wants to purchase a print when the limited edition is no longer available at the publisher, they will normally be searching on the “secondary market.” When you purchase art via the online auction (or at a yard sale), you are purchasing on the secondary market. We refer to these prints as “hard-to-find” or “rare” due to the fact that you won’t be able to get one through the normal outlets. The prices will usually be greater than the initial issue price because to this.

We are lucky that many of our artists decide to sell their artist’s proofs via the Alaska Native Artists after the run is no longer available at the publisher, due to the fact that they know that our customers are aware of the importance of the opportunity to locate the right image, sometimes 20 years after a limited edition is no longer on the market.