About Spirit Mountain Artworks
"From Anchorage to Fairbanks to
Tangle Lakes to Valdez, yours is the most original gallery/shop
Eric N. & Pamela S.
In late 1977, jeweler Art Koeninger bought the "Chitina
Tin Shop" with the intention of scrapping out about half
of it for a cabin in the woods. Instead, he succeeded in getting
it on the National Register of Historic Places as well as winning
two historic preservation grants. Over eight summers, he and family,
friends, and volunteers restored what is now known as Spirit Mountain
Artworks. The cabin in the woods never got built.
Read an article by by Michael Dunham, Anchorage Daily News Arts
Ghost Town Gallery: Real Art Thrives in the
Shadow of Spirit Mountain
Photo by April Bederman
by Art Koeninger
14K Yellow Gold & Sterling
After 25 years in Chitina, Art moved to Homer, Alaska in 2003.
He continues to manage the business end of the gallery from Homer,
and to maintain and improve the building in Chitina during his seasonal
The tradition of traveling artshows continues
throughout December in Valdez and Anchorage. Please visit our guestbook
to receive notices of these and other special events.
Art has a studio near the beach at Kachemak Bay, within walking
distance of the many cultural and social venues that Homer has to
offer, and where he is able to focus on his own art work for the
gallery. He continues to find ways to contribute to the community's
spiritual and social well being, both locally and globally.
His talents as a metal smith and sculptor have been utilized in
the mounting of artifacts for the new exhibits at Homer's Pratt
Museum. You can see samples of Art's
jewelry and metal work online - visit often as artwork is updated
periodically! Please contact Art if you
would like to know more about his work.
You can also listen to an Oral
History Interview, part of a joint project of University of
Alaska and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. On tape, Art talks
about what brought him to the Chitina area and the many issues,
opportunities, and challenges that keep him there. Historic preservation
and community service are key themes in this interview.
Our Historic Building
"Your shop is beautiful."
Spirit Mountain Artworks is housed in the former Chitina Tin Shop. Our building is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
Learn more about the history of Chitina and of our building in the
Chitina Tin Shop Historic Preservation Plan.
Spirit Mountain Artworks | PO Box 22 Chitina, AK
99566 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer Phone 907.823.2222 | Winter Phone 907.235.1014
Photos © Art Koeninger unless otherwise attributed.
No images may be copied or otherwise used without permission of
Art Koeninger or Spirit Mountain Artworks.
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