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
Sterling Salmon Bracelet
by Art Koeninger
After 25 years in Chitina, Art moved to Homer, Alaska in 2003.
He returns to manage the business in the summer.
His talents as a metal smith and sculptor have been utilized in
the mounting of artifacts for museum exhibits. He continues to
create custom jewelry and teach jewelry making through the Alaska Teaching Artists program,
the City of Homer Community Recreation program, and the Anchorage Museum. You can see samples of
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.
After being in business for more than 30 years, Art has put both the historic building and the business
on the market. Please contact Art for details. Meanwhile, Spirit Mountain
Artworks will remain open summers.
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 | email@example.com
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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