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TheEagles’colectionconsistsofmanyfacetsofNativeart
potery,sculpture,paintings,kachinas,rugsandjewelry.
Therearealsobronzesculpturesoutsidethehouseleading
tohuge,wodenfrontdorswhichhaveabeautifulycarved
eagledesign.Overtheyears,MikeandJuanitahavebecome
interestedinavarietyofNativeart forms.Someoftheirmore
recentacquisitionsreflecttheirgrowinginterestinglasart,
andtheyhaveseveralpiecesbyPrestonSingletary(Tlingit).
Althoughtheyhaverecentlypurchasedakachinaonthe
internet,Mikesaysthatthisisarareocurence.Theybuy
pieceseitherdirectlyfromtheartistorthroughagalery
whichrepresentsthem,andhaveonlyboughton-linewhen
theartistandselerarebothpeopletheyknow.
MikeandJuanitahavebenfortunatetopastheirloveof
Nativeart ontotheirdaughterandherfamily.Aswithmany
colectors,theyareconcernedthatyoungerpeoplewilcontinuetocolect.Mikeacknowledgesthatthelackof
interestandeducationinartisaproblemalgaleriesandmuseumsarefacinganditwilbeachalengeforthefuture.
Meanwhile,MikeandJuanitacontinuetovisitnumerousshowsandgaleriesannualyandad totheircolection.And
thatsmalpottheirdaughtergotthemalthoseyearsago–it’s
ondisplayintheirhome,thefirstthingyousewhencoming
throughthedoor.
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Photography,IncandMichaelGarland
Photography
COLLECTOR'SPROFILE:THEEAGLES(cont.)