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Artists like bigger space at AFN craft fair

Mike Dunham
Sonny Grant, a Tlingit from Juneau works on a soap stone polar bear at the crafts fair during the 2009 Alaska Federation of Natives Convention on Friday October 23, 2009 at the Dena'ina Center. Grant's bear is just coming back off the ice pack before summer so it is a fat bear from the winter's seal hunting.
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Annie Blue, from Togiak, works on a sea grass basket at the crafts fair during the 2009 Alaska Federation of Natives Convention on Friday October 23, 2009 at the Dena'ina Center.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News

There's a new and more expansive look at the Alaska Federation of Natives annual Arts and Crafts Show, which concludes today in the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center.

Vendors and artisans on Friday had praise for the size of the booths, 10 feet by 10 feet, bigger than space in previous years, and the wide aisles. When the fair was held in the Egan Center, the 8-foot-long tables sometimes overflowed into crowded and relatively narrow passageways.

The addition of draping between the booths also received high marks. It looks more professional, some said, and helps muffle some of the noise.

Some remarked that the tables were more narrow than what they were used to at the Egan, and they were thinking about bringing in their own extenders to increase display area.

The Native Arts and Crafts show will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Idlughet Exhibit Hall, on the first floor of the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center, 600 W. Seventh Ave.

Informational booths take up the section closest to the entry doors. Displays of arts and crafts for sale by Native people from around Alaska occupy the remainder.

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By MIKE DUNHAM
mdunham@adn.com