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Courtesy Carolyn Reed

Carolyn Reed has been a fixture in Unalaska since 1983. Her solo show “Bering Sea: Works by Carolyn Reed” opens Friday at the Museum of the Aleutians.

The name, Reed explains, comes from the water that surrounds Unalaska.

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The Rasmuson Foundation has recognized Unalaska's Gert Svarny as its Distinguished Artist of 2017. The award comes with a $40,000 grant so the 87-year-old sculptor can continue developing her craft.

In Gert Svarny’s living room, tucked safely between a cushy armchair and a window looking out on the beach, sits one of her most recent sculptures.

“Her name is Little Feather," says Svarny. "In Unangam Tunuu, it’s Huqdun Angunaqdaayulu.”

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For the first time in more than a year, the Museum of the Aleutians  (MOTA) has a new exhibit. The showcase opened on Friday and displays the museum's entire collection of handwoven grass baskets, which the Unangan people used to carry roots and berries.

Several of them are always visible in the permanent exhibition. But for the next six weeks, Director Neal Hitch said visitors can see all 91 baskets together.