Mug Up: Bristol Bay net experts to demonstrate the art of hanging corks for upcoming state museum exhibit

    Marcia Dale and LaRece Egli repairing nets. (Photo Credit: Chris Miller.)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska State Museum is partnering with guest curator Katie Ringsmith and the NN Cannery History Project on a project celebrating the history and people involved in Alaska’s fishing industry.

    The exhibition is titled “Mug Up” after the cannery term for a coffee break; the exhibit shares stories of Alaska’s cannery crews and showcases artifacts through the lens of the Alaska Packers Association’s NN Cannery.

    "Framing the Mug Up exhibition is the larger theme that canneries’ 15-minute ‘mug ups’ couldn’t help but bring together a huge diversity of cannery workers who provided essential labor and created a unique social milieu within the workscape of Alaska’s salmon canneries that collectively represented nothing short of the Industrial Revolution of North," a release from the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum division explained.

    In advance of the exhibit opening in April, net-master Marcia Dale and net-hanger and artist LaRece Egli will be visiting Juneau from Bristol Bay to discuss the art of net-hanging and demonstrate hanging corks.

    Once hung, the wooden corks will be displayed in Mug Up: The Language of Cannery Work, opening on April 1st at the Alaska State Museum. Dale is the owner of Watzituya, where she has been providing nets to Bristol Bay fisherman for over 30 years. Egli is on the production team for the NN Cannery History Project. Dale and Egli will be demonstrating at the Museum on March 4th from 4:30 to 6:30pm.

    Also available on March first Friday, visitors will be able to preview one of the three large galleries devoted to Mug Up: the section subtitled, Storied Salmon, and watch the film The Cannery Caretakers. Filmed by Jensen Hall Creative and produced by Katherine Ringsmuth, The Cannery Caretakers tells the story of cannery life from the perspective of the village residents. It is narrated by Sonya Zimin Stewert, daughter of Carvel Jr. and Shirley Zimin, South Naknek, Alaska.

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