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Art World News…..turning a $15 investment into six figures….


As a reader I hope you caught the posts showing people who purchased great works of art from Goodwill or garage sales. The well known artist Alexander Calder,  also designed around 1,000 pieces of jewelry over his lifetime.

A lady purchased a necklace years ago in 2005 at a flea market. Then years later she attended a jewelry show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A foundation certified that the piece the lady bought was actually included in a show at the New York Modern Museum of Art in 1943.

The piece of jewelry will be going for auction at the end of September and is expected to bring well into six figures!

Not bad for a $15 investment!

Always keep those eyes open for a great work of art!


Artist of the moment…..Johnny Aculiak

Johnny Aculiak was another master Inuit carver born in the Hopewell Islands just north of  Inukjuk, Quebec, Canada region in the year 1951.

Aculiak also made jewelry and did graphic work.

Worked with traditional Inuit materials such as whalebone and caribou antlers, but his preferred choice of medium was serpentine, similar to soapstone but a little more dense and harder rock.

Enjoyed carving the figure being active, doing something. A special delight is the amount of care Aculiak put into the little details such as the harness of the young boy with the sled dogs, or the drum of the drumdancer works.

price range information: Sorry none available.

Johnny Aculiak passed away in 2008 at the age of 57 years old.


No more info on this artist, but more spectacular Inuit art coming soon!


Artist of the moment…Michael Massie….

Michael Massie is a highly sought after Inuit artist.   The artist has a wonderful mixed heritage background of both the Inuit culture, the Metis culture, and Scottish. Michael Massie was born in the year 1962 in Happy Valley Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada.  His father was a fireman. After seeing the tough life his father led, Massie was determined to become an artist.

Like many of us fellow artists, Massie drew inspiration from the comic strips he saw like Richie Rich. Massie would copy the figures and even the captions. If you are a young artist you should copy from the master cartoonists of the past such as Disney’s Nine Old Men. Their drawing skills were far superior that the art represented into todays cartoons such as Southpark.

A brief interview with Massie talking about stone work and the Inuit culture.

For his collegiate studies Massie attended the College of the North Atlantic in Newfoundland, Canada. Massie studied commercial art and also visual arts. Massie also attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design earning a bachelor’s degree in jewelry. He loved the smell of feel of working with metal. It was during his college years Massie became more involved with his Inuit background.

price range information:  The artist works in various sizes and prices range $500 to $15,000 for works that involve his signature teapots, another theme the artist is renown for.


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