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Coffee & Collections: Remembering Dale DeArmond

November 2013

Dale DeArmond in her basement printshop, Juneau 1977. Photo by Yvonne Mozee.

Dale DeArmond (1914-2006) was an artist best known for her woodblock prints and book illustrations. She moved to Juneau from Sitka in 1953 when her husband, Robert (Bob), took a job under B. Frank Heintzleman, then the Governor of Territorial Alaska. Dale eventually became the director of the Juneau City Library from 1958-1979, housed in the building that the Museum now calls home. Quoting from the July 29, 2005 Daily Sitka Sentinel: “Dale was not overjoyed at the idea of leaving Sitka, but I assured her that we would return in four years”, Bob (DeArmond) wrote. “It was a false promise; it was 38 years before we returned.” But he did buy her a correspondence art course for Christmas. “That was one of the most successful things I ever did.” Dale went on to become one of Alaska’s premier artists. Join us from 10:30 to 12 noon when we gather to remember Dale and hear stories from people who knew her and were impacted or inspired by her and her work. This is a free event, and the coffee is generously donated by Hertiage Coffee Company.

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