Gertrude Svarny

Aleut artist Gertrude Svarny was born in Unalaska and lived there until the Aleut evacuation during World War II. Her carvings are usually made from soapstone and may take months to create. She now has works displayed all over the country in areas such as Santa Fe, Seattle and Anchorage. Svarny’s granddaughter, Alena Hope Syverson, is also an artist.