Kate Boyan began beading more than 35 years ago, taught by Mary Choate, an artist of Tlingit ancestry in Juneau, Alaska. “She started me out on baby booties, moccasins and skin sewing,” Boyan said. Scenes and images come alive with her skillful use of bead shape and color. Most are done on leather bags made by her husband, Robert. Boyan also beads on clothing and creates framed pieces. She also wrote and beaded the illustrations for a children’s book “Blue Bead.” In 2005, she opened “Kate’s Gallery” near Anchor Point, Alaska.