Alaskan Gifts & Gallery presents Carole Bourdo

Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Carole Bourdo, born in Chicago, came to Soldotna in 1984. She fell in love with the area. It became a part of her and she took many pictures of eagles, bears, and the beautiful scenery - the water, sky, and mountains. She has used the spirit of these photos in her paintings ever since.

Carole has a deep love for the Native American, which is evident in her work. Her ability to blend absolute reality with spiritual essence is without peer. Bourdo's work is not just limited to traditional presentation on canvas and art board. Carole has illustrated covers for Mary Summer Rain books, which are distributed nationally and internationally. She has painted scenery on cabanas, illustrated a children's book, and painted a 40 foot eagle on the Colorado Springs Bicentennial Buildings in 1976. She also does "Totem Portraits" of people from photos or sittings. She feels it gets people in touch with their animal spirits. Three years ago Carole found out that her son has MS, she has since then donated several original works for their fund raising benefits.


Carole's thorough research often finds her at pow-wows throughout the nation, visiting the Anthropology Archives of the Smithsonian Institute, or traveling through Alaska to study and photograph the grizzly and the eagle (and also do a bit of fishing along the way)! Her art is shown in a film called "First American's" and can be seen on PBS.

This September, Carole will be touring to Tyson Corners in Washington, D.C., Silver Springs, Maryland, and Philadelphia, showing her art work with the American Indian Shows. Often she is the only painter present among the other art displays of pottery, baskets, and jewelry.


Her daughter, Lauri Bourdo-Winter came back to live in Soldotna twelve years ago. She began her own business in 1992, making limited edition collector plates featuring her mother's artwork. (She can also take orders to process personal photos in the same way, for a memorable gift or event.) Carole comes to visit them almost every summer.

(*Carole and her husband currently live in Trinidad, Colorado, and will be opening a bed and breakfast in the near future. She invites her collectors to stop in and say HI!)

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