Gustavus boasts a handful of gift shops including the Fireweed Gallery and Coffee and Tea House. Near the airport on the way to the Nagoonberry Loop Trail, you can get gardening plants and supplies at Gustavus Gardens. The Community Chest, our local thrift store, is open several times a week and has an amazing array of items with sales supporting the local recycle center. At the National Park, go upstairs and browse the Alaska Geographic bookstore for local authors and natural history books.
P.O. Box 140
1 Mile Park Road
Gustavus, AK 99826
Connecting people to Alaska's parks, forests and refuges. This non profit organization is your best source of books, maps and other materials about Glacier Bay National Park. Revenue from sales support educational and research programs in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Located upstairs in the Glacier Bay Lodge in Bartlett Cove. Open mid-May through mid-September, noon to 9pm daily.
P.O. Box 234
#3 Wilson Road
Gustavus, AK 99826
Gustavus boasts an incredibly rich community of artists (Bruce Shingledecker, Loren Adkins, Carol Baker, Lou Cacioppo, Kate Boesser, John Shearns, Bill Locher), and the Fireweed Gallery's primary purpose is to represent those artists. From stained glass to watercolor, from stonework to woodblock prints, from high end masks and jewelry to the best coffee mug you'll ever find, our selection is extremely wide ranging. While we feature our many local Gustavus artists, we also have a great variety of artists from across Alaska. The Fireweed Gallery has Gustavus' largest selection of Art Cards and proudly carries many local and Alaskan authors, as well as a selection of Alaskan Children's Books. The Fireweed Gallery is also a Custom Frame Shop, and we are happy to frame anything you bring in!! Please come by to say hello, have a cup of coffee, use the internet, or wander through an elegant display of Alaskan's artistic reflections on Alaska. If you can't make it to Gustavus, please visit the Fireweed Gallery on Facebook! Much of the art in the Gallery is also online, and more is always being added! To go to Fireweed Gallery's Facebook page, click on the "website" link above. Thank You!
Camalou Studio @ The Outpost
211 Sockeye Drive
P.O. Box 213
Gustavus, Ak 99826
CAMALOU STUDIO If you're looking for a piece to match your living room sofa, then you probably won't wind up with one of Lou's creations. If, however, your definition of art includes words like "thought-provoking," or even "shocking," then his work is bound to invoke a response. His pieces can best be described as wild, vital, and emotionally charged.
After honorably serving in the U.S. Navy, and with a strong background in creative art classes and some college, he began his career as a technical illustrator for a New York publications firm. It didn't take long before he advanced to Art Director. He later moved to California and illustrated for numerous publications while continuing his education by attending Northrope University.
In 1974, the writings of author Jack London lured Lou to the ‘last frontier’ Alaska. In 1977, he opened Muskeg Magic, a commercial art studio. During that time, Lou designed many signs and trademarks for local businesses including the logo used by the City of Ketchikan. He continued his study of art and tool making with fellow artists. In 1979, along with friend and mentor, Tsimpshian Native artist Jack Hudson, Lou designed and completed the "Welcome to Ketchikan" archway which hung until 1996. His colorful background and adventurous spirit lead him to the boxing ring for several years. He boxed in 'smokers' held in the Frontier Saloon in Ketchikan. Sponsored by Barbara 'Mama' Bean, a Tlingit Alaskan Native and dear friend, Lou was adopted into the Tlingit nation, Eagle clan and given the name Zwash nah.
In 1987, through both the Alaska Arts and Humanity Council and private funding, Lou has taught in schools as an "artist in residence," and still continues to do so. He also privately instructs drawing classes for students of all ages from juveniles to adults. One of Lou's students has exhibited in Alaska museums and galleries, and a second is presently carving commissioned pieces.
Carved out of alder or cedar, many of Lou's masks/sculptures are then hand painted and/or airbrushed to achieve special effects. Additions include everything from feathers, fur and hair to computer circuitry or copper wire. Whatever it takes to make the piece speak. A collection of Lou's masks/sculptures represents an astonishing variety of themes, prompting one friend to say, "I think every time he blinks, he sees a different vision." Fortunately for the rest of us, Lou's artistic genius combined with countless hours of hard work, allows his visions to materialize in the physical world.
Lou has exhibited at galleries from Alaska to New York and states in between. 1n 1969, he had his very first one man show at Seacliff Art Gallery in Long Island, New York. Since then he has participated in showings in numerous Alaskan galleries including House of Kybor, The Gathering, Grundy's Gallery, Scanlons, as well as participating in a mask show at the Stonington Gallery in Seattle, and Objects of Bright Pride in New York. In 1990, KTOO television in Juneau, Alaska, featured Lou as a guest on "Conversations."
"Through portrait sculpture, in masks, I create visual links that portray the underlying feelings and emotions of every day life. My art addresses changes in the modern world, changes so vast and rapid that man can scarcely adjust. The nature of one's whole context changing from week to week is a kind of stress not previously known to man and not acknowledged due to the masks we wear. We suffer for the need of instantaneous gratification, and we are losing our compassion and therefore our desire to physically socialize. We are moving towards individual isolation. Through my art I am striving to slow if not stop that direction."
Lou and his wife Camlyn now live in Gustavus, Alaska, a small community located at the threshold of Glacier Bay National Park. The couple designed and hand built a beautiful home completed in September 2000 closely followed by the completion of their studio gallery.