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Alaska Women Speak features Pels' mural book


The Summer 2017 issue of Alaska Women Speak features a full-page review of “Framed by Sea & Sky: Community art in Seward, mural capital of Alaska,” by Seward-born Jacquelin Ruth Benson Pels. “Art has a long history in Seward,” the review begins, and goes on to detail some of the many artworks and artists covered in the book, including dual murals in Seward and sister-city Obihiro, Japan.

Pels is the recipient of Seward’s 2017 Historic Preservation Award, for a body of work including “Family After All: Alaska’s Jesse Lee Home, Vol. II—Seward, 1925-1965,” which won the Alaska Historical Society’s “Contributions to Alaska History” award in 2008. She has “deep roots in Seward,” the review notes; “Framed by Sea & Sky” is dedicated to her mother, Ruth Lauritzen Benson Soberg, who first saw Seward from the deck of the mailboat Starr in 1926.

“Framed by Sea & Sky” is available locally at Ranting Raven Gallery, Resurrect Art, Cover to Cover Books, Harbor 360 Hotel and the Seward Museum, and at


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