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Church of the Ascension – Unalaska (1981)

Dale DeArmond
Artist's Edition: 25
Edition of Artist Proofs: 5

Paper type: imported Japanese Hosho
Print size: 19" x 24"
Image size: 14" x 18"

All other proofs have been destroyed and the blocks cancelled.

Woodcut print in five colors, cut on five blocks of Japanese Shina. Hand burnished by the artist. Date of printing: December 15 to December 30, 1981.

Editor's note: the Church of the Holy Ascension is located in Unalaska, along the Aleutian Islands in Southwestern Alaska. It is a National Historic Landmark. An image of the church and background mountain landscape (date unknown) is also shown, to contrast how it looks by comparison to DeArmond's rendering. By January 1983, all prints in the edition had sold out.

The original Russian Church of the Ascension at Unalaska is reported to have been built by Fr. Ivan Veniaminov, who later became Bishop Innokentii and who first arrived at Unalaska in June 1824. That church was consecrated on July 29, 1826. The church is said to have twice burned and to have been rebuilt each time according to Veniaminov's original plan, but the dates of these events have not been discovered. There was a major rebuilding and enlargement of the church in 1895, at a cost of $12,000. The tower at the right in the woodcut was added at that time. The new structure was dedicated in the summer of 1895 by His Eminence, Nicholas, Bishop of Alaska.

Original price: $100.00