The Alaska Zoo celebrates Christmas for the Animals and Artisan’s Bazaar this weekend | State of Art

A painting of a porcupine with Christmas decorations in its quills.
A painting by local artist Jason Vukovich. (Courtesy of Jason Vukovich)

The Alaska Zoo’s annual Christmas for the Animals and Artisan’s Bazaar will be held on Sunday, December 3. The event will feature crafts from local artists, caroling, photos with Santa and more. Visitors can also bring cold weather gear donations for Covenant House, buy toys at the giftshop as donations to Toys for Tots and bring food for the animals.

Jason Vukovich is a local artist who will be at the bazaar selling his work. His paintings and drawings often feature adorable animals or outdoor themes. He’ll be selling pieces featuring the minor Alaska celebrity Grubby the Opossum. All proceeds from his Grubby work will be donated back to the zoo. Vukovich’s life has taken many turns, but one of the constants that opened doors for him was art — from serving in the Navy to designing for an engineering firm. He joins us on this episode to tell us about the path art paved for him, his love of the outdoors and finding a second home at the Alaska Zoo.

Sunday, December 3rd at the Alaska Zoo
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Zoo Lights until 8 p.m.

Alaska Zoo website
Alaska Zoo event information
Jason Vukovich Facebook
Jason Vukovich artist store

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Ammon Swenson is Alaska Public Media’s Audio Media Content Producer. He was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. He graduated from UAA in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and integrated media. He’s previously worked for KRUA radio, the Anchorage Press, and The Northern Light.

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