Tatsuda’s celebrates its place as a unique hometown store with an art installation encircling the interior of the entire store. The murals, titled A Slice of Life: Essential Ketchikan, celebrate the things that locals love about Ketchikan.
Katherine and her father Bill Tatsuda commissioned local artist Evon Zerbetz to create the artwork. The three of them brainstormed together to choose the Ketchikan themes for the murals: fish, whales, Ketchikan’s flying things, boats, and a celebration of our rain! Jimmy's Fruit, Vegetable, and Fern Forest is one of the largest murals in the store, composed of 10 panels. It is inspired by the little black bear that got into the store in 2011 and took a romp in the old produce bins.
Each panel started with Zerbetz carving a small linocut blocks as a study. She wanted to maintain a strong graphic or carved look to provide visual contrast to the busy store.
The modular mural installation, is made up of 52 shaped and painted aluminum panels, overlapping and offset from the walls. Zerbetz created asymmetrical compositions with the shaped panels to create an unexpected and playful contrast with the linear nature of a grocery store—aisles and lines of merchandise.
In the spirit of community mural painting, Zerbetz hired painters to work in her studio during this project: Cameo McRoberts, Andi Smith, Falene Reeve, Laura Kinnunen, and Kathleen Light each worked from a few hours to a few weeks over the murals nine month creation. Braidyn and Devyn Young painted the ears of a bear cub. And Katherine Tatsuda wielded a brush to make her mark on the “Rain” mural, which was her first idea for a theme. “We want to celebrate our rain!”
When you visit our store, look up as you shop and enjoy our murals!
The hilarious encounter of a baby Alaskan Black Bear wandering into the produce department made local history and national news. Here you find the baby bear enjoying some delicous veggies.
In most parts of Alaska, float planes are a vital part of smaller communities getting some of the most basic necessities.
Here you see depicted a “Beaver” float plane delivering mail and groceries to small towns like Metlakatla and Prince of Wales Island.
Tatsuda’s proudly delivers groceries to the carrier of your choice for your added convenience.
This work of art has a particular significance to the Tatsuda’s family as they have enjoyed serving Southeast Alaska the last 100 years.
People travel from all over the world to see the majestic Humpback Whales that flourish our Pacific Ocean.
Baby Humpbacks are born between 10 and 15 feet in length. A calf will generally stay with it’s mother for about 12 months before becoming a juvenile and heading off to make it’s own life.
Salmon is another key part of our livlihood in Southeast Alaska. Ketchikan is in known as the Salmon Capital of the World, celebrated for our abundant salmon runs made up of five different types of Salmon: