Rondy Pin and Button

The first Rondy pins were created in 1939. Each year, artists compete to design the official pin and local students do the same in a booster button contest. These pins and buttons become collector’s items; some are worth thousands of dollars.

Maria Talasz, 2018 Rondy Collector Pin Designer

Maria operates as an independent artist from the Equilux studio in Eagle River, Alaska. Her work often goes beyond two dimensions, is free from the confines of any frame, and includes movement through careful design and assembly. Favorite medium is wood, painted in gouache and oil paints and subjects nearly all come directly from nature. 

Currently she is working on a series of detailed articulated horse sculptures and a new collection of work featuring Alaskan marine life. 

She has lived in Alaska since 2001 and draws inspiration from traveling with her daughter, and the beautiful scenery and wildlife around her home in the mountains where she lives with her husband and three cats. 

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Brook Ahrenholz, 2018 Rondy Booster Button Designer

Brooke attends Anchor Lutheran School. She is 11 years old and is in the 6th grade. Brooke has always had a love for art and is a big fan of dog sled events like Fur Rondy and Iditarod. Born and raised in Alaska, Brooke loves to explore the great outdoors, fish, bird watch and learn all about what makes our state so special.