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Our site is Art-Pacific because we travel, collect and trade tribal art primarily in countries that rim the Pacific Ocean including Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, China and Mexico. We could not do this without our many good friends, including anthropologist Doug Mehaffey.
Ron Perry left his University of Arizona studies in Range Management and Anthropology to surf in Hawaii. He served with the U.S. Army in Korea, then immigrated to Australia.
When a friend arrived from New Guinea with tribal art in 1964, Ron booked his ticket to adventure. He collected art and artifacts for over forty years in New Guinea and the South Pacific.
Carolyn Leigh left her Scientific Illustration and Photography position at the University of Arizona in 1985 to adventure with Ron in New Guinea. She has a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in Anthropology, with graduate work in Museum Studies. She produces their web sites. A practicing artist, her paintings and artist's books are in public and private collections in North America, Europe and the South Pacific.
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Doug Mehaffey spent twelve years as a herpetologist in zoological parks, then returned to university classes to earn both a B.A. and a M.A. in Anthropology. He participated in four years of fieldwork in Peru with the Moche Foodways Project, specializing in the reconstruction of early cultural materials, especially pottery. He moved to Tucson in 1999 and began to work with Ron and Carolyn. This allowed him to travel, learn, and extend his practice of art repair and restoration.
Doug Mehaffey - art and artifact restoration services
Collecting in the Wosera, late 1980s: photo of Ron and Carolyn in Papua New Guinea's East Sepik Province.
Order now: Art Dealer in the Last Unknown, Ron Perry and New Guinea Art, the early years: 1964 - 1973 by Carolyn Leigh and Ron Perry, 320 pages of adventure, over 450 early photographs - join Ron in the jungles of New Guinea on his search for tribal art.
New Guinea Tribal Art eGuide by Carolyn Leigh with Ron Perry and Doug Mehaffey. Find out about your fabulous piece of New Guinea tribal art. The eGuide provides quick info about New Guinea art and art areas with links to more information. The eGuide contains over 130 photographs and 10 maps, plus adventure photos from Ron's explorations in New Guinea. Buy now from Amazon or from the Apple Store through iTunes for all your electronic book readers - only $3.99.
Exhibition calendar: buy direct from us at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show at - New Guinea Tribal Art - a once a year collaboration between Art-Pacific.com and NewGuineaArt.com - more info
Diary entries on this site: 1967: Karawari Hooks Come Out - 1970s: Kandangai Headhunter - 1974: Trek from Kainantu to Marawaka with 130 Angu warriors - 1985: Blackwater River up to Kuvenmas Village - 1986: Broken Water Bay and the Watam Baret - 1986: PMV (Public Motor Vehicle) service between the Ramu and the Keram Rivers - 1986: Lower Ramu Masks - 1986: Buying in the Angoram Haus Tambaran - 1990s: Village Houses in the Sepik-Ramu River Basin
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Collecting New Guinea art in the field since 1964.
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Artifacts on this site are collected in the field by my husband, Ron Perry. I take the photographs, do the html, text and maps. More background in Who We Are. Art-Pacific has been on the WWW since 1996. We hope you enjoy our New Guinea tribal art and Indonesian folk art as much as we do. Carolyn Leigh, P.O. Box 85284, Tucson, AZ 85754-5284 USA, Art-Pacific at http://www.art-pacific.com/