Jacques’ career began in France where he taught himself to paint and carve in clay, wood and stone. At the same time working with metal while learning the trade of machinist, tool and die maker which eventually led him to graduate from the College d’ Enseignement Technique De Vitry, France. He also apprenticed himself to an Italian carver and a Chinese decorator. In Alaska while sharing his talent at the Native Welcome Center he developed a strong kinship and respect for the cultural myths and history of its people, which became an inspirational theme reflected in many of his works. He graduated cum laude from the University of Alaska in Anchorage, with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and an Anthropology minor.
Mary, primarily a self-taught artist, began sculpting while living in a remote logging camp on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska. Her first effort was a 28-foot dug out canoe. Traveling north she took up residence in Anchorage, Alaska and began sculpting in stone. Her style is expressive and impressionistic, capturing the emotions and moods of her subjects.
While living in Anchorage, Jacques and Mary met carving a totem pole and eventually married. That began their long and happy career of working together on many wonderful sculptures. They began combining their talents to create pieces which extended beyond what either one could do alone. Working together on some projects and also maintaining their independent pieces they have created a beautiful and varied collection of bronze works. Together they studied art at the University of Alaska, Mayan Toltec art in Central and South America, and European art in France.
The Regats currently work in bronze, silver, wood, stone, lithographs, oils, and acrylic. Jacques and Mary have enjoyed sculpting many large scale pieces including the monuments listed below:
- WHERE THE MATANUSKA RIVER FLOWS, six-foot tall massive bronze placed in Pioneer Square, Carr Gottstein CO, Palmer, Alaska.
- BLESSED SACRAMENT MONSTRANCE, 52” wide 5” deep, circular bronze bas-relief. Placed in Blessed Sacrament Convent, Anchorage, Alaska.
- RACING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF A LEGEND, bronze five foot long running husky placed on 4th and D street Anchorage, Alaska.
- EISENHOWER STATEHOOK MOUMENT, 7 foot tall bronze placed on the corner of E street and 2nd Ave., Anchorage, Alaska.
- WOMAN OF ALASKA, wood bas-relief 8 feet tall by 10 feet long, placed in the interior of Performing Arts center, 5th and G Street, Anchorage, Alaska.
- JEANNE LAWRENCE FIELD OF FLOWERS, wood bas relief, 3 feet by 6 feet, placed in the interior of Performing Arts center, 5th and G street, Anchorage, Alaska.
- SONG OF YESTERDAY FOR THE HUNT OF TOMORROW, 10 foot long by 42” tall combination wood and bronze. Placed in Sohio Alaska Bldg. Corner of Benson and New Seward Hwy. Anchorage, Alaska.
- HARVEST OF THE NORTHERN SEA, wood bas-relief, 10 foot long by 4 feet tall. Placed in the Kobuk Valley Jade Shop, Girdwood, Alaska.
- BLIND MAN AND THE LOON, wood bas-relief, 5 feet tall by 7 feet long placed in North Star Borough Library, Fairbanks, Alaska.
- WOMAN AND THE DOG, wood bas-relief, 5 feet tall by 7 feet long placed in Northstar Borough Library, Fairbanks, Alaska.
- ANNUNCIATION, wood bas-relief, 56” tall by 40” wide. Placed in Archdiocese Office, Anchorage, Alaska
- FOG WOMAN, 2 feet tall bronze, and DELTA PASTORAL, 3 feet wide by 6 feet tall wood bas-relief, place at Delta Greely School, Delta Alaska.
- STONE FALCON, 3 Feet tall, owned by Sheik Zayed Abudabi, president of United Arab Embassy.
- SAINT FRANCIS, wood bas-relief, 4 feet wide by 7 feet tall, placed in St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Klevin Street, Anchorage, Alaska.
- SAINT JOSEPH, wood bas-relief, 4 feet wide by 7 feet tall, placed in St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Klevin Street, Anchorage, Alaska.
- SAINT ANTHONY, 6 feet by 14 feet long series of three panels, placed in St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Klevin Street, Anchorage, Alaska.
- CAPTAIN COOKE MONUMENT, 4-½ foot tall bronze and a frieze of wood bas-relief measuring 2 feet tall by 62 feet one, placed in the lobby of the Resolution Tower Bldg. On 4th and L Street Anchorage, Alaska.
- ARCTIC SHADOW, Limited edition of 12 bronze sculptures, 5 feet long,
- SHELTER COVE, Limited edition of 12 bronze sculptures, 46” long, sitting polar bear with two cubs placed in the University of Alaska Museum, Fairbanks, Alaska.
- ARCTIC SHADOW, Limited edition of 12 bronze sculpture, 5 feet long, placed in the Fiserv Corporation Lobby, 225 Fiserv, Brookfield, WI.
- ECLIPSE, (limited edition of 12) 6-foot tall bronze sculpture, placed in private home, outdoors setting Anchorage, Alaska.
- ECLIPSE, (limited edition of 12) 6-foot tall bronze sculpture placed in private home indoor setting San Jose, CA.
- ECLIPSE, (limited edition of 12) 6-foot tall bronze sculpture placed in private home indoor setting Diablo, CA.
- SHELTER COVE, Limited edition of 12 bronze sculptures, 46” long, sitting polar bear with two cubs, placed in the University of Alaska Museum, Fairbanks, Alaska.
- SHELTER COVE, Limited edition of 12 bronze sculptures, 46” long, sitting polar bear with two cubs, purchase award for the year 2000 placement in Benson Park, Loveland, Colorado.
- SWAN LAKE, 4-foot tall ballerina and swan, placed outdoors in Kirkland, WA.
Jacques and Mary show in about 28 galleries on a continuous basis throughout the United States including Alaska: Anchorage, Fairbanks, Skagway, Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, Seward, Big Lake, and Homer; Washington: La Conner, Gig Harbor, Everett, Bellevue, Kirkland Port Townsend; Oregon: Troutdale, Yachats, Newport, Lincoln City, Cannon Beach, and Joseph; Yountville, CA; Jackson Hole, WY; Bozeman, MT; Duluth, MN; Ft. Collins, CO; Sedona, Arizona; and more.
Many of their stunning sculptures are included in public and private collections throughout the world. Jacques and Mary feel their greatest recognition has come from the general public, which has supported their endeavors throughout the years.
“I like people to see our work and feel good about it, to bring out the beauty in life.” ~ Jacques Regat