In 1965, Dr. Bob White purchased his first piece of southeast Alaska tribal art in Ketchikan, Alaska and without realizing it, started the art collection of the future-A Collectors Dream fine art gallery. In 1980, Bob and his wife Diane began sharing the wonder and beauty of Alaska with renowned artists from the lower 48 states as they cruised the inside waters of southeast Alaska on their yacht M/V Sea Comber. From their friendships with the artists, Bob and Diane began to collect art from them with a special emphasis on Alaskan images. The theme continued developing for the next decade culminating in the summer of 1991 when eight artists from the Soviet Union stayed with them in Sitka and created over 100 museum quality paintings illustrating the history of Russian America. Bob and Diane had interviewed the artists during a trip to the Soviet Union in October of 1990. The trip came at the invitation of the Soviet Minister of Culture in response to sculptor George Carlson's personal letter to the President of the Soviet artists' union as well as letters of support from the chancellor of the University of Alaska and the Governor of Alaska, Wally Hickel.