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Story last updated at 3:31 PM on Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Artist in Schools program grows

Picture a perpetual Artist in Residence Program, enhancing community creativity and vibrancy for Alaska artists and the community of Homer with artists talks, exhibitions and workshops. Its gaining momentum.

Bunnell Street Arts Center is pleased that our Artist in Residence Program has grown, thanks to Homer Foundations grant of $2,000 in 2011, with support from the Jensen Fund.

This program brightened Homer for two long, dark winter months. In January, Alaska mixed media artist Sandy Gillespie enlivened our main gallery with a body of work in process for exhibition at Alaska State Museum. She also instructed at workshops on combining visual art and writing for adults as well as a two-week Artist in Schools unit at West Homer Elementary.

In March, local artists of all ages enjoyed Seattle-based graphic novelist Jim Woodring as he discussed and embellished his Homer Sketchbook and provided presentations and workshops on cartooning for youth.

We have big goals and a lot of room to grow our Artist in Residence Program. Special thanks to Homer Foundation for fueling the vision this winter.

Asia Freeman

Executive/Artistic Director

Bunnell Street Arts Center