With new mandates stating that no more than 10 people can gather in one place as part of social distancing efforts to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, all galleries and art venues in Homer have closed and canceled First Friday art exhibit openings.
However, some galleries have created online or alternative art spaces. Bunnell Street Arts Center will offer weekly online conferencing sessions on Thursdays to keep artists connected. At the Homer Council on the Arts, April traditionally highlights the work of youth artists for its Jubilee celebration. The show goes on in cyberspace, though, with a First Friday opening done through the council’s website and on Facebook.
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Bunnell Street Arts Center
106 W. Bunnell Ave.
11 a.m. to noon Thursday, “Inspiration during Isolation,” Zoom conference by Molly Lou Freeman and Annette Bellamy.
Bunnell Street Arts Center has closed the gallery to the public temporarily. All events through April 30 are postponed. The April exhibit, “Waterhaul,” by Thorey Munro and Catie Bursche, has been canceled.
Bunnell offers weekly Zoom conferencing sessions from 11 a.m. to noon every Thursday. On April 2, Molly Lou Freeman and Annette Bellamy present “Inspiration In Isolation.” For information on how to participate, visit https://www.bunnellarts.org/inspiration-in-isolation-april-2-11-noon-a-zoom-conversation-w-artists-annette-bellamy-and-molly-lou-freeman/.
The gallery also has a “To Go” plate painting kit for its Plate Project program. Check out plates and paints and return finished products to Bunnell by April 15.
Bunnell facilitates a Community Chalkboard to share ideas via Facebook, email, or by contacting staff members. To serve artists and the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, it can offer online gathering spaces for conversation, studio visits and performances. Share ideas for opportunities by email at email@example.com on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BunnellArts/.
Homer Council on the Arts
344 W. Pioneer Ave.
Jubilee virtual art show by student artists
5 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception online
While the Homer Council on the Arts office and gallery are closed to the public, the Disability Art Show is available for viewing online. Enjoy the current exhibit from home and bid on the silent auction pieces with proceeds benefiting TRAILS. The silent auction closes at 3 p.m. April 30.
For First Friday, artist Amy Komar will do a live video at 5 p.m. through the HCOA Facebook page of the Jubilee Youth Art Exhibit. The Jubilee show can be seen on the Facebook page and on the HCOA website at www.homerart.org. Submissions came from students in Amy Komar’s Art a la Carte program’s January group (3-6 grade), Maureen Wilkinson from Little Fireweed (1st and 2nd grade), Krista Etzwiler from West Homer Elementary (3rd grade) and Connections students.