Bunnell to host Maker’s Spaces for parade

The Bunnell Street Arts Center exhibit gallery may be closed for the month of January, but that doesn’t mean things aren’t still happening behind their doors.

Bunnell, in partnership with Homer Drawdown, will host two weekend Maker’s Space sessions for community members to build walkable, wearable sculptures, such as marionettes, puppets and masks, to “outlandishly enliven” the 70th annual Winter Carnival Parade happening on Feb. 10.

These sessions are free and open to the public, though space may be limited.

Susannah Webster and Nate Spence will hold a maker’s space and open studio for “Puffballs and Spheres” on Friday, Jan. 19 from 3-6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 20-21 from 1-5 p.m.

Abigail Kokai and Carla Klinker Cope will hold a maker’s space and open studio for “Marionettes and Masks” on Thursday, Jan. 25 and Friday, Jan. 26 from 3-6 p.m, with a marionette armature demonstration taking place at 5 p.m. The open studio will continue on Saturday, Jan. 27 and Sunday, Jan. 28 from 1-5 p.m.

Community members are invited to bring their sketches and ideas to help build collaborative community projects using cardboard and other easily sourced materials. Participants are also welcome to share their creations and hand out “Homer Shares the Road” bumper stickers at the Winter Carnival parade.

Homer Drawdown is also celebrating, through these sessions and their entry in the parade, their 2023 nonmotorized transportation project, according to a Jan. 1 press release from Bunnell. They also continue their campaign to draw attention to the joys of walking and biking around Homer, while sharing the road.

To register for these Maker’s Space sessions, email info@bunnellarts.org or call 907-235-2662.

Further information is also available at www.bunnellarts.org/winter-carnival-walkable-wearable-makers-space-january-2024/.