Decorative masks made by Fireweed Academy students hang in K-Bay Caffe during an art exhibit opening on Thursday, March 5, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. The masks were made with the help of Artist in the Schools Program participant Gail Baker. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Decorative masks made by Fireweed Academy students hang in K-Bay Caffe during an art exhibit opening on Thursday, March 5, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. The masks were made with the help of Artist in the Schools Program participant Gail Baker. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Student masks get art show opening

Masks reminiscent of the children’s tale “Where the Wild Things Are” adorned the walls of a local coffee shop last month in celebration on youth artistic efforts.

Students at Fireweed Academy created decorative face masks as an art project through the Artists in Schools program.

Artist Gail Baker was the artist in residence for the school, and helped the students make masks depicting difference kinds of creatures they thought of or came up with in the process.

The masks were shown at an art exhibit opening at K-Bay Caffé on March 5 in Homer, where students, parents and members of the community could explore the creations as well as the inspiration behind them.

The Artists in Schools program in Alaska is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Alaska State Council on the Arts, and the Rasmuson Foundation. The local Homer coordinator for the program is Bunnell Street Arts Center.

Reach Megan Pacer at mpacer@homernews.com.

A decorative mask made by a Fireweed Academy student hangs in K-Bay Caffe during an art exhibit opening on Thursday, March 5, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. The masks were made with the help of Artist in the Schools Program participant Gail Baker. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

A decorative mask made by a Fireweed Academy student hangs in K-Bay Caffe during an art exhibit opening on Thursday, March 5, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. The masks were made with the help of Artist in the Schools Program participant Gail Baker. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

A decorative mask hangs in K-Bay Caffe as part of the art exhibit opening for Fireweed Academy students on Thursday, March 5, 2020 in Homer, Alaska, showcasing the work they did with Artist in the Schools Program participant Gail Baker. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

A decorative mask hangs in K-Bay Caffe as part of the art exhibit opening for Fireweed Academy students on Thursday, March 5, 2020 in Homer, Alaska, showcasing the work they did with Artist in the Schools Program participant Gail Baker. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

A decorative mask made by a Fireweed Academy student hangs in K-Bay Caffe during an art exhibit opening on Thursday, March 5, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. The masks were made with the help of Artist in the Schools participant Gail Baker. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

A decorative mask made by a Fireweed Academy student hangs in K-Bay Caffe during an art exhibit opening on Thursday, March 5, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. The masks were made with the help of Artist in the Schools participant Gail Baker. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Artist Gail Baker, who previously lived in Homer, speaks to a parent about the student art done by Fireweed Academy students during her Artist in the Schools Program residency, at an art exhibit opening Thursday, March 5, 2020 at K-Bay Caffe in Homer, Alaska. The students created decorative masks under her direction. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Artist Gail Baker, who previously lived in Homer, speaks to a parent about the student art done by Fireweed Academy students during her Artist in the Schools Program residency, at an art exhibit opening Thursday, March 5, 2020 at K-Bay Caffe in Homer, Alaska. The students created decorative masks under her direction. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

A decorative mask made by a Fireweed Academy student hangs in K-Bay Caffe during an art exhibit opening on Thursday, March 5, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. The masks were made with the help of Artist in the Schools participant Gail Baker. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

A decorative mask made by a Fireweed Academy student hangs in K-Bay Caffe during an art exhibit opening on Thursday, March 5, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. The masks were made with the help of Artist in the Schools participant Gail Baker. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Decorative masks made by Fireweed Academy students hang in K-Bay Caffe during an art exhibit opening on Thursday, March 5, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. The masks were made with the help of Artist in the Schools Program participant Gail Baker. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Decorative masks made by Fireweed Academy students hang in K-Bay Caffe during an art exhibit opening on Thursday, March 5, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. The masks were made with the help of Artist in the Schools Program participant Gail Baker. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

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