Abigail detail

Abigail Kokai, Quiltmaker

Artist in Residence, April 1 – April 30

Exhibit Opening, Friday April 3
Reception 5 – 7 pm / Artist Talk 6 pm

Community Quilt Workshops
Sundays 12 noon – 4 pm
$10 suggested donation

Abigail Kokai’s quilts depict site-specific happenings of everyday life as observed and personally experienced. Through her residency she will lead a series of contemporary sewing circles, sharing her process of sketching, observing, storytelling, and quilt-making. She hopes to collect patterns, stories, and meaningful fabrics from the surrounding community to use in the construction of quilt pieces. Finished quilt pieces will form a collection of experiences providing a visual identity and tactile representation of the involved community. Work will be displayed in public places and reside in domestic spaces.

LeeAnn Roripaugh, Poet

Artist in Residence, April 15 – 30

Reading, Thursday April 16
with Lee Ann Roripaugh, 6 pm

Teen / Adult Writing Workshops
Wednesdays, April 22 & 29
6pm potluck / 7-9 pm workshop
$10 suggested donation

A Wyoming native and second-generation Japanese American, Lee Ann Roripaugh studied music, earning a BM in piano performance and an MM in music history before earning an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University, Bloomington. She is the author of Beyond Heart Mountain (1999), which was selected by Ishmael Reed for the National Poetry Series;Year of the Snake (2004); and On the Cusp of a Dangerous Year (2009).  Roripaugh’s awards include a Bush Artist Foundation Individual Fellowship and the 1995 Randall Jarrell International Poetry Prize.

April Workshops

Whooo, Quilt, 52” x 36, May 2011, Savannah, GA

Community Quilt Workshops

with Abigail Kokai, Quiltmaker

Sundays, Noon-4pm


 Teen / Adult Writing Workshops

with Lee Ann Roripaugh, Poet
Wednedsdays, April 22 & 29
6pm potluck / 7-9pm workshop

Plate Painting Project


LAST WEEK: Plate Painting

WEEKDAYS, 11am – 5pm / SATURDAYS, Noon – 4pm

Every year dozens of Alaskan artists create unique art plates as premiums for $100 + membership donations to Bunnell Street Arts Center. The cornerstone of Bunnell’s membership, the Plate Project has been generously sponsored for 20 years by potter, Ahna Iredale who kiln fires all the plates in her Homer studio. Bisqued plates are blank “canvases” for brilliant food-safe underglazes. Artists are welcome to stop by Bunnell and paint a plate. If you’d like to get involved for the first time, staff and volunteers will gladly offer you tips and techniques to create a successful plate. All plates will be displayed at Bunnell for the month of May.

Pottery Workshop

Deb Schwarzkopf

Deb Schwartzkopf,


August 8 – August 9 
at Annette Bellamy’s Studio in Halibut Cove, Alaska

$150 Tuition

Join in this two-day demonstration workshop by potter Deb Schwartzkopf. Explore with her ways to alter wheel thrown sections and use slabs to crate non-round, functional forms.  Her playful approach she cuts and darts until simple thrown cylinders become expressive shapes. Spark your ideas as you watch demos and participate discussions about surface, studio practice, marketing, or whatever questions you bring.   Email asia@bunnellarts.org for more information and to sign up.