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Cynthia Morelli and Colleen Firmin Thomas, Exhibit, June 2022


Homer artist Cynthia Morelli and mixed media artist Colleen Firmin Thomas exhibit together at Bunnell Street Arts Center for the month of June. Their joint exhibit will open June 3rd from 5-7pm, with artist talks at 6pm.

Cynthia Morelli exhibits Core Reverberations, a body of work centered around her body’s skeleton and the emotions that reside within her core. “Working within this small-stature female frame, I search for a definition of female in my sculpture that is raw, impulsive, explosive and exuberant: formidable enough to survive, thrive and be playful. I view these energetic qualities in a positive light and feel it is vital that my impetus to make work stems from who I am – an emotional being within my female physical structure.”- Cynthia Morelli, Artist Statement.

Cynthia Morelli received her BFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred in 1986. Morelli has attended several wood fire conferences and events around the country with the support of the Alex Combs Award. In June 2020 Morelli was awarded a Rasmuson Foundation Fellowship. She has been a studio artist in Homer, Alaska since 1993, exhibiting around the state and nationally.

Colleen Firmin Thomas states “My work is an exploration of living in the space between two cultures. I grew up in the Gwich’in community of Fort Yukon and in Fairbanks. As a child these two communities often seemed to represent two opposing worlds; my Gwich’in culture and my non-native Western culture. I often struggled to reconcile the two and my place in them. Working with traditional Gwich’in sewing materials and other elements from nature allows me to show the influence of my two cultures. I choose materials that bring feelings of comfort, home, care and belonging.”

Colleen Firmin Thomas received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the University of Fairbanks in 2008. She has exhibited throughout the state of Alaska since 2014 as well as steadily participated in many group exhibitions. Thomas received the 2018 Rasmuson Individual Artist award.

Bunnell’s exhibit program opens the first Friday of every month with an artist’s reception, and artist talk which are free and open to the public. A community tradition established by Bunnell Street Art Center in 1991, exhibitions continue to promote education and artistic awareness for the public, networking, exchange and professional development for Alaskan artists. Bunnell’s Visual Art Exhibition Program has a National profile.

The Visual Arts Exhibition program is sponsored by art sales, individual donors and local business sponsors. Thank you Homer Art and Frame for being the local sponsor for this exhibit.

Exhibit Opening: Friday, June 3rd, 2022, 5 -7 pm, 6pm artist talk

Colleen Firmin Thomas

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