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Kathy Smith and Bonilyn Parker Exhibit

June 7 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Painter Kathy Smith and potter Bonilyn Parker exhibit together at Bunnell Street Arts Center for the month of June. The exhibit opens on Friday, June 7th, 2024 from 5-7pm with artist talks at 6pm.

“I make paintings on a heated printing plate with beeswax and added pigment. I use a variety of artists’ tools to manipulate the wax on the plate to create my compositions. I press printing paper onto the plate to transfer my images. I enjoy the spontaneity of this approach, and over time, I have learned to control some of the results.

This process is particularly suited to my artistic focus on a dynamic Alaskan landscape and climate change, as well as my devotion to painterly color.

In the process of creating this show, my efforts and explorations with composition on the heated plate have led me to variations in technique, including the addition of hand-carved printing blocks inspired by a recent trip to Ireland. My family roots are deeply embedded in the history of the landscape there, shifting my work from above to below, and back again.” – Kathy Smith

Kathy Smith lives in Homer, Alaska where she has been painting around Kachemak Bay for the past thirty years. She paints with oils, wax, and mixed mediums. Her last solo exhibition “Rivers of Ice” concerning glaciers and the effects of climate change was on view at the Pratt Museum in Homer in 2019 and at the Bear Gallery in Fairbanks in 2022. Recently, her paintings were part of a Peatland exhibit for a Homer Drawdown project that was formed to call attention to the protection and restoration of local peatlands.

“I believe in the importance of hand-made objects in an increasingly disposable world.  Contemporary issues associated with waste, commercial manufacturing and consequential practices such as repurposing, recycling, and the DIY movement influence my work.  Embellished with the suggestion of mending, my vessels commemorate the endangered art of repair. Working in clay, I explore the spaces that exist between maker and user, disposable and reusable, sentimental and material value.  Through experiencing a handcrafted object, I urge my audience to consider the cost of a throwaway culture and the significance of the items we keep in our lives.

My current body of work is made from layers of torn and cut sections of porcelain slabs impressed with textures from “disposable” items such as newspaper, bubble wrap and cardboard, resembling ghosts of the items we leave behind.  I assemble the pieces in a way that is reminiscent of scraps of fabric that might be found in a patchwork quilt.  Careful placement of slip cast and press molded sections of single use items such as plastic bottles, styrofoam containers and aluminum cans collaged with care for treatment of the seams suggest ideas of repurposing, mending and resourceful use of a byproduct. Through my playfully constructed pottery forms I seek to express the hopeful and progressive energy that I see in the changing world around me; the magic feeling that comes from creative repair.” – Bonilyn Parker

Bonilyn Parker is a Teaching Artist living and working on Lingít Aaní as a Term Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Alaska Southeast. Born and raised on the ancestral lands of the Denaʼina, she discovered her love of clay and Southeast Alaska in 2004. Parker earned a BA in Ceramics and Sculpture from UAS in 2012 and an MFA in Ceramics from the Ohio University in 2015. After spending another four years as an art educator and pursuing artist residencies in the lower 48, she has made her way back and set up her studio at her home in Juneau, Alaska.

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June 7
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Bunnell Arts Center
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