29TH PLATE PROJECT PREVIEW, OPENING AND ANNUAL CELEBRATION
Join us throughout the day on Friday, May 26 for the 29th Annual Plate Project opening at Bunnell Street Arts Center with tea and cookies. Choose your commemorative art plate when you donate $125+ to support the mission and programs of Bunnell. That evening we will celebrate our members, the painters and potters who make the annual project possible, as well as share art programming we have planned for the year. Refreshments and will be shared from 5-7pm. Premium plates will be available for $250+ membership donations one-week early, on Friday, May 19th in-person and online here.
Guidance and good company guaranteed when you join us in gallery to paint. All plates are due back on April 15th. You can also elect to take a plate (and glazes) home if you prefer. The Plate Project is open to anyone committed to crafting an excellent plate that will raise essential operating support for the mission and programs of Bunnell Street Arts Center at the Annual Plate Project Opening in May.
What is the Plate Project?
Every year dozens of Alaskan artists create unique art plates for Bunnell’s Plate Project. The bisqued plates are blank “canvases” for brilliant food-safe underglazes. The finished painted plates are then competitively selected by new and renewing members when they make a donation at a $125+ or higher, each year. Members look forward to collecting annual plates that commemorate their support for Bunnell Street Arts Center.
The plate project would not be possible without the time and talent of Homer potters who transform hundreds of pounds of clay into about 100 plates each year. The painters are artists, community members and Bunnell supporters. With all materials provided, painters use the hand built plates in collaboration to create a plate design. 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.
The cornerstone of Bunnell’s membership, the Plate Project was created and sponsored for 25 years by potter, Ahna Iredale. Local potter Jeff Szarzi now fires the painted plates in his Homer studio. Paint an Art Plate and contribute to the well of creativity that nourishes this community.
We hope you’ll participate this year, and every year.
Note: This is not a project designed for children independently, although families are invited to help their child paint a plate assuming parents will select their child’s plate to commemorate their own family’s $125 membership. Call us with questions 907- 235 – 2662