Partnership Between Community Organizations Connects Art to Advocacy
HOMER, August 10th, 2018 – Visiting Artist in Residence, Patrick Maxcy, will be painting a live art mural today, August 10th, for the 3rd Annual Alaska Wild Salmon Day event held between 4:30 – 7:00PM at Karen Hornaday Park Pavillion in Homer. His colorful salmon mural painted live at the event reads “Yes for Salmon”, a message of support for Ballot Initiative 1, a salmon habitat conservation update in front of Alaskan voters in November.
Local Community Non-Profit, Cook Inletkeeper has partnered with The Bunnell Street Arts Center to host Patrick Maxcy as Artist in Residence for the month of August. Maxcy, based in Denver, Colorado, is well known for his extensive humanitarian work around the world, using his detailed and often fantastical wildlife centered artwork to amplify environmental and social justice issues.
“ Working here in Homer, Alaska is giving me a real opportunity to learn about this community and it’s connection to our natural places and resources. I saw my first salmon run up a stream yesterday, and today I’m proud to use my love for painting in this positive movement for their protection,” Maxcy said.
Maxcy’s work has been featured in publications such as Relevant, Scientific American and World Artist Network as well as numerous live art shows and galleries in the U.S. In 2016, he was chosen as the Guest Artist of the Year for the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards.
Maxcy will be presenting his artwork and travels to the community on August 14 at the Bunnell Street Arts Center from 6:00 – 7:00PM. The event offers an opportunity for local community members and artists to connect and learn about the partnership between Art and Community Advocacy.