Public Library Teams Up With Local Nonprofit ARTSpace & Rotary Club of Soldotna
Partnership aims to support local artists and cultivate access to art for community members, visitors alike in innovative programming.
The partnership worked with local contractor Kelly Keating to install art display drawers, which provide year-long exhibit space and public access for up to ten curated pieces of two-dimensional work from local artists. "Although well-established in other parts of the US, the art display drawers are believed to be the first of their kind in Alaska," said ARTSpace leader Joe Kashi, adding that the drawers are, "particularly suited for displaying the work of emerging artists throughout the year, because there is no continuing cost and because the drawers are located in an area that's highly visible and frequented by the public throughout the year."
Also at the Public Library, the group established a cooperative work space where artists can photograph their portfolios without charge and make high-quality, large format reproductions using the latest digital printing technology, a previously unmet need in the Central Peninsula area, especially for younger students of art. Free training in photographing artwork and in high-quality printing is offered periodically.
In addition to the ARTSpace reproduction center and art drawers, the Public Library also houses a bimonthly art show for local artists, sponsored by the Soldotna Library Friends. The current display showcases work by members of the local Photographers' Guild. In February 2016, two local artists, Amy Kruse and Nathan Nash, will hang their paintings. During March 2016, the Soldotna Library Friends Art Committee will begin accepting applications for future 2016 shows.
These programs aim to make art more accessible to the general public, residents and tourists alike. For more information on arts at the Public Library, contact 907-262-4227. For more information about ARTSpace, contact Joe Kashi.