By Randi Somers
As James Quinlan lay terminally ill in the Homer hospital, his grandchildren hung a new show of his works at Homer Council on the Arts in his honor. Quinlan died Sunday evening.
An ardent proponent of peace, fairness and justice, Quinlan’s works, boldly impressionistic, reflect his world views.
Born in Syracuse, New York in 1937, Quinlan studied with artist Melvin Tanner at the Syracuse University of Fine Arts where he also worked as a staff artist. Later he homesteaded at the head of Kachemak Bay and worked as a trapper, longshoreman, commercial fisherman and laborer; work scenes that simultaneously contributed to his painting.
His exhibitions have graced galleries from Lexington, Mass. to Homer and spanned half a century. His last local show here was 21 years ago at the Great Company Gallery, now the Bunnell Street Arts Center.
His long-time friend Asia Freeman is in charge of the show at Homer Council on the Arts and said it will remain through June.
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