By Randi Somers
In yet another display of support for Arts in the Homer community, more than 200 people paid $30 each to eat “dinner in the street” Sunday evening. Sponsored by the Bunnell Street Art Gallery, the dinner raised approximately $6,000 for Bunnell’s “creative placemaking” in Old Town Homer.
The community “Bouillabaisse Dinner in the Street” fundraiser ran from 4-8 p.m., and started with appetizers at picnic tables, loaned by the Homer Chamber of Commerce. The tables were set up right in the middle of the street, where organizers had blocked off a piece of Bunnell right in front of the gallery.
The crowd then wandered down the street for the main course at the Elks Lodge, and then headed back to the street tables for dessert.
Food was prepared by several popular restaurants, including Maura’s Cafe, Two Sisters Bakery, AJ’s Old Town Steakhouse, MonkeyFist Charcuterie, Mermaid Cafe and Fat Olives.
The event also marked the conclusion of a silent auction for numerous works of art and jewelry, donated by local Alaska artists. Kathy Smith, Carla Cope, Melisse Reichman, Gaye Wolfe, Rika Mouw, Annette Bellamy, Carla Potter, Steve Godfrey, Fran Reed, Cynthia Morelli, Marjorie Scholl, Judy Winn, Susan Delgalvis, Maria Shell and Asia Freeman were just some of the artists who helped raise some $7,500, according to Adele Person, assistant director at Bunnell.
Person said all money paid for the art work directly supports Bunnell’s creative placemaking efforts.
Sunday evening brought out the music, as a group of musicians led by Jason Cameron serenaded folks in the street. Cameron is a board member of the Bunnell Gallery. The players were trying out the skills they learned at a drumming and music workshop at Bunnell in February.
Artists in Residence Shelley and Soriba Fofana taught the class.
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