Rasmuson Foundation

Renee Gross, KBBI News

It can be difficult to know what to do with people’s belongings once they’ve died. But there’s an artist near Homer who plans to convert the clothing of dead loved ones into paper that can serve as a canvass for their portraits.  A grant from the Rasmuson Foundation will allow Desiree Hagen to make her idea a reality.

Hagen lives on a farm in Fritz Creek outside of Homer. As she walks into a small old barn, she opens a hatch in the floor and inside is a roughly 15-gallon tank filling up with water. 

Renee Gross, KBBI News

If you’ve ever stopped to look at animal track in the woods or were fascinated by a unique plant, you have something in common with Kim McNett. She’s one of the three Homer artists to win a Rasmuson Foundation award this year. McNett sketches and writes about nature in her journal but she plans to add a little color to her craft.

Kim McNett has already hiked the Calvin and Coyle Nature Trail in Homer a handful of times this season. Still, she finds something new today: a red squirrel chewing a spruce cone.

Renee Gross, KBBI News

If you’ve seen those quirky stuffed whales made out of recycled materials in gift shops around Alaska, chances are they’re made by Abigail Kokai. She’s started the company Homer Whales a few years ago. But this winter, she wants to do something a little different.

Kokai was one of the three people to win a Rasmuson Foundation grant earlier this year. She said she will use that money to pursue quilting.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

David Gerard is an aspiring guitar maker who passes his skills onto young students around Homer. Earlier this year, Gerard was one of three from the Homer area to receive project grants from the Rasmuson Foundation. This is the second time Gerard has won a Rasmuson grant, and he said this time, he wants to use that money to try his hand at building other stringed instruments.

Photo by Rose Grech/KBBI

Earlier this month, local artist and KBBI volunteer Desiree Hagen received an individual artist award from the Rasmuson Foundation. She plans to use the grant on a community art project making paper out of invasive plants in the Homer area. She hopes to both help remove the species from native plant areas and create awareness of their effects on the ecosystem. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver spoke with Hagen about her art.

  SGO: First of all, can you describe the scope of your project so people can have an idea of what you’re hoping to create with this?

Homer Library Wins Rasmuson Grant

Feb 25, 2016
Photo by KBBI.

The Rasmuson Foundation has awarded the Homer Public Library a $23,691 grant to buy books and materials. Library Director, Ann Dixon, who wrote the grant, says it was good news.

“It was very good news because otherwise it was going to be looking very grim. There would be subscriptions to magazines and databases that we would have had to cancel and just a whole lot of books that we wouldn’t be able to buy,” said Dixon.