By Michael Armstrong
Homer artists seeking to get their function out to the public have tried using different advertising and marketing attempts: gallery exhibits and profits, on line merchants, craft fairs and farmers markets, and social media. This summer season, Homer artist Tracy Hansen has absent again to the basics with 59 North Creations, her minimal shop on Ocean Drive on the way to the Homer Spit subsequent to Salmon Sisters.
Reminiscent of the late R.W. “Toby” Tyler’s gallery he ran through the 1980s in the historic Harrington Cabin on Pioneer Avenue, Hansen’s 12-foot by 20-foot gambel-roof shop has paintings and arts just about to the eaves. Her acrylic paintings, cards and prints have a well known screen, but she also sells photos, knit plush toys, scented candles, jewellery and stickers by other artists. Hansen also has T-shirts and hoodies with her 59 North Creations symbol printed by Ink to Push.
Open double doorways invite guests in, as does a sign that says “come on in — we’re magnificent.” Previously, Hansen ran a enterprise with Tracy Early, Misplaced Issues Style, that designed and bought hand-painted symptoms on rustic wooden.
Hansen said she experienced been imagining of opening her possess shop for years.
“I’ve been providing my stuff right here and there. I wanted to have all my stuff in a single position,” she mentioned in an job interview on Monday.
The impetus for opening a shop this summer season came about immediately after she experienced a present canceled final yr because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hansen has proven at Ptarmigan Arts and currently has a display at Grace Ridge Brewing, the initial venue to give her a solo exhibit. She had 25 paintings ready to exhibit and nowhere to go.
“OK, I’m having a minor entire in this article,” she reported of her studio very last calendar year.
Hansen talked to her husband, Kraig Hansen, whom she credits for supporting her artwork career. He served her do the inside get the job done for a shed she bought from Sterling Sheds and they set it up on the good deal at the corner of Ocean Generate and FAA Street.
“I just preferred a position to put my art up. I get questioned all the time if I have prints. Why not test it?” she explained.
Hansen’s spouse also provided the incentive to shift to Alaska. The couple satisfied in Idaho and started out a family members. Kraig Hansen has fished commercially in Alaska. When he received a position operating on the North Slope, she said he allow her pick out the city she required to dwell in. He showed her Wasilla and then they arrived to Homer.
“We arrived in excess of the hill and, nope, this is it,” she said. “If I wished to dwell in Alaska, this was the most excellent location. I’m happy we picked this location. It is a excellent art group, terrific colleges.”
Hansen grew up in southern Idaho and went to the University of Idaho, Moscow, the place she received a Bachelor of Arts in interior style and design and architecture with a insignificant in art.
“When I moved in this article I was, ‘What do I do now?’” she said
With Early, they made fun indicators with tiny drawings that said things like “Home Sweet Homer.” Early did the graphic structure and Hansen a lot of the portray and woodworking. Hansen desired to do much more portray and a lot less graphic design and style, and so she turned her vocation to painting.
Most of her paintings function Alaska scenes, like a stand of birch trees and not the forest. Hansen actually loves birch trees.
“I are inclined to zoom in on factors, do closer up stuff,” she said. “… I like items that flow off the canvas. I like individuals to use their imagination.”
She paints generally with palette knives.
“I use the distinct thick mediums to get additional texture in my paintings,” Hansen said. “I like points finished rapidly.”
These days, Hansen has started to paint on plywood, a media also employed by encaustic painters because of its stiffness.
“It has so substantially texture. I utilised the palette knives on it. It turned out seriously great,” she stated. “I actually like the wooden texture at the rear of anything.”
At times men and women ask Hansen to paint a specific scene or object, but she doesn’t do the job that way.
“I have an thought of what I want to do, but I don’t know how it is heading to flip out in the conclusion,” Hansen said. “…It’s usually a surprise when I’m operating with a palette knife.”
Hansen claimed she sees 59 North Creations as a way to pay out it forward to artists and other people who have assisted her in excess of the several years. Along with her massive paintings that market from $500 and up, she also features inexpensive, little merchandise.
“The concentrate is on hoping to show people that there’s all local artists,” Hansen explained. “They can go to one particular put and locate artists.”
Michelle High’s Polkadot Piggy Structure knit and stuffed animals have been a major hit, Hansen explained, particularly with aunts and uncles and grandparents. Ally Higher, a significant faculty university student, sells stickers she’s designed and drawn herself. Also highlighted are photos by Ol Boy Pictures by Dan Ungrue of Kenai, Alaska Seashore Glass jewellery by Jess and Jordan, and scented candles by Vicky Sarber of Bay Avenue Candles.
“You have to find the right art,” Hansen mentioned of her shop’s wares. “We want people today who are traveling to choose matters residence that are from Homer, but are compact more than enough to consider household, but are special.”
In what is a widespread retail ethic for Homer, where store house owners test not to copy what’s bought in other places, Hansen mentioned she desires to carry in artists “who are not in the other stores. I’m seeking for people seeking to get started out.”
The 1st summer months has been a general good results, Hansen claimed.
“I’ve completed a lot improved than I imagined I would my 1st calendar year,” she claimed. “… It is been good. I couldn’t have asked for a improved 12 months.”
The shop’s locale next to Salmon Sisters and on the way to the Spit — but not on it — has helped.
“The Spit has been crazy this 12 months,” Hansen claimed. “… There are individuals who are ‘It’s as well crazy out.’”
Hansen may well open up up 59 North Creations this winter season. Nevertheless she doesn’t feel of herself as a instructor, she reported she may well check out some workshops like artwork nights.
Soon after 10 decades attempting to construct an art occupation in Homer, Hansen said she feels like it might begin operating out.
“It’s been a long procedure,” she explained. “… It is at last receiving to where it’s enjoyment.”
For extra details on 59 North Creations, check out the shop’s pages on Facebook and Instagram.
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