Join us in the gallery on Saturday, March 26 to make your own monotypes from 2-4!
A multitude of artworks from the estate of Gaye Wolfe, including original monotypes, sketches, paintings, and more! Add a treasure from this beloved Homer artist to your collection. All works are available for purchase by donation. You may call us at (907) 235-4288 with any purchase inquiries.
Read more in the Homer News
b. Jan. 16, 1945 in Baltimore, Maryland
d. Oct. 14, 2012 in Homer, Alaska
Gaye Wolfe, born Gaye Taks, spent much of her life in Florida before landing in Homer for her last twenty years. In Miami she worked as a hematologist, later settling in West Palm Beach with her second husband, Paul Wolfe. There she became heavily involved in the arts. She took art classes and ran two small galleries, one of which is credited with helping to revitalize a struggling downtown West Palm Beach.
After her husband’s death in 1991, Wolfe was ready for a new adventure and came to visit a friend in Homer in 1992. She fell in love with the view and community and bought a house on Diamond Ridge as a second home. Eventually in 1996 Gaye and her life partner Sam Smith, who she met in the Palm Beach art scene, began living in Homer permanently.
In an interview with Michael Armstrong of the Homer News for Wolfe’s extended obituary, artist and friend Mavis Muller called Wolfe “an ARTrageous diva of creativity and style, a visionary and mentor, generous with her gifts and talents, who mastered the art of inspiring by example.”
Wolfe exhibited at every venue in Homer and volunteered throughout the art community, including Homer’s Public Arts Committee, Bunnell Street Arts Center’s board, chair of Homer Chamber of Commerce’s ARTrageous annual celebration, and Pratt Museum’s Ritz. When not volunteering she could be found at her downtown printmaking studio.
As an artist Wolfe was most known for her paintings, including her 2011 collection A HUMAN TAPESTRY: ARTrageous Homer– most of which remains under the permanent stewardship of HCOA. She was not afraid to experiment and ventured beyond painting into many other artistic mediums: printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, encaustics, and life drawing.
“Her lifestyle was art. She just lived and breathed it,” Muller said. “It was not a sideline. It was who she was through and through.”
This collection was bestowed on the Homer Council on the Arts by her estate.
Wolfe’s 2011 series A HUMAN TAPESTRY: ARTrageous Homer remains under our permanent stewardship and is on display in the main office.