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Our May exhibit celebrates our fishing and maritime heritage along with Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust, in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the transition from sailboats to motorized vessels in commercial fishing.

Maritime Art of Kachemak and Bristol Bays

May 7-28, 2021

For 66 years, the salmon of Bristol Bay were harvested from sailboats: double-ended wooden gillnetters manned by two rugged fishermen. That all changed in 1951 when the Territory of Alaska allowed powered boats to fish the waters of Bristol Bay.

To commemorate this transition- in addition to our bounty of wild salmon and the longevity of the Bristol bay commercial fishery- the Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust will sail one of the last remaining seaworthy Bristol Bay double-ended sailboats from Homer back to Bristol Bay. [Learn more]

In support of this journey, and to celebrate the fishing and maritime heritage of Kachemak Bay and Bristol Bay, Homer Council on the Arts invited Alaska artists to submit new work for the non-juried community exhibit, Maritime Art of Kachemak and Bristol Bay. Proceeds will support the voyage (which was scheduled for July 2021 but has been postponed).