Ptarmigan Arts is a cooperative art gallery owned and operated by over 30 member artists. As one artist said about the cooperative structure of Ptarmigan Arts, “It’s nice to be part owner of an art gallery where all of the member artists share in the responsibilities and rewards of running the business. It creates a positive family atmosphere.”
The gallery provides a venue where Alaskan artists can exhibit and sell their artwork. Co-op members work together to enhance the artistic and cultural life of Homer through shows and exhibits, through youth art scholarships, and through mutual support.
MEMBERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES AND REWARDS
Each member of Ptarmigan Arts is a part owner of the gallery. The members make decisions about the operation of the gallery, jury in new artists through the jurying process, and receive a proportionate share of the profits of the business. Members are expected to serve on committees that focus on specific aspects of running the gallery. They are also encouraged to serve as a member of the Board of Directors or as an officer.
Member artists rent their display areas and share the cost of the gallery utilities. The artists design and arrange their individual displays and set their own prices.
Members work one day per month as the resident artist and cashier, providing customers with a knowledgeable salesperson who can explain the techniques and materials used by fellow artists.
Because all of the work involved in the operation of the gallery is done by the members, the commission for artwork sales is considerably lower than at other fine art galleries.
INFORMATION FOR PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS
Alaska and Homer artists are cordially invited to have their artwork juried in and, upon acceptance, apply for membership in the cooperative. The jurying process takes place at regular meetings held the third Wednesday of each month. If you would like to be part of a thriving, successful art gallery owned and operated by its members, see our Invitation to Artists.
PTARMIGAN ARTS GIVES BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
Ptarmigan Arts is a member of the Homer Chamber of Commerce. Many of our artists are members of the Homer Council on the Arts and generously volunteer their time and artwork in support of local non-profit organizations.
PTARMIGAN ARTS GALLERY VISUAL ARTS SCHOLARSHIP
In the mid-1990s, the gallery established a scholarship fund for local high school students to encourage their education in the visual arts. The scholarship is now supported by a permanent endowment fund through the Homer Foundation.
If you know of a high school student (11th or 12th grade) who would like to apply for this scholarship, please see the 2021 Ptarmigan Arts Visual Arts Scholarship Application for information and the online application. If you are interested in making a tax-deductible donation or a bequest to the scholarship fund through the Homer Foundation, information on giving opportunities is available on the Foundation’s website.
Ptarmigan Arts currently has an extensive display of donated artwork available for purchase to support our scholarship fund. Purchases made by check (made out to the Homer Foundation) or cash are tax free. All proceeds will go directly to our Visual Arts Scholarship fund.