A minor renovation at the Baranov Museum will allow for more art work to be put on display. Museum Director Tiffany Brunson said the museum received a grant from the Rasmuson Foundation via Museums Alaska to improve art storage in the historic Erskine House.
“So Don Corwin, a local carpenter and who does great work for us always, is currently in the museum building additional shelving in one of our collection spaces so that we can store all of the art that we have in a little bit more appropriate setting.”
Brunson said most of the museum’s art is hanging on the walls upstairs in the administrative offices because there is nowhere else to put it.
“And it’s really a great representation of Kodiak artwork through the years. We’ve been collecting art since we became a museum and the Kodiak Historical Society in 1954.”
She said the museum also uses the Rasmuson Foundation’s art acquisition grant to buy local art and add to its collection.
“So this grant, also from the Rasmuson Foundation is letting us care for that a little bit better.”
The work is expected to finish up this week, just in time for the museum’s annual Picnic on the Green this Sunday.
“And that will have a free concert by DJ Marc, along with games and face painting – all free for kids. It’s a community picnic that try to put on every year to sort of encourage people to come downtown, hang out in Sargent Park, and to realize where the Baranov Museum is and we’ll have free admission in the museum between 12p.m. and 3 p.m.”
Brunson said homemade pie and ice cream will also be for sale. She said the event is a way to thank the community for its support each year. The Picnic on the Green will start at noon on Sunday at Sargent Park, downtown next to the museum, and will wrap up around 3 p.m.