Some may be surprised to learn with all the wilderness wonders in the state of Alaska, there is also a thriving art community. Right in the heart of Homer is a gallery whose mission is "To nurture and present innovative art of uncommon quality in all media." The Bunnell Streets Arts Center combines traditional artwork with performances, education, discussions, concerts, a studio, adult workshops, and an art in the schools program to create a unique art experience for visitors and residents of Homer. The goal of the gallery was to create a salon environment. Exhibits include the work of local and visiting artists, all of whom willingly participate in the art programs of the gallery. Homer was once a city packed with trading posts, but over the years the art community outpaced trading commerce. The gallery considers the main commerce of Homer to be culture, and they do all they can to create a sense of community around the culture. Lodging options near the gallery include the Old Town B&B, Driftwood Inn and Homer Seaside Lodges, the Pioneer Inn Home, and the Bentler's Bear Paw Inn B&B. As one might expect in an art community, there are plenty of cafes including The Mermaid Cafe, Sweet Berries Cafe, and Cafe Cups. Whether you are visiting the town of Homer while exploring Alaska, or you are looking to settle in a unique art community, a visit to the Bunnell Street Gallery will complete your experience.