2019 Festival Artist

Valisa May Higman

Valisa Higman is a cut-paper artist from right here in Kachemak Bay.   Born and raised in Seldovia, Valisa rows to work at her studio on a secluded beach.  Her work is heavily influenced by her love of nature, people, food and community. 

Growing up watching her mom hand cut silk-screens and her dad carve intricate images in wood, Valisa was inspired by the possibilities.  As a cut-paper artist, Valisa starts with a single sheet of black paper and beings by carving a lacework of patterns with an Xacto knife.  Her bold colors and textures made from layers of colored paper and painted details brings a unique look to this year’s featured bird, the Wilson’s Snipe.  

“Returning to live in Seldovia has proved both nostalgic and eye-opening, sparking new ideas, and giving my art wings.” 

Valisa Higman’s 2019 Festival Art feature a Wilson’s Snipe in its signature dive, creating the winnowing sound we hear in the Spring. 

First Friday, May 3rd
@ K-BAY CAFFE, Pioneer Ave. in Homer

Join us for a “First Friday” event, featuring original works by Valisa Higman.  Also view the collection of 6 x 6 canvas up for auction to fundraise for the Festival.  View artwork, enjoy some delicious locally roasted coffee, have a snack, marvel at Valisa’s cut paper birds and feathers and find out how to bid on the 6×6 pieces auctioned in support of the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. 


Want to see Valisa’s past cut-paper work, check her out here!