Art Briefs – April 11

2012 shorebirds take wing

The 20th-Anniversary Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival is May 10 to 13, 2012. Keynote speaker Dr. George Archibald will speak on worldwide conservation efforts for cranes and other birds and the remarkable recovery of the Whooping Crane.
Registration is open at, and events are filling quickly, so register soon. Volunteers are still needed. Contact the Chamber for more information. 235-7740.

Walking 500 miles

Christina Whiting will share stories and images from her recent 500-mile walk across Spain on the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage Trail tomorrow evening in Homer. Whiting will present at the Kachemak Bay College campus from 6:30 to 8 p.m. She will present in Anchorage at REI on Tuesday, May 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. Call Christina for more information, 299-4437.

Crazy ‘bout cranes

Kachemak Crane Watch has initiated a three-year citizen science field study to locate crane nests, analyze the different types of habitat used by cranes, identify threats to young colts and determine reproductive success.
The May 10 presentation by Michelle Michaud and Nina Faust will run from 4 to 4:50 p.m. at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, and include a review of field data from the summer of 2011, migration data, management concerns, and a new video, “Raising Kid Colt,” the story of pair of Sandhill Cranes raising their young.
Michelle Michaud is a wildlife biologist currently working on a three-year Sandhill Crane Nesting Ecology Study in the Homer area. Nina Faust is co-founder of Kachemak Crane Watch with Edgar Bailey. An amateur videographer, Nina spent last summer filming the daily lives of the Sandhill Crane family nesting on their private wildlife preserve.

Mastering hip hop and jazz

Homer Council on the Arts Master Classes with Thodos Dance Chicago will take place Friday, April 13, from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Mariner Theatre. These beginning/intermediate Hip Hop classes require some movement experience.
Intermediate/advanced modern/jazz Master Classes will be held Saturday, April 14 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Mariner Theatre. Participants must pre-register with HCOA at 235-4288.

Springing into music

On Sunday April 22 at 5 p.m., the Bunnell Street Art Center will present Anchorage Festival of Music’s Spring Special Guest Artists Concert.
International guest artists Paul Sharpe, double bass, and Sheila Browne, viola, will join pianist, Juliana Osinchuk in a recital of very unusual chamber music.
The program will feature works for double bass and viola by Gliere and Evan Chambers, as well as the Prokofiev Cello Sonata in a transcription for viola by the guest artist.
This will be violist Sheila Browne’s first visit to Alaska. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School, Musik Hochschule Freiburg and Rice University, and has performed in many of the world’s major halls as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral principal. She is presently on the faculty of the North Carolina School of the Arts and New York University.
Paul Sharpe, originally from Anchorage, is presently an artist/teacher of double bass at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He graduated from Northwestern University and the University of Iowa. Recent performances and engagements have taken him to Paris, Brazil, Cleveland Institute of Music, Universities of North Texas and Michigan.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students. For more information, call Bunnell Street Arts Center at 235-2662, or e-mail

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