• Photo Depot to offer much more than just art and photos
By Randi Somers
The Photo Depot Gallery at 378 E. Pioneer Ave. in the Orca building, has much more to offer than art and photos.
Karen Garvey, who was employed by Eagle Eye Photo for several years, bought the business from John and Suzi Luzadder and moved it to it’s new location a little over a month ago and has expanded it.
The new shop offers photo finishing, graphic design, standard and wide format printing, laminating, fax service, vinyl signs, engraving, black/white copying and canvas prints.
A family business, Karen’s husband Larry – who is perhaps best known as owner of ChimChimney chimney sweepers – also handles engraving at the gallery.
Daughter Pam does the graphic design work, and daughter-in-law Elizabeth Garvey creates jewelry and paints realistic impressionist works in acrylic. She will be in charge of the First Friday shows, as well as art work displays in the front gallery and consignment art.
Van Zyle shows work at Art Shop Gallery
The Art Shop Gallery will host official Iditarod artist Van Zyle Van Zyle 1-6 p.m. Saturday.
Jon paints in acrylics, and a number of his original paintings are on display at the gallery, as well as some of his original sketches and a large selection of his prints, posters and books.
State Balladeer Hobo Jim performs at AJ’s
Alaska legend Hobo Jim (Varsos) will perform Tuesday and Wednesday nights at AJ’s Oldtown Steakhouse & Tavern through the middle of August. Then, he will travel north to perform at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer.
After many years of working in Alaska as a commercial fisherman, logger and cowboy, Varsos took to writing songs about his occupations and wilderness lifestyle. He was invited to build a cabin at the Elton and Edna Anderson ranch on the North Fork in 1978.
“Many of my songs were generated from my life on the Anderson ranch,” he said.
Jim enjoys a multitude of fans across the state of Alaska and among its visitors, as well as around the world. He performs regularly throughout the state of Alaska, as well as across the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan and Australia. He recently returned from performing for the troops in Afghanistan.
Jim will headline this year’s Alaska State Fair as usual. His other headline credits include the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and the Kerrville Folk Festival.
In 1994, the state legislature and governor of Alaska named him “Alaska’s state balladeer.”
His songs have been recorded by George Jones, Randy Travis, T. Graham Brown, Lee Roy Parnell, Michael Johnson, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Janis Ian and many more.
Varsos has recorded six albums plus three children’s records. He is currently recording “Wild and Wolfen Ways,” which he plans to finish in September and release in time for Christmas.
Jim has two shows at AJ’s, with a dinner show starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by a late show at 9 p.m. There is a $5 cover charge.
Homer Foundation fundraiser
Halibut Cove Live presents Jazz in the Cove at Quiet Place Lodge the second event this summer in support of the Homer Foundation.
The July 21 event includes transportation across the bay aboard the Discovery while enjoying champagne and oysters from Kachemak Bay Shellfish Growers’ Co-op, a seafood dinner prepared by Chef Sean Maryott, and a concert of live jazz music performed by the Dan Mac Quintet, all in the idyllic setting of Quiet Place Lodge in Halibut Cove.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.HalibutCoveLive.com. Tickets are $160 per person, with net proceeds benefiting the Homer Foundation. Call 235-0541 or 299-9902 for more information.
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