by Randi Somers
Watercolorist Byron Birdsall, one of Alaska’s most renowned artists, is the next guest in the Art Shop Gallery’s Summer Artist Series. He’ll be on hand to greet guests Saturday, July 14 from 1-6 p.m.
Birdsall’s new works include several of the Homer Spit, as well as brilliant landscapes and sea scenes of fishing boats and showcase birds that inhabit Gull Island and Kachemak Bay, such as eagles, puffins and cormorants. Florals, still-lifes and period pieces, nostalgic renderings of historic Alaska scenes, complete the show.
A prolific and popular artist, Birdsall releases several limited edition prints every year. He and his family reside in Anchorage and travel extensively around Alaska and around the world, generating inspiration for new artworks.
Born in Arizona and raised in California, Birdsall moved to Alaska in 1975. A self-taught artist, he is a master of his preferred medium, watercolor. Best known for the variety and drama of his Alaska landscapes, Birdsall’s unique ability to capture light is evident in all of his paintings.
Night of the Iguana
Tennessee Williams’ classic, “Night of the Iguana,” will take the stage again at Pier One Theatre July 12 through 15. The play opened to full houses last weekend and its finale weekend july 19-21.
The plot revolves around a de-frocked minister, Rev. T. Lawrence Shannon, who is working as a tour guide in a Mexican coastal town. He engages in some illicit romantic interludes with touring school teachers, and then meets a charming artist (who is staying with her ancient poet grandfather at the run-down hotel where Shannon headquarters) and falls for her. The proprietress of the hotel is in love with him and objects to the presence of the artist who is stealing his heart.
Playgoers are left to wonder until the final scene what the iguana has to do with the redemption of the disgraced preacher.
The original movie, released in 1964, starred Richard Burton and Ava Gardener in the lead roles.
Bobbie Lee Briggs directs the play, as well as acting in it. The seasoned cast will continue to perform through the next two weekends. Peter Sheppard and Amy Reedy-Huffman star in the lead roles. Nancy Chastain, Matthew Meyer, Jody Gaines, Cody Gaines, Peter Norton, Sydney Paulino, Owen Duffy, Linda Ellsworth, Hannah Baird, Jesse D. Bolt and Ken Landfield complete the cast.
The play starts at 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 7:30 p.m. Sundays and Thursdays. Reservations can be made by calling 235 7333 or online at pieronetheatre.org. Advance tickets may also be purchased at the Homer Book Store and Etude Studio.
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