First Friday brings an array of art to explore

By Randi Somers
Homer Tribune

Hoxie Running on Clouds by Alan Parks

Hoxie Running on Clouds by Alan Parks

Homer art galleries are holding First Friday receptions to exhibit new shows from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 7.
The Art Shop Gallery unlocks the treasure corner to display a variety of art, including original works from their Summer Artist Series. All of the works on display will be available at half price.
Picture Alaska art gallery is hosting an invitational show with the theme “Under Foot.”  The media, and how to interpret the theme, is left to the imagination of the artists.
The Back Room Gallery of Ptarmigan Arts presents “Alaska Wax: Original Batiks on Rice Paper and Encaustics on Wood” by Janaan Kitchen of Anchorage from Sept. 7 thru Oct. 3. 
Kitchen has been creating traditional batiks for nearly 40 years. She uses melted paraffin/beeswax and fiber-reactive dyes on rice paper. 
Recently Kitchen has transitioned into creating encaustics, a process involving melted, colored waxes to create images on a solid background.
Bunnell Street Art Gallery presents photo exhibit, “Moments of Time” by Alan Parks, which features images of his children.
“Time, place, a memory in my mind,” he said. “I can retrace the exact steps I took while making these photographs. It is almost surreal, but it’s not.”
Parks will be on-hand to talk with patrons at 6 p.m.
Homer Council on the Arts features Amber Carina Wright’s “Cosmic Consciousness.”
Wright calls art a “form of self-expression and communication.”
“I see the world in a unique way and strive to share that with others,” she said.

Beaded Shoe by Charlene Jump

Beaded Shoe by Charlene Jump

In her eclectic exhibit, Wright said she draws inspiration from intuition, feelings, dreams and places, as well as the media through which she works.
Fireweed Gallery’s September exhibit is by Homer’s Carla Klinker Cope, and entitled “Home Language.”
The show is a mixed media conversation in pictures, with images of icons that function as a symbolic language.
“Each one feels very personal,” she writes, “but not exclusive.”
“Home Language” is a conversation in Cope’s natural language, picture-making. Her show will remain on display through Oct. 2.
Photo Depot owner Karen Garvey is happy to have her daughter Pam as her second First Friday artist. Alaska born and raised, much of Pam’s work reflects the beauty of her home.
 Garvey will display an installment of Photo Canvas Art, where she strives to combine her passions of photography and painting. Pam has been experimenting with different mediums for a few years, as one didn’t seem to encompass enough.
 “I love the opportunity and range that combining different techniques and materials opens in expressing myself in my work,” the younger Garvey said of her work.
 Photo Depot, directly across from the Grog Shop, will serve refreshments during the First Friday reception and the artist will be on hand to discuss her work.

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