By Randi Somers
Regardless of frost on the grass and snow in the high country, the creativity continues here as demonstrated by a wide variety of art on offer for the October First Friday.
All galleries with new exhibits will host a First Friday Artist Reception from 5 to 7 p.m.
The Pratt Museum is joining the fun this Friday with a preview of their November “Puttin’ on the Ritz” gala. The Ritz outcry auction art is showcased and community members are invited to preview the art a full month before the event. Auction items are posted on their website for people who can’t make it to the museum.
The Back Room Gallery of Ptarmigan Arts presents, “Whimsical Paintings and Pots.” The gallery pairs the oil and acrylic paintings of Anchorage’s Edward Hutchinson, with ceramics by Isolde Gibson of Eagle River from Oct. 5 thru Oct. 31.
“Ed infuses whimsy in his paintings, slyly with a tweak or twist, to turn a painting around and insert something quirky into our lives,” a reviewer writes.
Gibson said she loves the feel and bold looks of clay and the simple elegance of ancient vessels, but her greatest inspiration comes from Alaska’s great outdoors, her garden and her kitchen. She enjoys building ceramics by hand, as it allows her to go beyond functionality and develop the unique personality of each vessel.
Picture Alaska Art Gallery will host an invitational show, “Workshop Fever,” featuring paintings by participants in two September watercolor workshops. The first workshop, hosted by the Kachemak Bay Watercolor Society, was taught by Barbara Nechis at Lands End Resort.
Eric Wiegardt taught the second class at Halibut Cove Stillpoint Lodge. The show will also feature paintings by both Nechis and Weigardt.
The Bunnell Street Art Gallery hosts Micki Leppe, Artist in Residence from Oct. 3-17. A design workshop is slated for Oct. 13 and 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The theme is “Explore and Expand.”
This workshop expects to increase an artists’ design vocabulary through a series of creative exercises in paper, metal and found objects. Sessions are $100 or “pay as you can.”
To register for this workshop, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 235 2662.
Bunnell is also hosting a “Third Friday,” called “Process Alaska; Alaskan Artists Take on New York City.”
The show is slated for Oct. 19-31 from 5-7 p.m., and is followed by Best of Spenard Jazz Fest poets, “Nervous for Love” Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
“Process Alaska” is a show of work by 10 contemporary Alaska artists which opened Sept. 7 in New York City. Co-curator Richard Cutrona said his interest was stimulated when the rash of Alaska-themed “reality” shows on television led him to ask, “Where is the Alaska I’m not allowed to view from my living room?”
Process Alaska provides a glimpse of Alaska visual culture that cannot be found on cable TV.
Homer Council on the Arts features Donna Ridener and an evening of music with Milo Mathews and Homer High School senior Justin Sky.
In 1956, Ridener followed her sister to the Territory of Alaska, teaching first on a military base in Anchorage. From there, she developed an interest in the arts; painting, sculpting, music and theater. “I loved music, opera, piano and theater as well.
Ridener has studied under Alex Combs (of Halibut Cove) and worked in many mediums over the years.
“I moved to Homer in 2008 and it was here that I began to pick up rocks that called to me as I walked the beaches of Kachemak Bay,” Ridener recalled. “As I played with them, I began to notice pictures and scenes in the rocks, and with pen and ink I began to draw the scenes I saw there.”
Fireweed Gallery presents “Alaskan Watercolor Paintings” by Homer’s Caren Graupe.
A press release about Graupe reads, “In between life’s activities and daily emotional dramas, Caren makes time to paint. In her work she strives to communicate what she sees—the beauty of land and sea, the unpredictability of water and Alaska’s natural environment through the seasons.”
The exhibit remains in the gallery through the month.
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