• Brightness opens the Christmas season at local shops
First Friday opens the Christmas season at shops around town, including a new one called the Upper Room at 158 West Pioneer. Look for a diverse offering of arts and music from 5-7 p.m. Opened recently by Mariah Thomas Wolf, First Friday is a chance to acquaint Homer with an array of Noetic Light works just when the winter season could use the color and lights.
Other established galleries present a refreshing tour of their new shows according to their press releases:
Picture Alaska will host open house with holiday refreshments and feature fine art and fashions meant to be worn for the season. The exhibit features original watercolor paintings of Halibut Cove by Eric Wiegardt who is currently living in Washington state. Wiegardt is a Dolphin Fellow member of the American Watercolor Society and 2012 Gold Metal Winner of the International show of the American Watercolor Society. Also, in the Holiday Show gallery are two new miniature floral oil paintings by Alaskan artist Jeanne Young and new hand-made vests, slippers and accessories by Baabaazuzu. Join the gallery for refreshments, door prizes and a chance to win a $50 gift certificate.
The Art Shop Gallery kicks off Customer Appreciation weekend with a First Friday event promised to be like none they’ve held before. They are hosting a scavenger hunt in the gallery called “12 Days of Christmas” from 5-7:30 p.m.
The first 12 customers to find all 12 images of Christmas hidden around the gallery may choose a golden gift bag from the customer appreciation tree. Inside, people will find a special thank you from the Art Shop Gallery – jewelry, pottery, maybe even a Shannon Martin item that causes a chuckle.
Every gift bag contains another treat to celebrate the season of giving: a 15 percent off coupon for three items from the same artist or company. People who don’t win a bag, can still put their name in the hat for a chance to win free framing. Join patrons for homemade cookies and hot punch.
Fireweed Gallery presents “North,” images created in pyrography and acrylic paint on birch by Katya Roberts. Married to an Alaskan, Roberts is drawn to the romanticism of the last frontier. At the same time, North is immersed in an exploration of systems large and small – a birch tree grove, an airplane engine and the anatomical heart.
In a metaphorical similarity to Alaska, Roberts’ art is said to contain a degree of mystery and wonder in the successful life and design of these systems, suggesting an active presence of something greater. Roberts was born in Russia and moved to the United States at the age of eleven. She is currently an art teacher at a private high school in Santa Monica, Calif. where she teaches drawing, painting, photography, installation art, fashion and scenic design. Her exhibit opens with a reception 5-7 p.m. and remains hanging throughout the month.
The Back Room Gallery presents the Aurora Borealis Photography Exhibit by Homer Artist Dennis Anderson, Wild North Photography and Don Pitcher. Friday opens a two-month show of the famous northern lights photographers sought by collectors around the world.
Each of these photographers strives to create transcendent images that awaken and inspire viewers in scenes of aurora’s many dancing lights. Each artist brings individual technique, style of camera, and artist’s eye to this photography exhibit – as well as their willingness in how far they choose to travel to chase the aurora – sometimes only 100 feet out their front door and other times 35 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Check out ptarmiganarts.com for full biographies of each artist as well as a preview of the show and accompanying stories for each shot.
Photo Depot hosts Pamela Nolcini, whose Alaska Native name is Asiak. She will be debuting her wool and fiber creations, “First Alaskans.” Nolcini has been collecting over the years many of the materials and tools which have all come together in her hands to form dolls in the image of her ancestors, the Native Alaska Eskimo. Join Photo Depot 5-7 p.m., where the artist will also be creating one of her dolls during her exhibit.
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