First Friday collections celebrate whales, books, art

By Tribune staff

HOMER TRIBUNE/Naomi Klouda - A 38-foot gray whale stars in the “Encounters with Whales: A Pratt Museum Whale Exhibit” that will be open through July 21. Here, whale articulator Lee Post and the exhibit's curator, Scott Bartlett, are shown with the whale, seen for the first time in one piece.

HOMER TRIBUNE/Naomi Klouda - A 38-foot gray whale stars in the “Encounters with Whales: A Pratt Museum Whale Exhibit” that will be open through July 21. Here, whale articulator Lee Post and the exhibit's curator, Scott Bartlett, are shown with the whale, seen for the first time in one piece.

The Pratt unveils “Whales in Our Waters” in an opening reception 5-8 p.m. Friday. The first exhibition of 2013 is the culmination of an effort that began in 1999 to salvage a juvenile gray whale that washed up on the beach in Halibut Cove. The bones were preserved, prepared and assembled to create the fully articulated skeleton which forms the centerpiece of this new exhibit. A total of 140 people gave 2,200 volunteer hours to the Gray Whale Project.
The exhibit celebrates the community spirit that cared for the six-year-old male gray whale’s articulation. It gives images and profiles for a total of nine cetaceous creatures, including harbor porpoises, humpbacks, belugas, mienke and beaked whales. Pratt Curator Scott Bartlett designed the exhibit to allow patrons to experience an understanding of whales encountered in Kachemak Bay. A timeline, sound stations and native artifacts all help round out the experience.
Lee Post, the leading expert on whale articulations, and Bartlett will talk about the exhibit at the reception. Nancy Lord, Olga von Ziegesar, Debbie Boege-Tobin, Eva Saulitis, Dena Matkin, Craig Matkin, Shelley Gill and Ginger Moore were content and exhibit advisors.
Rainbow Tours contributed its book of humpback photos to the exhibit. It is used to identify and track whales through the years of their tour operations.
People inclined to celebrate the book as a work of art, head over to Observance of Hermit’s Book Store 2-7 p.m. Friday where Author Jonathan Faulkner will be the featured guest. “Odysseys of Homer,” written by Faulkner and illustrated by Aurora Firth, will be available for a book signing.
Bookstore owner, Yan Kandror notes that literature is a cultural loss when it becomes an electronic feature.
“Just about everybody has a Kindle, or a Nook, or another device that lets one download and read most everything available. So, what’s going to happen in another generation? Where will the actual books go?” he asks.
He pines for the “Age of the Book,” for leather binding, gilt edge pages, and colorful illustrations. The number of artists dedicated to this particular genre was immense. Most reading folks have heard names of Arthur Rackham, N. C. Wyeth, Howard Pyle, Maxfield Parrish, Randolph Caldecott and Kate Greenaway.
Lately, some artists have initiated a renaissance of the illustrated work: Tony DiTerlizzi with Spiderwick Chronicles, and Brett Hellquist with Series of Unfortunate Events. To honor and commemorate the entire milieu, The Observance of Hermits at 185 E. Pioneer Ave., next to Alice’s Champagne Palace, will hold an exhibition of books, cards, and related media.
“New Works Evolving” is the name of the Ptarmigan Art Gallery show, opening in a reception from 5-7 p.m. In “New Works Evolving,” artists are bringing the best of themselves from the past and presenting it to the future. “Right now, yesterday’s tomorrow, we are enacting this evolution by presenting this as a step toward more fulfillment in our creative endeavors,” they write in a release.
Contributors to this show are: Renee Jahnke, Achim Jahnke, Jelena Todorovic, Peggy Fisher and Jean Steele. The Collaborators are Kathi Drew and Cindy Nelson with coordination by Jean Steele.

“Haricot Verts”  by Susan Delgalvis

“Haricot Verts” by Susan Delgalvis

An award-winning encaustic painter from Anchorage is the featured artist in February at the Bunnell Street Gallery. Susan Delgalvis, also a practicing physician, credits an encaustic movement in Homer for launching her own work.
“All of this output and interest in encaustics dates back to the encaustic workshop Bunnell presented with Community Schools at the high school woodshop,” she wrote.
Also on exhibit are the unique encaustics by Kathy Smith, Antoinette Walker and Alexandra Feit.  Delgalvis will provide a demonstration workshop on building highly dimensional encaustics. She builds up the surface thick and high like stalagmites of encaustics. She will demonstrate this in a participatory workshop on Saturday, from 1 to 3 pm. For more information about Delgalvis or the workshop call 235-2662 or email asia@bunnellstreetgallery.org
A First Friday Art Reception for Joshua Veldstra and Sierra Smith is 5-7 p.m. Friday at the Homer Council on the Arts Gallery. The exhibit, “Cultural Expressions,” allows art patrons to take a walk around the global neighborhood with Joshua and Sierra’s collection of portraits from around the world.
Joshua Veldstra is a “Homer grown” artist, who specializes in portrait photography. He has traveled the world photographing different people and cultures. His goal is to capture the essence of a person through their eyes and expression.
Sierra Smith is also a local girl who grew up in the Kachemak Bay’s culture of towering spruce, spring potholes and seaside finances. Her first experience in another country was traveling to Brazil in high school to study.

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