The First Friday circuit this week features new gallery offerings, an Intuitive Arts opening with an emphasis on springtime’s pending arrival and some fresh young works by Paul Banks Elementary school artists.
At Intuitive Arts, Michael Francis will feature “Spirit-ah-graphy” by Joluna Love from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. These are kaleidoscopic digital photographs taken from Homer and around Alaska. The concept is to honor the spirit in all things. Love presents images of fireweed, shells and natural scenes. The idea is to create “sacred geometric-kaleidoscopic-mandalic healing images that are easy to stare at and get lost in,” Francis said.
These images can have a relaxing effect on the subconscious and bring the mind and body to a state of inner peace. The shop, located on Pioneer Avenue by Ivory Goose Antiques, also features the work of more than 20 Alaska artists.
Fireweed Gallery presents Bears, Birds and Byways: Alaska Batiks by Janaan Kitchen. An Anchorage artist, Kitchen has produced fine-art batiks and created a vibrant show to herald in springtime.
Kitchen’s batiks are unusual because they are done on paper and not the more usual fabric canvas. It took her almost 10 years to find a paper that holds up to the waxing, dipping and dyeing process by which batiks are created. Her batiks can take more than a week to produce and cannot be duplicated, even if two pieces begin with the exact same drawing, she said.
Kitchen has traveled throughout Alaska to find the subjects for her art, including volunteering with the Iditarod race. She’s traveled from the North Slope to Anaktuvuk Pass to Ketchikan to photograph and sketch animals, people and scenery she uses as her subjects.
This month-long exhibit opens with an artist’s reception from 5-7p.m. on Friday.
It’s time for Paul Banks Elementary’s third-annual First Friday Art Extravaganza. This is a large undertaking involving the exhibition of three art pieces from each student.
“Our Artist in the School, Gail Baker, has been teaching the students how to make some incredible space masks that tied into our read-a-thon theme,” said teacher Brandon Young of Paul Banks.
Some of the other pieces include watercolor, sculpture, recycled art, wood, mixed media and more. Each child develops an artist statement to go with one piece. They will examine the process, their feelings and their strengths while making the art.
They will also have a hands-on art table, where students will be able to make a fancy art project with their family and bring it home. Appetizers will be served by staff members, as well.
Picture Alaska Art Gallery presents “Bird Watching,” a debut of 11 oil paintings by Jeanne Young that focuses on Alaska’s feathered friends.
Working from photographs, Young said she was creative with the backgrounds and settings to compliment the character of the birds to make them “center stage.”
Young is an award-winning Alaska artist and mother of four. She has an extensive background in fine art, has attended several workshops, and exhibited in juried national shows and numerous gallery solo shows. In May 2012, Young completed bronze sculptures in partnership with Pat Garley for a 1 percent for the arts project for the Kodiak Swim Pool. In 2011, she completed three paintings for the Palmer State Building. Young has shown her paintings at Picture Alaska since 2005. There will be an artist reception from 5 until 7 p.m., First Friday.
Ptarmigan Arts presents, “Sacred Women: Images of Transformation.” The mixed-media offering by Kathie Baldwin opens with a Friday reception from 5 to 7 p.m.
“We go through many cycles of transformation in our lives; spiritual as well as physical,” Baldwin says of her work. She notes that she has tried to capture the feeling of change and the images that arise in the process.
Mythological figures, such as Kali and Persephone, personify a fascination with the mystery of life, its cycles and attempts to explain the unknown. Her work is a meditative process that allows for quiet contemplation of both the spiritual and the natural world.
Baldwin has lived in Homer for 14 years. During this time, she has been a substitute teacher, an art history teacher and a dedicated bead artist. She has spent most of her life on the East coast, studying music, theater and art in New York City and western Massachusetts. Baldwin’s work has been exhibited in galleries in Brooklyn, Massachusetts, Vermont and Homer.
Pier One Theatre auditions for summer play
Auditions for the play “UP” directed by Lance Petersen will be Saturday, 6-9 p.m. at the Mariner Theatre, Homer High School.
The play is loosely based on the life of Larry Walters, the “Lawnchair Guy,” who tied 42 helium-filled weather balloons to his lawnchair in San Pedro, California in July, 1982 and soared to 15,000 feet before popping a few balloons with his BB gun. There are roles for eight people: three-four women, three to four men, ages 30 and up; roles for 15-16 year old actors, both genders.
Auditions continue on Sunday, April 7, 4—7 p.m. at the Mariner Theatre. Performances start in June. For more info contact Lance Petersen, 235-7333. The playwright is Bridget Carpenter. While the main character is based on the inventor Larry Walters, the events take place years later. He is still an inventor, but has not matched his brief flight into fame and notoriety with the lawn chair episode.
Kenai arts opportunity
Kenai Fine Arts Center (816 Cook Avenue, Old towne Kenai ) is hosting “Small Shots” in the month of May.
They are calling for artists to submit entries for this 10th anniversary and last show.
Entries may be photos or paintings which are 70 square inches or less. must be two dimensional.
For information-e-mail Bill Heath at firstname.lastname@example.org
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