By Randi Somers
Immersed and surrounded in natural beauty, it’s not surprising that Homer residents are inspired to attempt to duplicate it at their homes and places of business.
Strolling the streets of Homer, one encounters amazing art from totem poles to walls of art work. Some of it was created so long ago, current occupants have no idea who the artists of such creations are.
This is the case with the adornment, including totem poles, at Wild Berry Products. Their exterior art was completed when the business was established in the 1950s.
The huge wooden salmon in front of the Homer Bookstore was carved from an old-growth sitka spruce log from Crow Creek by Jordan Anderson. It was designed by Mavis Muller, who co-owns it with John Giacalone. It is considered on-loan to the Bookstore. Also enhancing the front of that establishment, Bob Ritchie created the stick man reading a book on the porch. He also made one for Cosmic Kitchen on the corner of Pioneer and Kachemak Way, as well as the Homer Theatre.
Becca Cenovia created the bird bike rack at the Bookstore.
The library is a fountain of art, notably the sign at the corner carved by Brad Hughes, the Lisa Krebs bird-bike rack and the wall of swimming fish.
Some of the extensive art adorning the exterior of the Waddell Building (across Lake Street from the court house) was created by taxidermist Bob Jones of Whiskey Gulch and chain saw artist Scott Hanson of Soldotna.
Cafe Cups distinctive front, including several huge colorful cups overhead, is one of the most decorative businesses on Pioneer Avenue. The original cups were created by Anchorage artist Joe Hamilton, the tile art is the work of Dali Frazier and the rest of the art is by Laurie Olsen (both local artists.)
Numerous other works of art, including the signs of many businesses, were created by artists whose names are not available. And the sampling here is by no means the total picture. Strolling art enthusiasts will want to peruse the Homer Spit and Old Town arts and out East End Road as well as Pioneer Avenue and other spots mentioned here.
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