Alex Combs Artist Award applications due Oct. 31

By Randi Somers
Homer Tribune
The Alex Combs Artist Award is a designated fund administrated by Bunnell Street Arts Center for working artists to apply for up to $1,500 to explore new techniques and ideas through workshops and symposiums.
Applicants must be Alaska artists working in ceramics, painting or sculpture. The award is based on the merit of work and the proposal. There is a limit of one award per artist, per year.
The Alex Combs Award is funded by direct donations and sales of paintings donated by the Alex Combs Estate.
To apply, submit an artist statement and letter of intent for use of funds; a one-page artist resume, and five digital images (no larger than 2MB each) of work completed in the last two years.
Email questions and submissions to:

Emerging Artists — apply now
Homer Council on the Arts invites artists who have never shown their work in a juried show to join the multiple-artist “Emerging Artists” exhibit during November.
Interested artists are asked to send an email to HCOA soon indicating their hopes and intentions, as well as provide a description of the medium or media and approximate dimension of the works. Images of their work can be attached to the messages.
Works submitted for exhibit will not be selected by a jury, but will be reviewed by the HCOA exhibition committee.
Artists may sell their work, but HCOA retains a 35 percent commission on the sales price.
Work must be original and presented to the public for the first time. All media are welcome, including drawings, paintings, photography, mixed media, prints, video, ceramics, sculpture and other creative endeavors.
As many as five pieces may be accepted from each entrant, and up to five per artist will be displayed as space permits. The work must be “gallery ready” when submitted for review.
All work must be delivered to the gallery, 355 W. Pioneer  Avenue by Oct. 28. HCOA hours are 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit opens Nov. 1 from 5-7 p.m. for First Friday.

Improvisation workshops slated
Improvisation master Martty Zeller is starting a class to teach improvisation skills this Saturday.
The five-hour class introduces, explores and expands the skills of improvisation acting. Through exercises and games, participants learn the elements of long and short-form improvisational theater and comedy, including spontaneity, listening, trust, scene-development and story-building.
In addition to general-life applications, the class will also focus on performance improvisation. Zeller has been teaching and performing improvisation since 1985.
The class runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the small theater known as the Art Barn, 1060 East End Road.
Bring your lunch.
The cost of the class is $45, and class size is limited. Call Martty at 235-6589 or (509) 294-0451 to register.

‘Small Feet, Big Land’

Seldovia writer/adventurer Erin McKittrick is currently touring with her new book, “Small Feet, Big Land.” The book is a collection of essays about roughing it with her husband Brentwood “Hig” Higman and their two children in the wildest areas of Alaska.
McKittrick will present a slideshow and talk about her family’s adventures starting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center auditorium.
This is one stop on her extensive tour of Alaska and the Lower 48.

Pratt introduces winter schedule
The Pratt Museum moved to winter hours on Sunday, and will now be open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. (Closed Mondays.)

Museum Day Live is a free admission day this Saturday, Sept. 28, from noon to 5 p.m. The Pratt joins museums across the country to celebrate and invite visitors to enjoy art, science and cultural exhibits free-of-charge.

“Beneath the Surface” will remain through Sept. 29 in the special exhibits gallery. The exhibit explores the beauty and mystery of archeology on the Kenai Peninsula with Rebecca Crowell’s abstract paintings, paired with artifacts from the Pratt collection. She  combines cold wax and oil to create a layered effect, similar to layers of sediment exposed during an archeological excavation. New York City musician David Crowell’s music accompanies the show.

The “Inspired by Place” exhibit will remain in the contemporary art gallery through Dec. 30. This selected collection of works by guest curator and Homer artist Ron Senungetuk, reflects Homer and its environs, along with the culture and lifestyle of local people.
The permanent exhibition of community-based videos, photo essays and interactive computer displays take visitors beyond the museum walls to learn about historic and contemporary life in the Kachemak Bay Region.

The “Ritz at the Moulin Rouge” will be held Saturday, Nov. 2 at Wasabi’s. Donated artwork will be auctioned. The donated works will be on display in the Pratt’s Special Exhibits Gallery from Oct. 4 through Oct. 30. Michelle Miller can be contacted for more information 435-3343 or

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