November First Friday a feast for the art palette

• Galleries offer variety of special November exhibits with Friday reception from 5-7 p.m.

Bunnell Street Arts Center’s Melissa Daubert has been an artist in residence at Bunnell since Sept. 15.
Daubert specializes in interactive sculpture and community engagement, and Bunnell’s main exhibit space serves as her studio until Nov. 15.
Daubert’s ongoing installation of coir (coconut hair) and wire sculptures of creatures and life forms are of things she’s seen in Alaska and are connected by a chord, inspired by the Dena’ina calendar.
Visit or revisit Melissa’s installation through Nov. 15, as it continues to grow. Opening reception starts at 5 p.m., with an artist talk at 6 p.m. For more information, call 235-2662 or visit

Homer Council on the Arts’ annual Emerging Artists Invitational Exhibit will feature the work of 15 local artists.
Artwork includes Laural Sabin’s natural light photography, Karen Cauble’s designs for embroidery using thread, beads and appliqué, Shasta Swanson’s metal work, Heidi J. Weiland’s colored pen on paper creations, Rita Pfenninger oil painting landscapes and Jesse Smith’s photography.
Enjoy work by these and other artists during this show for emerging artists.
A gallery concert will follow the 5 p.m. opening reception at 8 p.m. with music from the band, “Work in Progress.”
The ever-changing group of local musicians performs eclectic bluegrass rock. This concert features the musical offerings of Jenny Martin, Mindy Parks, Glen Caldwell, Bobby Creamer, Randy Creamer and Johnny B.
For more information, call 235-4288 or visit

“Bears” by Robert Siciliano

“Bears” by Robert Siciliano

Fireweed Gallery showcases the latest work of Homer artists, Don Henry, Dennis Anderson and Kristen Tonga.
Henry’s “Journey’s End” is a compilation of found-object metal work culminating in the “Tricycle;” a human-scale tricycle motorcycle.
Anderson is known as the “Aurora Dude,” capturing the beauty of the Northern Lights in photographs. His exhibit, “Aurora on Canvas,” features new images, along with a few favorites, printed in larger format on canvas.
Tonga’s “Travel Impressions – Homer to Oaxaca,” showcases her colorful and vivid pastels, as well as pen-and-ink drawings of buildings, landscapes and people. All work is inspired by her travels.
For more information on Fireweed Gallery events, call 235-3411 or visit

Ptarmigan Arts presents its third-annual Ptarmigan Arts Scholarship Silent Auction and Back Room Gallery Show.
The art and adventure auction is an exhibit, as well as a silent auction. Proceeds from the auction go toward Ptarmigan’s scholarship fund.
The show runs through the month of November, providing numerous opportunities to bid and rebid. The exhibit ends on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. with the Bid Countdown Extravaganza.
Featured art includes work by Toby Tyler, Cheri Greer, Robert Lyn Nelson, Byron Birdsall, Jacques and Mary Regat, Gary Lyon, Barbara Lavallee, Dan Fischer and others. For information, call 235-5345 or visit

Pratt Museum holds its annual fundraising event, “The Ritz” on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Wasabi’s Restaurant.
This year’s Ritz theme, “Moulin Rouge,” features delicious French cuisine served in a festive, belle époque atmosphere, with entertainment provided by extraordinary local musicians.
Artwork to be auctioned includes work by artists Annette Bellamy, Marian Beck, Byron Birdsall, Asia Freeman, Karla Freeman, Steven Godfrey, Don Henry, Fred Machetanz, Ron Senungetuk, Turid Senungetuk and Rebecca Crowell — among others.
Preview the artwork during a First Friday opening reception at Wasabi’s from 5 to 7 p.m. Wasabi’s Restaurant is located 4.5 miles out East End Road.

This month, the Pratt Museum will host a Second Friday opening reception on Nov. 8 for a new special exhibit: “When Crab Was King.”
The crab exhibit features the heyday of commercial crab fishing in Kachemak Bay and around Kodiak Island. Part of the exhibit is drawn from an exhibit done in Kodiak.
Several associated events will also be held in conjunction with the new exhibit, including a Community Conversation on Kachemak Bay Crab Fisheries from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5.
A science-focused crab talk with local biologists and fishery managers is tentatively scheduled from 5-7 p.m., Dec. 19.
For more information call the Pratt at 235-8635, or visit

Picture Alaska Art Gallery will host an open house and an “off the wall” art sale and fashion clearance.
The gallery folks are moving things around, putting them in a new light and marking prices way down. Enjoy food, fashion and art at fabulous savings from 5-7 p.m.
For more information call 235-2300 or visit

Art Shop Gallery is not offering a First Friday event this week, but guests are invited to stop by and enjoy the gallery’s year-round works by artists Byron Birdsall, Rie Munoz, Ed Tussey, Barbara Lavallee and others.
Plan to visit the gallery Nov. 16, when iconic Alaska artist Barbara Lavallee will be in the gallery. For more information, call 235-7076 or visit

South Peninsula Hospital continues its exhibit of work by iconic Homer artist Gaye Wolfe.
This new exhibit space is available to Homer Council on the Arts exhibiting artists, extending their exposure to the public.
HCOA and SPH work together to bring art from the community to the community. Though there is not a First Friday opening reception in November, you’re encouraged to stop by and enjoy the exhibit in the halls of the hospital while you make your way to the lab for your annual Rotary Health Fair blood draw.
For information call 235-4288 or visit

Ben Firth Studio will feature, “Learning Experience.” The show celebrates the work of three of Aurora Firth’s former art students, Emily Coble, Ben Coble and Anna Firth.
Some of the Firth family’s artwork will be available for viewing, as well as for sale.
Snacks will be served and students will be present with their works at the First Friday opening from 5-8 p.m.
The show will remain open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for one week, until Nov. 8, from 11 a.m to 6 p.m.. (Closed Sunday, Nov. 3.)
Ben Firth Studio is at Mile 161 of the Sterling Highway, right next to Blackwater Bend Espresso.

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