Refresh for fall in October First Friday openings

by Christina Whiting
Homer Tribune
Homer’s art galleries celebrate autumn with new art exhibits opening Friday, Oct. 4.
Opening receptions held at Fireweed Gallery, Picture Alaska, Ptarmigan Arts, Bunnell Street Arts Center and the Pratt Museum each offer works that embrace the colors and textures of fall.   Visitors to the galleries can feast on art and refreshments between 5-7 p.m. Friday.
Fireweed Gallery showcases Anchorage artist Linda Weatherwax.  Weatherwax’s exhibit is entitled “Kelp Me,” and shows off her batik work, inspired by bull kelp.
Using melted beeswax as a resist, Weatherwax outlines the kelp form, applying beeswax with a brush. Fabric dye is then brushed into the areas to be colored and the work dries.  This process is repeated to get the desired texture and colors.
All of Weatherwax’s pieces can be machine-washed and line dried. Her exhibit remains in the gallery through Oct. 31.

Picture Alaska Art Gallery features paintings from the Kachemak Bay Watercolor Society’s annual Watercolor Workshop.
Award-winning Arizona artist Annella Campbell taught the three-day workshop, where local participants included many local Homer watercolorists. Campbell’s paintings will be on display through Oct. 31.

Ptarmigan Arts will show the work of Dick Sanders entitled, “Illusions of Duality.” The exhibit of paintings, collage and assemblage remains through Oct. 31.

Bunnell Street Arts Center takes this First Friday opportunity to present “ART-regeous Gaye-la;” a celebration of Homer artist Gaye Wolfe’s life and art.
A selection of Wolfe’s artwork has been donated to the Bunnell fundraiser by Wolfe’s stepson Charlie and her life partner Sam Smith. The pieces will range from small collages to handmade books, watercolors and large oil paintings.
All the works are a retrospective of Gaye’s substantial career as an artist, with several pieces available for immediate purchase when the collection opens online Oct. 2. Work can be purchased by phone and at the First Friday opening reception.
The remainder of the collection will stay on display and be available by silent auction through the Gaye-La on Saturday. Beginning at 5 p.m., the ART-rageous Gaye-la will also pay tribute to Gaye’s sense of style, encouraging participants to wear their most dazzling party gear.
Artist Ann-Margaret Wimmerstadt will be available at the door to help with hats, masks, feathers and general flashy accouterments. Local musicians will play throughout the event, until 9:30 pm.
Food will be provided, and a no-host beer and wine bar will also be available. Funds raised support the Bunnell Street Arts Center’s arts education, presentation and advocacy efforts in Homer.
Tickets are $45 and available at the Homer Bookstore and The Bunnell Street Arts Center.

South Peninsula Hospital is now hosting an Homer Council on the Arts gallery in the hallway of the main entrance. This space will house rotating exhibits coordinated by HCOA, including the existing collection of Gaye Wolfe’s work.
A First Friday open house will take on Friday, Oct. 4. The exhibit can be viewed daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Pratt Museum showcases donated artwork available during the annual Ritz Art and Experience Auction.
Themed “Ritz at the Moulin Rouge,” this year’s event takes place Saturday, Nov. 2. The exhibit remains on display through Oct. 31 and then will be available during the auction event.

Cats by Peter Alfiche

Cats by Peter Alfiche

While not hosting First Friday opening receptions, the following galleries have art exhibits on display:

Homer Council on the Art’s featured exhibit continues through the month of October with the beautiful mix of acrylic on canvas work by Homer artist Peter Alfiche.
Alfiche and his family moved to Homer in 2009, and he began painting in the winter of 2011 to relax when he was spending more time indoors.
HCOA is open Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 p.m.

Art Shop Gallery is not offering a First Friday in October, 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, as well as a number of others.
Plan to visit the gallery Nov. 16, when iconic Alaska artist Barbara Lavallee will be in the gallery.

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