By Christina Whiting
Step out of the snow and cold and into the warmth and light during December’s First Friday receptions. All receptions run from 5-7 p.m., unless otherwise noted.
Art Shop Gallery presents Art to Wear, a new line of fun SPY Sunglasses and artful frames with a “Happy Lens” that promote a positive uplift in mood and alertness while protecting the eyes. The sunglasses allow long-wave blue light through; the light Alaskans crave in the winter months.
“Surfrider Helm” SPY sunglasses will also be showcased; the glasses are 100 percent biodegradable. A n array of glasses will be available, with special orders welcome. A SPY representative will be on site during First Friday and on Dec. 7.
In addition, Janine Gibbons’ enamel and metal jewelry will also be introduced. Browse the Art Shop’s selection of Alaska ornaments, along with art from some of Alaska’s best-known artists including Byron Birdsall, Rie Munoz, Ed Tussey and Barbara Lavallee.
The Friday reception runs from 5-7:30 p.m. For more information, call 235-7076 or visit artshopgallery.com.
Bunnell Street Arts Center presents “Dwell,” new mixed-media paper works by artist Eleanor Jensen.
According to Jensen, “Nature is a concept that is both intricate and abstract, employed as an image, a place, a phenomenon, an ideal, a behavior, a system, a science and philosophy, representing and refining both a physical and cultural realm.”
In her work, Jensen explores our association with nature and how we perceive, experience and understand the natural world. Bunnell’s opening reception is 5:30-7:30 p.m. with an artist talk at 6 p.m. For more information, call 235-2662 or visit bunnellarts.org.
Fireweed Gallery presents Homer painter Dan Coe’s hand-painted furniture. Beginning his career with a contemporary clothing company in Pittsburgh that melded pop design with a commercial appeal, Coe was inspired to create on a larger level. He eventually shifted from painting canvas to painting furniture, turning unfinished pieces of furniture into works of art.
Coe and his family moved to Alaska in 2000, where he found commissions to create the bear display at the Alaska Zoo and the salmon at Phyllis’s Clam Bake Restaurant. During this same time, he also sold furniture on consignment at Fireweed Gallery. When he was commissioned to create a sign for a Homer business, Coe was inspired to use his art to beautify and encourage the peninsula’s business community and started his business, “Handpainted Signs.”
Coe’s exhibit will showcase his wall art, along with two functional pieces of furniture. Following Friday’s opening, the exhibit will remain in the gallery through Jan. 4. (The gallery is closed from Jan. 5-Feb. 7). For more information, call 235-3411 or visit fireweedgallery.com.
Homer Council on the Arts presents its annual Nutcracker Faire this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-8. This annual tradition kicks off holiday shopping in Homer, presenting more than 100 booths of handcrafted art, crafts, food and more. Have your family picture taken with Santa and support the local Girl Scouts.
The Faire is located at Homer High School, and runs from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. on Sunday. For more information on the Faire, contact HCOA at 235-4288 or visit homerart.org.
While enjoying the Faire, be sure to catch the 25th-Annual Nutcracker Ballet, presented by Nutcracker Productions. Showtimes are Saturday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m., Friday Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m.
Tickets are available at the Homer Bookstore, River City Books in Soldotna, the HCOA table during the Nutcracker Faire and at the door.
The Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College and the Kachemak Bay Student Association invites the public to view its fall Student Art Show in the Campus’ Commons gallery.
The exhibit features work from Asia Freeman and Michael Walsh’s art appreciation and drawing classes. There is no First Friday opening reception, but the exhibit will remain at the college through December. For more information, call 235-1656.
Picture Alaska Art Gallery features a holiday reception with a feast of edible delights for the palate, as well as a warm, colorful combination of art and fashion.
Browse the vast selection of Alaska art in the lower level, and be sure to check out clothing and accessories at the Upstairs Boutique. This is your chance to pick up a new outfit for your upcoming holiday celebrations.
Enjoy food, fashion and art at fabulous savings during the 5-7 p.m. Friday opening reception. For information, call 235-2300 or visit picturealaska.com.
Pratt Museum continues its special exhibit, “When Crab Was King,” featuring the heyday of commercial crab fishing in Kachemak Bay and around Kodiak Island.
The core of the exhibit was completed by the Kodiak Maritime Museum, and includes an audio tour with oral histories. A Community Conversation on Kachemak Bay Crab Fisheries will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, and a science-focused crab talk with local biologists and fishery managers runs from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19.
There is no opening reception this Friday, but visitors are encouraged to stop by the Pratt, enjoy the exhibit and browse the gift shop. For more information, call the Pratt Museum at 235-8635 or visit prattmuseum.com.
Ptarmigan Arts presents “Off the Grid” ceramics by Jean Steele for December’s First Friday. Steele said she was inspired to do this show to challenge herself to make her work affordable and collectable, stimulate her creativity and consider where she is as an artist and what she wants to share.
Steele said the show is a snapshot of who she is right now, and features two themes: one is playful and uses mixed media including wire, fiber and beads combined with ceramic forms; the other is a series of functional forms, including vases and bowls.
Friday’s opening reception runs from 5-7 p.m. For more information, call 235-5345 or visit ptarmiganarts.com.
South Peninsula Hospital continues Homer Council on the Arts’ exhibit of work by Homer artist Gaye Wolfe.
HCOA and South Peninsula Hospital are working together to bring art from the community to the community. The new exhibit space at the hospital is available to HCOA’s exhibiting artists, extending their exposure to the public.
There is no opening reception on Friday, but art enthusiasts are encouraged to stop by and enjoy the exhibit. Be sure to browse the selection of fun and functional holiday items available at the hospital’s gift shop, as well.
For more information, call 235-4288 or visit homerart.org.
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