By Christina Whiting
K Bay Caffe and the Homer Public Library are welcoming the New Year with First Friday receptions on Jan. 3. Both venues will showcase photo exhibits that feature powerful images addressing social issues.
• K Bay Caffe is featuring “Making Choices About Alcohol: A Youth PhotoVoice Exhibit.” The exhibit opens with a First Friday reception at 6 p.m.
This exhibit features photography by Homer Middle School and Homer High School students, as well as images by student mentors. The exhibit is the result of a 12-week class that taught students to use photography to address the issue of underage drinking.
Student photographers will be introduced during the opening reception, and a panel of students will talk about their work and experience going through the program. At 6:30 p.m., several young poets will perform spoken-word poetry they wrote based on photographs in the exhibit.
The exhibit is sponsored by the Homer Prevention Project and is in partnership with other local organizations, including Haven House. For information on the exhibit, call 235-0570 or visit www.homerpreventionproject.org.
• The Homer Public Library presents “Liberty and Justice (For All),” opening with a First Friday reception from 5 to 7 p.m. It is an exhibit of photography and personal narrative by 68 of the world’s leading photojournalists as they explored the universal themes of liberty and justice. The exhibit is a special tribute created to honor two photojournalists who were killed in 2011 while covering the civil war in Libya. The photojournalists’ words and images explore the pursuit and importance of truth.”
Liberty and Justice (For All)” traveled within Alaska, across North America and to London. Two dozen of the most provocative works from the larger, more expansive exhibit will be shown in Homer. During the reception, a video will play in the conference room about the exhibit, as well as the opening panel discussion that originally took place at the VII Gallery in New York City and aired on Alaska Public TV — 360 North.
• The Friends of the Homer Public Library will host two additional events. On Jan. 14 at 6 p.m., a discussion of human rights and individual responsibilities will take place in the Fireplace Reading Lounge. On Jan. 21 at 6 p.m., seniors from the high school Advanced Placement English class will give brief oral presentations of essays they’ve written on the subject of Liberty and Justice.
Watch for upcoming art exhibit announcements throughout the year. For more information on these Library events, call 491-1001.
• Picture Alaska will host an open house on Friday, Jan. 3, from 5-7 p.m., featuring portraits of Alaska Natives by Lynda Reed and Dianne Widom. Reed obtained historical photographs from the Carrie Museum in Nome, inspiring her series of watercolor paintings. Widom lived in Nome for several years, becoming well known for her portraits of local residents. She will be showcasing giclees. For information, call 235-2300 or visit picturealaska.com.
• Bunnell Street Arts Center will have a Second Friday opening reception on Jan. 10, featuring “ReCollections,” a duo show by Kayla Spaan and Laura Bliss Spaan.
“ReCollections” showcases work by a mother/daughter duo who share a passion for collecting and recycling. Kayla is a paper-pulp painter and printmaker from Homer. Laura is a filmmaker from Anchorage who creates mixed-media assemblages. “ReCollections” features Styrofoam packing forms, glowing x-rays, cafeteria trays, immersive kinetics made from pulped mantras on paper, and hundreds of plastic lids nested in an explosion of recovered color.
Kayla and Laura will share their creative process during a talk at 6 p.m. For more information, call 235-2662 or visit bunnellarts.org.
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