By Christina Whiting
Homer’s art galleries celebrate new exhibits for the month of February with opening receptions on Friday.
Bunnell Street Arts Center presents “Cut Stitch Press” fiber art by Maria Shell.
Shell’s work is grounded in the tradition and craft of American quilt-making. Vintage and contemporary solid and print cotton fabrics and hand-dyed cotton fabrics are cut mostly without rulers and stitched into a two dimensional surface. Once the pieced canvas is created, Shell spends hours stitching the top to cotton or wool batting and a fabric backing.
Shell’s opening reception is 5-7:30 p.m. For more information, call 235-2662 or visit bunnellarts.org.
Ptarmigan Arts Gallery presents The Aurora Collection, Dave Parkhurst’s photography of the northern lights. Parkhurst lives in Anchorage and is recognized by his peers as one of the world’s leading natural phenomenon photographers.
He is dedicated to photographing the aurora borealis and has been doing so since 1980. Parkhurst has spent thousands of hours capturing the rarest scenes, often working in sub-zero temperatures.
Opening reception for Parkhurst’s “Aurora Collection” runs from 5-7 p.m., with the exhibit remaining on display in the gallery through Mar. 30.
For more information, call 235-5345 or ptarmiganarts.com.
Pratt Museum reopens with “The Living Tertiary.”
Curated by Geoff Coble, the exhibit compares local fossil remains to similar plants and animals found both nearby and around the world, drawing comparisons on geologic processes, paleontology and climate change. Each fossilized species is paired with a similar living plant or animal.
In conjunction with the exhibit, the museum will host a “Fossil Day” on Feb. 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. Community members are invited to bring fossils in for Coble and Lee Post to identify.
The Pratt opening reception runs from 5-7 p.m. Friday, and the exhibit remains in the gallery through Mar. 30.
For more information, call the Pratt Museum, 235-8635 or visit prattmuseum.com.
Homer Council on the Arts showcases “Under Rock and Leaf,” nature illustrations by Kim McNett. McNett’s pen and ink drawings share her observations of some of Kachemak Bay’s life forms, including marine invertebrates, fungi and spores.
Focusing on form, texture and characteristics, her drawings start as photographs or sketches in her journal, which are then resized and traced onto fine paper with indelible ink pens, The detail is then filled in with a variety of pen point sizes.
McNett’s opening reception runs from 5-7 p.m. and the exhibit remains in the gallery through Mar. 28. For more information, call 235-4288 or visit homerart.org.
Art Shop Gallery – Browse work by local artists, including Nancy Wise’s fused-glass pieces, Shirley Timmreck’s colorful watercolors, Taz Tally’s black-and-white landscape photographs and Ed Tussey’s giclee prints on canvas. For more information, call 235-7076 or visit artshopgallery.com.
The Fireweed Gallery will reopen Feb. 7, and feature vintage and artists’ jewelry at 20 percent off for Valentine’s Day. Complimentary refreshments and gift-wrapping included. For more information, call 235-2650 or visit fireweedgallery.com.
The Homer Public Library showcases “An Unsought Catch;” an Alutiiq style mask made from marine debris.
This collaborative creation between Homer artist Lynn Naden, staff at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, McNeil Canyon School sixth graders and community volunteers, was created using plastic bottles, bottle caps, a fly swatter, a plastic jug and a large piece of polyethylene foam.
The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies hosts an annual Coast Walk event in the fall, where hundreds of community volunteers clean local beaches. The effort culminates with the collection of thousands of pounds of marine debris.
CACS marine debris art sculptures have been exhibited at the Alaska Forum on the Environment, the Begich Boggs Visitor Center in Portage, the Murie Science and Learning Center in Denali, the Morris Thompson Visitor Center in Fairbanks and the Effie Kokrine School in Fairbanks.
On Mar. 6, the Homer Public Library will host a lecture on marine debris found along Alaska shorelines resulting from the Tsunami in Japan and typhoon in the Philippines. On Mar. 22, they host Marine Debris Art Day for children ages 7 and up.
The exhibit remains in the library through Mar. 31. For more information, call 491-1001.
Picture Alaska and The Upstairs Boutique will host open houses with light refreshments and their annual winter boot sale. Stop by for art and fashion sales storewide. For information, call 235-2300 or visit picturealaska.com.
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