First Friday arrives to awaken ‘Signs’ and senses

• From wistful impressions to Nitty Gritty New York City
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Homer Tribune

“Home Is Where the Cart Is” by Christina Whiting

“Home Is Where the Cart Is” by Christina Whiting

Homer’s downtown art galleries display new and continuing exhibits through the month of March. Opening receptions are Friday, Mar. 7, 5-7 p.m., or as noted.

Bunnell Street Arts Center features “Signs,” mixed media by Fairbanks artist Annie Duffy. Duffy’s work highlights the impressions left behind when people and animals pass through a space or moment in time.
“Signs” examines incidental impressions Duffy witnesses in Alaska, impressions that help tell the stories of the lives passing through.
The opening reception runs from 5-7:30 p.m., with an artist talk at 6 p.m. For more information, call 235-2662 or visit bunnellarts.org.

Fireweed Gallery presents “Falling through the Rabbit Hole;” a photographic discovery of New York City through the eyes of Homer photographer Christina Whiting.
“Like Alice in Wonderland, I dropped through the rabbit hole, but came out in New York City,” Whiting said. “Everything was new, interesting and amazing to me, and my senses were acutely awake as I soaked it all in.”
While Whiting didn’t meet any giant rabbits along the way, she did encounter rats, cockroaches, clowns and knishes, as well as a variety of kind, creative, quirky and passionate New Yorkers.
Whiting wandered the streets, rode the mass transit, walked the entire length of the city three times, and indulged in arts and entertainment. tantalized her pallet, explored wild, natural areas, got lost in bookstores, coffee shops and bakeries and bumped into a dynamic cast of inspiring characters.
Ten percent of all sales will be donated to a family in Queens who is still rebuilding from Hurricane Sandy. The opening reception is at 5 p.m. For more information, call 235-2650 or visit fireweedgallery.com.

Homer Council on the Arts continues Homer artist Kim McNett’s exhibit of nature illustrations, “Under Rock and Leaf.”
McNett’s pen-and-ink drawings share her observations of Kachemak Bay’s marine invertebrates, fungi and spores. McNett’s drawings focus on form and texture, starting out as photographs or sketches that are then resized and traced on to fine paper with indelible ink pens.
Fine details are filled in with a variety of pen-point sizes. McNett’s exhibit remains in the gallery through March 28. For more information, call 235-4288 or visit homerart.org. HCOA gallery is open Monday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.

“February Ravens” by Annie Duffy

“February Ravens” by Annie Duffy

Homer Public Library continues its marine debris art exhibit, “An Unsought Catch.” This Alutiiq-style mask is made entirely from marine debris, including plastic bottles, bottle caps, a fly swatter, a plastic jug and a large piece of polyethylene foam.
Intended to demonstrate man’s connection to the ocean, the work is a collaboration between Homer artist Lynn Naden, the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies staff, McNeil Canyon Elementary’s sixth-grade class and community volunteers.
CACS marine debris art sculptures have been exhibited at the Alaska Forum on the Environment, Begich Boggs Visitor Center in Portage, Murie Science and Learning Center in Denali, Morris Thompson Visitor Center in Fairbanks and Effie Kokrine School in Fairbanks.
On March 6, the library will host a lecture on marine debris found along Alaska shorelines resulting from the Tsunami in Japan and the typhoon in the Philippines.
On March 22, the library will host Marine Debris Art Day for children ages 7 and up. The exhibit will remain in the library through March 31. For more information, call 491-1001.

Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College hosts “Homer Beach, Ebb Tide,” by Kenai Peninsula photographer Joe Kashi. Kashi’s work presents full-color spectrum images of Homer’s tidal areas and is reminiscent of traditional black-and-white photographs.
The exhibit remains in the campus commons through March 28. For more information, call 235-7743.

Pratt Museum continues its exhibit, “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. Comparisons on geologic processes, paleontology and climate change are noted and each fossilized species is paired with a similar living plant or animal. The exhibit remains in the gallery through March 30. For more information, call 235-8635 or visit prattmuseum.org

Ptarmigan Arts Gallery celebrates its 30-year anniversary and thanks its loyal customers with weekly gift certificate giveaways. Enter during the First Friday event.
The gallery also continues its exhibit of Dave Parkhurst’s northern lights photographs, “The Aurora Collection.” Parkhurst lives in Anchorage and has been capturing Alaska’s auroral displays since 1980. Recognized by his peers as one of the world’s leading natural phenomenon photographers, Parkhurst has spent thousands of hours capturing the rarest scenes, often working in sub-zero temperatures. His photographs have been selected for numerous publications worldwide.
Parkhurst’s exhibit remains in the gallery through March 30. For more information, call 235-5345 or visit ptarmiganarts.com.

Other gallery happenings
Art Shop Gallery: Stop by and 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.
Picture Alaska Art Gallery and The Upstairs Boutique will host an open house.  Enjoy light refreshments, revisit Lynda Reed’s watercolor portraits and take advantage of their winter sweater sale. For more information, call 235-2300 or visit picturealaska.com.

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