Celebrating spring, youth at First Friday art exhibits

By Christina Whiting
Homer Tribune

This month, Homer’s downtown art galleries celebrate not only the return of spring, but also the visual arts talent of local youth in “Jubilee.” All opening receptions are Friday, April 4, from 5 to 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

Art Shop Gallery Stop by and browse work by local artists, including Nancy Wise’s fused glass pieces, Shirley Timmreck’s rich 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.

Photo by Christina Whiting Sculptor Jarod Charzewski poses with the elements of his next sculpture  at Bunnell Street Arts Center.

Photo by Christina Whiting
Sculptor Jarod Charzewski poses with the elements of his next sculpture at Bunnell Street Arts Center.

Bunnell Street Arts Center presents a large-scale sculpture by Jarod Charzewski, sculptor professor at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.
Constructed of salvaged buoys, barrels, seine and wood, Charzewski’s installation process will continue through April 13. Anyone interested in participating in the sculpture’s construction, as well as Charzewski’s methods, is encouraged to attend the artist’s talk at 6 p.m. on First Friday.
Charzewski is working with ideas of the accumulation of man-made materials through human and natural currents and behaviors. Opening reception 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 235-2662 or visit bunnellarts.org.

Fireweed Gallery presents “Merged Lifestyles of Kachemak Bay, Re-visited” by lifelong Alaskan Marian Beck.
In this exhibit, Beck expresses her experience of growing up on Kachemak Bay. She notes that she had the opportunity to see the area change from wilderness to the modern world and has captured these changes in her artwork.
“Without being entirely aware of it, I have pursued art and its expression my whole life,” she explained. “It is how I express the world as I see it.”
Beck’s exhibit remains in the gallery through May 2. Call 235-3411 for more info. Or visit fireweedgallery.com.

Homer Council on the Arts celebrates local youth talent with their annual Jubilee Visual Art Show of work from students grades K-12.
“Slam and Jam” follows the opening reception. The 7 p.m. youth poetry slam and rave is for high school students.
“Slam and Jam” is created by “Youth on Record Alaska,” directed by Cody Davidson, HCOA’s Arts Educator of the Year. The event is offered in partnership with South Peninsula Haven House and the R.E.C. Room. For more information, call 235-4288 or visit homerart.org.

Pratt Museum collection  John Waterman, 1930, with garden produce.

Pratt Museum collection
John Waterman, 1930, with garden produce.

Homer Public Library presents “Buen Camino: A Pilgrim’s Journey.” This exhibit of photographs from Homer writer and photographer Christina Whiting shares her experiences on a 500-mile walk on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail in northern Spain.
A reception and slideshow will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the library’s fireplace reading room. There, Whiting will share stories, answer questions and offer practical advice for others seeking to embark on a similar journey. The exhibit remains in the library through June 30. For more information, call 425-3180.

Kachemak Bay Campus continues its exhibit by Kenai Peninsula photographer Joe Kashi. “Homer Beach, Ebb Tide” presents full color-spectrum images of Homer’s tidal areas. It is said to be reminiscent of traditional black and white photographs. Kashi’s exhibit remains through April 23. KBC hosts its annual student art showcase on April 25 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 235-7743.

Picture Alaska Art Gallery showcases a selection of Seldovia artists. For more information, call 235-2300 or visit picturealaska.com.

The Pratt Museum presents two exhibits for the month of April. Youth art work in “Jubilee” will grace the museum’s halls, as well as “Key Ingredients: America By Food.”
This Smithsonian Institute traveling exhibition explores how food and culture across America influence each other. A selection of artifacts, photographs and illustrations examine the evolution of the American kitchen. 
Visitors can participate and provide feedback that will lead to a subsequent exhibit exploring local food traditions. For more information, call 235-8635 or visit prattmuseum.org. 

Ptarmigan Arts Gallery celebrates its 30-year anniversary with an opening reception featuring works by several new artists.
Mallory Drover exhibits recycled, wearable accessories, while George Overpeck turns wood bowls. Debbie Fanaia will exhibit her photographs, Ruby Haigh brings her pottery and Jeanie Sims, her tapestry bags.
At 5 p.m., artists will demonstrate their techniques, including Ellen Halseth’s loom-weaving,
In addition, Jean Steel offers copper jewelry crafting, Kathi Drew brings fish-skin baskets and encaustic painting, and Cindy Nelson presents her mosaics.
This exhibit remains through April. For more information, call 235-5345 or visit ptarmiganarts.com.

Photo provided Artist Christina Whiting stops beside a trail marker on her 500-mile trek through northern Spain in 2011.

Photo provided
Artist Christina Whiting stops beside a trail marker on her 500-mile trek through northern Spain in 2011.

South Peninsula Hospital also jumps on the “Jubilee” bandwagon with their own exhibit of students’ work.
The hospital’s gallery is an extension of the Homer Council on the Arts and is open to HCOA artists. The two organizations work together to bring art from the community to the community.
The exhibit remains through April. For more info., call 235-4288 or visit homerart.org.

Spenard Builder’s Supply also showcases young talent with “The Midnight Run.”
Local potter Ruby Haigh worked with West Homer Elementary students, teaching them to create and glaze clay fish from a sockeye salmon mold.
For the entire month of April, SBS walls will be adorned with the 26 hand-painted clay salmon.

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