By Christina Whiting
First Friday opening receptions are 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 2, unless otherwise noted.
Art Shop Gallery presents “Out with the Old and In with the New,” featuring a bag sale where all you can stuff from their backroom into their special bags will be on sale. This includes frames, pre-cut mats, glass, gift items, prints and more. New to the gallery are Free Spirit Wear cycling jerseys and jackets by Homer artist Kathy Sarns.
For more information, call 235-7076 or visit artshopgallery.com.
Bunnell Street Arts Center showcases Jarod Charzewski’s large installation of salvaged buoys, barrels, seine and wood. His artwork expands from the sidewalk, into the gallery and will be up through June.
During First Friday, meet May’s Artists in Residence, including a discussion with California earth-science-based artist Adrien Segal. Other artists, including Jimmy Riordan, Jesus Landin Torrez III and Michael Gerace will discuss their ephemeral public art project, “Searching for the Sublime at the End of the Road.”
This event will take place on Bishop’s Beach later this month. Friday’s opening reception runs from 5-7:30 p.m. For more information, call 235-2662 or visit bunnellarts.org.
Fireweed Gallery features two exhibits: “Grassroots Alliances:” the 18th-annual spring show that exhibits work by members of the Kachemak Bay Watercolor Society. From a small group of artists who gathered to discuss forming a watercolor society, the group has grown into a guild of watercolorists who meet and share techniques and experiences, and display their art year-round.
The annual show allows members to display their creativity and acts as a reminder of a simple, grassroots organization that found commonality and strength through art.
Also on display is Homer artist Chris Story’s pottery exhibit of Zen gardens, ceremonial tea bowls and raku-fired and high-fired stoneware. Chris has worked in clay for 25 years, and his work has been shown and sold in galleries and museums in eight states. Both exhibits remain in the gallery through June 3. For more information, call 235-3411 or visit fireweedgallery.com.
Homer Council on the Arts presents, “Making Choices about Alcohol – A Youth PhotoVoice Exhibit.” This exhibit showcases photographs by Homer Middle School and Homer High School students, addressing the theme of what things they see in Homer that might affect youth’s decisions to drink or not drink.
PhotoVoice is a model that raises awareness about particular community issues and can be used to discover the attitudes, beliefs and perspectives of its participants through photography. By creating an exhibit, discussions about underage drinking can be brought to the wider community, and provide students with the skills and confidence to voice their opinions and share their art. For more information, call 235-4288 or visit homerart.org.
Knitty Stash features large and colorful oils on wood by artist Erin Rae D’Eimon of Indian, Alaska. Erin is an Alaska oil painter and enthusiastic birder who is inspired by nature, color, natural history, scientific illustration and small things in the vastness of wilderness. She uses space and texture to express these inspirations.
Erin will be on hand to answer questions, and the exhibit will remain through May 10 at 3581 Main Street, next to Homer Hounds. Hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and Saturday noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 299-0601.
Picture Alaska Art Gallery offers a group show by the Alaska Plein Air Painters, including Pat Bliss, Betty Atkinson, Chris Zafren, K.N. Goodrich, Kurt Jacobson, Andy Sonneborn, Nancy Angelini-Crawford, Anne Hansen, Dot Tideman, Nancy Brandt-Erichsen, Cynthia Calder Kolstad, Don Kolstad, Lynn Boots and Marianne Wieland.
“Plein air” is the process of working quickly to capture the mood of the moment. Don and Cynthia Calder Kolstad will be on hand to discuss their paintings. For more information, call 235-2300 or visit picturealaska.com.
Ptarmigan Arts Gallery celebrates the theme of migration through photography, paint, paper, fiber, beads and natural materials. Artists include Dan Fischer, Beverly Macy, Heather Andersen, Carol and Chris Beverly, Kathie Baldwin, Jeanne Sims, Ted Heuer, Gary Lyon, Jean Steele, Cindy Nelson, Ellen Halseth, Toby Tyler, Kathi Drew and Joanne Thordarson.
The exhibit will remain in the gallery through June 2. For more information, call 235-5345 or visit ptarmiganarts.com.
South Peninsula Hospital presents fun, colorful paintings by Homer artist Peter Alfiche. There is no opening reception on Friday, but everyone is encouraged to stop by and visit this exhibit of bright colors and whimsical themes at the hospital. The exhibit remains through June. For more information, call 235-4288 or visit homerart.org.
West Homer Elementary presents their “Spring Art Fair” on Friday with a celebration of spring that showcases student art in a variety of mediums. An art activity table with art trading cards for sale and refreshments served by staff will also be available. For more information, call 235-5750.
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