By Christina Whiting
As color returns to Kachemak Bay and Homer in the form of budding bushes, luxuriant lupine and endless fields of lush green hills, June’s First Friday exhibits open this week with a promise of more colors bursting on the horizon.
All First Friday opening receptions run from 5 to 7 p.m. June 6, unless otherwise noted.
Homer Council on the Arts presents quilts by Homer artist Beth Christiansen.
With a love for sewing that was inspired by her mother and a special fondness for working with fabric, Christiansen draws ideas from both her surroundings and her imagination. She has made several quilts from patterns, but also likes to learn the mechanics of block construction, adding and subtracting enhancements to match her vision.
For more information, call 235-4288 or visit homerart.org.
Ptarmigan Arts Gallery features paper batiks of Alaska scenes by Homer artist Janaan Kitchen.
Traditional batik artists work with fabric, but Kitchen works with a thin rice paper that is fragile when wet and strong when dry, requiring a delicate process.
She has exhibited her creations around the world, including as part of the permanent collection at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, in Australia’s premier wildlife art show, Walk on the Wild Side II and at the Charles and Emma Fry Museum in Seattle.
Her work has also been selected for the Alaska One Percent for Art program in several public institutions.
For more information, call 235-5345 or visit ptarmiganarts.com.
K Bay Caffe features “Fun, Fine Art,” acrylic and metallic paintings by Torie Rhyan.
Rhyan has been drawing her entire life, but has been teaching herself acrylic painting over the last few years, wanting to introduce more color into her art.
In this exhibit, she blends shiny, metallic paints with acrylic paints and the result is fun and whimsical wildlife and marine life scenes.
For more information, call 235-1551.
Art Shop Gallery presents “Throw a Little Party,” pottery by Libby Berezin.
A year-round artist at the gallery, Berezin offers new work that includes serving pieces, vases and teapots in a variety of glazes. Berezin makes wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery of stoneware clay, and said her solo shows reinvigorate and inspire her.
Much of her work is functional tableware, but she also enjoys creating sculptures and wall art pieces. Though largely self-taught, Berezin has attended college art classes and workshops with national and international clay artists.
Her work has placed in many juried shows over the past 20-plus years, and is featured in galleries and gift stores on the Kenai Peninsula and Juneau. Opening reception is 5 to 7:30 p.m. Show remains through June 22.
For more information, call 235-7076 or visit artshopgallery.com.
Fireweed Gallery features “Regarding Alaska;” pencil renderings by Nebraska artist Sue Taylor Perez.
With family ties to Homer and Nebraska, Perez is inspired by the beauty and serenity of her natural surroundings. Using multiple layers of pencil, pastel or paint to interpret even the simplest subject matter, Perez strives to show the persistence of nature in an ever-changing world. “Regarding Alaska” showcases fanciful animal and fishing themes.
Her work has won numerous awards, including Best of Show in the Nebraskaland Days Competitive Art Show, ANAC State Competition Merit Awards and an ANAC Gwen McKenzie Fellowship Award.
She has shown her work in Alaska and throughout Nebraska, is a member of the North Platte Art Guild, has taught drawing classes and workshops and served as a judge at numerous art shows.
For more information, call 235-3411 or visit fireweedgallery.com.
Picture Alaska Art Gallery offers “Drawing from Life,” figure drawings by members of the Homer Life Drawing group, an open group that meets Tuesday evenings at Homer Art and Frame. Live models pose while being sketched by established artists and beginners.
The exhibit includes work by Leo Vait, Dave Ellington, Michael Murray and Lynda Reed, among others.
For more information, call 235-2300 or visit picturealaska.com.
Bunnell Street Arts Center showcases “Close to Home,” James Behlke’s latest collection of iPad paintings and charcoals.
Utilizing the creative software of his iPad, this Anchorage artist is able to draw in low light and even dark. Behlke was the winner of 2012 Juror’s Choice Award, Anchorage Museum XXXIV All Alaska Juried Show.
His collection features new landscapes depicting the view from Anchorage’s Kincaid Park toward the Kenai Peninsula. Opening reception runs 5 to 7:30 p.m., with an artist talk at 6 p.m and a free demonstration workshop on June 7, from noon to 2 p.m.
For more information, call 235-2662 or visit bunnellarts.org.
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