By Christina Whiting
Homer’s downtown art galleries celebrate the height of summer with new exhibit openings and First Friday receptions. All receptions run from 5-7 p.m., unless otherwise noted.
Art Shop Gallery presents “Local Artists in Black and White,” featuring new work by Homer photographer Taz Tally and glasswork by Nancy Wise.
Taz is a landscape photographer specializing in black-and-white images that capture mood, tone and texture. He has called Homer home for 10 years, and finds inspiration outdoors while hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing and tidepooling.
Taz teaches photography face-to-face at the Kachemak Bay Campus of UAA and online with Linda.com and Sessions.edu. He is also the author of numerous instructional Photoshop and photography books and manuals, as well as authoring “50 Hikes in the Kenai Peninsula.”
His work is shown year-round at the Art Shop Gallery.
Nancy Wise is a multi-media artist who has lived in the Homer area for 40 years, and has her work in galleries and exhibitions locally, statewide and nationally. She has taught throughout Alaska as an Artist in the Schools and, after almost 15 years working as a cook and deckhand on tugboats in Prince William Sound, is now making art full time in her home studio.
Nancy works in fused and recycled glass, kiln-fusing brilliantly colored glass into a sheet that is slumped or draped to achieve its final form.
Wise’s exhibit remains through Sept. 2, with an opening reception from 5-7:30 p.m. For more information, call 235-7076 or visit artshopgallery.com.
Fireweed Gallery features “Beyond the Roads — A Personal View of Alaska,” with John Lince-Hopkins.
Using richly textured oil paintings with Alaska themes, Lince-Hopkins is inspired by strong, high-latitude light that produces strong shadows and brightly lit areas for extended periods of time. He is drawn to lingering sunsets and sunrises of amazing color and depth.
A biologist, bush teacher and environmental field officer for Alaska DEC, Lince-Hopkins has had the opportunity to study and appreciate the effects of high-latitude light on the landscape and skies of rural Alaska. Exhibit remains in the gallery through Sept. 2. For more info., call 235-3411 or visit fireweedgallery.com.
Ptarmigan Arts Gallery presents “The Meditation Forest,” paintings by artist Sue Dranchak.
Dranchak’s art career began at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, where she studied painting and received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. In Fairbanks, she lived in a rustic, one-room cabin west of town in an area known as Gold Hill. It was here she learned the value of simplicity and developed a strong relationship with her surroundings and nature.
The “Meditation Forest” is a series of paintings that reflect on and celebrate the time she spent walking and skiing the network of trails in the boreal forest environment of her Alaska home. Dranchak splits her home between Alaska and Arizona, but says Alaska remains her main source of artistic inspiration.
The exhibit remains through Sept. 2. For more information, call 235-5345 or visit ptarmiganarts.com.
Picture Alaska Art Gallery hosts an open house until 7 p.m. on Friday. Stop by the gallery to check out prints, paintings, sculptures, jewelry, photography, glass, fiber arts, Native art and more. For more information, call 235-2300 or visit picturealaska.com.
Homer Council on the Arts continues “Ocean’s Lament;” a marine debris art exhibition, collaborated by The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, the Homer Council on the Arts and Homer artist Lynn Marie Naden that raises awareness of marine debris issues.
The exhibit will remain on display through Aug. 29. For more information, call 235-4288 or visit homerart.org.
“Reliquary” by Homer artist Jo Going is a solo exhibit of mixed media featuring found animal bones collected by the artist from the Arctic Tundra over the course of 29 years.
The exhibit remains on display through Sept. 21. For more information, call 235-8635 or prattmuseum.org.
Pratt Museum continues its exhibit “Dena’inaq Huch’ulyeshi: The Dena’ina Way of Living” through Sept. 1, 2014.
The Dena’ina Way of Living is the first comprehensive exhibit of the Dena’ina culture, curated and provided by the Anchorage Museum. The Pratt is the first stop of the tour, with artifacts, multimedia and text that explores the past and present Dena’ina culture.
This exhibit changes that. Meet the Dena’ina through film, life-size recreations, images, hands-on learning stations, audio and more than 40 artifacts.
Visit the Pratt Museum website, www.prattmuseum.org, for a schedule of related special events.
Bunnell Street Arts Center presents “Spaces Within;” new work by mask-carver and installation artist Drew Michael.
Michael lives in Anchorage and is of Yu’pik and Inupiaq origin. His work explores his identity as a twin survivor of pre-mature birth and of foster care and adoption. He uses themes of hybridity and mixed media in a contemporary carved and assembled style.
Michael expresses an emotional, ironic and adventurous spirit in his use of mixed media, fine craftsmanship and individual style. His work can be found at the Anchorage Museum and the State Museum. “Spaces Within” is on exhibit through Sept. 2.
Opening reception is 5-7:30 p.m., with an artist talk at 6 p.m. For more information, call 235-2662 or visit bunnellarts.org.
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