By Christina Whiting
Homer’s art galleries celebrate Independence Day weekend with First Friday and First Saturday receptions.
Bunnell Street Arts Center presents “Walker and Wood,” pottery by Homer potter Lisa Wood Beck and paintings by Kodiak painter Antoinette Walker.
Beck is well-known for her unique decorative and functional styles and beautiful glazes. Walker’s encaustic work combines molten bees with damar crystals and pigment. It includes coastal marine themes inspired by the wild beauty around her Kodiak home, as well as the fishing grounds of Bristol Bay.
Exhibits remain on display through July 31. Opening reception runs from 5-7:30 p.m., with artist talks at 6 p.m. For more information, call 235-2662 or visit bunnellarts.org.
Ptarmigan Arts Gallery presents “White On White Arctic Wildlife.” These new oil paintings by Anchorage artist Ed Hutchinson feature Arctic wildlife in a process that includes using white paint on white canvas. The raised white paint interacts with light to produce shadows and images, and the result resembles embossing.
Anchorage concert harpist Skookums will offer live music for the evening.
The opening reception runs from 5-7 p.m., and the exhibit remains through July 29. For more information, call 235-5345 or visit ptarmiganarts.com.
Homer Council on the Arts offers “Ocean’s Lament,” a marine debris art exhibition presented by the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, Homer Council on the Arts and artist Lynn Marie Naden.
The exhibit raises awareness of marine debris issues, and opening reception runs from 5-7p.m. The exhibit remains on display through Aug. 29. For more information, call 235-4288 or visit homerart.org.
Fireweed Gallery features “Canary in a Coal Mine,” by Homer wood sculptor Deb Lowney. The exhibit includes 28 thought-provoking pieces that address causes and choices around the theme of climate change.
Legend has it, miners would bring a caged canary to the coal mines because the birds are very sensitive to methane and carbon monoxide, making them ideal for detecting dangerous gas build ups. As long as the bird kept singing, the miners knew they were safe. A dead canary signaled immediate mine evacuation.
Opening reception runs from 5-7 p.m., and remains through July 29. For more information, call 235-3411 or visit fireweedgallery.com.
Art Shop Gallery presents “Northern Adornment Trunk Show,” which features jewelry by year-round gallery artist Dawn Horner. Horner and her husband work together to create wearable art designs that include stones, fossils and historical symbols. Opening reception runs from 1-6 p.m., with the work remaining on exhibit through July 30. For more information, call 235-7076 or visit artshopgallery.com.
Picture Alaska Art Gallery will close at 6 p.m. Friday to watch the Fourth of July parade. They reopen on Saturday at 10 a.m., and close at 7 p.m.. The event also marks a 20 percent off storewide sale, and provides with light refreshments. For more information, call 235-2300 or visit picturealaska.com.
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 exhibition 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.
Also at the Pratt, “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 through Sept. 21. For more information, call 235-8635 or prattmuseum.org.
Galleries on the Homer Spit are now open. While these galleries are not hosting opening receptions, their doors are open to showcase local, national and international artists and their creativity.
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