First Friday events ring in the new year
Celebrate the arrival of 2018 with a few of Homer's art galleries and community spaces as they present January art exhibits. Others take a break for the winter.
Art Shop Gallery
Art Shop Gallery is on winter hours, Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and they will not be hosting another First Friday until May 2018. Until then, stop by and browse their selection of Alaska art. For more information, call 235-7076, explore artshopgallery.com or visit the gallery at 202 West Pioneer Avenue.
Bunnell Street Arts Center
Bunnell Street Arts Center presents Homer artist, Marjorie Scholl as their January artist in residence. During the residency, Marjorie will be completing paintings for her February exhibit at the gallery, called "The Jess and Tuck Show — A Mother's Upbringing." The exhibit is Scholl's tribute to parenting, with her paintings depicting moments from her family's life through their years in Homer. During her residency, Marjorie will host school visits from Anchor Point's Chapman Elementary, Homer Middle School and West Homer Elementary School.
She will show and discuss with students her work in process. She will also discuss the stewardship of local beaches, as part of Bunnell and Homer's dedication to keeping our beaches healthy. Community members of all ages are invited to visit Marjorie during her studio hours at the gallery, Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Jan. 8.
"The Jess and Tuck Show — A Mother's Upbringing" will open with a First Friday reception at the gallery in February. For more information, contact the gallery at 235-2662, explore bunnellarts.org or visit the gallery at 106 W Bunnell?
Fireweed Gallery is closed until Feb. 12. Their next art opening will be March 2018. For more information, call 235-2650 or visit fireweedgallery.com.
Grace Ridge Brewing
Grace Ridge Brewing presents Bears in Flowers, large acrylic paintings and a multimedia sculpture by Homer artist Julianne Tomich. Julianne shared that prior to moving to Alaska in 2011, she did not think about bears that often. Three months after moving to the community, a brown bear walked by her kitchen window while she was having coffee. Since that time, her self-described bear phobia obsession began.
"Is it obsession or natural fear?There are many stories and myths about Alaska bears, and to say this was a "grizzly" year would be appropriate with several bear encounters ending badly, for both people and bears." Julianne shared that pairing a bear phobia with flowers is like trying to disguise the wild and unpredictable in domesticated comfort?
In this exhibit, Julianne paints bears in scenes with flowers, such as her Bears in Poppies, drawing a similarity to the wildness of bears and flowers. She has shown her work locally at Homer Council on the Arts, Fireweed Gallery and the new Homer Harbor office. She is also well-known for her window paintings around town, and is a favorite with kids for her superhero paintings at the Homer Theater.
Bears in Flowers opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 4, and remains in the brewery through January. For more information, call 399-5222 or visit the brewery at 3388 B Street.
Homer Council on the Arts
Homer Council on the Arts is on winter hours, Monday to Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. and the gallery closed until February 1, 2018. For more information, call 235-4288 or explor?homerart.org.
Pratt Museum exhibit and galleries are closed until February. For more information, call 235-8635 or explore prattmuseum.org for their 2018 schedule of exhibits.
Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery
Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery continues A Brush with Collage with Homer artist, Sharlene Cline. Using Chinese brushwork, decorative paper and acrylic paints, Cline responds to the world around her with her art. This exhibit showcases a new body of work that includes playful collages, as well as her work with a theme of climate change.
Cline has exhibited locally and nationally, including her Moving Towards Center project in Homer, as well as at the Intercultural Museum Art Gallery in Baltimore and the Dadian Gallery at the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. She is represented in numerous private collections in Canada, Ecuador, Japan, Mexico, Pakistan, Taiwan and the United States. Her enjoyment of working with students extends to curating children's art shows, ArtQuest and 350.org., and she has taught art, especially Chinese brushwork, to children with the Alaska Artist for Schools program.
The exhibit reopens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 4, and remains in the gallery through January. For more information, call 235-5345, explore ptarmiganarts.com or visit the gallery at 471 E Pioneer Avenue.