Art scene lights up for February First Friday
Homer Animal Shelter hosts a book signing and photography workshop with pet photographer David Jensen. Meet this well-known Alaskan photographer during his book signing from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 2 and at his photography workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 3. Reserve space for the workshop by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call the shelter at 235-3141 or stop by their location at 3575 Heath Street.
Art Shop Gallery
Art Shop Gallery is on winter hours, Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stop by and browse their selection of Alaskan art. For more information, call 235-7076, explore artshopgallery.com or visit the gallery at 202 W Pioneer Avenue.
Bunnell Street Arts Center
Bunnell Street Arts Center presents Homer artist, Marjorie Scholl with "The Jess and Tuck Show — A Mother's Upbringing," her tribute to parenting. In January, Scholl was Bunnell's artist in residence, working on paintings for this show and sharing her process with community members and students from local schools. This exhibit, inspired when her daughter, Jess, left home to travel and attend college, is a series of acrylic paintings that depict moments from her family's life, with her children growing up in Homer and from her mother's perspective on their lives. The show opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 2 , with an artist talk at 6 p.m., and remains in the gallery through February. For more information, call 235-2662, explore bunnellarts.org or visit the gallery at 106 W. Bunnell?
Fireweed Gallery reopens Feb. 12, 2018. For more information, call 235-2650.
Grace Ridge Brewing
Grace Ridge Brewing presents "Whimsical Paintings," colorful acrylic paintings by Homer artist, Ed Hutchinson. Hutchinson's work focuses primarily on painting arctic wildlife in semi-abstract form and on white impasto paint on white canvas. Once a year, he paints a series of whimsical works, brightly colored paintings with cartoon-like characters and Alaskan themes, inspired by his 77 years of finding humor in everyday surroundings and situations. Hutchinson's work is displayed at the Stephan Fine Arts in the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage, the Art Shop Gallery in Homer and Whetstone Gallery, his own gallery in Seattle. Over the last 15 years, he has painted nearly 1,000 oil paintings, close to 300 acyclic paintings and hundreds of figurative life drawings. His paintings are in homes, businesses, government buildings and medical centers in 31 states, as well as Europe and Asia. The exhibit opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 2 and remains in the brewery through February. For more information, call 399-5222 or visit the brewery at 3388 B Street.
Homer Council on the Arts
Homer Council on the Arts presents abstract encaustic paintings by Homer artist, Karen Roush. It "Is What It Is" addresses the theme of pushing limitations. Oil and wax-based, her paintings are executed in a heavy, even course, with a texture of color that can be viewed from any perspective, providing for what she hopes is a multitude of emotive responses. "Abstract work is about expressing feelings and emotions in a visual sense. The intent is for viewers to feel the work and come to their own personal interpretation based on forms, colors, shapes and textures." The exhibit opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 2 and remains in the gallery through February. For more information, call 235-4288, explor?homerart.org or visit the arts council at 355 W. Pioneer Avenue.
The Pratt Museum hosts "Curator's Closet: 50 Years of Collecting at the Pratt Museum." Celebrating the museum's 50-year anniversary, current and former collections staff have collaborated to share some of their "favorite things." The exhibit opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 2 and is on display in the Special Exhibits Gallery through March. For more information, call 235-8635, explore prattmuseum.org or visit the museum at 3779 Bartlett.
Ptarmigan Arts presents "Art and Math," artist interpretations on the theme of how math affects and informs what we do and how it relates to the intuitive process, with works of art that deliberately and thoughtfully use principals of math (and related fields of geometry, perspective, algebra, light refraction, temperature, molecular weight, etc.) in the creative process. Work for this show includes clocks, vases, ceramic tiles, paintings, intricate bead sculptures, and more. The exhibit opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 2 and remains in the gallery through March. For more information, call 235-5345, visit ptarmiganarts.com or visit the gallery at 471 E. Pioneer Avenue.