First Friday brings flood of color, detail, creativity

Much like the month of October, a season of transition for Homer, the galleries of town are flowing with artwork of all varieties, from color-rich to monotone, but no matter where you go, the art is sure to inspire.
At Ptarmigan Arts, the back room gallery will feature the brilliant and flowing artwork of Sarah Frary in her exhibit titled “Symbiotic.” Frary’s work features forms from nature, painting on natural items, such as skulls, and works that are more abstract. She dubs her painting “gestural catch-and-release paintings of life forming and decomposing in cyclical, unwinding spirals of infinite revolution and regeneration.

Local youth meets her muse in music

Throughout her young life, Ella Parks has been surrounded by artists who inspire her, including her aunt – a ceramics artist, her dad – a photographer and her mom – a musician.
Now a junior at Homer High School, she is sharing her own talents with local and Anchorage audiences, belting out blues and jazz songs from some of her favorite singers, including Etta James, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Adele.

First Friday openings draw on seasonal inspiration

As the days of summer draw to a close, one Homer artist has found inspiration in the common and sometimes overlooked beauty of fall in Southcentral Alaska.
Kim Terpening, who has used a variety of medium to explore her artistic expression over the years, this time has turned to digital photography to express her experiences watching the seasons change in Kachemak Bay.

Improv act all about imagination, collaboration, truth and humor

For many, getting on stage in front of a crowd is a scary prospect. Even scarier would be getting on stage without any idea what you are going to say or do and trying to entertain your audience.
But for Martty Zeller and the other improvisational actors of Fresh Produce, a fluid group that has been gelling together off and on for three decades, that’s the fun of it all. You never know what’s going to happen, except you can almost be certain laughter will be a part of it.
Zeller said he first experienced improv theater in Vancouver, British Columbia, when he stumbled into a theater late at night with no idea what to expect. What he saw were two guys making up a scene on the spot. A very strange scene.

Arts Briefs – Aug. 25

Burning Basket build to begin Homer Tribune Lead artist Mavis Muller brings her 13th-annual Homer Burning Basket to Mariner Park in early September. “EXPAND — Basket of Remembrance and Unburdening” is a community interactive impermanent art experience on the Homer Spit. Build week is Sunday, Sept. 4 through Saturday, Sept. 10, from noon-8 p.m. daily. […]

Program to bring violin instruction to students

Sometimes everything just falls into place. Such was the case recently for Linda Reinhart, who had been scratching her head for several years over how to bring music instruction to more Homer youth.
Reinhart, who is involved in and a proponent of the Kenai Peninsula Youth String Orchestra, had searched for a way to encourage more youth to join the orchestra. But until last winter, all her ideas had run into roadblocks. Private lessons were expensive. Afterschool programs required an expensive transportation component.

Salmonfest celebrates ‘fish, love and music’

Not even the rain could dampen the spirits of music-goers at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds for the sixth installment of the annual music festival in early August, known as Salmonfest.
Salmonfest bills itself as “Three Days of Fish, Love & Music,” presented by the Kachemak Bay Conservation Society, is a blend of music, education, conservation, food and beer spread over three days. Cook Inletkeeper has joined the festival as a primary sponsor and partner as a “Fish First” advocacy and plays a crucial role in coordinating educational and outreach components of the festival.
Salmonfest successfully blends a small-town country atmosphere on the shores of the Cook Inlet with the flavor of a large music festival in an intimate setting at the fairgrounds.

‘Heartfelt and Handmade’ displays couple’s artful ingenuity

Wander into the Pratt Museum between now and Oct. 1 and you will virtually be invited into the home of Jeffrey and Ranja Dean, and perhaps also into their creative minds as well.
“Heartfelt and Handmade: From Creative Homesteading to the Fine Arts” opened last week featuring the art and ingenuity of these modern-day Homer homesteaders, who have built an extraordinary life close to the earth nestled at the edge of Waterman Canyon east of Homer.

March ‘First Friday’ brings medley of mediums

As winter begins its tedious transition into spring, First Friday artists in Homer emerge with a variety of paintings, etchings and photography that capture the beauty in everything that surrounds us. Ptarmigan Arts features surprises from Toby’s Attic: Selected Works by R.W. “Toby” Tyler. Opening reception for the Back Room Gallery show will be Friday, […]

Arts Briefs

Guitar Christmas instrumentals Reverend Poorchild will be giving free performances at the following locations. •All Hopped Up Coffee, 3 p.m. Dec. 11 •K-Bay Coffee, 4 p.m. Dec. 12 •Don Joses, 7 p.m. Dec. 12 •Captain’s Coffee, 2 p.m. Dec. 13 •Senior Citizen’s Terrace, 6 p.m. •South Peninsula Hospital long term care, 12:30 p.m. Dec. 15 […]

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