Arts Briefs – Aug. 19

Wainwright to play Mariner Theatre Musician Rufus Wainwright will perform 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Homer High School Mariner Theatre. A New-York born, Montreal-raised singer/songwriter, Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation. The New York Times praises him for his “genuine originality,” and he has […]

Sklyanskaya to play Bunnell

Bunnell Street Arts Center presents Olga Sklyanskaya in concert, playing the French Suite in G Major by J.S. Bach, 10 lyric pieces by E. Grieg and Images, Book I by C. Debussy on piano. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Sklyanskaya started playing the piano at the age of six. In 1995 she has moved to Chicago […]

RavenFest 2015 homesteads a new musical experience

Homer-area music fans turn out in droves for lawn concerts and the salmon-celebrating music festival at Ninilchik, but the venues don’t arrive frequently enough compared to festival hot spots like Girdwood and Trappers Creek, a local promoter contends.
To create what he hopes will be a brand new festival enjoyed in the years ahead, Andrew Pruitt of Edge of the World Music Productions is introducing RavenFest 2015. Planned for Aug. 21-22, it will be located at Raven House, Mile 154 of the Sterling Highway, just outside Anchor Point near Whiskey Gulch.

Art Briefs – Aug. 5

A ‘steel’ of a deal Mike Sirl returns to Homer to prepare his property for sale and disseminate his collection of paintings and sculptures. Sirl lived on Diamond Ridge from 1974 to 2000, and produced an impressive body of large-scale paintings and steel sculptures.  Visit Saturday’s reception and studio sale from 4-7 p.m. where Sirl […]

First Friday brings bursts of color and a love of nature

As many of us in Alaska begin to see the slow approach toward chilly mornings and school busses, Homer galleries have found a way to keep color, movement and the healing power of flowers in August’s First Friday offering.
First Friday Art Exhibits around town feature local and visiting artists and their recent works in everything from paintings and pottery to mosaics and more.
Opening receptions on Aug. 7, run from 5-7 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

Orchestra plans multimedia performance for ‘Exhibition’

Now in its 20th year, the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra will offer an Aug. 7 Homer concert entitled, “Pictures at an Exhibition,” that localizes a 141-year-old story of friendship between a composer and his artist friend. KPO then takes the show to Kenai for a performance on Aug. 8.
In an effort to whet music lovers’ appetites, the orchestra is offering two weeks of smaller concerts meant to reach all ages and audiences at cafes, galleries and the library.
The grand finale at the Homer Mariner Theatre was written for the piano by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky in 1874. He wrote it in remembrance of his friend, Viktor Hartmann, after getting inspired by Hartmann’s work following his death.

Salmonfest rolls out the bands for salmon

Salmonstock’s story is a classic David and Goliath one; a group of dedicated activists working to preserve a world-class salmon fishery from a giant mine – and its role in successfully raising public awareness means some of the fight is over.
Now with its name changed to Salmonfest, the three-day concert July 31-Aug. 2 is under the new stewardship of Kachemak Bay Conservation Society, said promoter Jim Stearns. Five years ago, fighting against the Pebble Mine project in Bristol Bay, the Renewable Resources Coalition developed the event to highlight its “Salmon First” mantra.

Homer’s First Friday celebrates the Fourth of July

First Friday events coincide with Fourth of July festivities this weekend in Homer; a chance to stroll through the famed art galleries of Homer on Friday night in the first round of holiday celebrations.

Effort gets to heart of Alaska’s love for salmon

Nothing gets Alaskans riled up quite the way salmon does, be it through fishing regulations, the conflict between subsistence users and out-of-state fishermen wanting to wet a line, not to mention concerns that development could harm the extraordinary world-renown runs of red fish.
But a project underway in earnest for over a year now hopes to get Alaskans thinking about salmon in a more positive light, away from the politics and controversy. The idea, organizers say, is to get people thinking about how much the resource means to them. Once people realize how important it is, protecting salmon for future generations will come naturally, they say.

First Friday: many mediums, one-of-a-kind finds

With a mixed-media focus on everything from acrylics, clay, textiles and metal, to paper and plastic and pen and ink, June First Friday has something for just about everyone this coming weekend.
All Friday receptions run from 5-7 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

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