What’s happening in Homer’s art community?

HCOA at a ‘Loss’ for community art The Homer Council on the Arts wants your art about “Loss.” Use sculpture, photography, painting, collage; it’s all good. Submit one piece or a small collection, and make it as serious or silly as you’d like. Submission forms and guidelines are available at homerart.org. Forms are due by […]

McNeil students make mosaics with Josh Nordstrom

Mosaics are everywhere at McNeil Canyon Elementary School. Every student from kindergarten through sixth grade  — a grand total of 120 kids — participated in the project led by visiting artist Josh Nordstrom. Each student picked a theme to work in, from landscapes to self-portraits to dragons, (the school mascot.) The students also used their […]

October First Friday offerings keep fall colors alive

As the Kenai Peninsula braces for yet another winter of rain, ice — and maybe even some snow — October First Friday hangs onto those last remaining colors of fall with a variety of artists around town. Batten down your hatches, throw on a little rain gear and brave the howling winds of Homer with […]

Welcome to a day in the life of Jordanians

The sun is setting. The call to prayer is sounding. A donkey brays in the distance. My heart pounds with nervous energy, pulse heavy in my ears as I sit next to this stranger in his car, this man named Rakan.
We pull up to a large, two-story house and a group of children spill out the front door, a wave of laughter washing over us as they run to hug his tall, lean frame. A young girls steps towards me, smiling. She takes my hand in hers.
“Marhaba,” she whispers. “

Around town Events- Sept. 16

WedSept16 Karaoke with Dax • 10 p.m. The Alibi, 453 East Pioneer Ave. Team Danger • 10 p.m., Kharacters, 197 E. Pioneer Ave. Open Mic with Mikey’s Chair • 8 p.m. Down East Saloon, 3 Mile East End Road, 235-6002. DownEastSaloon.com. Bingo • 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Every Wednesday. Sponsored by Homer […]

Arts Briefs- Sept. 9

Andres Condon and friends bring ‘Americalma’ In a concert of spiritual and transcendent music from around the world, Berlin-based Chilean musician Andres Condon and German singer Navino Condon join Chilean singer Astrid Brinck to present “Americalma” at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center on Sept. 12. Local guest artists — including Marjolein Cardon on bass — will […]

2015 Burning Basket ‘reaches’ for the heavens

ire really hasn’t been much of anything to celebrate this summer — until now. With the onset of September’s cooler temperatures and amid a cacophony of colorful falling leaves, local artist Mavis Muller brings her annual “Burning Basket” to Homer’s Mariner Park. Muller — along with a bussell of helpers — uses a variety of natural materials to build a structure that she plans all summer, builds in the fall and then ceremoniously sets ablaze. It’s what Muller calls a “community-based, interactive, impermanent art experience.

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.

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