Mural: Old Town Memoir

Homer painter Marjorie Scholl unveiled a new mural on the north exterior wall of Fat Olives (facing Sterling Highway) on Sept. 5. The mural was commissioned by Bunnell Street Arts Center with support from Fat Olives and ArtPlace America. Bunnell Street Arts Center’s Old Town AIR program engages artists to create and share artwork that […]

Arts Briefs – Sept. 10

Burn celebrates impermanence Volunteers started Sunday constructing the basket on Mariner Beach to be burned in next week’s 11th-annual Burning Basket Ceremony in Homer. Organizer/lead artist Mavis Muller said two helpers showed up Sunday, but she expects more throughout the week. People can bring bundles of grass, tree branches and other burnable items to build […]

Spotlight on unique Alaska artist: Eileen Wythe

Patrons at Ptarmigan Arts this month will view vivid floral patterns and geometric shapes in the featured art of long-time Homer resident Eileen Wythe who hopes to encourage other quilters to stretch their own artistic boundaries.
The pieces include fiber art and hand crafted driftwood and shell art. Wythe is a well-known and respected quilter throughout the state of Alaska and beyond, according to a Ptarmigan Arts press release. She creates quilts to “comfort” victims of fires, sewn alongside and given as gifts by the Kachemak Quilters, and has long simultaneously created artistic pieces in her own original designs.

Galleries serve up shows and snacks for First Friday

As always, Homer art galleries feature outstanding First Friday shows and treats for visitors who stroll by (or take the trolley) to view and possibly purchase some art this Friday, Sept. 5.
Ptarmigan Arts is featuring Ellen Halseth, one of Homer’s pioneers. This is her first show although she has lived in Homer for a long time and contributed to the community and the quilting scene. A spokesperson said that while this show is not a traditional “art” show, it reflects her sense of design, her love of Kachemak Bay, Homer and her people.
Picture Alaska is in the midst of a closing business sale, but still has a wide selection of Alaska art and Native crafts. Everyone is invited to stop by and enjoy light refreshments and tremendous savings on art, fashions and gifts.

Animal Eyes comes home to play at Down East

The Portland-based, Alaska-grown band “Animal Eyes” will perform at the Down East Saloon on Sept. 18. Band member and manager Colin McArthur said the show is part of the band’s four-date mini tour of Alaska, including the Monolith Booking Agency Showcase in Anchorage Sept. 19-20. Animal Eyes includes: Tyler Langham on strings, drums and vocals; […]

Pier One’s 4Play concludes summer season

Nancy Chastain directs four short plays for the last performance of the summer season at Pier One Theater on the Homer Spit. Ken Landfield will act as assistant director.
“Three of the plays in 4Play are from the best American short plays, 2010-2011 edited by William W. Demastes,” Chastain said. “I fell for each of these as soon as I read them. I love a good farce.”
“The Coyote Stratagem,” by G. Flores, involves a couple breaking up, but not really sure they want to. The play follows their thrashing from one kind of love to another. Thom Custer and Jessica Guttierez-Hahn star.
Peter Norton and Amy Huffman star in “Creatures,” by Janet Allard. An engaged couple, under a full moon at a drive-in movie, begin to suspect that the man is turning into a werewolf.
“Ah, love! Expect the unexpected,” Chastain said. “Just when you think you’ve got it figured out, here comes yet another surprise.”

Young thespians present Peter Pan

Pier One Theatre’s youth/teen production of Peter Pan packed the theatre for all performances last weekend. Three more are scheduled for tomorrow through Saturday.
A cast of 14 newly trained young thespians staged the difficult play that has many settings; it’s a performance many consider relatively easy in movies, but nearly impossible on a little stage.
The character of Peter Pan, created by Scottish novelist and playwright J.M. Barrie, is a mischievous boy who can fly and never grows up.
Peter Pan, played by Galen Lyon, spends his never-ending childhood adventuring on the small island of Neverland as the leader of his gang, the Lost Boys.

August at Bunnell features mask-making by Drew Michael

By his own admission, Anchorage-based mask-carver Drew Michael has always been a person “lost in thought.”
“As a child, I would sit in the woods and think about who I was going to be as an adult,” Michael explains on his website. “I wondered what kind of man I would be, if I would have a wife, children, where I would live, and what kind of influence I would have on the people around me.”
A look at any of Michael’s intricately carved masks will tell you he is definitely doing what he was designed to do. His installation, “Spaces Within,” adorns the front gallery of Bunnell Street Arts Center this month.

August First Friday a mid-summer night’s dream

Homer’s downtown art galleries celebrate the height of summer with new exhibit openings and First Friday receptions. All receptions run from 5-7 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

Art Shop Gallery presents “Local Artists in Black and White,” featuring new work by Homer photographer Taz Tally and glasswork by Nancy Wise.
Taz is a landscape photographer specializing in black-and-white images that capture mood, tone and texture. He has called Homer home for 10 years, and finds inspiration outdoors while hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing and tidepooling.

Arts Briefs – July 30

The 100 Stone Project A movement called “100 Stone” seeks to transform local, regional and national attitudes toward mental illness and suicide by demarginalizing and legitimizing those who have been isolated by their struggle.   In free workshops across Alaska, the project involves the creation of plaster and burlap casts that are created on the bodies of participants. The […]

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