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 […]

Homer artist Deland Anderson gets to the point

Some artists paint lines; other artists paint squares. Homer artist Deland Anderson paints dots.
For the past 20 years, Anderson has created dot paintings, using tempra paint on wood or acrylic paint on canvas. The traditional dot paintings are a technique that originated in the Central Desert of Australia in the 1970s.
“The traditional Aborigine dot paintings are physical and metaphysical encoded maps of the country,” Anderson explained. “It includes things like water holes, trails, dry river beds and ceremonial spots.”
When he was 18 years old, Anderson visited the Australia Outback, finding work on a ranch and experiencing first-hand the Aborigine’s use of paintings as patterns and maps.

Local potter brings function to art

Thanks to a mother who was a beatnik artist in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Homer potter Lisa Wood was exposed to a variety of art forms at an early age. When she was 10 years old, her mother took a pottery class at a Seattle studio, introducing Wood to clay.
Today, Wood’s pottery can be found in Anchorage at Cabin Fever and the Blue/Holloman Gallery, in Talkeetna at the Dancing Leaf Gallery and in Homer at Bunnell Street Arts Center.
“My aim is to make functional pots that bring art into our everyday lives,” she said. “My hope is that my passion for making objects, keeping an open mind and being imaginative and playful in my approach comes through in my work.”

Local singer/songwriter’s music has healing touch

When Shawn Zuke first saw a photograph of a leather-vested, tassel-wearing Emily Lou Harris performing on stage, she had no idea who the woman was — only that she wanted to be like her; singing onstage like a hippie rock star.
Zuke grew up listening to her parent’s eight-track tapes, and her first two albums were Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” and the self-titled “Fleetwood Mac.” She got her first guitar when she was in her early 20s, and this January, she released her fourth album, “Undefined.”
Zuke describes her music as being all about messages of peace, love and learning to be still and calm in the midst of turbulent times. The lyrics of her recent title track song begins with, “calm yourself down, don’t give into the feeling, you can turn it all around, just by breathing …”

Homer’s Pier One Theatre stages Odd Couple

Well-known Homerites take the stage at Pier One Theatre through July to perform Neil Simon’s classic comedy “The Odd Couple.” The show opened July 4 and runs through July 26, with 14 performances.
Felix Ungar, a neurotic, neat freak news writer is thrown out by his wife and moves in with his friend Oscar Madison, a slovenly sports writer.
Jim Hornaday plays Speed; Peter Sheppard, Murray; Dick Sanders, Roy; Ken Landfield, Vinnie; Peter Norton, Oscar Madison; Brian Duffy, Felix Unger; along with cast members Marcia Lynn, Gwendolyn Pigeon, Brett Glidden and Cecily Pigeon.
Despite Oscar’s problems which include careless spending, excessive gambling and a poorly kept house filled with spoiled food, he seems to enjoy life.

Bunnell features encaustic work

Homer artist Lisa Wood’s encaustic pottery is one of the big shows on display at the Bunnell Street Art Gallery this month.
Explaining her style Wood said, “I have been a studio potter for 14 years. My pots are fired either in a wood-fired kiln or a gas-soda kiln. Both are atmospheric firings. When either wood or soda are introduced into the kiln they bond with the silica and alumina in the clay forming a glaze or a flashing on the surface of the pot. This method works well with my desire to have spontaneity and enhances the work.

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