‘Fractal Theory’ creates infinite possibilities for creativity

For Michael Hurd and Bobbye Triplett-Hurd, creativity is a way of life. Having both pursued various forms of artistic expression from a young age, the duo return time and again to the notes of music and ebb and flow of inspiration as a daily mainstay.
That could be the reason the married couple decided to do it everyday as a career, and a lifestyle.
“You can fail at doing something you don’t love,” Michael explained. “So if you are going to fail, fail at doing something that you really enjoy.”
However, in the two years since starting their business, “Fractal Theory,” success and enjoyment have followed their endeavors.

First Friday brings birds, boats and Alaska beauty

As shorebirds continue to arrive for their grand appearance at the 2015 Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, some local galleries have included their own nod toward all things avian for May First Friday. Some galleries, however, have chosen to focus on works that have absolutely nothing to do with birds; a welcome sight for those who […]

Spring Cabaret to deliver fresh performances

Framing their show less around a story, and more around a showcase of local artistry, a directorial trio has set out to make the upcoming Cabaret a memorable experience from beginning to end.
Local directors Hannah Heimbuch, Jennifer Norton and Katelyn Wythe began planning for the annual “Spring Cabaret” for the Homer Council on the Arts in the late days of January. Since then, they said, the show has taken on a feel of it’s own.
“We started by sending all of our cast members the definition of cabaret,” said co-director Kaitlyn Wythe. “I think that set the tone well for what we were doing.”

First Friday brings feathers, faces and more to life

For the month of April, Ptarmigan Arts presents, “Water,” a retrospective of Carolyn Seymour’s landscape paintings. Seymour resided, traveled and studied abroad to develop skills with various techniques in two-dimensional expression. While in the Pacific Northwest, she renewed her technique in watercolor and mastered stained-glass design. Seymour’s sketches her landscape pieces with pastel “en plein […]

Arts Briefs – April 1

Youth share creative side Jubilee, Homer Council on the Arts’ annual celebration of youth art happens every April, and features a variety of art exhibits and performing arts. The Jubilee Performing Arts Show will be Friday, April 24, at 7 p.m. at the Mariner Theatre. Tickets for the show are $5 for youth, $10 for […]

First Friday art gallery tour begins 5 p.m. March 6

Staff report “Let That Fire Catch Me Now” is a new series of wet-plate collodion photographs by Adam Ottavi and poems by Kevin Goodan. This collaborative project focuses on wildfire ruins and the interaction between humans and the natural landscape. The exhibit will be presented in March 2015 at the Bunnell Street Arts Center. An […]

Variety of mediums make for a fun First Friday

February arts bring ‘Faces,’ ‘Hockey’ and ‘Aesthetic Dichotomy’ to local galleries

Filmmaker hopes to raise funds for movie

How do you put meat to the bones of Alaska issues without stepping into the overtly political or the insanely technical?
You embark on an adventure — and take others on the journey with you.
Local filmmaker Bjorn Olson believes such a method is the best way to talk about issues both present and on the horizon in Alaska. After all, throughout history, stories have been a primary tool to draw our attention to things happening right in our backyards that passing time seems to disguise.
“We call this kind of story telling ‘cheese and broccoli’” said Olson. “In order to get someone to eat their broccoli, you put some cheese on it. The aim I have as the filmmaker, the storyteller, is to create an engaging story that focuses on the adventure and the great Alaska spirit of getting out and enjoying and enduring the wilderness and the personal lessons that come with that.”
The project Olson would like to see on his plate is a feature film following the journey of a small Seldovia family, Erin McKittrick and Hig Higman — and their two young children.

On darkest days of the year, First Friday artists shine

Winter may have finally taken a bite out of Homer’s recent unseasonably warm temperatures, but there’s plenty of light — and heat — offered with December’s First Friday event. All First Friday receptions run from 5-7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Fireweed Gallery presents Art Through the Back Door — Drawing eyes to the beauty and […]

Art students portray landscape in vivid hues

If you need a little sunlight and color in your life, head over to Kachemak Bay Campus where bright and cheerful walls display the works of this semester’s painting class.
Instructor and local artist Asia Freeman said the electric paintings were the result of encouraging her students to “be bold with color,” and the process of all working together. The multi-level beginning and intermediate class met each Saturday of the semester for five hours for the three credit course. Beginning in late August, the pre-winter season in Homer proved to be inspirational to the students who spent several classes outside, as evidenced by the canvases practically leaping off of white walls.

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