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.

Jo Going: ‘Keeper of the Bones’

Artist Jo Going’s animal bone show has been drawing people to the ground floor gallery at the Pratt Museum all summer.
In her exhibit, Going explores the question of whether an animal’s spirit lives on in its bones after it dies.
She said she senses that, “bones carry the spirits of the animals, a lasting essence of presence; they are relics, holy and venerable.”
Going has incorporated bones from the taiga into her work. She said Paleolithic and Neolithic art — as well as Italian church reliquaries exalting bones of saints — inspired her to create “Reliquary.”

Pier One presents ‘Odd Couple’

Several well-known Homerites take the stage at Pier One Theatre this weekend to perform “The Odd Couple.” The 14-performance show runs July 4 through July 26.
Neurotic, neat-freak news writer Felix Ungar is thrown out by his wife, and moves in with his friend Oscar Madison, a slovenly sports writer.
The Pier One cast includes Peter Norton as Oscar and Brian Duffy as Felix; Jim Hornaday is Speed, Peter Sheppard is Murray, Dick Sanders is Roy, and Ken Landfield is Vinnie. Marcia Lynn takes on the role of Gwendolyn Pigeon, and Brett Glidden plays Cecily Pigeon.

Celebrate KBBI Concert on the Lawn July 12

Public radio station KBBI has scheduled their two-day music celebration, Concert on the Lawn, a little early this year, with tickets being bought online before July 7 at a discount.
The show starts at noon, Saturday, July 12 and concludes at 9 p.m. Sunday. This year marks KBBI’s 35th anniversary. Homer’s first public radio station signed on the air Aug. 4, 1979.
As always, outstanding musicians from the Kenai Peninsula, Anchorage and beyond are booked for the weekend. Some are performing at their first Concert on the Lawn.
Saturday features the Spur Highway Spankers, Hillary Arwen, Jon Crocker and Trina Uvaas, the Blackwater Railroad Company (a folk rock band from Seward specializing in upbeat, unique covers and catchy, danceable originals), a new local band, Raised by Humans, Gary Sloan’s American Music, Nervis Rex, a band from Anchorage and a modern rock band from the Mat-Su valley, The Quiet Cull, complete the Saturday show.

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