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.

First Friday features Fourth of July openings, Saturday also

By Christina Whiting Homer Tribune Homer’s art galleries celebrate Independence Day weekend with First Friday and First Saturday receptions. First Friday Bunnell Street Arts Center presents “Walker and Wood,” pottery by Homer potter Lisa Wood Beck and paintings by Kodiak painter Antoinette Walker. Beck is well-known for her unique decorative and functional styles and beautiful […]

Arts Briefs – June 18

Hobo Jim entertains all summer After performing across the Lower 48 all winter, popular local musician Hobo Jim Varsos will perform on the Kenai peninsula all summer. Hobo Jim will play two shows: 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at AJ’s Oldtown Steakhouse in Homer. Pier One Theatre revises summer schedule Due […]

Plein air workshop calls for ‘sense of adventure’ and ‘open mind’

Homer artist Rita Pfenninger has a passion for painting outdoors. Her work in plein air — a French term that refers to creating art in the “open air” — gets more than a little help from Alaska’s dramatic changes in light and shadow. They are the perfect mix for painting in the natural environment.
“Alaskans are intrigued by plein air painting because of our beautiful landscape, which is also a largely frigid and therefore a challenging subject to paint outdoors,” said Asia Freeman, Director of Bunnell Street Arts Center. “We remain intrigued and hungry for opportunities to develop plein air painting skills.”
Pfenninger has always been excited about painting, but she loves painting outdoors specifically.

Arts camp: youth start as beginners, leave as musicians

With the school year over and sounds of summer filling Homer streets, many schools around town have closed their doors, ready to lay relatively dormant until August rolls around again.
West Homer Elementary is an exception.
From June 16-20, any singing, picking, dancing, painting or acting heard emanating from the Orca’s headquarters comes thanks to the Homer Council on the Arts annual arts camp.
“The goal of the camp is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for youth to discover and develop their artistic interests,” said Gail Edgerly, HCOA Director. “It also provides an inclusive community of peers.”
The art camp started more than 10 years ago as a bluegrass camp for kids. The band, “Bearfoot Bluegrass” staffed the camp and performed in Homer. Last year, Andrew Vait teamed up with HCOA and Bluegrass Camp for Kids, adding his own rock/pop element to the camp.

Chowin’ down Bunnell Street Arts style

In yet another display of support for Arts in the Homer community, more than 200 people paid $30 each to eat “dinner in the street” Sunday evening. Sponsored by the Bunnell Street Art Gallery, the dinner raised approximately $6,000 for Bunnell’s “creative placemaking” in Old Town Homer.
The community “Bouillabaisse Dinner in the Street” fundraiser ran from 4-8 p.m., and started with appetizers at picnic tables, loaned by the Homer Chamber of Commerce. The tables were set up right in the middle of the street, where organizers had blocked off a piece of Bunnell right in front of the gallery.
The crowd then wandered down the street for the main course at the Elks Lodge, and then headed back to the street tables for dessert.
Food was prepared by several popular restaurants, including Maura’s Cafe, Two Sisters Bakery, AJ’s Old Town Steakhouse, MonkeyFist Charcuterie, Mermaid Cafe and Fat Olives.

First Friday artists ‘spring’ into season of color

As color returns to Kachemak Bay and Homer in the form of budding bushes, luxuriant lupine and endless fields of lush green hills, June’s First Friday exhibits open this week with a promise of more colors bursting on the horizon.
All First Friday opening receptions run from 5 to 7 p.m. June 6, unless otherwise noted.

Torie Rhyan – In hot pursuit of the artist’s life

Fourteen years ago, dreaming of a simple life in a tight knit, creative community, 23-year-old Torie Rhyan moved to Homer with four dollars in her pocket and a set of fine point pens, pencils and a sketch pad in her suitcase.
“It was time for a change and I wanted to live somewhere where people worked and pulled together and took care of one another,” she said.
Inspired by the working artists around her, Rhyan is now pursuing the life of a full, time working artist for herself.
Rhyan began creating fine point pen and pencil drawings at a very young age, encouraged by an art teacher who recognized her talent and passion.
“An only child, drawing was escapism for me and was a way to express my inner world,” she said.
Last year, wanting to play with more color than pen and pencil drawings allow, Rhyan taught herself acrylic painting. Intimidated by the painting process, she began by focusing on brush strokes and shading and studying geometry to learn to create images by putting shapes together.

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