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.

Picture Alaska participates in last First Friday

Picture Alaska presents “Remember Summer,” a series of Alaskan floral paintings rendered in traditional Chinese style by Sharlene JP Cline. This is a two-day only show on Nov. 7-8 with a special first friday reception from 5-7 p.m. on Nov 7. Cline works in Chinese brush painting, where the subject is comprised of well-controlled single […]

‘Oodalloly’ steps in to fill Blackbeary Bog’s shoes

When Homer’s popular Blackbeary Bog announced its sudden closure, employee Becca Dalke was as shocked as the many faithful patrons that frequently visited the enchanting store.

What Dalke jokingly refers to as “the apocalypse” — a three-day fire sale that ended the Bog’s 23 years of service in Homer — became the catalyst for her big opportunity – open a shop of her own.
Though Dalke described the closure of the store as “devastating,” she said it was Homer’s sweet Shawnee Kinney that handed her the baton.

Themes of ‘Les Mis’ still relevant in today’s world

There are few things more enjoyable than a good story to pull on our heartstrings through the voices and faces of the people we see everyday. Starting Oct. 10, Homer is in for a treat with the newest Pier One Theatre production, “Les Miserables,” to be held at the Mariner Theater.
“Your friends and neighbors are the people that create this magic,” said director Lance Petersen when asked why people should see the local production even though the movie has proven popular. “The story is an emotional roller coaster, it is truly powerful.”
Originally adapted from Victor Hugo’s five-volume novel, Les Miserables, it follows the lives of several characters in dark and trying situations during a tumultuous turning point in French history. The story is one that musical director Mark Robinson says is one of the “greatest of all time.”

First Friday brings ‘Voices of the Wilderness’ to Homer

“On our last day in Prince William Sound, I sat alone atop a giant mound of burnished bedrock, close to three booming glaciers, and thought about glacial gospel. This was John Muir’s phrase to describe what he used to preach to anyone who would listen. He meant not just the truth of glaciers, about which he knew a great deal, but his belief that Nature could transform souls — and that glaciers represented Nature on its grandest, wildest, Earth-shaping scale.”
– Nancy Lord

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 […]

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