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 […]

Spotlight on unique Alaska artist: Eileen Wythe

Patrons at Ptarmigan Arts this month will view vivid floral patterns and geometric shapes in the featured art of long-time Homer resident Eileen Wythe who hopes to encourage other quilters to stretch their own artistic boundaries.
The pieces include fiber art and hand crafted driftwood and shell art. Wythe is a well-known and respected quilter throughout the state of Alaska and beyond, according to a Ptarmigan Arts press release. She creates quilts to “comfort” victims of fires, sewn alongside and given as gifts by the Kachemak Quilters, and has long simultaneously created artistic pieces in her own original designs.

Galleries serve up shows and snacks for First Friday

As always, Homer art galleries feature outstanding First Friday shows and treats for visitors who stroll by (or take the trolley) to view and possibly purchase some art this Friday, Sept. 5.
Ptarmigan Arts is featuring Ellen Halseth, one of Homer’s pioneers. This is her first show although she has lived in Homer for a long time and contributed to the community and the quilting scene. A spokesperson said that while this show is not a traditional “art” show, it reflects her sense of design, her love of Kachemak Bay, Homer and her people.
Picture Alaska is in the midst of a closing business sale, but still has a wide selection of Alaska art and Native crafts. Everyone is invited to stop by and enjoy light refreshments and tremendous savings on art, fashions and gifts.

Animal Eyes comes home to play at Down East

The Portland-based, Alaska-grown band “Animal Eyes” will perform at the Down East Saloon on Sept. 18. Band member and manager Colin McArthur said the show is part of the band’s four-date mini tour of Alaska, including the Monolith Booking Agency Showcase in Anchorage Sept. 19-20. Animal Eyes includes: Tyler Langham on strings, drums and vocals; […]

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.”

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