First Friday

Art Shop Gallery

202 W. Pioneer Ave.

Original Collages by Linda Guitta Corey

5-7:30 p.m., First Friday Reception

Meet and greet Guitta Corey and see her new original Homer scenes and her hand decorated glass plates.

 

Bunnell Street Arts Center

106 W. Bunnell Ave.

Intertidal creatures, sculptures by Melisse Reichman

Notions of the sublime, paintings by Graham Dane

5-7 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception; 6 p.m., artiststalk

Homer sculptor Melisse Reichman celebrates intertidal creatures of Kachemak Bay with intimate detail and imaginative abstraction. Anchorage-based painter Graham Dane, originally from the United Kingdom, explores virology, bacteria, meteorology, cosmological imagery, chaos theory and notions of the sublime.

“I long to explore these forms, to learn how they are so impeccably perfect and at the same time, perfectly imperfect, with cracks and bites, flaws and blemishes, a combination of rhythm and random,” Reichman writes. “It is an intimate experience, my seeking, finding, collecting, sorting, choosing, zeroing in.”

Of his work, Dane writes, “The works I make are found on the way to something else and are always unexpected. They’re informed at some level by daily experience, memories and certain aspects of the world (including virology, bacteria, meteorology, cosmological imagery), chaos theory, of the artist as (potential) shaman and an interest in the notion of the sublime.”

 

Fireweed Gallery

475 E. Pioneer Ave.

Beyond Land’s End, paintings by Brian Slover and Nina Allen

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Seldovia artists Brian Slover and Nina Allen show their wildlife paintings. Slover’s art reflects the importance of Alaska’s fisheries, particularly to those making a living in the industry. Allen’s paintings also reflect her appreciation of Alaska’s wildlife and a special fondness for its birds and flowers. Her background is in commercial art and she has completed a number of commissions. The couple met in the 1970s during their high school days and became reaquainted four years ago through social media. Now a team, they plan to marry in July.

 

Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery

471 E. Pioneer Ave.

New work by M’fanwy Dean

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Ptarmigan Arts artist M’fanwy Dean is a Homer artist and graphic designer. She combines her love of storytelling, illustration and woodcarving by hand carving intricate details into painted wood panels to create fantastical and illustrative images. Her work has been on display at local galleries and gift shops across the state, and her artwork has been published in a number of juried international publications. She currently lives in a small cabin in Homer, more than half of which is taken up by studio space with a clear view of the mountains and Kachemak Bay. See more of her work at www.mfanwydean.com or on Instagram at @mfanwy.

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