First Friday Events

As fall approaches winter and the daylight hours fade, the season turns to that magical time of the year when the low angle of the sun makes the mountains and glaciers glow. That quality of light is revered by photographers and artists. In a new exhibit by Halibut Cove artist Jan Thurston, “Light,” opening Friday at Fireweed Gallery, illumination is her theme, both literally and spiritually.

In her artist’s statement, Thurston said that mentor and teacher Diana Tillion urged her students to always be aware of the source of light.

Spotlight on Homer houses

Take one look at Amy Casey’s paintings, and you might be inclined to ask, “What are you doing in Homer?”

Most of Casey’s work centers around cities. She paints houses tightly packed, in a way residences seldom are in Homer: piled up on each other, winding up into the sky on stilts or hanging down in nets, surrounded by ribbons of roadway, wound together with strings.

Pratt features dark secrets of Kachemak Bay

The Pratt Museum currently is featuring the exhibit “Museum Macabre: Darkest Secrets of Kachemak Bay.”

The show will run through Oct. 31.

“Some stories from Kachemak Bay have been lost to common knowledge, swept under the rug and into collections storage at the Pratt Museum,” according to a press release from the museum. “Now is your chance to learn about the dark days of our past through original artifacts and rare images”

On display are:

• Silver bullet casting molds from the werewolf outbreak of 1934;

Pratt, HCOA explore new collaboration

On either side of West Pioneer Avenue near Bartlett Street, Woodard Creek flows from the Pratt Museum to the Homer Council on the Arts and on into Kachemak Bay. In discussions about protecting the shared waterway, leaders of both organizations realized the creek united them not just geographically, but collaboratively.

“The Pratt and HCOA came together in kind of a funny way through the creek,” said Diane Converse, Pratt Museum executive director.

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Subsistence program art sought

The Federal Subsistence Management Program sponsors its annual art contest for all students in Alaska grades K-12. The program seeks art on the theme of Alaska subsistence wildlife. The winner’s artwork will be published on the cover of Federal Subsistence Management Regulations for the Harvest of Wildlife on Federal Public Lands in Alaska book. Each entry must be 8.5-by-11 inches and have an Alaska wildlife subsistence theme. All artwork must be original. 

Much more than a performance

Late one night in a bar in Vancouver, British Columbia, 30 years ago, Martty Zeller watched two men eviscerate a cow with a chainsaw. One guy wheeled the heifer onto the stage, the other raised the saw high and went in with gusto.

But there was no blood, because it was all invisible. There was no cow, and no chainsaw, only two actors so immersed in their improv act that the audience could see the spotted bovine and hear the Vrrooom! of the weapon’s motor.

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Artist offers jewelry classes

Homer artist Art Koeninger offers several jewelry classes this semester through Homer Community Recreation. 

Friday-Sunday is Silversmithing, teaching the fabrication of jewelry and small metal objects. Lost Wax Casting is Oct. 23-25, teaching how to sculpt a model in wax and then making a plaster mold. 

Holy cow!

Joan Brown Dodd is the archetypal Homer woman: born somewhere else, exceedingly tough, multi-talented, artistic and humble. She’s gentle but assertive; she drinks her coffee black. 

And at age 82, she’s a self-published, best-selling author.

Despite having been on the shelf for only six months, Dodd’s memoir “Cow Woman of Akutan” was Homer Bookstore’s fourth best seller in 2014. It’s not hard to see why. Both the book’s conception and subject matter are unusual.

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Fresh Produce performs again

Fresh Produce 2.0 will have another all-improvised benefit performance at 7:30 p.m. at the Art Barn, 1060 East End Road. Some material may contain adult themes and/or language. A donation of $7 is suggested and all proceeds will go to the Diabetes Testing Supply  Fund. For information, call Martty Zeller at 509-294-0451.


Nomination deadline extended

 for Governor’s awards

Arts in Brief

Artist in residence visits 

through Nov. 15

Rasmuson Artist in Residence
 Amy Casey visits Bunnell Street Arts Center through Nov. 15. A welcome potluck is at 6 p.m. Sunday at Bunnell. From Cleveland, Ohio, Casey will do an art exchange during her residency. Sign up for the exchange and she will make a portrait of your house. In return, you make something for her. The art exchange is 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 26-Nov. 1.


Doc Fest family affair for Suttons

For 12 years, Homer has been treated to a luxury most small towns don’t have: a documentary film festival. 

Each fall, Doc Fest, which was founded and has been run every year by Homer Theatre owners Jamie and Lynette Sutton and their children, Mac, Alex and Thea, provides Homer residents with a selection of nine of the best documentaries released that year. 

But this season may prove to be the festival’s last.

First Friday events

Champagne Palace

195 E. Pioneer Ave.

Homer Halibut Festival Buoy Art by various artists

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Buoys decorated by artists for the first Homer Halibut Festival are on display.

Art Shop Gallery

202 W. Pioneer Ave.

Jewelry Trunk Show by Sara Hondel

5-7:30 p.m., First Friday Reception
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday


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