The Arts in Brief

Tickets on sale for Pink Martini

Tickets are now on sale for Pink Martini, performing 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Mariner Theatre. Johnny B. and the Devil’s Club Orchestra open. Sponsored by the Homer Council on the Arts, tickets are $35 HCOA member, $50 general admission and $100 VIP. VIP tickets include a pre-show cocktail party, trolley transportation and early seating. Tickets are available at HCOA, Homer Bookstore, Classic Cook and online at

First Friday outrageous for August

A few years ago, the late artist Gaye Wolfe organized ARTrageous August, an end-of-the summer celebration of art. While Homer no longer has a formal August art celebration, Wolfe’s spirit and idea lives on anyway with an ad-hoc occurrence of outrageous art this weekend, including Jazz is Back, Karen Strid’s jazz group, performing at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Pier One Theatre.

Salmonfest casts a wider net

The first year of Salmonfest, the event formerly known as Salmonstock, promises the compelling combination of musical entertainment and salmon habitat conservation efforts that have drawn thousands to the Ninilchik Fairgrounds year after year. 

Composer with Homer roots taking part in international event

Conrad Winslow, who grew up in Homer, was selected as one of only eight resident composers at the annual Mizzou International Composers Festival being held this week in Missouri. The festival started Monday and runs through Saturday.

Winslow now lives in Brooklyn, N. Y. He will return to Homer in August as one of the directors for the Wild Shore Festival for New Music. (See related story, this page.)

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Artists needed to decorate buoys

for Homer’s first halibut festival

The Alaska Marine Conservation Council is inviting artists of all makes and media to add their personal touch to the first Homer Halibut Festival.

Wild Shore fest designed to inspire, create new music

What do you hear when the tide rushes in or deviously trickles out? A soothing change of pace? A familiar and eternal breath of ebb and flow? Our location, perched on Alaska’s wild coast, encourages creative interpretation in many ways.

This creative flux inspires the Wild Shore Festival for New Music. This summer the Bunnell Street Arts Center presents the third annual festival from Aug. 5-11. Audiences can explore inspired new music and delve into the creative process through composing, handling instruments and playing with sonic possibilities.

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Lavallee visits Art Shop Gallery

Artist Barbara Lavallee visits the Art Shop Gallery from 1-6 p.m. Saturday. The gallery will have three new prints, a large selection of originals, older prints, books and ornaments.


Milo Fritz memoir included
in new anthology

Native veterans speak through documentary

War, racism, personal traumas and societal changes are all hard to talk about. Voices from Alaska’s rural Native villages are seldom heard in mainstream media. “Hunting in Wartime,” a new documentary film coming to Homer, breaks that silence.

In it, a group of Tlingit men from Hoonah who fought in the Vietnam War talk candidly about their experiences during and after combat and how those experiences shaped their lives and community. What emerges is a multilayered and nuanced story about struggle, survival and healing.

First Friday Events

Alaska Marketplace

1130 Ocean Drive

New works by M. Marali Sargent-Smith

5-7 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception

Formerly Homeric Traders, Alaska Marketplace features work by Homer artist M. Marali Sargent-Smith. A lifelong Alaskan, she grew up commercial fishing in Bristol Bay. She works with stained and fused glass, mosaics, jewelry, silver and other metals, clays and fiber, and paints with oils, acrylics and watercolor. She sells originals and giclee prints and does some art commissions. 

Celebrate Independence Day with art

The Fourth of July weekend starts off with an affirmation of one of the basic rights of free people: to create art. As Homer hits the peak summer month, from Old Town to the Homer Spit galleries display exhibits.

In her Homer debut at the Homer Council on the Arts, Homer-raised artist Hailey Smith presents “Wildlands,” paintings of wild places, but also places taken back by nature. In her Ptarmigan Arts show, “Botanica,” photographer Debbie Fanatia looks at nature close up and from a distance, from the stamen of a lily to whispering aspen groves. 

Ninilchik chamber plans inaugural Clam Scramble mud run Saturday

The Ninilchik Chamber of Commerce is organizing its Inaugural Clam Scramble Mud Obstacle Run. This family-oriented event is set for Saturday. The chamber’s goal is to create an annual solstice event in a central location on the Kenai Peninsula for the whole family, according to a press release.

Proceeds from the run will benefit the Ninilchik Emergency Services.

The race begins at Deep Creek State Park.Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and the race starts at noon.

Pier One season continues

Shows in Pier One Theatre’s summer season continue through August. Auditons for “Treasure Island,” a youth production, are 4-6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

Now showing at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Pier One is “The Last Five Years,” featuring Katelyn Wythe and Nathan Lander. Tickets are $14 general, $13 seniors $12 Raven’s Club and $10 youth, on sale at the Homer Bookstore or the Pier One box office. For reservations or more information, call 235-7333.

All shows are at 7:30 p.m. Upcoming shows are:

Grant program offers Lower 48 residencies

Artists and writers can apply starting July 1 for the Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program. The grant funds two-month residencies in the Lower 48. Previously, only artists who had received a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award could apply, but the eligibility requirements have been changed to allow any Alaska artist to apply. 

The deadline is Aug. 15.

People wishing to apply can attend a teleconference at 6 p.m. June 26 to learn more about the program and eligibility requirements. To attend, dial 877-615-4337 and enter passcode 9917 139#.

Childhood leads Meissner to discover fabric as art

Look closely at the textile art of Amy Meissner and signs of her evolving career emerge. The attention to detail and use of fine fabric show her background in the fashion field. Bold blocks of text reveal a writer’s sensibility. Children’s drawings done in stitching suggest she knows how to tell stories through illustration — and that she’s a mom.

Taken all together, her textile art demonstrates a transformation in Meissner’s art.

Writing faculty inspires aspiring authors during annual conference

An exuberant mood ruled the 14th Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, held June 12-16 in Homer. The public readings crackled with enthusiasm. The radiant weather didn’t hurt, either.

This year 127 attendees shared the power of the written and spoken word, and the inspiring camaraderie of those who write such words.

World comes to Seldovia to sing

Next weekend is the summer solstice. The appropriate audio accompaniment to all that daylight is the Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival, slated for June 18-21 in the Kenai Peninsula’s smallest city.

The festival is a chance for residents, visitors and musicians of diverse genres to glory in music, good company, midsummer mirth and one of the world’s most scenic small towns. Now in its 14th year, the festival is the gala event of the year for the Seldovia Arts Council.

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Pier One play opens


Pier One Theatre’s production of “The Last Five Years” opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the theater on the Homer Spit. Written by Jason Robert Brown, the musical fea- tures Katelyn Wythe and Nathan Lander. Lance Petersen and Mark Robinson direct, with Robinson and Talia Moss playing keyboards.


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