Arts

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.

Arts in Brief

Pier One play opens

Friday

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.

Arts in full swing for June

In this quaint little art town with a fishing problem, as sure as the king salmon return to the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon and the lupine bloom along the Spit Trail, come June, the arts scene blossoms. This weekend will see not just the usual gallery openings for First Friday, but the opening of the first Pier One Theatre local production (see story, page 22) and the Pratt Museum’s summer show.

Arts in full swing
for June

In this quaint little art town with a fishing problem, as sure as the king salmon return to the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon and the lupine bloom along the Spit Trail, come June, the arts scene blossoms. This weekend will see not just the usual gallery openings for First Friday, but the opening of the first Pier One Theatre local production (see story, page 22) and the Pratt Museum’s summer show.

Arts in brief

Artist offers workshop

Artist Faith Revell offers a workshop for young adult and adult artists from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Pratt Musuem. Revell’s show, “Bird Dance,” also is now on exhibit. The workshop fee is $30. Space is limited; contact the Pratt at 235‐8635 to reserve a space.

Campers hold concerts

Students and staff of the Homer Council on the Arts bluegrass and rock/pop camps hold concerts next week. All tickets are $5 youth, $10 Homer Council on the Arts members and $15 general admission. Upcoming concerts are:

Dinner in the Street auction items

Artists

ACROBATS

Melissa Gagnon and Jason Cameron

BANNERS

Dinner in the Street Banner by Desiree Hagen

BOWLS

by Lisa Wood Beck and Ahna Iredale

CIRCUS ARTS

Jessie Toubman and Jahnie Triplett

LANTERNS

by Ann-Margret Wimmerstedt

MUSIC

by Howlin’ Whales: Gus Beck, Max Doyle, Oceana Wills, Jazz Multz, Knut Tonga, Kelsey Hardy and James Howe

NAPKINS

printed by Mandy Bernard,

SEWING

by Ann-Margret Wimmerstedt, Linda Skelton, Kathy Smith, Kari Multz and Abigail Kokai

PIANO MUSIC

Dinner in the Street dazzles

Dinner in the Street returns to Homer this Sunday with an evening of food, family and fun. Old Town will come alive with friends, artists, and the cooking of some of Homer’s finest restaurants.

Hosted by the Bunnell Street Arts Center, Dinner in the Street will be a four-course helping of culture and socializing. The festivities will begin at 4 p.m. with music by the Howlin’ Whales and a silent auction in the Bunnell Street Arts Center. Parking will be available at the Homer Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center or the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.

Arts in Brief

Saulitis reads from
new poetry book

Homer poet Eva Saulitis reads from her new poetry collection, “Prayer in Wind,” at 7:30 p.m. today at Bunnell Street Arts Center. The book jacket describes her work as “prayer poems, forged out of a solitary confrontation with death, take a reader not out of, but deeper into physicality — of the body, the earth and language itself.”

Copies of the book will be available for sale, and Saulitis will sign her work as well as discuss it. Refreshments will be served.

HCOA holds summer
art camp

Photographer finds inspiration in her children

“Making Love to Business and Politics” is a politically driven and topical photography exhibit being hosted by the Homer Council on the Arts. The thought-provoking photography is the work of Homer’s own Kate Henry. While her work often plays with the abstract as well as the political, Henry draws inspiration from grounded and relatable sources.

Henry, who is 34, has a lifelong interest in photography. Before she had ever pointed a camera at a subject, she remembers admiring wildlife magazines as a child.

Blackwater Railroad Company to Play Concert for Homer Youth

The popular Alaska folk band, Blackwater Railroad Company, is coming back to Homer, but this time, they’re only playing for a select crowd.

On May 27, the Homer R.E.C. Room will host a teens-only concert with the Seward-based band for ages 12-20 at the Pratt Museum. The concert will help sponsor the R.E.C. Room’s youth music production program Youth on Record Alaska, or YOR AK.

Arts Briefs

Writers invited to submit works for June production

Performance artist Emily Johnson seeks poetry, prose, short stories, songs and spoken word pieces for her project, “Shore.” She seeks works that would read at about 8 to 10 minutes long and related to the ideas of home, place and land. Applicants must be available to read or perform their works at 7:30 p.m. June 9 at Bunnell Street Arts Center for Johnson’s project. Five to six applicants will be selected and paid a performance stipend.

Homer writer starts new romance series

As romance writers go, Jennifer Bernard said she still thinks of herself as a newbie — even though she has published six novels, three novellas and a short story in three years. That’s faster than some Homer boat builders crank out skiffs.

“It’s odd to say. It’s a lot of books,” Bernard said in a phone interview from Dallas, Texas, where she was attending the Romantic Times Booklovers Conference.

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