Arts

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.

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.

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