The Homer Council on the Arts offers theater and art classes for youth starting in January. Starting Jan. 7 is its Youth-Teen Musical Theatre for ages 8 to 18. Explore the theater form of melodrama and learn how to be a playwright, a lyricist, a choreographer, a bad guy/girl, a good girl/guy, a brilliant person, a fool, a musician and lots more. Classes meet 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The fee is $150 or $130 for HCOA members.
Brave New Alaskan Voices returns to Homer for a poetry slam at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at K-Bay Caffe. In November, Bunnell Street Arts Center brought BNAV to Homer for youth workshops and performances. BNAV aims to spark a team of competitive spoken word poets from Homer for national competition.
With Christmas and New Year’s Day both happening on Wednesday and in the middle of the week, holiday plans might be a bit off-kilter. It will be hard for working-stiffs to take a long weekend off, but that won’t stop Homer from celebrating the end of 2013.
Registration has started for the annual Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, to be held June 13-17 at Land’s End Resort. Held buy the Kachemak Bay Campus, this year’s keynote presenter will be award winning novelist Alice Sebold, author of “The Lovely Bones” and “The Almost Moon.” The conference features 17 other nationally-recognized authors, editors and agents who will teach creative writing workshops, readings, craft talks and panel presentations in creative fiction, nonfiction, poetry and the business of writing.
The University of Alaska Anchorage Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College offers a variety of visual and literary arts classes next semester, including Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Painting with Asia Freeman, Beginning Ceramics with returning instructor Carl Bice and Film Studies with Michael Walsh.
The Homer Council on the Arts invites singers to go caroling from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Meet at 11 a.m. at HCOA, 355 W. Pioneer Ave. Carolers will visit assisted living facilities and select homes in town. Call HCOA at 235-4288.
Local authors like Michael McBride, Miranda Weiss and Nancy Lord aren’t the only ones to write books about Homer. Three recent books published by Lower 48 writers involve Homer and Alaska, either as setting or about people from here. All were written by people with Homer connections, too.
The deadline has been extended to Jan. 18 for the Alaska Statewide Youth Art & Writing Competition. Open to students in grades 7 to 12 and sponsored by F Magazine, the contest honors both visual and literary arts. Finalists will have their work curated at the gallery and published in F Magazine. One winning visual artist and one winning literary artist will be awarded a full scholarship to attend the Sitka Fine Arts Camp. For more information and guidelines to enter, visit http://fhideout.org/issues/1652-2/asyawc.
When a musician solicits Kickstarter funding for a project, the payoff for patrons comes when a CD gets released. Singer, songwriter and pianist Heidijo Smith, who performs just as Heidijo, does just that with her release party of “Magazine Street” at 5 p.m. Sunday at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Although a vinyl limited-edition isn’t yet ready, Heidijo will be rewarding her supporters with CDs and download cards. Last year, Heidijo raised $5,600 to help fund a recording session held earlier this year at The Music Shed, a New Orleans studio.
Taking a glance at the Homer Council on the Arts online Artists Registry, one thing pops up immediately. There are way more than 18 artists, writers, dancers and musicians on the lower Kenai Peninsula.
The Pratt Museum seeks exhibit proposals for 2015. Proposals will be considered for solo, group and multimedia art shows as well as scientific, historical and interdisciplinary exhibits about the culture, science and art of the Kachemak Bay region. Proposals should fit within the museum’s mission and values. For more information, download and complete the Exhibition Proposal Form at prattmuseum.org. Proposals are due Jan. 15, 2014.The Pratt Exhibits Committee will review proposals and make recommendations in early 2014.
Models are needed for the weekly Life Drawing Group, meeting 6:30-
9 p.m. Tuesdays at Homer Art & Frame, 4001 Lake St. Models are compensated for their time. For more information, contact Lynda at Homer Art & Frame, 435-3999.
The Homer Council on the Arts seeks nominations for its annual Arts Awards. The awards go to individuals and businesses who have contributed significantly to the arts in the community. Nominations are sought for the categories of Arts Leadership/Advocacy, Arts Education, Youth Artist of the Year, Artist of the Year, Arts Lifetime Achievement and Business Arts Patron. Nominations are due Dec. 20. Winners will be announced in January and awards presented at the HCOA Annual Meeting on Jan. 24. To nominate, visit homerart.org or call 235-4288.
Two Homer artists, twin sisters Marissa and Chelsea Lind, both 16, are the second-place winners of the 2014 Nenana Ice Classic poster contest, winning a cash prize. The sisters worked together on the poster and it will be used as an image for the Ice Classic pins. The sisters are part of a multi-generational family of artists. Their grandfather, Peter Lind Sr., helped revive the art form of the Alutiiq hunting visor, and their grandmother, Darlene Lind, makes bronze sculptures of Alutiiq figures.
Art Shop Gallery
202 W. Pioneer Ave.
Art To Wear, work by various artists
5-7:30 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception
With Homer’s reputation as one of Alaska’s thriving arts communities, local art lovers can find creations worthy of sharing as gifts at shows opening Friday. First Friday exhibits won’t be the only place to find art. From 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Saturday at Homer High School, the Homer Council on the Arts holds its annual Nutcracker Faire, with almost 85 booths of arts and crafts by lower Kenai Peninsula and other Alaska artists.
A show of student art opens at 5 p.m. Monday at the Kachemak Bay Campus Commons gallery. It features work from fall art classes taught by Asia Freeman and Michael Walsh.
Artists who exhibit at the Octopus Garden, a gallery on the Homer Spit closed for the winter, show their work in a special show at gallery owner Lynn Naden’s studio from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Visiting artist Jack Dalton presents a staged reading of his libretto, “Ada — An Opera of The Arctic,” at 8 p.m. Sunday at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Donations are accepted as admission to the event.
Retailers might worry that the traditional post-Thanksgiving holiday season will be crammed into just 26 shopping days, but that’s not a problem at one of Homer’s biggest events, the annual Nutcracker Faire. It’s always a little hectic at the two-day event, held the first weekend in December.