Artist in residence Jack Dalton visits

Artist, storyteller, playwright and curator Jack Dalton visits Bunnell Street Arts Center for November. A National Endowment for the Arts Artworks resident artist, Dalton presents these public opportunities:

• 6:30 p.m. Saturday, potluck, Bunnell Street Arts
Center; bring a dish to share;

• 8 p.m. Saturday, “My Heart Runs in Two Directions,” a play, Bunnell Street Arts Center, $10-$20, pay as you can;

• 8 p.m. Nov. 30, staged reading of “Ada: An Opera of the Arctic,” $10-$20, pay as you can.


Marine Debris workshops continue

The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies community marine debris workshops continue with regular hours 3:30-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the workshop space, 2416 Clover Place. Help turn marine debris into art. For more information, visit or call 235-6667.

‘When Crab was King’ opens Friday

“When Crab was King” opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Pratt Museum Special Exhibits Gallery. The exhibit combines the Kodiak Maritime Museum’s exhibit, “When Crab Was King: Faces of the Kodiak King Crab Fishery 1950-1982,” with stories of the commercial king crab fishery in Kachemak Bay. The Kodiak exhibit features portraits of 24 individuals who fished during the boom years of the Kodiak King Crab fishery, with oral histories presenting each of their stories.

Emerging Artist exhibit offers opportunities

If you need an example of how the Homer Council on the Arts’ Emerging Artists show helps new artists, consider Jesse Smith. Smith, who also uses the name Moonkloud, came to the First Friday opening and saw on one of his paintings, “The Fire Within,” the little red dot that brings joy to artists’ hearts — the sign someone bought his art.

“His piece was the first one that was sold,” said HCOA director Gail Edgerly. “There was competition for it. It was so cool.”

ASCA seeks nominations for Governor’s Awards for the Arts

Nominations are now open for the 2013 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in the following categories: Margaret Nick Cooke Award for Alaska Native Arts and Languages, Business Leadership, Arts Advocacy Award and Individual Artist. Eligibility is open to any individual, organization or institution that has made a significant contribution to the arts in Alaska, with the exception of current ASCA Council members, staff or prior Award recipients. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 15. Nominate online at

Homer-based filmmakers finalists in music video contest

Homer-based filmmakers Tehben and Jebarri Dean are one of five finalists in F Magazine’s F-Action music video contest. The Dean brothers produced and filmed a video for “Tiny Birch Basket,” a song by Michael Howard, and featured the puppetry of Buzz Schwall, the Alaska puppet maker who died this summer. Tehben Dean was the 2012 first-place winner for his video of Caressa Starshine’s “I Fall for You.” The Dean brothers also spend part of their time in Portland, Ore. About 50 filmmakers entered the contest judged by Lower 48 film and video industry professionals. 

‘Muscle Shoals’ wins Homer Doc Film Fest award

“Muscle Shoals,” a film about an Alabama music recording studio, won the Audience Award for the 10th annual Homer Documentary Film Festival. Second place went to “Crash Reel,” about a snow boarder’s recovery from a devastating accident, while third place went to “Genetic Roulette,” about genetically modified organisms. Finishing a close fourth was “20 Feet from Stardom,” about back-up singers to popular musical acts. “The Old Believers,” director Ryan Loughlin’s short film about the lower Kenai Peninsula Old Believer communities, finished fifth.

Live at Met movie series starts

The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series opens 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Homer Theatre with Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin,” staring Anna Netrebko and Mariusz Kwiecien. Step into the world of Imperial Russia and follow the love story of Tatiana and Onegin.

Tickets are $15 general, $10 seniors and $5 students and children.

Soldier-novelist Abrams reads at KBC

Retired U.S. Army military journalist and Butte, Mont., novelist David Abrams reads from his work and holds a craft talk at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at Kachemak Bay Campus. Author of “Fobbit,” a novel about the Iraq War, Abrams’ book was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2012 and a Best Book of 2012 by Paste Magazine, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Barnes and Noble. As a military journalist, his tours of duty took him to Thailand, Japan, Africa, Alaska, Texas, Georgia and the Pentagon.

First Friday Events

Ben Firth Studio

Mile 161 Sterling Highway

Learning Experience, art by Emily Coble, Ben Coble and Anna Firth

5-8 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception

Emily Coble, Ben Coble and Anna Firth, students of artist Aurora Firth, show their work in pencil, pen-and-ink, watercolor, acrylic and other media. The show remains on exhibit 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, Nov. 4-8, at the studio near Black Water Bend on the Sterling Highway.


Work in Progress performs Friday at HCOA

Work in Progress, the ever-changing Homer musical group, performs ecletic bluegrass rock in a gallery concert 8 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Homer Council on the Arts. The group consists of Jenny Martin, Mindy Parks, Glen Caldwell, Bobby Creamer, Randy Creamer and Johnny B. Tickets are $5 youth and HCOA members, $10 general admission. For more information, call 235-4288 or visit

Group shows featured for November First Friday

For November’s First Friday exhibits, a wide variety of artists creating in diverse media dominate exhibits from East End Road to Black Water Bend. Except for Melissa Daubert’s “String Calendar” installation at Bunnell Street Arts Center, all shows this month feature groups of artists. Two shows highlight student and emerging artists. At Ben Firth Studio at Mile 161 Sterling Highway near Black Water Bend, three students of Aurora Firth show their work.

ArtQuest classes start Monday

ArtQuest, a six-week series of visual art classes for youth with Katy Countiss, starts Oct. 28 at the Homer Council on the Arts. 

The classes are for youth ages 10 and older. Two-dimensional art is taught 3:45 - 5:15 p.m. Mondays and three-dimensional art is taught 3:45 - 5:15 p.m. Wednesdays at HCOA. 

Each class is $50 for HCOA members, $60 for nonmembers.

‘String Calendar’ connects artist to community

In Melissa Daubert’s art installation in progress, “String Calendar,” a cord circling the room around her small sculptures started out as the rope that bound bales of coir, coconut straw mats she uses to make her whimsical figures of birds, fish, rabbits and trucks.

That cord also has another purpose: The rope connects art inspired by Daubert’s experiences during her residency at Bunnell Street Arts center since Sept. 15. It also symbolically connects Daubert to the people she has met during her visit.

Writers Contest deadline is Nov. 20

Writers and poets have until Nov. 20 to enter the 22nd annual Kenai Peninsula Writers Contest, sponsored by the Homer Council on the Arts. The entry fee is $3 per submission for students K-12 and $5 per submission for adults. The contest is open to residents of the Kenai Peninsula. For entry guidelines, visit Winners are announced Feb. 6 with a public reading on Feb. 15.

Artist-in-schools academy offered

Artists, teachers and administrators interested in learning or refreshing skills as a teaching artist can take the Teaching Artist Training Academy 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 8, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 9 and 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Kachemak Bay Campus. Dancer Alison Marshal, the lead presenter, gives a keynote address at 7 p.m. Friday. All are welcome to the free talk and to hear Marshal speak on the latest brain research in movement based learning.

HCOA seeks performers for Stepping Out show

The Homer Council on the Arts seeks new and established performing artists for its Stepping Out show, to be held in January. Interested participants are invited to a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the HCOA offices, 355 W. Pioneer Ave. Directed by Jessica Williams, Stepping Out will showcase actors, singers, musicians, dancers, writers, poets, performance artists and others. Young and inspired artists who might need some mentoring also are encouraged to participate. For more information, call 235-4288.

Artist-in-Residence holds workshop

Melissa Daubert, Bunnell Street Arts Center’s artist in residence for October and November, holds a free public workshop from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Bunnell. Visiting Homer from Cleveland, Ohio, through the Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program, Daubert specializes in interactive sculpture and community engagement. During her residency she will create an installation of creatures and life forms she has seen here. At the workshop people will help create a collaborative sculpture. Stop by and visit Daubert’s studio at Bunnell from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Events celebrate Kenai Peninsula fishing tradition

The chords, familiar to many in the bar, drifted out over the audience who sat laughing and talking to each other. Several lifted glasses to drink as Richard King leaned into the microphone and crooned out the words to a classic Mexican song.

“Besame, Besame mucho. Como te ama (sic) esta noche la ultima vez,” he sang, his fingers expertly flicking his guitar strings as he grinned and leaned toward the audience.

Then, a twist that only a fisher poet could imagine.


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