Arts

Library holds ‘Liberty and Justice (for All)’ events

In conjunction with the art exhibit, “Liberty and Justice (For All),” the Friends of the Homer Public Library holds several upcoming events. At 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the Fireplace Reading Lounge at the Library is an open discussion, “Human Rights, Individual Responsibilities.” Join panelists as they consider issues such as the right to a democratic government balanced by our duties as citizens or the rights of free speech balanced by the hope of reasoned discourse and personal integrity. 

Hungry Hat Circus visits

The Hungry Hat Circus of Anchorage visits Homer on Saturday at Bishop’s Beach Park for an afternoon of free circus-art skill sharing, an evening “pass the hat” performance and an open Fire Jam. Workshops run from noon to 3 p.m. and include hooping, juggling and poi, or fire spinning. The circus performance is 6 to 7:30 p.m. followed by an open fire jam of poi skills from 8 to 9:30 p.m. The evening ends at 11 p.m. with a bonfire and Christmas tree burn.

Young photographers explore issue of teen alcohol use

Whether it’s looking at the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, the impact of climate change or living with the tides, Homer artists have long used a variety of media to explore social and environmental issues. It’s no surprise then that when the Homer Prevention Project developed strategies to address underage drinking, art again came up as a tool.

In honor of the 100th birthday of poet William Stafford, Homer poets and writers hold a William Stafford Centennial Celebration

The application period has opened for the Rasmuson Foundation’s annual Individual Artist Awards. Applications will be accepted as of Jan. 1. Grant awards go directly to artists to support the development of new work or for activities that advance creative development. Individual Artist Awards provide support Alaska artists in ten artistic disciplines at all stages of their careers and creative development.

This year, fellowships will only be awarded in media arts, multidiscipline/new genre, music composition, presentation/interpretation and visual arts.

Local poets, writers honor William Stafford

In honor of the 100th birthday of poet William Stafford, Homer poets and writers hold a William Stafford Centennial Celebration at 6 p.m. Jan. 18 at K-Bay Caffe on Pioneer Avenue. Literary artists will read Stafford’s work. Born Jan. 18, 1914, Stafford died in 1993, but two decades after his death continues to have a profound influence on the American life of letters, said Homer poet Erin Hollowell, organizer of the event.

Hungry Hat Circus visits

The Hungry Hat Circus of Anchorage visits Homer on Jan. 11 at Bishop’s Beach Park for an afternoon of free circus-art skill sharing, an evening “past the hat” performance and an open Fire Jam. Workshops run from noon to 3 p.m. and include hooping, juggling and poi, or fire spinning. The circus performance is 6 to 7:30 p.m. followed by an open fire jam of poi skills from 8 to 9:30 p.m. The evening ends at 11 p.m. with a bonfire and Christmas tree burn.

 

First Friday events

With some galleries closing for January as they do annual cleaning and reorganizing, it’s a good time for new artists to shine this month. Fortunately, young photographers have chosen this First Friday to show off what they learned in the 12-week PhotoVoice classes taught in Rand Paul’s Homer Middle School and Alayne Tetor’s Homer High School classes. Tara Schmidt and Rachel Romberg of the South Peninsula Haven House team have joined with local artists to teach youth photographic techniques that also can be used to address social issues.

Andrew Vait performs Jan. 11

Homer-raised and now Seattle-based singer-songwriter Andrew Vait performs with a gallery concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Homer Council on the Arts. With his group Eternal Fair, Vait has been building a career in the Seattle club and independent music scene.

HCOA offers theater, art classes starting in January

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.

Slam poets perform Saturday

 

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.

 

Andrew Vait performs Jan. 11

Homer-raised and now Seattle-based singer-songwriter Andrew Vait performs with a gallery concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Homer Council on the Arts. With his group Eternal Fair, Vait has been building a career in the Seattle club and independent music scene.

 

HCOA offers theater, art classes starting in January

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.

Slam poets perform Saturday

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.

 

New Year’s events

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 Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference

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.

Deadline extended for art and writing contest

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.

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