HCOA seeks work for Emerging Artists show

The Homer Council on the Arts invites new artists to submit work for its November Emerging Artists exhibit. Works submitted will not be selected by a jury, but will be reviewed by an exhibition committee. Work must be original and being presented to the public for the first time. All media are welcome, including drawings, paintings, photography, mixed media, prints, fiber arts, video and new media, ceramics, sculpture and other creative endeavors. As many as five pieces of art may be accepted from each entrant. Work must be gallery ready.

Bellamy shows in Anchorage

Halibut Cove artist Annette Bellamy has a show, “Floating,” opening Friday at the Anchorage Museum at the Rasmuson Center. A First Friday reception is 7 to 9 p.m. at the museum. Bellamy’s work includes several large ceramic works as well as some works in fish skin. Her show is on exhibit through Nov. 10.

First Friday Events

Art Shop Gallery

207 W. Pioneer Ave.

Time to Unlock the Treasure Corner
by various artists

5-7:30 p.m., First Friday Reception

The Art Shop Gallery features selections from the gallery at half price as well as original work this summer from its Summer Artist series.


Bunnell Street Arts Center

106 W. Bunnell Ave.

Nature Remembered, paintings by Karla Freeman

September shows feature longtime Homer artists

Art openings this month feature exhibits from two of Homer’s most distinguished artists, R.W. “Toby” Tyler, showing at Ptarmigan Arts, and Karla Freeman, showing at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Tyler and Freeman have art careers stretching back 50 years. Tyler first came to Alaska in 1953. Freeman, who has spent the last six years in Baja, Mexico, lived in Homer for 40 years.

Homer: A quaint little fishing town with a ukulele problem?

Walk around Homer and what do you see? On Saturday mornings at Friendship Terrace in the Homer Senior Center, from five to 12 people strum their ukuleles. At the Farmer’s Market, the Homer Ukulele Group Society — that’s HUGS for short — performs. In the window of Cornish Music on Pioneer Avenue, a rainbow of brightly colored ukuleles is displayed.

Heck, Homer’s former mayor and retired judge, James Hornaday, has even cut an album of ukulele tunes. 

Ukulele mania has hit Homer.

Rasmuson offers lower-48 artist residencies

Alaska artists who have received Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Awards can apply for one of four artist eight-week residencies in the Lower 48. Arts organizations participating in the program are Zygote Press, Cleveland, Ohio; McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, N.C.; the Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, N.M., and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, Calif.

Over the Rhine performs in Seldovia

Over the Rhine in association with the Seldovia Arts Council performs 5:30 p.m. next Wednesday in the Seldovia Conference Center. Lucy Wainright-Roche opens for the group. From Ohio, husband and wife duo Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweile are Over the Rhine and have been visiting Kenai Peninsula for their “Roots On the Rails” tour. Tickets at the door are $15 per adult, $8 per youth, and $35 per family, with preschool and under free. For more on the duo, visit


Mural is dedicated today

A fireweed mural painted by Old Town artist-in-residence Dan Coe is to be installed and dedicated today at 1 p.m. on Bunnell Avenue. The mural will go up on the fence of the Driftwood RV Park. Coe, a sign painter as well as an artist, since 2004 he has painted more than 100 signs around Homer, including a sign at Maura’s Café in the Old Inlet Trading Post building. A reception and artist’s talk follows the dedication at the Bunnell Street Arts Center.

Youth String Orchestra Club starts soon

The Homer Youth String Orchestra Club starts its new season next week with a meeting Thursday, Aug. 29, at West Homer Elementary School. Prelude, the group for younger musicians, meets at 4 p.m. The older and more advanced group meets at 6 p.m. for ages 10 and up. The orchestra meets every Thursday afterward except for holidays. “This is a great opportunity for young musicians to share their passion for music under the direction of expert conductor Lisa Shallock,” said Kara Clemens, program administrator.

Burning basket build week starts Sept. 8

Build week for the 10th annual Burning Basket, “Enjoy,” starts Sept. 8 and runs noon to 5 p.m. daily through Sept. 14 at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit. Help create a community interactive art work that is an outdoor basket sculpture and labyrinth. The basket of remembrance and unburdening is offered to the community at 1 p.m. Sept. 15 with a potluck and artist talk at 6 p.m. At sundown the torch is lit and the basket burned in the theme of honoring, releasing and celebrating the creative process.

HCOA offers art and theater classes

The Homer Council on the Arts offers several opportunities for after-school learning. ArtQuest art classes for ages 10 to 18 start Sept. 9 and are held 3:45-5:15 p.m. Monday and Wednesday afternoons, with the first session Sept. 9 to Oct. 16. Starting Sept. 12 is TheatreShakes, a youth-teen theater program for ages 8 to 18. Classes are 3:45-5:15 p.m. Thursdays and run Sept. 12 to Nov. 14. To register or for more information, visit or call 235-4288.


KBC offers art and writing classes this fall

Kachemak Bay Campus offers several art and writing classes this fall. Jean Steele teaches a 15-week ceramics class. Asia Freeman teaches beginning drawing and Michael Walsh teaches art appreciation. Poet Erin Hollowell teaches a five-week poetry writing workshop and writer Rich Chiappone an online fiction writing class. Online and walk-in registration is now being held at Advanced registration is required. Register early. The fall semester starts Monday.

Longtime Homer writer publishes 28th book

You can tell a lot about an author by the books in his or her library. Along one wall of Jim Rearden’s office in his home, Sprucewood, he has an almost complete run of Alaska Magazine. Another row of bookshelves holds an Alaskana library that would make any sourdough envious. The titles reflect his career in fisheries and wildlife management and his interest in Alaska history and culture.

Ukulele weekend coming soon

A weekend featuring ukulele performers, workshops and concerts is Aug. 30-Sept. 1 in Homer. Sponsored by the Homer Council on the Arts and Bunnell Street Arts Center, the weekend starts at 7 p.m. Aug. 30 at HCOA with a concert by the Hawaiian Serenaders, teachers and performers from Maui. Hawaiian attire is suggested.

Dirty River Ramblers play in Ninilchik, Homer

The Dirty River Ramblers perform at several venues in Ninilchik and Homer. With Homer-grown musician Josh Krohn on fiddle and banjo, the Dirty River Ramblers play at noon Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at the Kenai Peninsula Fair in Ninilchik. At 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday they also play at Alice’s Champagne Palace in Homer. A string band based in Omaha, Neb., the Dirty River Ramblers cover a wide range of genres from old time bluegrass to jam-rock, including original compositions.

‘Swell and Debris’ plays Aug. 21

Men in the North Pacific” plays at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at Pier One Theatre. Based on the research, interviews and writing of University of Alaska Fairbanks doctorate student Emilie Springer, the readings tell the stories of Alaska fishermen and fishing. Springer grew up fishing with her family on the lower Kenai Peninsula and has been doing research and collecting oral histories of the fisheries culture and communities in Alaska. 

Moliere comedy opens at Pier One Theatre

For its last play of the season, Pier One Theatre presents a modern adaptation of Moliere’s “The Imaginary Invalid.” Adapted by Tracy Young and Oded Gross, with music by Paul James Prendergast, the play features an old man, Argan (played by Ken Landfield), who is deciding the fates (marriage or potential convents) of his two daughters, Angelique and Louison, while dealing with a parade of doctors floating treatment after treatment past his seemingly incurable disease.


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