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.
“As full of magic as the story it tells,” reviewer Jan O’Meara called the Homer Nutcracker Ballet in the Dec. 14, 1989, issue of the Homer News. “From start to finish it was completely enchanting.”
That magic continues with the 25th production of the Homer Nutcracker Ballet, the homegrown, small-town version of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet. The Nutcracker opens with performances at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, and continues Dec. 8, 13 and 14. All performances and all seats are $10 (see box, this page).
Walking down a long hallway lined with teenagers at their lockers, Margret Maze’s body language shows that she’s not in a good way. Maze, played by Homer actor Sydney Paulino, clutches her notebook tightly. She seems oblivious to the stares of other students, but through the magic of film — and the writing of Homer High School graduate Adela Sundmark — the viewer can see what her friends think.
“I wonder if you are OK?” one student is shown thinking in a thought bubble.
The Alaska Railroad seeks ideas for artwork that may become the basis of the railroad’s official 2015 commemorative art print and poster. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 21, 2014. Artwork must include an Alaska Railroad theme. Submissions should be mailed or delivered in person no later than Feb. 21 to: Stephenie Wheeler, Alaska Railroad Corporate Affairs Alaska Railroad, P.O. Box 107 Anchorage, AK 99510-7500, or hand delivered at ARRC Headquarters, 327 W. Ship Creek Ave., Anchorage, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. , Monday-Friday. The railroad retains all rights to the artwork.
The National Atmospheric and Oceans Administration’s Marine Debris Program’s annual “Keep the Sea Free of Debris” Art Contest for grades K-8 is now open. Students can submit artwork through Dec. 19. The art contest challenges children to consider “How does marine debris effect the ocean environment?” and “How will you help be part of the marine debris solution?”
Homer writer Tom Kizzia’s book, “Pilgrim’s Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier” (Crown, July 2013) has been named one of Amazon’s editors top-20 books of the year, placing at number 5 in the list of fiction and nonfiction books.
Warren Miller’s new ski film, “Ticket to Ride,” shows at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Homer Theatre. This is a benefit for the Homer Rope Tow. Tickets are on sale at the Homer Bookstore.
The R.E.C. Room, Homer’s youth Resource and Enrichment Co-op, sponsors a visit by Brave New Alaskan Voices, a youth slam poetry group from Anchorage. Brave New Alaskan Voices holds these workshops and performances:
• 3-6 p.m. today, youth workshop, R.E.C. Room, 3967 Nielsen Circle;
• 3:30-6 p.m. Friday, youth workshop with Youth on Record, R.E.C. Room;
• 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday, slam poetry performances, K-Bay Café; donations accepted.
A 14-piece band, the Mothers Superior, performs the entire Beatles album, the White Album, first released 45 years ago on Nov. 22, 1968. Officially titled “The Beatles,” but popularly known as the White Album because of its lack of graphics and white cover, the two-disc, four-sided album of 30 songs included works that would later become classics, such as “Revolution,” “Helter Skelter,” “Back in the USSR,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Dear Prudence,” “Blackbird” and “Rocky Raccoon.”