On the 150th anniversary of the Alaska purchase, and with Seward’s Day on Monday, two new books by Anchorage writer Michael Dunham and his talk last week shed some new light on the personalities surrounding what Dunham calls “the world’s best real estate deal.”
By Lori Evans
Deadline is March 27 for Jubilee youth art exhibit in April
A new Homer artist who grew up sketching and painting in the Halibut Cove art scene now has her first solo gallery exhibit. Chelsea Horn’s “Playing With Color” opened last Friday at Fireweed Gallery.
In another sign of winter fading to spring, Fireweed Gallery returns for First Friday after its winter hiatus. Fireweed feaures “Playing With Color,” a show by local acrylic artist Chelsea Horn. Color also abounds in “Complex Cloth,” textile art by Anchorage artist Diane Melms. Described as “bold, colorful and contemporary,” Melms works in hand dyed and printed fabrics.
Artists can apply for state park residency
Peter Mulvey performs today
In the found-object steel sculptures that have become Homer artist Don Henry’s trademark, forks, knives and spoons turn into sailing ships, birds and flowers. In Henry’s retrospective show at the Pratt Museum, Bikes by the Bay, the longtime and prolific artist has created full-scale sculptures you can sit in and straddle.
At some of Bunnell Street Arts Center’s Artist in Residency programs, artists use the space as a working studio, with the gallery walls secondary to the creative experience. For a residency last year with paper artist Desiree Hagen and last month with Mandy Bernard, the experience could be called, “Wreck this gallery.”
Musicians, teacher present program
Thornton Wilder’s classic 1930s play about small-town America, “Our Town,” has been described as vintage Americana in the early 20th century. In explaining the play to the all-ages student cast, Homer High School band teacher Amy Johnson put another spin on it:
Backcountry film fest is today
The Homer Bookstore has released its best seller list for books sold in 2016. Local authors wrote seven of the top-10 books, including the number-1 book, “Homestead Kitchen: Stores and Recipes from Our Hearth to Yours,” by Eve and Eivin Kilcher. The memoir and cookbook by the “Alaska: The Last Frontier” reality-TV show stars also set the all-time best-seller record for the Homer Bookstore, selling almost 1,000 copies.
Following the move in June 2015 of Jazzline dance director Jocelyn Shiro from Alaska to Hawaii, Homer’s adult dance community became adrift. Shiro’s troupe of women, men and youth dancers for years had put on an annual dance production. Youth dance found a home at Harbor School of Music, but Shiro’s departure left a void.
At the Homer Council on the Arts annual meeting, art lovers get a special treat: a reprise showing of the late Gaye Wolfe’s 2011 portrait show, “Human Tapestry,” an exhibit of portraits Wolfe did before she died in 2012. Wolfe’s show featured paintings of artists, musicians, teachers and cultural leaders. Wolfe donated her portraits to HCOA with the intent that they be sold to support arts council programs.
Now that snow has fallen on Homer and Beluga Lake has frozen hard enough to possibly support a Subaru, it might actually feel like winter. Whether sloppy wet or bitter cold, mid-January brings a reliable sign of the season: the annual Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour Festival.
Telluride Mountain Film on Tour
The Homer Council on the Arts holds its annual meeting and arts awards presentation at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at its offices. The evening also includes a kick-off of the Gaye Wolfe portrait auction, featuring paintings by the late Homer artist. Before she died, Wolfe did a series of portraits of these arts, music and cultural icons: Toby Tyler, Shirley Timmreck, Renda Horn, Jill Berryman, Ahna Iredale, Alex Combs and Annette Bellamy, Mavis Muller, Lynn Naden, Ron Senungetuk, Laura and Peter Norton and Asia Freeman, Karla Freeman and Betty Weiser Kaplun.
HCOA offers circus, scrimshaw,