KBC Director Swartz receives governor’s award
Kachemak Bay Campus Director Carol Swartz received the Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities for Distinguished Service to the Humanities. Swartz was honored for her work in founding the annual Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference. Sven Haakenson, executive director of the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository, Kodiak, also received a Distinguished Service to the Humanities award.
BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG
A cat, a fly fisherman, a bear and a stinky dog walk into a college classroom, and the professor says, “What is this? Some kind of joke?”
Well, it could be if you’re taking “Uses of Humor in Writing,” a one-credit creative writing class taught by Homer writer Rich Chiappone. The class runs five sessions starting Monday at Kachemak Bay Campus. Space in the class is still available, and students can register through Friday at the college.
Previous Bunnell Street Arts Center artists-in-residence like Mike Houston and Jim Woodring have set up studios in the gallery space that sprawled across the rough old wooden floors. This month’s artist-in-residence, Micki Lippe, a Seattle jewelry artist, has a temporary studio that’s as spare and elegant as her art. “Spare and elegant” could describe Lippe herself, a small, soft spoken woman of almost 70 who looks 10 years younger and could walk your socks off on a hike.
Freeman receives award for All Alaska Juried Art work
Homer artist Asia Freeman received a $250 award for her paintings selected for the All Alaska Juried Art Exhibition XXXIV at the Anchorage Museum. The exhibit shows through Feb. 3. The highly competitive exhibition drew 479 submissions by 140 Alaska artists. Massachusetts-based juror Susan Cross selected 40 artworks by 27 different artists. Her selections focus on artwork that reflects a powerful sense of place, the museum said in a press release.
For October's First Friday openings, artists show works in traditional media like oils and watercolors. See media a bit out of the ordinary at other exhibits featuring metal jewelry and unusual beach stones. At Bunnell Street Arts Center, visiting Seattle-based artist Micki Lippe kicks off her residency with a display of her jewelry inspired by shapes in nature. At the Homer Council on the Arts, Donna Ridener exhibits her spirit rocks. Ridener draws with pen and ink scenes and images she sees in collected rocks that call to her as she walks Kachemak Bay beaches.
The Homer Theatre has announced the winners of the ninth annual Homer Documentary Film Festival. The winners are:
• Forget-Me-Not Audience Award: "Samsara."
"By far the audience favorite. This magnificent visual-ensemble was a truly Homer type of film," said Mac Sutton for the theater.
• Golden Puffin Jury Prize Award: "House I Live In"
"Best overall documentary, a very well-constructed and edited film loaded with painfully true information; a real eye-opener," Sutton said.