April ‘First Friday’ could be called ‘First Weekend’

So much happens with arts events this weekend, the monthly preview of First Friday should be called First Weekend. Not only are there art openings, but performances on Friday and Saturday night.

At Bunnell Street Arts Center, Artist in Residence Gwendolyn Chatfield starts off her residency with a concert at 8 p.m. Friday. Chatfield is in Homer to create a “sound map,” The Folk Tapes of Homer, that captures notions of land and memory through stories, sounds and songs. She also does dance and song workshops this month.

On Saturday night at 7 p.m. in the Mariner Theatre, the Homer Council on the Arts presents Wonderheads, performances by actors in full-head masks. They describe themselves as “the whimsy and imagination of Pixar and Warner Bros in theatrical form.”

This month Homer gets a special annual treat, the Paul Banks Elementary School Annual Arts Extravaganza. Student artists show their work in a variety of media. Visitors also get to meet the artists and their teachers and try their hands at art projects. The Homer Youth String Orchestra performs, too. More student art can be seen at HCOA with its Jubilee Youth Visual Art Exhibit.

A former Bunnell Artist in Residence who stayed in Homer, Abigail Kokai, shows her quilted snapshots at Fireweed Gallery. Homer artist Sarah Frary, also known for her elaborate tattoo art, shows “Lyrical Topography,” at Bunnell, an exhibit of maps she did for filmmaker Bjørn Olson’s documentary, “Heart of Alaska.”

If you didn’t get a chance to see R.W. “Toby” Tyler’s retrospective show at Ptarmigan, it’s up for another month. His show includes recent work done by one of Homer’s most distinguished elder artists.

Michael Armstrong can be reached at michael.armstrong@homernews.com.

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