Atz Kilcher performs for folk school
Walk through the Pratt Museum’s summer art exhibit, “Dirigibles of Denali,” and the show looks like a normal installation. Large pixelated prints hang on walls. Two tapestries fill up the space over the stairwell. Drawings of futuristic domed cities tell of a past-imagined vision of tomorrow. Prose poems add a literary art perspective. And in the middle appears a blank pedestal, as if creator and artist Nathan Shafer forgot a piece.
Barbara Lavallee visits Art Shop Gallery
As part of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Attu, three artists visited Attu and Kiska Islands.
At the peak of summer with long days, warm temperatures and sunny skies, First Friday in Homer bursts out with a diverse collection of art. From Old Town to Bartlett Street, shows examine the history of a forgotten Alaska battle, future speculations and the relationship of artists to their cultures.
Backyard Country BBQ
‘Spamalot’ opens Friday
Since 2002, the nationally recognized Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference has aimed at bringing together people of similar talents in order to teach them, challenge them, and provide a venue for creativity, ingenuity and camaraderie to flow amongst them. For 17 years, this writers’ conference, organized by Kachemak Bay Campus Director Carol Swartz and facilitated by a roster of annually-rotating faculty, has achieved and exceeded that goal.
A group of Alaska authors visits communities in Southcentral Alaska this summer to meet with readers, discuss the wide range of topics on which they’re written and share the writing experience. Touring are authors Mike Chihuly of Ninilchik, McKibben Jackinsky of Homer, George Harbeson of Homer, Kelly Marre of Kasilof and Wasilla, Mary Perry of Anchor Point, Bill Richardson of Anchor Point, Marianne Schlegelmilch of Homer and Care Tuk of Wasilla.
Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival runs this weekend
The role of the keynote speaker at the annual Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference can range from Rotary Club toastmaster to Marine Boot Camp drill instructor — “All right, you maggots, get out there and write.” Sometimes it turns into stand-up comedy, like the time Amy Tan read from the Cliff Notes edition of her novel, “The Joy Luck Club”
The Homer Council on the Arts announced its annual arts awards at its annual meeting last Wednesday, June 6. In a press release on June 8, HCOA director Peggy Paver announced the winners. The awards are now named in honor of arts leaders who have made a difference in the community, Paver said.
At big minus tides when the sea retreats and intertidal life become visible, Kachemak Bay beaches turn into transient treasure chests. Heads down, clusters of citizen scientists poke among rocks, searching for chitons and anemones and sea stars. Objects inches long or less bear the scrutiny of flashy diamonds in a jewelry shop.
In conjunction with the 17th annual Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, visiting faculty present readings this weekend, June 9 to 11. Sixteen nationally-recognized visiting and Alaska novelists, essayists and poets will read from their work each evening.
In his novels and short stories, Anthony Doerr, this year’s keynote speaker at the Kachemak Bay Writers Conference, sometimes takes an unusual approach to setting and time.
Art Shop Gallery
Now in its second season after former Pier One artistic director Lance Petersen passed the torch to current artistic director Jennifer Norton, the little red theater on the Homer Spit has begun to feel its stride with a new generation of actors, directors and techies.
Registration ends June 6 for writers conference
Featured artists for the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival sometimes tend toward the Roger Tory Peterson side of the field — nerdy naturalists who paint with crisp precision. Every year the Kachemak Shorebird Festival commissions an artist to create a painting or sketch of a bird to be used on its program, posters and clothing.
Pier One starts season with kick-off celebration