Arts Briefs

Kilchers to host benefit concert for John Colia Jr.

The Kilcher family will play a preview concert in Homer of their upcoming national holiday concert tour, to benefit the homestead of William “John” Colia Jr., who died earlier this month. The two families have known each other for many years and are great friends.

Atz Kilcher has written a special song for John which will be played at the benefit concert, the funds from which will be used to help offset the work of keeping up the Colia homestead in John’s absence. The concert will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4 at the Homer Theater. Doors open at 5 p.m. and there is a $10 suggested donation.

Painter gives artist talk at KBC

University of Alaska Anchorage instructor and painter Join David Pettibone gives an artist talk at 6 p.m. today at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Pettipone discusses some of his recent projects in which he uses his medium to explore and engage his subjects.

His current series, “Year With a Tree,” includes more than 70 paintings that investigate a single tree in Southcentral Alaska over the course of one year. Documenting the changing of the seasons, he painted the series in all types of weather so that the environment and its elements — from sunshine to wind, rain and snow — affect the paintings just as they affect the tree and the surrounding flora. “Year With a Tree” is on exhibit at the Anchorage Museum starting next month as part of its Polar Lab series. Pettibone also discusses previous projects, including “The Whale as a Dish,” a series that explores the subsistence whaling tradition of the Inupiaq people in Utqiagvik, and the “Beekeeper” series, a body of work that depicts beekeeping within the agricultural industry.

He also teaches a Charcoal Drawing Workshop at Kachemak Bay Campus from Oct. 20-21.

Wearable arts seeks entries

The Wearable Arts 2017 Runway Show is 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Oct. 28 at Land’s End Resort. This year’s theme, “…And Sew it Grows,” hopes to inspire all makers to consider what change, growth and rebirth can look like on the runway. In conjunction, the Homer Fiber Arts Collective sponsors sculptor Sheila Wyne as Bunnell’s Fiber Artist in Residence for the month of October. Wyne invites the community to collaborate on a group submission for the runway show. See for workshop information. Advance tickets are $25 and may be purchased at Bunnell Street Arts Center and at the Fringe, or $30 at the door.

Fiber artists and makers of all mediums are encouraged to submit work. Submissions are due noon-4 p.m. Oct. 21 at Land’s End Resort. A maximum of five garments may be submitted per artists. There is a $10 submission fee per garment; however submission fees are waived when you become a member of Bunnell by making a $25 donation ( Garments may be mailed to Bunnell Street Arts Center; 106 W Bunnell Ave, Homer, AK 99603, as long as the garments and the necessary submission forms have been submitted by the deadline. Visit to read details and complete necessary entry forms.

Wearable Arts also needs models and volunteers for the show. Models can contact Karri Multz at 299-1695 and volunteer can contact Brianna Allen, or 235-2662. Volunteers receive free admission to one of the two shows.

Body Moves offered at HCOA

Have mobility challenges? Come and enjoy camaraderie and socialize while you increase mobility, flexibility and balance with Body Moves from 10:30-11:45 a.m. Wednesdays at the Homer Council on the Arts. Dotti Harness-Foster and Cathy Stingley teach the classes. The first session is going on now through Oct. 11 and the next session is Oct. 18-Nov. 15. The fee for a 5-week session is $90 general, $75 HCOA member or $20 drop-in. Scholarships are available. For more information all 235-4288 or visit to sign up.

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