Arts Briefs

Lord debuts new novel

Homer writer Nancy Lord launches her new novel, “pH,” at 6 p.m. Friday at the Homer Public Library, with a reading and talk. The Homer Bookstore will have copies available for sale and signing. A former Alaska Writer Laureate, Lord is the author of “Beluga Days,” “Fish Camp,” “Early Warming” and other books. Most recently she edited the anthology, “Made of Salmon.” Lord also teaches creative nonfiction at Kachemak Bay Campus, in the master of fine arts program at the University Alaska Anchorage, and in an online graduate science program at Johns Hopkins University.

HCOA seeks gallery show applications

Friday is the deadline to submit applications for gallery shows at the Homer Council on the Arts. HCOA seeks applications in all media and formats, including solo, group and interdisciplinary arts. Preference is given to Homer, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska Native, and Alaska artists. Apply at If you do not have access to submit online, please mail to 355 West Pioneer Ave., Homer, Alaska 99603. Direct questions to Peggy Paver at 907-235-4288.

HCOA offers Aerial Fabric classes

Through the Homer Council on the Arts, aerial artist Bridget Doran presents Aerial Fabric class for all ages and all levels starting Sept. 25. Classes are $180 HCOA members and $216 nonmembers and are at Cirque Therapy, 1230 Ocean Drive. To sign up, visit or call 235-4288. Classes offered are:

• All Ages, All Levels, Mondays and Wednesdays, 6- 7:15 p.m., Sept. 25–Nov. 1, For a ages 9 and older, this class is available for all levels to develop technique, vocabulary, and a progression of skills on the aerial fabric. Students from beginner to intermediate will receive individual instruction to progress at their own pace.

WildShore performs Sept. 29

For the sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary of the transfer of Russian America to the U.S., at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Bunnell Street Arts Center, Wild Shore New Music presents a concert of contemporary music that addresses elements of Alaska that cut across boundaries: the light, the mountains, the water, the wildlife, and the silence of the tundra. The program includes music by Pulitzer Prize-winning Alaska composer John Luther Adams, California composer Lou Harrison, John Cage, Julia Wolfe, and more. Wild Shore New Music was created in 2013 by three New York musicians who all grew up in Alaska: Katie Cox, Andie Springer and Conrad Winslow. Over the past four seasons, Wild Shore has brought musicians from some of the nation’s leading contemporary ensembles such as Bang on a Can All Stars, Mivos Quartet, eighth blackbird, California EAR Unit, and more. Wild Shore presents adventurous new chamber music in south-central Alaska and explores how art engages the natural world in all its beauty and danger. Performing are Katie Cox, flutes; Bill Kalinkos, clarinet; Andie Springer, violin; Maria Jeffers, cello; Michael McCurdy, percussion; David Friend, piano, and Conrad Winslow, piano.

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