Arts Briefs

Pier One starts season with kick-off celebration

Pier One Theatre on the Homer Spit starts its summer 2018 season with a kick-off celebration at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with Pier One Doth Return.

Enjoy a taste of the season to come and see the resolution of an infamous trilogy. Admission is free, but come early for a guaranteed seat.

The season begins in earnest with Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot,” opening 7:30 p.m. May 25 and continuing May 26, 27, 31 and June 2. Directed by Peter Sheppard, Beckett’s existential masterpiece tells the story of two tramps waiting for a Mr. Godot in a world where time, place and memory are blurred. Tickets are on sale at the Homer Bookstore or the night of shows at the theater box office. Other upcoming shows included “House Games” by Tom Ziegler, Monty Python’s “Spamalot” and T. James Belich’s “The Wind in the Willows.” For more information, visit

Rasmuson awards grants to three Homer artists

The Rasmuson Foundation last Friday announced the recipients of its Distinguished Artist, Individual Artist and Project Award grants. Three Homer artists received $7,500 Project Grants: David Gerard, Abigail Kokai and Kim McNett.

According to the press release, Gerard, a musical instrument artist, will use the grant to purchase new tools and travel to study with a master luthier.

He will build a new instrument, either an Irish bouzouki or an octave mandolin, sophisticated instruments with multiple pairs of strings.

He also hopes to master the inlaying process.

He also received a Project Award in 2012.

Fiber artist Kokai plans to document the unique instant community of travelers on the Alaska Marine Highway System through illustrated quilts about individual experiences. She hopes to use photographs of finished quilts to create something new, perhaps a deck of cards or other element of popular culture that reflects current trends of how passengers spend their time.

Visual artist McNett will engage in study and practice to refine her use of color by working in watercolor, colored pencil and other mixed media.

She will attend workshops, illustrate a nature journal and produce final works using the themes of wild botanicals, marine life, birds, and coastal landscapes.

The foundation also awarded a $40,000 Distinguished Artist grant to Alvin Amason of Anchorage and Kodiak Island. Well-known for his distinctive portraits of Alaska wildlife, the press release described his paintings of wildlife as “rendered in bright colors in paint and sculptural relief, and are so alive that they appear only momentarily at rest.”

Quilt winners announced

The Kachemak Bay Quilters announced the winners of its 34th annual show, held last weekend at the Homer Elks Lodge. Visitors voted on their favorites in several categories.

The quilt show is held as a fundraiser for the group and helps quilters make service groups for the community, primarily quilts for victims who have lost homes and belongings in house fires.

About 400 people attended to view 72 quilts and other fiber art. The first- and second-place winners in the large bed quilt category, Cinda Martin and Alice Krivitsky, are mother and daughter. The winners are:

• Large bed quilts: first, Cinda Martin; second, Alice Krivitsky; third, Jan Mosher

• Small bed quilts: first, Sherry Broome; second and third, Nancy Larsen

• Wall hangings: first and second, Enid Keyes; third, Kate McNulty

• Other quilted items: first, Peggy Parsons; second, Piama Svoboda; third, Janet Moshler

• Challenge bird quilts: first, Patrice Kant; second, Piama Svoboda; third, Nancy Larsen

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