August art shows explore global warming

Two shows this month explore the effects of global warming and climate change, but from different perspectives.

In his show at Ptarmigan Arts, Homer artist Ed Hutchinsion, who has become known for his “white-on-white” paintings of Arctic animals, focuses on those animals and sea life dealing with climate change. He also expands his repertoire by merging his white-on-white style with a bold, colorist approach.

At Bunnell Street Arts Center, a group of 30 contemporary Alaska artists approach the idea of climate change from the context of colonization. The artists “challenge colonization through a confluence of indigenous, global, traditional and contemporary concepts, technologies and media,” said curator Asia Freeman. “In a global context of cultural change and hybridity, artists call for museum practices to chart new paths for the curation and presentation of indigenous technologies.”

Also showing is a special exhibit at the Pratt Museum, Jeffrey and Ranja Dean’s “Heartfelt and Handmade,” about how their farmstead reflects a craft and aesthetic inspired by nature.

Showing at the Art Shop Gallery is a show that literally reflects nature — 3d stained glass works by Lisa Carlon of Alaska wildlife.

A new venue this month is Grace Ridge Brewing on Ocean Drive, now featuring a new artist every month.

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