Faces featured in two exhibits

With some galleries on winter hiatus, only three of the regular art galleries have first Friday openings. Fireweed Gallery remains closed until Feb. 13, but a new venue picks up the slack: the Homer Public Library. In a reception, new Homer photographer Susan Johnson shows photographs from a residency she did on Cape Cod, Mass., with beach scenes similar to those here. As part of its Big Read for Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451,” the Friends of the Homer Public Library and Pier One Theatre hold a staged reading of the play version at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Though they take different approaches, by one of those curious coincidences that happen in the Homer art scene, Bunnell Street Arts Center and Ptarmigan Arts both have shows that feature masks and faces. At Bunnell, Anchorage artist Michael Conti’s “On Hockey” looks at hockey’s symbolism and significance. His show features paintings and sculptures of Derek “The Boogeyman” Boogaard, the legendary Canadian hockey player voted the second-most intimidating player ever.

At Ptarmigan, member artists there explore human — and nonhuman — images in “Faces.” The show looks at adult faces, children’s faces, animal faces and even clock faces.

Also opening is Homer High School graduate Lukas Easton’s “Aesthetic Dichotomy.” Now a University of Alaska Anchorage art student, Easton’s work includes paintings and ceramic art.

Michael Armstrong can be reached at michael.armstrong@homernews.com.

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