Fall First Friday opens with new venues

As the season changes, so too do First Friday openings. Some galleries go on hiatus, with no new openings. The good news for art lovers is that two venues have seized the opportunity to offer art shows.

At Fat Olives at the corner of Ohlson Lane and the Sterling Highway, the funky restaurant built from an old bus garage seems the perfect place to show “Heavy Metal,” a new show by local artist Marjorie Scholl. Scholl has become known for her whimsical portraits and dynamic landscapes, but in this show she tackles a new theme: metal and machines. Boats, helicopters, trucks and tractors, Scholl shows them all, many set against the Alaska landscape.

“I love the juxtaposition of masculine metal and feminine sunsets and wildflowers,” Scholl writes of her paintings. 

At the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, a touring exhibit, “Voices of the Wilderness,” opens, with works by local artists Nancy Lord, Ron Senungetuk, and Tom Collopy and Mary Frische. The show features not just visual art, but poetry, prose and music, all on the theme of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. After the reception at 7:30 p.m., Lord delivers a keynote address.

Other new shows include a show by Elizabeth Emery, artist in residence at Bunnell Street Arts Center, and watercolor and acrylic paintings by Pati Deuter at Fireweed Gallery. Homer Council on the Arts doesn’t have a new show, but it has a gallery concert at 7:30 p.m., “Born in the Wrong Century,” with music by Homer High School seniors Robert Hockema and Patrick Latimer. For those who missed a chance to see longtime Homer fiber artist Eileen Wythe’s show at Ptarmigan Arts, that show stays up another month.

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

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