First Friday

Art Shop Gallery

202 W. Pioneer Ave.

Backroads & Byways of Alaska by writer and photographer Taz Tally

5-7:30 p.m., First Friday

Writer and photographer Taz Tally signs his new book, The Computer Aided Drafting and Computer Aided Manufacturing program He describes it as “A journey through the amazing diversity of our Alaskan landscapes and places. From Prudhoe Bay, to Nome, to Valdez and Kodiak and all the Alaskan lands in between, this book covers a lifetime of Alaskan road trip adventures.” Tally also shows his photographs. The First Friday reception features the Art Shop Gallery’s newly remodeled space.

Bunnell Street Arts Center

106 W. Bunnell Ave.

Artist in Residence show by Jaimie Warren

5-7 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception; 6 p.m., artist talk

New York-based photographer and performance artist Jaimie Warren creates a large-scale interactive tableau featuring community participation to recreate and enact an art historical American masterpiece. Warren is a photographer and performance artist born in 1980 and based in Kansas City, Missour,i and New York City. She also is the co-creator and co-director of Whoop Dee Doo, a nonprofit faux public access television show that creates large-scale commissioned projects for museums and festivals.

Fireweed Gallery

475 E. Pioneer Ave.

Final First Friday show, photography by Mary Frische and Tom Collpy

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Homer artists Mary Frische and Tom Collopy of Wild North Photography plan to retire after this show. The couple arrived in Alaska on the historic date of Sept. 11, 2001. They have become known nationally as Alaska photographers, with work appearing in books and magazines and sold in galleries throughout Alaska. Both landscape and wildlife photographers, they said their hope is that presenting images of the scenic vistas and wildlife they have photographed will lead others to understand, appreciate and respect this wild land.

Grace Ridge Brewery

3388 B. Street, corner of Ocean Drive

CADCAM art by Homer High School students

5-7 p.m., First Friday

Homer High School’s advanced CADCAM students present works of art for sale. The Computer Aided Drafting and Computer Aided Manufacturing program allows students to design in an AutoCad program to then use a CNC plasma cutting machine to cut the art work out of metal. The students came up with the concepts and executed the designs independently. Pieces are for sale, and all proceeds benefit student learning by helping them purchase supplies.

Homer Council on the Arts

344 W. Pioneer Ave.

Jubilee, art by local students

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Moving Metaphors, dance performance

7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Mariner Theatre

For March, the Homer Council on the Arts celebrates youth art with its Jubilee gallery exhibit featuring original work from students in grades kindergarten through 12.

Friday and Saturday nights at the Mariner Theatre, HCOA presents Moving Metaphors, a variety of home-grown dances. Guest choreographer Teal Rogers, director of Golden Heart Performing Arts in Fairbanks, joins the Homer crew of dancers with an aerial silk performance as well as offering aerial yoga classes on Saturday prior to the performance. This year’s pieces include a collaborative jazz piece showcasing vocabulary from Jazzline in a new and unique form, a spoof on relationships by Kara Clemens, a piece embodying visions of mermaids and a rockin’ country piece by Polly Prindle-Hess, a tsolo by Steve Krause, Susannah Webster’s vision of winter magic enhanced with video by Michael Walsh, a piece about physical changes by Wynn Levitt and Tess Dally, a kick line piece by Kristen Wright-Cook, a belly dance by Bobbye Triplett-Hurd, an exhibition of on corde de lisse by Bridget Doran, and an introspective piece about surrender and trust that begs the question “When does flying become falling?’ by LuAnne Nelson and Peggy Paver. For more information and tickets visit

Kachemak Bay Campus

533 E. Pioneer Ave.

New work by photographer Joe Kashi

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Kenai photographer Joe Kashi shows his new work at the Kachemak Bay Campus.

Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery

471 E. Pioneer Ave.

ART and Math, mixed media by various artists

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Ptarmigan Arts Gallery members present “ART and MATH,” which presents a variety of interpretations and media. The theme of ART and MATH started as a discussion about how math affects and informs what we do, and became a challenge to consciously create works of art that deliberately and thoughtfully use principals of math (and related fields of geometry, perspective, algebra, light refraction, temperature, molecular weight, etc.) in the creative process. But this is still only a small portion of the concept.

Artists are intuitive. The show asks the question, “How does math relate to the intuitive process?” If we study architecture, for example — a highly mathematical discipline — we can often see aesthetic purpose and beauty.

Work for this show includes wood wall clocks (what’s more mathematical than a clock?), tall ceramic vases and ceramic tiles. Included are paintings of architecture and paintings with geometric forms as well as intricate bead sculptures and more.

A dancer performs an aerial silk piece in “Moving Metaphors,” a performance at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Mariner Theatre. (Photo provided)

A dancer performs an aerial silk piece in “Moving Metaphors,” a performance at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Mariner Theatre. (Photo provided)

A painting from the Jubilee exhibit at Homer Council on the Arts. (Photo provided)

A painting from the Jubilee exhibit at Homer Council on the Arts. (Photo provided)

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