David Pettibone’s “Year of the Tree” exhibit features a single tree painted at the Eagle River Nature Center painted over the span of a year. His show opens Sept. 7, 2018, at the Homer Council on the Arts, Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

David Pettibone’s “Year of the Tree” exhibit features a single tree painted at the Eagle River Nature Center painted over the span of a year. His show opens Sept. 7, 2018, at the Homer Council on the Arts, Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

First Friday

Art Shop Gallery

202 W. Pioneer Ave.

Aurora Fire Jewelry Trunk Show, handmade jewelry by Liz Bowen

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

Liz Bowen’s new line of jewelry, Aurora Fire & Bella Bijoux, features much of the dichroic and color-shifting accents she made popular with her Glacier Glass line. For 30 years, this Alaska artist has drawn her inspiration from the beauty of Alaska, the native art of Southeast, and the animals that she has encountered living here

Bunnell Street Arts Center

106 W. Bunnell Ave.

Intercurrents: The Alaska Treaty of Cession, works by various artists

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

Sixteen diverse Alaska artists address the Alaska Treaty of Cession as an intercurrent to “Seward’s Day” commemorations, to increase the prospects for honest discussion arising from a pivotal document that shaped and continues to inform the course of Alaska cultures and history. Pat Shelton, Anchorage-based artist, curated the exhibit. He writes that the idea came about after researching the treaty under which the United States acquired Alaska from Russia, and that people who had ancestral roots in the territory were left out of negotiations.

“The exhibit’s concept is rooted in the belief that it is vital to offer autonomous interpretations and perceptions to the public, to increase the prospects for honest discussion arising from a pivotal document that shaped and continues to inform the course of Alaskan cultures and history,” he writes. “Issues inherent to the Alaska Treaty of Cession resonate with current global environmental, cultural, and political concerns. It is hoped that this exhibit will stimulate and expand conversation, creating meaningful dialogue about the Treaty of Cession and the complexities of human interaction.”

First shown in October 2017 at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art in Anchorage, the exhibit includes work by Fred Anderson, Graham Dane, Dr. Dalee Sambo Dorough, Hal Gage, Ted Gardeline, Donna Goldsmith, Sven Haakanson, Joan Kane, Karl Koett, Carol Lambert, Linda Infante Lyons, Don Mohr, Austin Parkhill, David Pettibone, Joseph Senungetuk, Martha Senungetuk, and Pat Shelton.

Fireweed Gallery

475 E. Pioneer Ave.

Bend not Break, photography and writing by Christina Whiting

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Fireweed Gallery presents “Bend Not Break,” writing and photography by Homer artist, Christina Whiting. Inspired by early onset menopause and now approaching 50, Whiting reflects on her reactions to her ever-changing internal and external landscape. With this exhibit, she invites the viewer along for the ride through what she considers her sometimes graceful, sometimes clumsy journey of this thing called life.

Grace Ridge Brewery

3388 B. Street off Ocean Drive

Art Alaska, paintings by Jay Wright

5-9 p.m., First Friday

Born in Miami, Florida, As a young child, Jay Wright was drawn to the outdoors, its abundant wildlife,and most of all, the adventure of life itself. Learning about the local animals, ocean creatures and eventually, the realization that he had a knack for drawing, Wright continued to grow into a man with the utmost appreciation for his outdoor surroundings, and a yearning to immortalize his visions through pad and pencil. From the moment he landed in Alaska, he decided that Alaska was where his heart lies.

Homer Council on the Arts

344 W. Pioneer Ave.

Year of the Tree, paintings by David Pettibone

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Change is both the subject and the medium of this series of watercolor and oil paintings in which a single tree becomes a constant against which change is measured. Each work is made on location, some over the course of days, some weeks, and some months. The paintings investigate, in detail, a single tree at the Eagle River Nature Center from May 13, 2016 to May 13, 2017, and how the changing of the seasons affects the tree. These works are composed from observation in all types of weather so that the many changes of the environment — from sunshine to rain to snow — may have an effect on the painter, and consequently, the paintings. Inspired by John Constable’s “Study of the Trunk of an Elm,” (1821), Pettibone began painting trees while an artist in residence in Scotland in 2014. After his move to Anchorage in 2015, he embraced the suggestion to paint a single tree over time, realizing how to represent the changing shadows and hues with the passing of the sun and clouds. “Year of the Tree” also showed at the Anchorage Museum in October of 2017.

Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery

471 E. Pioneer Ave.

Year of the Bird, mixed media by various artists

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Inspired by the centennial celebration of the Migratory Bird Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed, Ptarmigan artists celebrate “The Year of the Bird” with paintings, beadwork, carved and turned wood sculptures, pottery and ceramics, and a host of other mediums, in hopes of bringing awareness to the importance of protecting birds today and for the next hundred years. Gary Lyon, Dan Coe, Ted Heuer, Cindy Nelson, Carolyn Seymour, Laura Faeo, Ruby Haigue, Kathie Baldwin, Janaan Kitchen, Joanne Thoradsen, Dan Fisher, Jean Steele, and Olga Amaral, and others show their work.

Liz Bowen’s dichroic glass and metal jewelry is featured in her new show opening Sept. 7, 2018, at the Art Shop Gallery, Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Liz Bowen’s dichroic glass and metal jewelry is featured in her new show opening Sept. 7, 2018, at the Art Shop Gallery, Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

??’s “Basket Not for Sale” is part of “Intercurrents: The Alaska Treaty of Cession,” an exhibit opening Friday, Sept, 7, 2018, at Bunnell Street Arts Center, Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

??’s “Basket Not for Sale” is part of “Intercurrents: The Alaska Treaty of Cession,” an exhibit opening Friday, Sept, 7, 2018, at Bunnell Street Arts Center, Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

David Pettibone’s “Year of the Tree” exhibit features a single tree painted at the Eagle River Nature Center painted over the span of a year. His show opens Sept. 7, 2018, at the Homer Council on the Arts, Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

David Pettibone’s “Year of the Tree” exhibit features a single tree painted at the Eagle River Nature Center painted over the span of a year. His show opens Sept. 7, 2018, at the Homer Council on the Arts, Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Liz Bowen’s dichroic glass and metal jewelry is featured in her new show opening Sept. 7, 2018, at the Art Shop Gallery, Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Liz Bowen’s dichroic glass and metal jewelry is featured in her new show opening Sept. 7, 2018, at the Art Shop Gallery, Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Christina Whiting’s “Bend Not Break,” an exhibit of writing and photography, opens Sept. 7, 2018, at Fireweed Gallery in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Christina Whiting’s “Bend Not Break,” an exhibit of writing and photography, opens Sept. 7, 2018, at Fireweed Gallery in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Christina Whiting’s “Bend Not Break,” an exhibit of writing and photography, opens Sept. 7, 2018, at Fireweed Gallery in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Christina Whiting’s “Bend Not Break,” an exhibit of writing and photography, opens Sept. 7, 2018, at Fireweed Gallery in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

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