For January, many galleries and art venues close for the month while they remodel, paint and acquire new works for the upcoming spring season. Art Shop Gallery, Bunnell Street Arts Center, Fireweed Gallery, Homer Council on the Arts and the Pratt Museum either are closed or do not have First Friday shows.
However, Grace Ridge Brewery and Ptarmigan Arts offer shows this month. Grace Ridge features the playful work of visiting Ecuadorian artist Paul Jauregui, while Ptarmigan Arts continues its Flat Rate Box Show.
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Grace Ridge Brewery
3388 B. Street off Ocean Drive
“100 Days in Alaska,” paintings by Paul Jauregui
5-7 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception
Ecuadorian artist Paul Jauregui shows work from his “100 Days in Alaska” series of paintings. Jauregui visited Homer last summer “painting Alaskan Animals with a unique humorous Latin Flare,” he writes on his website at pauljauregui.studio. Jauregui also explores environmental ideas in paintings like his “eARTh & i” series in which he explores his “connection with the flora and fauna of unique places in the planet.”
The owner of themed bars, restaurants and entertainment venues in Ecuador, Jauregui describes himself as a “multisensorial” artist. He has created tactile paintings for the blind and works on environmental themes.
Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery
471 E. Pioneer Ave.
Flat Rate Box Show by various artists
Continuing through Feb. 5, Ptarmigan Arts will host its annual Flat Rate Box Show, a holiday gift show that makes shopping easy, as each item on display will already be matched to the right USPS flat rate box for ease of shipping. Member submissions include ceramics, glass, woodwork, weavings, jewelry and graphic art.
At 7 p.m. at the end of the January First Friday show, Ptarmigan Arts holds a drawing for a $25 gift certificate. The continued show offers “the perfect opportunity to get yourself something nice after the hustle and bustle of Christmas or find something to ship to that special person that you might not have been able to get to in time,” according to the show description.