First Friday Events

Bunnell Street
Arts Center

106 W. Bunnell Ave.

Let That Fire Catch Me Now, photographs by Adam Ottavi and poetry by Kevin Goodan

5-7 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception; 6 p.m., artists talk
1 p.m. Saturday, poetry reading with Kevin Goodan

Fairbanks photographer Adam Ottavi starts an Artist In Residency visit with a show featuring his wet-plate collodion photographs, a 19th century photography technique. A collaborative project with poet Kevin Goodan, the show looks at wildfire ruins and the interaction between humans and the natural landscape. During his residency, Ottavi also will do tintype photograph portraits for a donation of $150. The 4-inch-by-6-inch photographs will be shown in an exhibit on March 27, with donors receiving one of two portraits taken and the other donated to the Pratt Museum. Space is limited to 60 participants. To sign up, call Bunnell at 235-2662. 

Fireweed Gallery

475 E. Pioneer Ave.

Aurora, photographs by Dennis Anderson

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Homer photographer Dennis Anderson fell in love with Alaska while on vacation and has made Homer his home since 1995.  Since a child he has been obsessed with studying and photographing celestial objects. Anderson builds and uses his own cameras that he calls “Franken-cameras.” His photographs of the northern lights have been published in a variety of domestic and foreign periodicals and books and in several languages. In 2006, competing against more than 400 international photographers, one of his photographs won “Northern Lights Photo of the Year,” an honor that included a trip to Norway’s Andoya Rocket Range, facility dedicated to studying the aurora. Many of his photographs come from the Homer area.

Homer Council on the Arts

344 W. Pioneer Ave.

awAKenings, by Alayne Tetor

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Homer artist Alayne Tetor earned a bachelor of science in art education with a concentration in painting from Kutztown University, Pennsylvania. Born and raised in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, she developed a love of playing in the woods, creeks, mountains, rivers and lakes. Over the years, she has traveled to live in beautiful settings in Vermont, the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York, Colorado and, in Alaska, Talkeetna, Anchorage and now Homer. She enjoys the art of drawing and painting, based on her love and connection with the outdoors and mountain culture. The beauty of Alaska and adventures with friends particularly inspire her artwork. A travel watercolor kit is an essential piece of her backpacking equipment. Tetor is currently pursuing a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and says she enjoys studying the transformative effects of art on the brain and its positive impact on well-being. She currently teaches art, including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography and video at Homer High School.

Ptarmigan Arts
Back Room Gallery

471 E. Pioneer Ave.

Faces, art by various artists, 5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Opening last month, “Faces” continues at Ptarmigan Arts through April. “Faces” includes spooky faces, animal faces, clock faces and the beautiful faces of children that are painted, beaded, photographed and molded with fish skins, and more. There also are a few surprises, as some of the artists display faces that may be outside their normal media. Contributing artists include Gary Lyon, Jean Steele, Carolyn Seymour, Ruby Haigh, Ted Heuer, Debbie Fanatia, Mossy Kilcher, Linda Skelton, Kathi Drew, Cindy Nelson and Kathie Baldwin.