First Friday Events

Alaska Marketplace

1130 Ocean Drive

New works by M. Marali Sargent-Smith

5-7 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception

Formerly Homeric Traders, Alaska Marketplace features work by Homer artist M. Marali Sargent-Smith. A lifelong Alaskan, she grew up commercial fishing in Bristol Bay. She works with stained and fused glass, mosaics, jewelry, silver and other metals, clays and fiber, and paints with oils, acrylics and watercolor. She sells originals and giclee prints and does some art commissions. 

Art Shop Gallery

202 W. Pioneer Ave.

Jewelry by Dawn Horner

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

11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 

The Art Shop Gallery celebrates the Fourth of July weekend with a trunk show of jewelry hand created by Dawn Horner of Wasilla. Horner is nationally recognized as a wire weaver using Viking knitting techniques and stones, and has had articles published in Wirework magazine. Her use of old techniques to create modern styles gives each of her pieces a unique look. Besides metal, she often incorportates stones in her work like jasper and opalized ammonite.

Bunnell Street Arts Center

106 W. Bunnell Ave.

History Retold, paintings by Christina Fenner

Pottery by Lisa Wood Beck, Marie Herdegen and Cynthia Morelli

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

Fenner writes that while at  the royal palace of Holyrood House in Edinburgh, Scotland, “I found myself captivated by the hapless life of Mary Queen of Scots. There, her life unfolded on its unfortunate path. I thought about the many people that influenced and manipulated her. Her trust and her trying relationships tore her life apart. I wished I could reach back in time and tell her to be strong, to trust no one but her own convictions,” she writes. “Worlds can be altered through art, however, and wrongs can be made right. Mary’s fate inspired me to alter the timeline. To bring to life unlikely relationships that may reshape history, to offer some degree of understanding and acceptance to some of my fellow wallflowers, narcissists and loners.”

Also showing for July is ceramic art by Lisa Wood Beck, Marie Herdegen and Cynthia Morelli.

Diamond Ridge Art Studio and Gallery

4025 Homer Spit Road

New work by Leslie Garrison and Marcy Bauersfeld

5-7 p.m. First Friday Opening Reception

1-5 p.m. Saturday, watercolor demonstration by Jan Peyton

The Diamond Ridge Art Studio and Gallery highlights its wearable art with the work of two Homer sisters, Leslie Garrison and Marcy Bauersfeld. They present their various creations, from aprons and pillow covers to skirts, hats and handbags. On Saturday, watercolorist Jan Peyton demonstrates her painting style 

Fireweed Gallery

475 E. Pioneer Ave.

Flying Colors, paintings by Bob Thompson and John Hume

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Artists Bob Thompson and John Hume present their aviation art and explore “the mystique of flying in Alaska, from bush planes to Cold War bombers throughout the history of the Last Frontier,” they write. “Our goal is to capture that part of Alaska that seems, for good reason, wild and intriguing and draws people from everywhere for a taste of it.”

Homer Council on the Arts

344 W. Pioneer Ave.

Wildlands, paintings by Hailey Smith

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Raised in Homer, Hailey Smith studied fine art and illustration at the Altos de Chavon School of Design in the Dominican Republic. She is a lover of wilderness, and being from Alaska, the trees and mountains are her inspiration. As a painter, she says she tries to capture and share the importance and purity of nature in all that she produces. In “Wildlands,” the focus is on landscapes that are either untouched and protected by man, or places that were once inhabited and have now been retaken by nature. Hailey said she feels that these are now the most important pieces of land left in the world, and should be cherished as such.

Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery

471 E. Pioneer Ave.

Botanica, photography by Debbie Fanatia

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Debbie Fanatia has been in various horticultural professions for more than 35 years and uses a variety of cameras, from iPhones to point-and-shoots to professional-grade, to photograph her surroundings while she’s gardening. Debbie captures the intricate forms of flowers and plants using black and white photography, but said she also appreciates the riotous colors and mingling of textures that color photography provides, and she uses each to tell the stories of the world she’s immersed herself in. She said that the stamen of a lily up close tells us as much about our environment as the sweeping vista of an aspen grove in late fall, and finds beauty in vegetables, flowers, trees, and all their attendant parts. Having a camera with her all the time, whether it’s hung around her neck or tucked in her pocket, has allowed her to see the natural world differently: in frames, both separate from the man-made cacophony and a distinct part of it. 

Pratt Museum

3779 Bartlett Street

Watermark, oil paintings by Asia Freeman and digital video by Michael Walsh

5-7 p.m., extended museum hours

The duo show by artists Asia Freeman and Michael Walsh opened last month. While there is no opening reception for July, the museum is open until 7 p.m. to allow First Friday visitors to see their show.

Bob Thompson and John Hume’s “In High Places,” showing at Fireweed Gallery.

Bob Thompson and John Hume’s “In High Places,” showing at Fireweed Gallery.

One of Dawn Horner’s jewelry pieces at the Art Shop Gallery.

One of Dawn Horner’s jewelry pieces at the Art Shop Gallery.

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