First Friday Events

Art Shop Gallery

202 W. Pioneer Ave.

Collages by Guitta Corey

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

Artist Guitta Corey shows her new work.


Bunnell Street Arts Center

106 W. Bunnell Ave.

Shaping Alaska, art by Sarah Beatty, John Hagen, Jessica Pena and Nathan Shafer

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

“Shaping Alaska” features work by Sarah Beatty, ceramic sculpture; John Hagen, photography; Jessica Pena, drawing, and Nathan Shafer, augmented reality. The artists were invited to create new work expressing how contrasting media and diverse experience redefine Alaska’s landscape. Beatty’s sculpture explores cloud shapes drawn with clay. Hagen writes that he seeks “to make a connection between the person viewing my work and the place I am showing them.” Pena writes that she approaches her work as “part historian, part scientist, part storyteller and several parts curious.” Shafer’s “augmented reality” uses media to construct socially interactive and technology based projects, he writes.


Homer Elks Lodge

215 Jenny Way

Paint in by Debbie Poore

5-9 p.m., First Friday
$1 admission

The Homer Elks Lodge continues its Paint In for First Friday. This month, artist Debbie Poore does a painting on the back deck as a fundraiser for the Elks scholarship fund. For $1 admission, visitors can watch the artist paint for several hours.


Fireweed Gallery

475 E. Pioneer Ave.

Spring Into Watercolors, the 19th annual Kachemak Watercolor Society Spring Show
Ceramics by Arlen Hansen
Soapstone Collages by John Hotes

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

The Kachemak Watercolor Society once again features its annual show of work by artist members. A highlight is a collaborative painting, in which artists paint a section of an image that’s pieced together. This year’s image, “Lost Dreams,” is of derelict boats. “As watercolor artists we translate personal experiences through a fluid medium into a world of color and shape on paper,” the society writes. “The capricious  ‘spirit’ of the process guides imagery while the wondrous landscapes and people of Kachemak Bay and the world around us become our muse.” 

Also on exhibit are ceramics by Arlen Hansen and soapstone collages by John Hotes.


Homer Council on the Arts

344 W. Pioneer Ave.

Making Love to Business and Politics, photograph by Kate Henry

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Homer photographer Kate Henry says that the theme of her show is “about raising the consciousness surrounding political and corporate injustices to mankind and our Earth. Instead of feeding and breeding an ego, power, and money-driven society, I want to see our leaders and the people of earth (myself included) making holistic choices based on what’s good for flora, fauna and planet.” Henry said that putting together her show challenged her to expand her knowledge of conceptual photography and human subjects. “My goal is to create scenes that encourage the viewer to reconnect with their own hearts, find balance in the variety and flavor of the lives of others, and show love and appreciation for this big beautiful planet,” she writes.


Jars of Clay Pottery

3857 Main Street

New work by Rachel Bultman

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Rachel Bultman is the featured artist at ceramic artist Ruby Haigh’s studio.


Paul Banks Elementary School

1340 East End Road

5th annual Art Extravaganza

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Paul Banks Elementary School students display their art, including artists statements. The event includes refreshments, live music and a silent auction of art donated by local artists.

“It’s a great way to celebrate our budding artists in the community,” said kindergarten teacher Shawna Gunn.


Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery

471 E. Pioneer Ave.

Birds, mixed media photography by Joanne Thordarson

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

In honor of birders and the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, photographer Joanne Thordarson focuses on and celebrates birds for her show. Photographs were taken in and around Homer, and feature birds from ducks to terns to sandhill cranes, with images printed on a variety of media, including metal, silk and canvas. 


West Homer Elementary School

995 Soundview Ave.

Writers’ Fair, readings by student writers

9:45-11 a.m., First Friday

Writers’ Exhibit, display of works by student writers

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

West Homer Elementary School students honor the literary arts with a public reading in the morning followed by a display of their writing for First Friday in the evening. Celebrate poetry, fiction and nonfiction at these two events.

Images of birds are featured in Joanne Thordarson’s show at Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery.

Images of birds are featured in Joanne Thordarson’s show at Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery.

“Lost Dreams,” the Kachemak Bay Watercolor Society’s collaborative painting is in its show at Fireweed Gallery.-Photo provided

“Lost Dreams,” the Kachemak Bay Watercolor Society’s collaborative painting is in its show at Fireweed Gallery.-Photo provided