First Friday Events

Bunnell Street Arts Center

106 W. Bunnell Ave.

Installation by Jarod Charzewski

5-7 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception;
6 p.m., artist’s talk

Old Town Artist in Residence and Charleston, S.C.,-based installation artist Jarod Charzewski is building a site-specific installation referencing western civilization’s consumer culture.
Charzewski has selected materials that are most abundant in the Homer area. By using the forgotten yet usable items and materials as the medium, the objective will be to create an immersive landscape for gallery viewers to experience.
“My installations are designed to evoke a viewer’s inherent connection to preservation by exploring objects and their ability to be tethered to attachments and the resulting compulsions,” he said.

Fireweed Gallery

475 E. Pioneer Ave.

Merged Lifestyles of Kachemak Bay Revisited, by Marian Beck

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

First seen at the Pratt Museum two years ago, Halibut Cove artist Marian Beck’s show expresses her experiences as a child growing up on Kachemak Bay. As she says, for her, freedom was a horse, the landscape was for the taking and with a big rowing skiff the coastline was an open road. She felt she had the opportunity to see the area change from wilderness to the modern world and has captured those images in her artwork. “Without being entirely aware of it, I have pursued art and its expression my whole life. It is how I express the world as I see it. I was born an artist from a genetic line up of artists. My mother, Diana Tillion for one, was well known in her own right,” she said.

Homer Council on the Arts

344 W. Pioneer Ave.

Jubilee Art Show, by various artists

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Slam and Jam, by various performers

7-11 p.m. First Friday

Student work from the annual Jubilee Art Show is on display. Work also will be shown in the South Peninsula Hospital gallery on the main floor. Following the reception is “Slam and Jam,” a poetry slam and rave by high school students. Created by Youth on Record AK and directed by Cody Davidson, the event is done in partnership with the R.E.C. Room and South Peninsula Haven House.

Paul Banks Elementary School

1340 East End Road

Fourth Annual Arts Extravaganza,
art by various artists

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Paul Banks Elementary School once again features its spring Art Extravaganza with art in various media from all students. The evening also includes a hands-on art table where students will be able to make a fancy art project with their family and bring it home. Appetizers will be served by staff members. There also will be a silent auction with funds to be used for field trip transportation. 

Picture Alaska 

448 E. Pioneer Ave. 

Fisheries, paintings by Brian Slovar
and Chris Wheeler

5-7:30 p.m., First Friday Reception 

The artists featured in this exhibit are from Homer’s neighbor on the south side of Kachemak Bay, Seldovia.

Pratt Museum

3770 Bartlett Street

Jubilee Art Show, art by various artists
Key Ingredients traveling exhibition

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

As part of Jubilee, the Pratt Museum shows student art. Also opening Friday is “Key Ingredients,” the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibition about how food and culture inform each other across America. Through a selection of artifacts, photographs and illustrations, “Key Ingredients” examines the evolution of the American kitchen and how food industries have responded to the technological innovations that have enabled Americans to choose an ever-wider variety of frozen, prepared and fresh foods. “Key Ingredients” also looks beyond the home to restaurants, diners and celebrations that help build a sense of community through food. The exhibition addresses farming, table manners, history, markets and kitchen gadgets in a lively presentation creating conversations and inspiring community recollection and celebration.

Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery

471 E. Pioneer Ave.

30th Anniversary Show,
art by various artists

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

For the first First Friday of spring, Ptarmigan Arts holds a special show in recognition of its 30-year anniversary. The gallery will show off the work of its newest artists and have live demonstrations of the techniques some of the artists use to create their art. The new artist show highlights the artists who joined the co-op since the artists took ownership of the store. Mallory Drover has taken a unique twist on all those broken zippers and can tabs and has recycled them into wearable accessories. Photography is Debbie Fanatia’s canvas for her story telling. In addition to her fun and crazy teapots, Ruby Haigh will be showing her latest works, hand-painted silk scarves. Jeanie Sims is stepping out from her beautiful tapestry bags and will be showing a needle-felted boiled wool jacket. George Overpeck will be exhibiting his turned wood bowls.

Other artists will be demonstrating just how they make their art. Starting at 5 p.m., there will be demonstrations on loom weaving from Ellen Halseth and copper jewelry crafting from Jean Steele. Kathy Baldwin will demonstrate both the Native craft of making fish-skin baskets and the art of encaustic painting. Cindy Nelson will be demonstrating how to make a mosaic.