“Stairway Icefall” by Rita Pfeninger is one of the works at the Homer Council on the Arts Emerging Artists show.-Photo provided

“Stairway Icefall” by Rita Pfeninger is one of the works at the Homer Council on the Arts Emerging Artists show.-Photo provided

First Friday Events

Ben Firth Studio

Mile 161 Sterling Highway

Learning Experience, art by Emily Coble, Ben Coble and Anna Firth

5-8 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception

Emily Coble, Ben Coble and Anna Firth, students of artist Aurora Firth, show their work in pencil, pen-and-ink, watercolor, acrylic and other media. The show remains on exhibit 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, Nov. 4-8, at the studio near Black Water Bend on the Sterling Highway.


Bunnell Street Arts Center

106 W. Bunnell Ave.

String Calendar, installation by Melissa Daubert

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

Melissa Daubert, a Rasmuson Foundation Artist in Residence at Bunnell, has been visiting Homer since Sept. 15. During her residency she has been creating coir — coconut grass — and wire sculptures for an installation. The Cleveland, Ohio, artist also taught two public workshops; those artists’ works also are included in the installation. “String Calendar” refers to the Dena’ina Alaska Native tradition of marking days and special events on a length of cord. Daubert’s work uses that idea, connecting on a rope sculptures inspired by her residency.


Fireweed Gallery

475 E. Pioneer Ave.

Journey’s End, found sculpture by Don Henry
Aurora on Canvas, photography by Dennis Anderson
Travel Impressions: Homer to Oaxaca, pastel, pen and ink by Kristen Tonga

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Don Henry creates metal art using found metal from yard sales and cast-off equipment. The title for his show comes from his many years collecting just the right parts in order to complete his feature piece, the Tricycle.

Dennis Anderson is a master at photographing Alaska’s illusive aurora in all its glorious forms, colors and intensities. His His photo “Angel Fire” won him the award of Northern Lights Photo of the Year in 2005. For this show, Anderson presents some of his images on canvas.
For the past two years, Kristen Tonga has spent sunny days sitting on the streets of Oaxaca and recording daily life in pastel and pen and ink. In this exhibit, she presents a slice of Mexican life, its buildings, landscapes and people encountered along the way. Tonga also will be sketching a few quick portrait commissions for viewers during the reception. 


Homer Council on the Arts

344 W. Pioneer Ave.

Emerging Artists, by various artists

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

8 p.m., Gallery concert with
Work in Progress

The Homer Council on the Arts presents its annual Emerging Artists Exhibit. Up-and-coming artists who have not previously been in a juried art show are invited to show their work. Following the opening reception, the ever-changing Homer musical group Work in Progress performs ecletic bluegrass rock. The group consists of Jenny Martin, Mindy Parks, Glen Caldwell, Bobby Creamer, Randy Creamer and Johnny B. Tickets are $5 youth and HCOA members, $10 general admission. 


Picture Alaska 

448 E. Pioneer Ave. 

Off the Wall, works by various artists

5-7:30 p.m., First Friday Reception 

Picture Alaska presents its “Off the Wall” art and fashion sale, with works on sale all day Friday and Saturday.


Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery

471 E. Pioneer Ave.

Third Annual Scholarship Fundraiser,
art by various artists

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

The Ptarmigan Arts Scholarship Committee sponsors the third annual Scholarship Fundraiser Silent Auction during the month of November. 

This fundraiser includes art and adventure. Art includes work by R.W. “Toby” Tyler, Cheri Govertson Greer, Robert Lyn Nelson, Byron Birdsall, Gary Lyon, Barbara Lavallee and Dan Fischer. The fundraiser supports the Ptarmigan Arts scholarship fund for students of the arts. Also being auctioned are adventures and experiences from Fish Homer, Homer Trolley Tours, Two Sisters and Homer Ocean Charters.



57217 East End Road

Ritz at the Moulin Rouge art preview, art by various artists

5-9 p.m., First Friday

For those who missed the Ritz at the Moulin Rouge art show at the Pratt Museum, the art is on display for First Friday at Wasabi’s.

A stone and wood lamp by Dan Fischer.-Photo provided

A stone and wood lamp by Dan Fischer.-Photo provided

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