First Friday gallery openings kick off World Arts Festival

The Alaska World Arts Festival starts its two-week run with First Friday shows from 4-7 p.m. on Pioneer Avenue, Main Street and in Old Town. Art gallery receptions continue from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday on the Homer Spit and elsewhere in town.

With sponsorship from Land’s End Resort, KBBI Public Radio and the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, the Alaska World Arts Fest features main stage Mariner Theatre performances by Beatles tribute band the Fab Four at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Tom Bodett’s True Stories About Home at 7 p.m. Sunday, and Quixotic at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 and at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Sept. 14.

World Arts Fest also includes traditional September events like the Homer Documentary Film Festival and the annual Burning Basket. Ninety activities will be free, and many others are priced at $15 and up. Selected events are below. For more information and a full schedule, visit

First Friday

Art Shop Gallery

202 W. Pioneer Ave.

The Alaska Native Doll Collection of Heidi Catlett

4-7 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception

This exhibit explores the art of doll making by Alaska Native artists across the state.

Bunnell Street Arts Center

106 W. Bunnell Ave.

New work by Sonya Kelliher Combs

4-7 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception; 6 p.m., artist’s talk

Inupiaq and Athabascan artist Sonya Kelliher Combs builds on the time-honored traditions of skin sewing and beading using traditional and modern materials.

Fireweed Gallery

475 E. Pioneer Ave.

Within Ten Miles: A Collection of Local Views, watercolor paintings by Diane Spence-Chorman

4-7 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception

Watercolor artist Diane Spence-Corman works in impressionist techniques inspired by Claude Monet, Sydney Lawrence and Jim Buncak. ‘“This show is intended to give visitors a sampling of ambiance we typically enjoy near Homer,” she writes.

Grace Ridge Brewery

3388 B. Street off Ocean Drive

Where the Land Meets the Sea, by Jen DePesa and Britni Siekaniec

4-7 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception

Jen DePesa and Britni Siekaniec have teamed up to present a collaborative show of art, “Where The Land Meets The Sea.” DePesa typically paints with water color and captures underwater aquatic life as well as Alaska landscapes. Siekaniec paints Alaska animals in oil. For this show they have both tried new mediums and even have collaborative mixed media pieces.

Homer Council on the Arts

344 W. Pioneer Ave.

World Art

4-7 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception

Homer Council on the Arts shows pieces from personal collections from different cultures around the world. Some of the items on exhibit will include Shyrdak rugs from Central Asia, Chinese brush paintings, and Ukrainian Pysanka Easter eggs.

Jars of Clay

3857 Main Street

Pottery and wreathes by Ruby Haigh

4-7 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception

Kachemak Bay Campus

533 E. Pioneer Ave.

Halibut Cove arts

4-8p.m., First Friday Opening Reception

The Kachemak Bay Campus presentsworks by artists from Halibut Cove, curated by Marian Beck and Tony Maury. This exhibit reflects the history of art in the Cove as greatly influenced by Diana Tillion and Alex Combs.

Pratt Museum

3779 Bartlett Street

All Alaska Biennial

4-7 p.m. First Friday reception

Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery

471 E. Pioneer Ave.

Take Your Best Shot, photos by various artists.

4-7 p.m.

Ptarmigan Arts presents “Take Your Best Shot,”an open show displaying the community’s best photos of Homer. The show celebrates Homer and its community’s vision of landscapes, wildlife and other subjects.

First Saturday

Dean Family Gallery

40374 Waterman Road

Origins, by Jeff Dean

Noon-4 p.m., First Saturday Opening Reception

The Dean gallery presents “Origins – 36 years of Commission Proposal Drawings” by Jeff Dean. Finished sketches, along with stages in their evolution, will be juxtaposed with images of the finished artworks.

Diamond Ridge Art Studio

4025 Homer Spit Road

Watercolor Painting and Demonstration

Noon-4 p.m., First Saturday Opening Reception

Exotic Eye Tattoo

4025 Homer Spit Road

Animal Visions by RachelG

Noon-4 p.m., First Saturday Opening Reception

Inua: Spirit of Alaska

4287 Homer Spit Road

Meet the Artists of Bering Sea Designs

Noon-4 p.m., First Saturday Opening Reception

Sea Lion Fine Art Gallery

4241 Homer Spit Road

Across Time Exhibit of Alaskan Art Featuring Women

Noon-4 p.m., First Saturday Opening Reception

Station Twelve

3751 Sterling Highway

Art by Dan Coe and Suzanne Radcliff

Noon-4 p.m., First Saturday Opening Reception

The Shop: Kachemak Bay Art Space

60388 Bear Creek Court

Home[r], by various artists

Noon-4 p.m., First Saturday Opening Reception

For its final exhibit before closing its Bear Creek Court gallery, The Shop presents “Home[r],” an exhibit exploring what “home” in “Homer” means to various artists. Curated by Mandy Bernard and Austin Parkhill, the show includes works by Diane Spence-Chorman, Dan Coe, Carla Cope, Jeffrey Dean, Ranja Dean, M’fanwy Dean, Carly Garay, Richard Gustafson, Valisa Higman, Lydia Johnston, Amanda Kelly, Lynda Reed, Michael Walsh, P.K. Woo and Barb Wyatt.

Homer Clayworks

4306 Homer Spit Road

Pottery Expose: Demos on the Deck with Ahna Iredale, Cynthia Morelli and Lisa Wood

Noon-4 p.m., First Saturday Opening Reception

Jeff Szarzi Pottery Studio

34750 Greentree Circle

Pottery Expose: work by Jeff Szarzi

Noon-4 p.m., First Saturday Opening Reception

Paul Dungan and David Kaufmann Studio

57725 Icy Bay Drive

Pottery Expose: Pottery demonstrations by Paul Dungan and David Kauffmann

Noon-4 p.m., First Saturday Opening Reception

Selected Alaska World Arts Festival events:

Sept. 6

8 p.m., Two plays: “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” by Steve Martin, “Breaking the Ice,” by Kieran Lynn, Pier One Theatre

8 p.m., Jeffrey Lee Mills, Jazz at Bunnell Street Arts Center

Sept. 7

Noon – 4 p.m,., Pottery Expose — pottery studio art tour

4, 8 p.m.: Fab Four, Mariner Theatre

4-6 p.m. : World Arts Welcome Gala, Homer Chamber of Commerce

Sept. 8

11 a.m.-noon: World Playground Music Program with special guest Tom Carty, Bishop’s Beach Pavilion

7 p.m.: Tom Bodett at the Mariner Theater – True Stories About Home

Sept. 9

4-6 p.m.: Beer Park Music Jam – Homer Brewing Company

Sept. 10

7-8:30 p.m.: Photography slideshow, “The Salmon Way: An Alaska State of Mind,” with Amy Gulick, Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center

8-10 p.m.: Performance Piece – The “of relation” works, by Enzina Marrar, The Shop / Kachemak Bay Art Space

Sept. 11

7 p.m.: Quixotic Cirque Nouveau –Mariner Theatre

7-9 p.m.: Hula Dance Workshop, Ka Pa Hula o Ka Lei Lehua Hawaiian Hula Dancers, Homer United Methodist Church

9 p.m.: Theater Fringe Festival, Alice’s Champagne Palace

Sept. 12

7-9 p.m.: Rhythm/Drumming Workshop with Habib Iddrisu, United Methodist Church

6-10:30 p.m.: Gala Opening Event – Homer Documentary Film Festival

Sept. 13

3-5 p.m. : Literary Readings, “Writing at the Edge of the World” with Alaska writers and Festival-featured nonfiction writer/environmental activist Kathleen Dean Moore, with readings by local writers Rich Chiappone, Erin Hollowell, Miranda Weiss, Dave Atcheson, and Nancy Lord; Kachemak Bay Campus

7-9 p.m.: Family Cultural Show, Alaska Nanwalek Seal Dancers, Ka Pa Hula o Ka Lei Lehua Hawaiian Hula dancers, Northern Ghana drummer Dr. Habib Iddrisu, traditional Turkish music by North Sun, Indian dance performance by Dharti Patel, Latin Salsa with Dharti Patel and Alex Roznowski, and a shared marimba performance, South Peninsula Athletic & Recreation Center (SPARC)

Sept. 14

4, 8 p.m.: Quixotic Cirque Nouveau –Mariner Theatre

9 p.m. Andrew Vait in Concert, Alice’s Champagne Palace

Sept. 15

8-10 p.m.: Burning Basket: Radiate – Basket of Remembrance and Unburdening

Sept. 16

8-10 p.m.: An Evening of Comedy. Hosted by Darrel Oliver with Derrick Eason, Dawson Moore, Evan Boyer,and other comedians, Alice’s Champagne Palace

Sept. 17

7 p.m.: FisherPoets – Alice’s Champagne Palace

Sept. 18

4-7 p.m. Food, Art, Music & Book Launch – Donna Maltz, a reading from her memoir (of sorts) “Living Like the Future Matters And ARTtrageous Food,” Fresh Sourdough Express

4-5:30 p.m.: Youth Poetry and Performing Workshop with FisherPoet Steve Schoonmaker.

Sept. 19

7-9 p.m.: An Evening of Art Trivia – Alice’s Champagne Palace

9 p.m.: Justin Cole’s Down East Saloon – Live Music with John Cottingham

9 p.m.: Alaska World Arts Festival Closing Party, Alice’s Champagne Palace

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