First Friday shows

Art Shop Gallery

202 W. Pioneer Ave.

The Shadow Painter, by Edward Whetsone Hutchinson

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

Of his work, Edward Whetstone Hutchinson writes, “My paintings are white oil paint on white canvas. The paint is applied impasto (raised up from the canvas) and fractaled (wrinkled in intricate patterns) so that when the raised paint and fractals interact with light, shadows are produced and it is the shadows which allow the viewer to see the images I create. Think of me as a ‘shadow painter.’”

Bunnell Street Arts Center

106 W. Bunnell Ave.

Artist’s Residency, art by Sheil aWyne

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

Alaska artist Sheila Wyne is Artist in Residence at Bunnell in October, sponsored by Homer Fiber Arts Collective. Wyne is a sculptor, set and costume designer based in Anchorage. Her residency features workshops on building a collaborative wearable sculpture from locally-sourced materials. Workshops run noon-4 p.m. Oct. 7, 8, 14 and 15. Workshops are free, sponsored by a grant from Alaska State Council on the Arts. The collaborative piece, Wyne’s wearables and a variety of Alaskan wearable arts will be featured in Homer’s runway show, “And Sew it Grows.” at 6 and 9 p.m. Oct. 28 at Land’s End Resort.

Fireweed Gallery

475 E. Pioneer Ave.

Whimsical Illustrations, paintings Erin Rae

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Local artist Erin Rae shows her colorful oil and acrylic paintings. Rae was born and raised in Anchorage, and has been been painting since “she was a kid,” she says. Of her work, Rae writes, “When I was little I was teased in school for making my skis purple. My love for colors and experimentation has only grown over the years. I like to paint stories and small moments. I’m inspired by instincts, science, growing things, singing things, colors, circles, healthy food, behavior, movement, strength, vulnerability, existence, sparkles, sleep and love.”

Homer Council on the Arts

344 W. Pioneer Ave.

Second Annual Dia de los Muertos Show, by various artists

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception and Day of the Dead Party

Dress up, paint your face, bring some skeleton cookies to share, or just come check out the beautiful exhibit put together by artists from all over the Kenai Peninsula.

Picture Alaska

448 E. Pioneer Ave.y

New work by Nathan Lee Picket and other artists

5-9 p.m., First Friday

$1 admission

For First Friday only, Picture Alaska shows the work of new Homer artist Nathan Lee Pickett. The show also features work by Lynda Reed, Bruce Sink and Steve Hileman. Sales of art benefit the Homer Food Pantry. Raised in Virginia, Picket settled in Santa Cruz, Calif., before joining the U.S. Army to pay for art school. He graduated from Parsons the new School of Design. He has shown his work in New York, Los Angeles, Zurich, Rome and Berlin, and moved to Homer after 16 years in New York. Of his work, Picture Alaska writes “ Picket’s art is fueled with the imagery found in mythological creation stories and the hero’s journey found throughout time and cultures all over the world. With a sophisticated color palette and a love for line, Nathan weaves together imagery that seems to float on canvas. In the spirit of gesture and stream of consciousness, Nathan’s work isn’t often planned but it is refined.”

Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery

471 E. Pioneer Ave.

Masks, by various artists

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

October First Friday at Ptarmigan Arts features an array of masks from whimsical to scary. Masks from local artists includeg Gail Baker, Kathryn Kennedy, Jean Steele, Debbie Fanatia, Kathie Baldwin, Caryl and David Christy, Ruby Haigh, Joanne Thordarson, Laura Faeo, Carolyn Seymour, Tanya Norvell, Cindy Nelson, Carol Beverly, Olga Amaral, and Lydia Thomas. Media ranges from driftwood creations to glass, clay, mixed media and a lot more. There will be a few two dimensional pieces also.

Pratt Museum

3779 Bartlett Street

Ritz Noir: Night at the Museum work by various artists

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Preview the art and other auction items to be sold to the highest bidder at the Ritz Noir fundraiser coming up at the Pratt Museum on Oct. 21.

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