Almost a year after she died, local galleries honor Gaye Wolfe, the woman who put the “art” in ARTrageous. An artist in Florida and Alaska, Wolfe died Oct. 14, 2012, after a short illness. For First Friday, Bunnell Street Arts Center holds a retrospective show of her work, including collages, book art and paintings. At 7 p.m. Saturday, Bunnell also holds “ARTrageous Gaye-La,” a celebration and auction of work donated to Bunnell by her estate.
The South Peninsula Hospital gallery reprises a 2012 show by Wolfe, “A Human Tapestry.” First exhibited at Bunnell, the collection featured portraits by Wolfe of Homer artists, musicians, dancers and arts producers. It’s on exhibit in the hospital’s gallery in the hallway off the main or upper level entrance.
Several group exhibits also open on Friday. Picture Alaska features work from a Kachemak Bay Watercolor Society workshop taught by visiting artist Annella Campbell. Artists from the Kenai Peninsula and Anchorage have paintings in the show. The Pratt Museum’s preview of work donated for “Ritz at the Moulin Rouge,” its annual art and experience auction, includes work by Annette Bellamy, Marian Beck, Karla Freeman, Steven Godfrey, Fred Machetanz, Ron Senungetuk, Turid Senungetuk and others. Visiting artist Rebecca Crowell also has donated a piece from her recent “Beneath the Surface” show.
Solo shows this month are “Kelp Me,” Linda Weatherwax’s fabric art inspired by the undulating forms of kelp at Fireweed Gallery, and “Illusions of Duality,” paintings and collages by Homer artist Dick Harrison Sanders at Ptarmigan Arts.
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