November shows include works in progress

Traditional gallery exhibits usually feature work that has been done in advance, but as people who know the Homer art scene, exhibits here often aren’t traditional. Two shows opening Friday feature artists who have spent the past month working on art at local galleries.

At Bunnell Street Arts Center, Cleveland, Ohio, artist Elizabeth Emery has been the Rasmuson Artist in Residence since mid-September. A printmaker and sculptor, Emery has been teaching workshops as well as creating her own prints. She’s the second Cleveland artist to visit Homer as part of the Rasmuson Artist in Residence program, which also has funded Alaska artist residencies in Ohio. To further this creative exchange, Emery designed and printed Cleveland and Homer postcards for people in both cities to color and trade with each other. Emery’s prints and some of those postcards are shown in her Bunnell exhibit.

During October at the Homer Council on the Arts, Homer artist and musician Gus Beck has been working on his installation, “Wired,” in which he has created a series of sculptural impressions in wire. The result of that visit opens Friday. Following the reception, at 7:30 p.m. Beck also performs a gallery concert.

A stand-out group show this month is “Women Who Run With the Tides,” a retrospective exhibit of 29 women artists who first began creating in the Kachemak Bay area from 25 to 30 years ago. Curated by Kim Terpening and Nancy Wise, the exhibit shows how that sisterhood of art influenced their aesthetic as well as their lives and careers.

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