The Arts In Brief

Connections grad holds recital

Homer graduating senior Lydia Arndt, who attends the Kenai Peninsula Borough Connections home school program, performs a graduation recital at 4 p.m. Sunday at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Arndt plays piano and violin, and is accompanied on the violin by Jessica Schallock. She studied violin with Michael Schallock and piano with Joel Pietsch. Arndt performs a selection of classical music, show tunes, modern music and folk music. She will study music education in the fall at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The concert is free, but donations are accepted for her educational fund.


Cowboy Cabaret returns

 The Kachemak Bay Equestrian Association’s sixth annual Cowboy Caberet is at 5 p.m. May 18 at Alice’s Champagne Palace. A family friendly event, proceeds benefit the multi-use Cottonwood Horse Park. Homer cowboy Mark Marette is the emcee. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children and available at the Homer Bookstore. Please contact Jackie at 299-1851 to reserve a table and Tim at 299-2780 if you would like to perform.


Emily Johnson is May artist

Emily Johnson, the May artist in residence at Bunnell Street Arts Center, does an artist talk at 8 p.m. May 19 at the gallery. At 6 p.m. she also visits for a potluck. Johnson does an installation, Niicugni, opening at 6 p.m. May 21 at Bunnell. Niicugni, the Yup’ik directive to “pay attention,” inspires a performance installation of dance, storytelling, video, live music, light and sound among hand-sewn fish skin lanterns. Niicugni toured the lower 48 last year, and was inspired by a fish skin exhibit, “Skin Sisters,” Emily Johnson saw at Bunnell in 2009. 


May 17 film features Katmai

“The Ends of the Earth: Alaska’s Wild Peninsula,” a new film about Katmai National Park and Preserve’s wildlife and wild lands, shows at 7 p.m. May 17 at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Admission is free. Sponsored by Alaska Geographic and Katmai National Park and Preserve, the film  explores the Alaska Peninsula and the Katmai landscape of volcanoes and wind-swept tundra that is home to the greatest concentration of brown bears on Earth. Filmmaker John Grabowska and park staff will discuss the film and the park’s wildlife after the show.


Gallery holds scavenger hunt

Art Shop Gallery holds an indoor shorebird scavenger hunt from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the gallery. Hunt through the gallery for all the hidden images of the shorebirds of Kachemak Bay. Be one of the first 20 people to complete the scavenger hunt correctly and win a special gift bag and a chance to win a piece of art by glass artist Nancy Wise. All participants take home a reusable “Destination: Alaskan Art” shopping bag.