The Arts in Brief

Hospice, HCOA collaboration starts Friday


In collaboration with Hospice of Homer, the Homer Council on the Arts presents several events in recognition of November as Hospice Month. On Friday with a reception from 5-7 p.m., HCOA presents the community art show, “Loss.” Next Tuesday, visiting performing group Letters Aloud presents “Fame: They’re Not Gonna Live Forever” at 7:30 p.m. at the Mariner Theatre. Admission is $25 for the general public, $20 for HCOA members and $15 for youth ages 10-18 (the show is not recommended for children under 10). Tickets are available at HCOA, the Homer Bookstore, and online at

In “Fame”, performances of intimate, private letters from the famous examine the human condition of celebrity and the lessons it teaches. “Funny and poignant, with live musical accompaniment and dynamic slide show, this performance will touch your heart and lift your spirits,” HCOA said in a press release.

At 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13, local band “Work in Progress” performs original songs about love and loss in the HCOA gallery. Band members include Randy and Bobby Creamer, Glen Caldwell, Mindy Lewis and Jenny Martin. All proceeds go toward the outreach opportunity HCOA will be offering to hospice volunteers and staff in conjunction with the Letters Aloud performance. Admission is $10 per person.


Dan Bern performs Nov. 19


Acclaimed singer-songwriter Dan Bern performs 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Bern has established himself as a prolific musician, putting out a dozen albums since 1997. David Sokol of Stereophile called him “a throwback, a singer-songwriter who marvels at life’s beauty, fragility, and complexity with a fresh, defiantly uncompromising style. In a perfect world, he’d be as beloved as Dylan or Lennon—he’s that good!” Either fronting his band, Common Rotation, or performing solo, his albums cover subjects from the topical or comical, including children on “Two Feet Tall,” baseball on “Doubleheader” and politics on “My Country II.” His album, “Hoody,” came out early this year.

Tickets are $22, for sale at Bunnell, the Homer Bookstore and 



Walsh shows new films from artist residency


Homer artist Michael Walsh, a Rasmuson Artist in Residence at Zygote Press in Cleveland, O.H. last summer, shows new films created at his residency at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Showing are “AKU-MATU: Ancestor from the Future,” featuring Allison Warden in a performance portrait with her sound collaborator, DJ-WD40. Molly Lou Freeman’s poetry inspired the second film, “The Dust Dress.” Walsh also shows four short movies, including “Watermark,” which played at the Pratt Museum last summer. Walsh also shows the films at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Church of Love in Anchorage.


Pratt features Native art show next week


From 5-7 p.m. Nov. 13, the Pratt Museum holds a reception for Alaska Native art from its collection. Explore the Pratt Museum’s diverse and rarely seen collection of Native art from across Alaska, featuring fine and functional art from St. Lawrence Island to Southeast Alaska, archaeological finds to contemporary works. Highlights include basketry, dolls, carvings, masks and contemporary art. At 6 p.m., Port Graham artist Jim Miller presents “Second Life: Spiritual Restoration Through Traditional Art.”

Miller also presents a workshop on bone and antler jewelry making from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 14 at the museum. Beginning with material harvest, cleaning and preparation, the workshop will cover design, material working, polishing, and finishing into jewelry. Individual projects will be up to each student. Materials will be provided, but if students want to incorporate bone or other small found objects into jewelry, feel free to bring them. The 10 a.m.-2 p.m. time slot includes a lunch break. Space is limited to 12 registrants, so don’t delay. To register, call the museum at 235-8635 or stop by.

Jim Miller is an acclaimed Alaskan artist, with works in the collections of the Pratt Museum, Valdez Museum, and featured shows at Ptarmigan Arts and the Alaska Native Arts Foundation.


Deadline changed for 10×10 Bunnell show


The due date for Bunnell Street Art Center’s 10×10 member show has been changed to Nov. 16. The show opens with an exhibit from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 20. All work should be no larger than 10-inches square or 10-inches cubed if working in sculpture. Bunnell has 10-inch square storyboards for $10. Artists must be new or renewing members to enter. All art will be sold for between $100 and $400 depending on experience, with Bunnell taking a 40-percent commission. For details and to register, visit the gallery or online at

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