Wildlife art shows preview shorebird festival

As hundreds of geese, dozens of cranes and a few shorebirds descended on Homer last weekend, and with the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival happening next week, it seems natural that this Friday’s art openings should feature art of birds and wildlife. Festival artist and naturalist MaryBee Kaufman has a show, “The Art of Birds,” at the Fireweed Gallery. At Ptarmigan Arts, another naturalist artist, Kristin Link of Girdwood and McCarthy, shows her paintings and field sketches, “Feathers, Stones and Flowers.”

Even at fine art photographer Adam Ottavi’s show, “to crave what the light does crave,” opening at Bunnell, landscapes and still lifes of spring are shown, along with his portraits, all done in the 19th century wet-plate collodion process. Landscapes also are featured in a collection of Anchorage plein-air — art done on location — artists at Picture Alaska.

Two shows feature youth art. At Kachemak Kids at the Community Christian Church, youth artists exhibit works on the theme “With Love to Mom.” Opening next weekend on May 10 is Flex High School’s third annual art show.