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Nominations  now open
for 2016 HCOA awards

Nominations are open for the Homer Council on the Arts 2016 Annual Arts Awards. Awards are presented in the categories of Arts Leadership, Arts Education, Youth Artist of the year, Artist of the Year, Arts Lifetime Achievement, Business Arts Patron and Volunteer of the Year. 

The deadline for nominations is Jan. 11.

For more information, call 235-4288 or visit


Homer artist Michael Walsh

selected for All Alaska Biennial

Homer artist Michael Walsh has had a piece selected in the All Alaska Biennial Exhibition at the Anchorage Museum. The show will be up Feb. 5 through April 10. The show combines the biennial shows All Alaska Juried Art Exhibition and Earth, Fire & Fibre. The competitive show drew 594 submissions by 136 Alaska artists. Guest juror Jen Budney selected 41 artworks by 27 different artists for the exhibition.

“Many of these works are visually stunning and simply knocked my socks off,” said Budney. “Others I find compelling because of their inner mystery or profound exterior strangeness, and the clear belief the artists had in making them.”

Budney awarded the $1,000 Juror’s Choice Award to Toksook Bay artist John Kailukiak for his artwork titled Alakam Cikiutiik (Carrie’s Gifts). The $500 Merit Award was given to Amy Meissner of Anchorage. The $250 Merit Awards were given to Beth Blankenship, Anchorage; Matt Johnson, Anchorage; and Lily Weed, Anchorage.


Insightful Body Moves class starts in January

Dotti Harness-Foster, Feldenkrais practitioner, and Cathy Stingley, HANDLE practitioner, offers Insightful Body Moves classes 10:30-11:45 a.m. Wednesdays starting Jan. 20 at the Homer Council on the Arts. Want to move with greater ease and comfort? Giddy-up your step, find your hips, improve your posture, relieve pain and find balance and keep it? That’s the idea of their classes. The classes run every Wednesday through April 27. HCOA members can purchase an entire spring pass for $195. Drop-ins are also welcome. Drop-in rates are $17 for HCOA members and $22 for nonmembers. For more information, call HCOA at 235-4288 or visit