23rd Kenai Peninsula Writers Contest: Adult fiction winner – Low Point

After a seven-year hiatus, the Kenai Peninsula Writers Contest returns for its 23rd year. Coordinated by the Homer Council on the Arts, the contest was… Continue reading

23rd Kenai Peninsula Writers Contest: Grades K-12 nonfiction winners

After a seven-year hiatus, the Kenai Peninsula Writers Contest returns for its 23rd year. Coordinated by the Homer Council on the Arts, the contest was… Continue reading

23rd Kenai Peninsula Writers Contest: Grades K-12 Fiction winners

After a seven-year hiatus, the Kenai Peninsula Writers Contest returns for its 23rd year. Coordinated by the Homer Council on the Arts, the contest was… Continue reading

Adult nonfiction winner: ‘Spared’

After a seven-year hiatus, the Kenai Peninsula Writers Contest returns for its 23rd year. Coordinated by the Homer Council on the Arts, the contest was… Continue reading

Bunnell Street Arts Center Artist in Residence Nina Elder's work is displayed on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, a the gallery in Homer, Alaska. At left are pieces from her series, "It Will Not Be the Same, But It Might Be Beautiful," drawings of puzzle stones collected in the area near McCarthy, Alaska. At right is a drawing of frayed rope, part of her focus during her residency. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Visiting artist acknowledges ‘the brokenness but not throwing it away when it’s broken’

For Bunnell residency, artist also will look at frayed, found objects like rope and nets

Bunnell Street Arts Center Artist in Residence Nina Elder's work is displayed on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, a the gallery in Homer, Alaska. At left are pieces from her series, "It Will Not Be the Same, But It Might Be Beautiful," drawings of puzzle stones collected in the area near McCarthy, Alaska. At right is a drawing of frayed rope, part of her focus during her residency. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A window display at a shop in Paris as seen on May 3, 2016. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Arts in brief

Adaptation and Innovation grants offered The Alaska State Council on the Arts in partnership with Rasmuson Foundation has developed the Adaptation and Innovation Grant. This… Continue reading

A window display at a shop in Paris as seen on May 3, 2016. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
The winning design of this year's beer label contest for Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve by James Schloemer hangs on the wall of Grace Ridge Brewery during a First Friday art exhibit opening on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021 at the brewery in Homer, Alaska. The label is for the brewery's '64 Afterbock beer, and this year's contest theme was resiliency. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Beer label contest showcases local talent

Annual contests supports the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

The winning design of this year's beer label contest for Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve by James Schloemer hangs on the wall of Grace Ridge Brewery during a First Friday art exhibit opening on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021 at the brewery in Homer, Alaska. The label is for the brewery's '64 Afterbock beer, and this year's contest theme was resiliency. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
A window display at a shop in Paris as seen on May 3, 2016. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Arts in brief

Wild Postcard Project seeks art entries The Wild Postcard Project and the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center present a nature-themed art competition for Alaska youth artists… Continue reading

A window display at a shop in Paris as seen on May 3, 2016. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Tracey Hansen's design for Grace Ridge Brewery's '64 Afterbock beer label contest to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (KBNERR). The designs go on exhibit and the winning label will be revealed Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, at the brewery in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Grace Ridge Brewery)

First Friday openings are limited but lively

New exhibits include beer label art, portraits and Afro-futurist installation.

Tracey Hansen's design for Grace Ridge Brewery's '64 Afterbock beer label contest to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (KBNERR). The designs go on exhibit and the winning label will be revealed Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, at the brewery in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Grace Ridge Brewery)
A window display at a shop in Paris as seen on May 3, 2016. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Arts in brief

Bunnell Artist in Residence starts next week Bunnell Street Arts Center’s next Artist in Residence is Nina Elder. Elder will hold a Second Friday artist… Continue reading

A window display at a shop in Paris as seen on May 3, 2016. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A window display at a shop in Paris as seen on May 3, 2016. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Arts in brief

Students can enter Fish Art contest Students in grades kindergarten through 12 can now enter the Wildlife Forever Fish Art contest. The contest inspires students… Continue reading

A window display at a shop in Paris as seen on May 3, 2016. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Pratt Museum officials pose for a photograph while practicing social distancing on the museum lawn on Friday, May 15, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. From left to right are Jennifer Gibbins, executive director; Savanna Bradley, curator, and Marilyn Sigman, naturalist in residence. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Arts and cultural organizations see gradual progress toward post-pandemic days

Signs of hope include more in-person workshops, writers residencies.

Pratt Museum officials pose for a photograph while practicing social distancing on the museum lawn on Friday, May 15, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. From left to right are Jennifer Gibbins, executive director; Savanna Bradley, curator, and Marilyn Sigman, naturalist in residence. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A window display at a shop in Paris as seen on May 3, 2016. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Arts in brief

Upcoming events include Bunnell Arts by Air, McNeil Canyon Elementary School virtual gallery and Homer Council on the Arts wellness exhibit.

A window display at a shop in Paris as seen on May 3, 2016. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
The cover of the reprint of Tom Kizzia's "The Wake of the Unseen Object." (Photo courtesy of University of Alaska Press)

Local author’s ‘Wake of the Unseen Object’ back in print after 30 years

Literary travel book had roots in newspaper series about rural Alaska.

The cover of the reprint of Tom Kizzia's "The Wake of the Unseen Object." (Photo courtesy of University of Alaska Press)
Nancy Johnson's "Fireweed," one of her paintings on exhibit at Grace Ridge Brewery in January 2021 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Nancy Johnson).

Johnson’s exhibit of dot paintings, rocks is at Grace Ridge Brewery

Johnson’s dot paintings start with central dot and expand out onto canvas.

Nancy Johnson's "Fireweed," one of her paintings on exhibit at Grace Ridge Brewery in January 2021 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Nancy Johnson).
"Tanner Crab with Barnacles" is one of the wood sculptural pieces in Kim Schuster’s exhibit, “Science Observed Through Art: Unsung Species,” as seen here on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, at Ptarmigan Arts in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Artist and scientist seeks to make science accessible through sculptures, paintings

Homer artist wants to spotlight marine animals that aren’t well known or well understood.

"Tanner Crab with Barnacles" is one of the wood sculptural pieces in Kim Schuster’s exhibit, “Science Observed Through Art: Unsung Species,” as seen here on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, at Ptarmigan Arts in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
An ink and watercolor painting by Homer High School student Anna Neland was one of the pieces created for the Homer Council on the Arts' "Art from the Heart" project. Student artists created art that was shared in November 2020 with local seniors in isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Homer Council on the Arts)

Artists, musicians share art with seniors in ‘Art from the Heart’ program

Musicians and student artists shared their creations with local seniors recently in the Homer Council on the Arts’ “Art from the Heart” program, the arts… Continue reading

An ink and watercolor painting by Homer High School student Anna Neland was one of the pieces created for the Homer Council on the Arts' "Art from the Heart" project. Student artists created art that was shared in November 2020 with local seniors in isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Homer Council on the Arts)
Catie Busch's "Radio Group," a work in her exhibit, "Water Haul," opening Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, at Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Bunnell Street Arts Center)

First Friday: December shows feature art about fish and fishing

Most galleries won’t hold receptions, but new shows are open during regular hours

Catie Busch's "Radio Group," a work in her exhibit, "Water Haul," opening Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, at Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Bunnell Street Arts Center)
The sign for the "Fun with 5x7" show at the Homer Council on the Arts, on display through Dec. 17, 2020, at the gallery in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

‘Fun with 5×7’ show at Homer Council on the Arts inspires creators to think small

The Homer Council on the Arts’ annual “Fun with 5x7” show challenges artists to think small and create within the confined space of 5-inches by… Continue reading

The sign for the "Fun with 5x7" show at the Homer Council on the Arts, on display through Dec. 17, 2020, at the gallery in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Tracy Hansen's painting is part of an exhibit of her palette-knife works showing at the Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery from Friday, Nov. 27 to Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, at the gallery in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Ptarmigan Arts)
Tracy Hansen's painting is part of an exhibit of her palette-knife works showing at the Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery from Friday, Nov. 27 to Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, at the gallery in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Ptarmigan Arts)
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