Arts

Fireweed Gallery's reopening adds color to late winter shows

In another sign of winter fading to spring, Fireweed Gallery returns for First Friday after its winter hiatus. Fireweed feaures “Playing With Color,” a show by local acrylic artist Chelsea Horn. Color also abounds in “Complex Cloth,” textile art by Anchorage artist Diane Melms. Described as “bold, colorful and contemporary,” Melms works in hand dyed and printed fabrics.

Homer Bookstore releases its annual best seller list

Staff report

The Homer Bookstore has released its best seller list for books sold in 2016. Local authors wrote seven of the top-10 books, including the number-1 book, “Homestead Kitchen: Stores and Recipes from Our Hearth to Yours,” by Eve and Eivin Kilcher. The memoir and cookbook by the “Alaska: The Last Frontier” reality-TV show stars also set the all-time best-seller record for the Homer Bookstore, selling almost 1,000 copies.

HCOA annual meeting presents arts awards

At the Homer Council on the Arts annual meeting, art lovers get a special treat: a reprise showing of the late Gaye Wolfe’s 2011 portrait show, “Human Tapestry,” an exhibit of portraits Wolfe did before she died in 2012. Wolfe’s show featured paintings of artists, musicians, teachers and cultural leaders. Wolfe donated her portraits to HCOA with the intent that they be sold to support arts council programs.

HCOA holds annual meeting, arts awards next week

The Homer Council on the Arts holds its annual meeting and arts awards presentation at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at its offices. The evening also includes a kick-off of the Gaye Wolfe portrait auction, featuring paintings by the late Homer artist. Before she died, Wolfe did a series of portraits of these arts, music and cultural icons: Toby Tyler, Shirley Timmreck, Renda Horn, Jill Berryman, Ahna Iredale, Alex Combs and Annette Bellamy, Mavis Muller, Lynn Naden, Ron Senungetuk, Laura and Peter Norton and Asia Freeman, Karla Freeman and Betty Weiser Kaplun.

Homer can hear Verdi's opera Jan. 19

Giuseppe Verdi (1831-1901) strides like a giant over the world of opera, and it is impossible to overstate the importance of his contribution to world culture. Equally a great dramatist and a great melodist, Verdi gives us operas that interconnect personal narrative with universal archetypes, masterpieces that split the heart and soul wide open with a longing that binds us to a greater whole.

The Metropolitan Opera’s Live at the Met HD production of Verdi’s “Nabucco” shows at 6 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Homer Theatre followed by his “La Traviata” at 6 p.m. March 23.

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