Since 2002, the nationally recognized Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference has aimed at bringing together people of similar talents in order to teach them, challenge them, and provide a venue for creativity, ingenuity and camaraderie to flow amongst them. For 17 years, this writers’ conference, organized by Kachemak Bay Campus Director Carol Swartz and facilitated by a roster of annually-rotating faculty, has achieved and exceeded that goal.
A group of Alaska authors visits communities in Southcentral Alaska this summer to meet with readers, discuss the wide range of topics on which they’re written and share the writing experience. Touring are authors Mike Chihuly of Ninilchik, McKibben Jackinsky of Homer, George Harbeson of Homer, Kelly Marre of Kasilof and Wasilla, Mary Perry of Anchor Point, Bill Richardson of Anchor Point, Marianne Schlegelmilch of Homer and Care Tuk of Wasilla.
Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival runs this weekend
The role of the keynote speaker at the annual Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference can range from Rotary Club toastmaster to Marine Boot Camp drill instructor — “All right, you maggots, get out there and write.” Sometimes it turns into stand-up comedy, like the time Amy Tan read from the Cliff Notes edition of her novel, “The Joy Luck Club”
The Homer Council on the Arts announced its annual arts awards at its annual meeting last Wednesday, June 6. In a press release on June 8, HCOA director Peggy Paver announced the winners. The awards are now named in honor of arts leaders who have made a difference in the community, Paver said.
At big minus tides when the sea retreats and intertidal life become visible, Kachemak Bay beaches turn into transient treasure chests. Heads down, clusters of citizen scientists poke among rocks, searching for chitons and anemones and sea stars. Objects inches long or less bear the scrutiny of flashy diamonds in a jewelry shop.
In conjunction with the 17th annual Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, visiting faculty present readings this weekend, June 9 to 11. Sixteen nationally-recognized visiting and Alaska novelists, essayists and poets will read from their work each evening.
In his novels and short stories, Anthony Doerr, this year’s keynote speaker at the Kachemak Bay Writers Conference, sometimes takes an unusual approach to setting and time.
Art Shop Gallery
Now in its second season after former Pier One artistic director Lance Petersen passed the torch to current artistic director Jennifer Norton, the little red theater on the Homer Spit has begun to feel its stride with a new generation of actors, directors and techies.
Registration ends June 6 for writers conference
Featured artists for the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival sometimes tend toward the Roger Tory Peterson side of the field — nerdy naturalists who paint with crisp precision. Every year the Kachemak Shorebird Festival commissions an artist to create a painting or sketch of a bird to be used on its program, posters and clothing.
Pier One starts season with kick-off celebration
What started as a way to reward members for supporting Bunnell Street Arts Center has grown into an annual event that brings together artists of all talents with local potters.
Shorebirds, cranes and other spring birds also have begun to arrive. Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival featured artist Erin Rae shows her whimsical paintings and illustrations of birds at the Homer Council on the Arts. An artist with an intimate relationship with birds, Rae’s work expresses not just the vision of birds, but the landscapes they live in.
In a new shared leadership model, Bunnell Streets Arts Center founding artistic and executive director Asia Freeman will become artistic leader and assistant director Adele Person will become executive director, the Homer arts center announced in a press release last week. The new relationship makes formal a model Freeman and Person explored and practiced in 2017.
Roush offers cold-wax workshop
HCOA holds gala fundraiser
Many people are familiar with the brain-drain effect: the scattered, glazed over numb feeling, the lack of focus and concentration. Ever wondered if there are tools to avoid those symptoms? Trish Herrmann offers a six-week “Healing Meditation Toolkit for These Times” course to address just those issues.
Play a familiar childhood song for Alzheimers patients who can’t remember their own daughters’ names, and they’ll light up and sing along to every word — music is that powerful. Numerous studies indicate that music lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormones, and boosts natural opiates.