Arts

Group shows featured for First Friday

Multiple artist shows are featured for First Friday art openings. At Bunnell Street Arts Center, printmaker and woodcarver Sara Tabbert joins ceramic artist Carla Potter. At Ptarmigan Arts, more woodworkers show their art, with Ted Heuer, George Overpeck and Jerry Froeschle. At Fireweed Gallery an aunt and her niece, beader Kate Broylan and tattoo artist Annie Rivers, exhibit their work in “The Black Line.” The show’s title refers to the common motif of tattoo art, but also the theme of their show.

Jewel to play at Salmonfest

Continuing a tradition of featuring women musicians to close out the final night, Salmonfest this year brings back to the lower Kenai Peninsula one of Homer’s most successful performers, singer-songwriter Jewel. The daughter of Atz Kilcher and Nedra Carroll, Jewel grew up in Homer as part of the musically talented extended Kilcher family.

Birds return for shorebird month First Friday

The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival weekend brings not only shorebirds to Homer, but art about birds. For First Friday, several galleries feature exhibits of bird art. At the Art Shop Gallery, it’s “All About Birds,” the title of a show with works by Byron Birdsal, Shirley Timmreck, Taz Tally, Laural Sabin and Nancy Wise. At Fireweed Gallery, watercolor artist MaryBee Kaufmann considers the threats to seabirds, especially the common murre, with her show, “Beacons of Circumstance.” Fireweed also features the annual Kachemak Bay Watercolor Society’s show, including its popular collaborative work, where individual artists paint a section of a larger painting. This year’s piece is “Off-loading.”

Pratt artist takes new look at language

In Qena Sint’isis, an exhibit showing through May 26 at the Pratt Museum, artist Argent Kvasnikoff looks at the deeper meaning of language and text. He also reveals a defect of the modern Latin or Roman alphabet, the writing used for many Western languages. Stylized over time, the marks used to show sounds in the Latin alphabet have lost any symbolic meaning — “A” for “ox,” for example, or “O” for “eye.”

Circus seeks performers in new play

A circus set to perform in Homer finds that their gear and performers went to Arkansas instead after either an honest mistake involving state initials or perhaps a more intentional error. With a policy of never canceling a show and 48 hours to go, the Spalding Family Circus is holding open auditions.

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