Known for award-winning wines, Bear Creek Winery is dipping into another venture with the first Bear Creek Music Festival. It features solo performer Cousin Curtiss, Anchorage jazz band Hot Club, California’s folk group Alec Lytle and Them Rounders, and Alaska’s very own Denali Cooks performing at the winery’s pavilion, 1-6 p.m., May 20.
Auditions held for summer Pier One plays
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.
In a April 6 story, “First Friday events,” the listing for the Art Shop Gallery show on Friday, April 7 was incorrect.
The Art Shop Gallery's "What a Wonderful World: Zero Waste Challenge" by various artists is scheduled for Saturday, April 8 from 5-7:30 p.m.
Jubilee! month starts
Though Homer might be going through a late winter with mud and dust at a time when in earlier years the first crocuses might have popped up, at art galleries around town spring has come. Youth art tops the list with Jubilee! art shows at Homer Council on the Arts and the Pratt Museum. Don’t miss the Paul Banks Elementary School annual Arts Extravaganza, featuring art from the next generation of talents. The event also features music by Preludes violin students and the Homer Youth String Orchestra.
Nationally performing arts group Rhythm Future Quarter, or RFQ, visits Homer in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mariner Theatre. Sponsored by the Homer Council on the Arts, RFQ also does an outreach event from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the R.E.C. Room. With the Homer Youth String Orchestra and Youth on Record, RFQ will talk about Gypsy jazz and record and mix a piece of music. Led by violinist Jason Anick and guitarist Olli Soikkeli, the group includes Max O’Rourke on second guitar and Greg Loughman on bass.
Deadline is Friday for art contest
Most Homer art exhibits consist of finished work after months or even years of preparation. That’s often the case even in student shows. A show that opened last Thursday at Kachemak Bay Campus focuses not on the end work but the process of art itself.
On the 150th anniversary of the Alaska purchase, and with Seward’s Day on Monday, two new books by Anchorage writer Michael Dunham and his talk last week shed some new light on the personalities surrounding what Dunham calls “the world’s best real estate deal.”
By Lori Evans
Deadline is March 27 for Jubilee youth art exhibit in April
A new Homer artist who grew up sketching and painting in the Halibut Cove art scene now has her first solo gallery exhibit. Chelsea Horn’s “Playing With Color” opened last Friday at Fireweed Gallery.
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.
Artists can apply for state park residency
Peter Mulvey performs today
In the found-object steel sculptures that have become Homer artist Don Henry’s trademark, forks, knives and spoons turn into sailing ships, birds and flowers. In Henry’s retrospective show at the Pratt Museum, Bikes by the Bay, the longtime and prolific artist has created full-scale sculptures you can sit in and straddle.
At some of Bunnell Street Arts Center’s Artist in Residency programs, artists use the space as a working studio, with the gallery walls secondary to the creative experience. For a residency last year with paper artist Desiree Hagen and last month with Mandy Bernard, the experience could be called, “Wreck this gallery.”
Musicians, teacher present program