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Bunnell receives Allen Foundation grant
For the third year in a row, Bunnell Street Arts Center has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Washington-based Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. The grant supports Bunnell’s Visual Arts Exhibition Program which showcases Alaska artists in monthly solo and group shows featuring an opening reception and artists talk on the first Friday of each month.

Homer authors publish new books

National publishers have recently published two new books by Homer authors. Beacon Press of Boston published last month scientist, poet and nonfiction writer Eva Saulitis’ “Into Great Silence: A Memoir of Discovery and Loss Among Vanishing Orcas” (Beacon Press, Jan. 15, $26.95). A biologist who has been studying orca whales in Prince William Sound for 24 years, Saulitis writes of the whales and landscape she came to know. “There’s great tenderness in this book, and great pathos,” author Bill McKibben said of her book.

Arts Briefs

HCOA holds Quixotic fundraiser
The Homer Council on the Arts holds a fundraiser at 7 p.m. today at the Homer Theatre for its fall show, Quixotic Fusion. Video selections of Quixotic performances will be shown. The fundraiser also includes live auction with items such as massages and meals at local restaurants. Tickets are $10 at HCOA or online at homerart.org.

Museum gets up close with whales in new exhibit

The title of the Pratt Museum's new exhibit tells it all: "Encounters: Whales in Our Waters."
And by "encounter," does the museum ever mean encounter.
Not only does the exhibit include stories, trip logs and photographs of people's interactions with whales, it includes a 38-foot, fully articulated gray whale skeleton hanging at eye level.
"It's in your face and front and center and up front and personal," said Lee Post, the bone expert who organized articulating the skeleton last summer.

Winners, 21st annual Kenai Peninsula Writers’ contest

Kindergarten –
3rd grade
$25 prize for all winners
Poetry
Judge: Charlotte Glover
Winner: Alexis Schneider, “Favorite Things About Me”
Honorable mention: Serena John, “I Am From”
Fiction
Judge: Charlotte Glover
Winner: Clara Stading, “My Near Death Experiences: The Hawaiian Disaster”
Honorable mention: Leif Restad, “Being in the Forest”
Nonfiction:
Judge: Charlotte Glover
Winner: Eli Zatz,
“Galapagos Travels”
4th-6th grade:
$25 prize for all winners
Poetry
Judge: Charlotte Glover

HCOA announces Writers’ Contest winners

Now in its 21st year, the Kenai Peninsula Writers’ Contest has been going on long enough that writers who might have first won the contest in elementary school are now winning as adults — like Hannah Heimbuch. Heimbuch, who won first prize in poetry for grade 6 and younger in 1996, won this year in the adult/open nonfiction category for “Feed Me.”

HCOA announces Writers’ Contest winners

Now in its 21st year, the Kenai Peninsula Writers’ Contest has been going on long enough that writers who might have first won the contest in elementary school are now winning as adults — like Hannah Heimbuch. Heimbuch, who won first prize in poetry for grade 6 and younger in 1996, won this year in the adult/open nonfiction category for “Feed Me.”

K-Bay Caffe Open Mic tonight

K-Bay Caffe on Pioneer Avenue holds an open mic at 

7 p.m. today. Sign up at 6:30 p.m. Perform music, comedy and poetry. Open mics also are held Feb. 7 and 14.

At 7 p.m. on Saturday, K-Bay sponsors another performing arts opportunity, “Colors of Homer,” an opportunity for teenagers to express their creative passions. Organized by Homer youth, Colors of Homer gives high-school age youth a chance to perform music, read poetry, tell stories, sing, juggle, act, dance and show their talents. 

Nominate poems celebrating parks


The Poems in Place Project seeks nominations for poetry to be placed at state parks in Ketchikan and near Fairbanks. Alaska State Parks, the Alaska Center for the Book and a steering committee of Alaska writers and poets are collaborating on the Poems in Place Project, a statewide project to celebrate the natural beauty of Alaska’s state parks with poetry. 

Homer Bookstore holds World Book Night


The Homer Bookstore participates in the second annual World Book Night on April 23, with the sign-up deadline extended to Jan. 25. Plans are already in motion on several fronts to match and exceed the successes of the campaign’s first year, when 25,000 volunteer book givers went out in 5,800 towns and cities across America and personally gave a total of a half-million paperbacks to members of their communities, many without means or access to printed books.

Visiting writer speaks at KBC

Award winning fiction writer Alan Heathcock will read from his work and hold a craft talk at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday as part of Kachemak Bay Campus’ annual visiting writers’ series. He is the author of “VOLT,” a collection of stories named a 2011 best book by numerous magazines and newspapers as well a New York Times Editors’ Choice. His fiction has been published in many of America’s top magazines and journals, including GQ, Publishers Weekly, Salon, the Chicago Tribune and the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

National Geographic holds casting call

The National Geographic Channel holds an open casting call for Russian Old Believer families working in the fishing and boat building industries interested in appearing in an upcoming “docu-reality” television series. A meeting about the series is 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Nikolaevsk School in Nikolaevsk. National Geographic producers will be at the meeting and in town Jan. 28 to Feb. 1 to meet with prospective families. 

HCOA announces Art Awards

The Homer Council on the Arts announced the winners of the 2012 Art Awards. The awards are given annually for achievements in the arts. The winners are:


Arts Leadership/Advocacy: Bunnell Street Arts Center

• Arts Education: Carol Swartz

• Artist of the Year: Marian Beck

• Youth Artist of the Year: Drew Turner

• Lifetime Achievement: Gaye Wolfe

• Business Arts Patron: Era Alaska.

Dolls reflect artist’s heritage, viewers’ impressions


“First Alaskans” is artist Pamela “Asiak” Nolcini’s name for her exhibit that debuted as a First Friday exhibit at Photo Depot this month. Not ‘First Alaskans’ as in pioneers of the state’s oil industry. Not ‘First Alaskans’ as in homesteaders looking for a piece of land where they could build a home. Not ‘First Alaskans’ as the rush of individuals who journeyed north with dreams of gold.

Big Read about Vietnam War novel starts this month

BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

STAFF WRITER

For the next two months, in messenger bags, backpacks, briefcases and purses, Homer readers will be carrying cell phones, laptop computers, gum, cough drops, wallets, faded photographs, thumb drives, lip stick and lip balm, gloves, pens, pencils, notepads, worry beads, rosaries, sea glass, beach stones, and, oh yeah, a thin little novel about the Vietnam War. Among the things they will carry is “The Things They Carried,” Tim O’Brien’s 1990 novel.

Andersen brings blues to Alaska — Canadian style

Listen to Matt Andersen’s music, and you hear a deep, growling voice that could come from blues country in Chicago or the Mississippi Delta. There’s also a bit of Appalachia twang — Johnny Cash crossed with B.B. King. Backing his strong voice is Andersen’s equally powerful slide guitar.

“You know it hurts so bad
 every time she cries / wishin’ I was there
 to wipe the tears from her eyes,” he sings in “When My Angel Gets the Blues.”

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