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About 300 people attended the Kachemak Bay Quilters’ 33rd annual quilt show, held last Mother’s Day weekend at the Homer Elks Lodge. Winning awards in People’s Choice, as voted on by attendees, are:
Pier One holds Shakespeare
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.
Bunnell holds Plate Project opening reception Saturday
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.”
‘On the Wing’ returns
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.”
Registration is open for summertime Pier One Youth Theatre Camps
Labryinth Day is May 6
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.”