Homer Bookstore releases its annual best seller list

Staff report

The Homer Bookstore has released its best seller list for books sold in 2016. Local authors wrote seven of the top-10 books, including the number-1 book, “Homestead Kitchen: Stores and Recipes from Our Hearth to Yours,” by Eve and Eivin Kilcher. The memoir and cookbook by the “Alaska: The Last Frontier” reality-TV show stars also set the all-time best-seller record for the Homer Bookstore, selling almost 1,000 copies.

HCOA annual meeting presents arts awards

At the Homer Council on the Arts annual meeting, art lovers get a special treat: a reprise showing of the late Gaye Wolfe’s 2011 portrait show, “Human Tapestry,” an exhibit of portraits Wolfe did before she died in 2012. Wolfe’s show featured paintings of artists, musicians, teachers and cultural leaders. Wolfe donated her portraits to HCOA with the intent that they be sold to support arts council programs.

HCOA holds annual meeting, arts awards next week

The Homer Council on the Arts holds its annual meeting and arts awards presentation at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at its offices. The evening also includes a kick-off of the Gaye Wolfe portrait auction, featuring paintings by the late Homer artist. Before she died, Wolfe did a series of portraits of these arts, music and cultural icons: Toby Tyler, Shirley Timmreck, Renda Horn, Jill Berryman, Ahna Iredale, Alex Combs and Annette Bellamy, Mavis Muller, Lynn Naden, Ron Senungetuk, Laura and Peter Norton and Asia Freeman, Karla Freeman and Betty Weiser Kaplun.

Homer can hear Verdi's opera Jan. 19

Giuseppe Verdi (1831-1901) strides like a giant over the world of opera, and it is impossible to overstate the importance of his contribution to world culture. Equally a great dramatist and a great melodist, Verdi gives us operas that interconnect personal narrative with universal archetypes, masterpieces that split the heart and soul wide open with a longing that binds us to a greater whole.

The Metropolitan Opera’s Live at the Met HD production of Verdi’s “Nabucco” shows at 6 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Homer Theatre followed by his “La Traviata” at 6 p.m. March 23.

Big Read explores Wilder play, novel

Now that Homer starts its fourth time exploring literature through the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read program, organizers have come up with a system that works. Pick a book. Invite the town to read it together. Bring together scholars, writers and book lovers to explore the work. Stir. Repeat as necessary.

Auditions open for spring production

Auditions take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, in the Mariner Theatre for the spring production, “Circus Auditions!” Call backs for auditions will be on Sunday, Jan. 22, at times to be announced.

The show seeks female and male performers of all ages who can act, sing, play an instrument, dance, do gymnastics, ride a unicycle, juggle and have skills in other circus arts such as trapeze and aerial silks.

Sally Oberstein directs the show based on a script by her and Michael McKinney. Shelly Erickson is the musical director with choreography by Anne Gittinger.

Homer Big Read Events

Big Read Kick-Off Event

6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14

Alice’s, 195 E. Pioneer Ave.

Listen to a staged reading of Our Town by Pier One Theatre at Alice’s Champagne Palace.

Book Club

4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24, Homer Public Library

The Homer Public Library offers a regular monthly book club the last Tuesday of every month. In January they will discuss The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Our Town. All are welcome.

Love Letters in the Snow with Erin Hollowell

Homer artist holds residency in January

Homer artist Mandy Bernard is the January artist in residence at Bunnell Street Arts Center.

Bernard’s textile work illustrates elements of Alaska’s wild landscape that are repeated through pattern and silkscreen. For January, she will create a large-scale pattern installation comprised of organic elements personally and communally collected from the field. This installation will explore the intersection of the natural environment and a strong personal connection to place. For more information, visit

Only one show scheduled for this week's First Friday

With many galleries closing or on hiatus for January, one only gallery this month, Ptarmigan Arts, holds a First Friday show. Ptarmigan continues its December show of works by Sebastian Troy Pierre, a Homer artist who moved last year to Alaska from Florida. Fireweed Arts closes Saturday until Feb. 7. The Homer Council on the Arts has been closed for the holidays and reopens on Jan. 16. Bunnell Street Arts Center is open but won't have a First Friday show as artist-in-residence Mandy Bernard prepares for her residency.


Just in time for Kenai Peninsula history conference, films from 1974 event found

Volunteers planning the 2017 Kenai Peninsula local history conference got a wonderful surprise in December. Long-lost films of a 1974 Kenai history conference have been found, salvaged and digitized. 

The recovery culminated a string of unlikely events, with the credit going to modern technology and the skilled staff at the Alaska State Library Historical Collections in Juneau.

Lance Petersen to receive awards for arts, humanities

Former Pier One Theatre director Lance Petersen has received the Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities for individual artist.

The Alaska Humanities Forum and the Alaska State Council on the Arts announced the recipients earlier this month.

The Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities is an annual partnership between the Alaska Humanities Forum, the Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA), the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, and the Office of the Governor to recognize and honor noteworthy contributions to the arts and humanities in Alaska.

Homer Kilcher clan joins Jewel for holiday special

Homer will get a Christmas morning treat when CBS broadcasts a holiday special with the Kilcher family. “Holiday Homecoming with Jewel” features Homer’s famous musical star, Jewel Kilcher, her aunt Mossy Kilcher, and some of the stars of the Discovery Channel reality TV show, “Alaska: The Last Frontier” — Jewel’s dad Atz Kilcher, Bonnie Dupree, Eve and Eivin Kilcher, and Nikos Kilcher. The special airs locally at 9 a.m. Dec. 25 on KTVA Channel 11. The show features singing with Jewel, Atz Kilcher, Dupree, Mossy Kilcher and Jewel’s 5-year-old son, Kase.

Diaries inspire artists in new Pratt exhibit

Among cultural institutions in Homer, the Pratt Museum has pioneered a unique spot. As a museum of natural history, history, culture and art, its exhibits often connect those aspects of the Pratt’s collections. “Inspired by Diaries,” on exhibit through Dec. 29, asked artists to create works in contemplation of diaries and journals in the museum’s collection or those of the artists. The show also bridges literary heritage and visual art.


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