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HCOA holds Second Friday show

The Homer Council on the Arts holds a Second Friday show from 5-7 p.m. Friday. Artist and HCOA volunteer Gundega Snepste has decorated the gallery with traditional Latvian style decorations. The name of her show is “Puzuri,” a Latvian word for the kind of decoration she used. There will be refreshments and live music as well.


Marian Call performs Saturday

Latest books by Homer writers:

With the holiday season in full swing, odds are you’re on the hunt for gifts for friends and family. Luckily, 2015 was a busy year for local authors. Here are six new titles available at the Homer Bookstore, for sale by the author, or on iTunes — check out Shelley Gill’s new whale info app. From memoirs about frontier Alaska to a novel of romance and danger in Africa to creative and kooky new books for kids, there’s something new by a Homerite for every member of the family.

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Auditions slated for today 

for ‘The Wizard of Odds’

Auditions continue at 6 p.m. today for “The Wizard of Odds,” another Stepping Out show produced by Sally Obserstein and crew. All age auditions are at the Homer Council On the Arts gallery. Come ready to sing and have a little fun with the group. 

For more information, email


First Friday Events

Alice’s Champagne Palace

195 E. Pioneer Ave.

First Friday Art Night with Patrick Bradley

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception
7 p.m., Music by Neck and Neck

Artist Patrick Bradley will have psychedelic coloring books to color and big paper and fresh Sharpies to draw with for an evening of collaborative art.

Art Shop Gallery

202 W. Pioneer Ave.

First Friday offers holiday art gifts

Art lovers looking to buy gifts made by local artists have a variety of options to choose from at shows opening this month. Most exhibits are by Homer artists or artists with a Homer connection.

Bunnell Street Arts Center holds a second reception for its 10x10 Members Show that opened last month. Now in its second year, the show challenged artists to create within the confined space of 10-inches squared or, for sculpture, 10-inches cubed. Many artists chose to create two or three works, sometimes as a triptych.

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Nutcracker Faire Dec. 5-6

The annual Homer Council on the Arts Nutcracker Faire is 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 and noon-6 p.m. Dec. 6 at Homer High School. Browse arts and crafts and food booths and listen to live music. All arts and crafts being sold are 100-percent handmade gifts from Kenai Peninsula vendors. Tickets also are on sale for the Nutcracker Ballet.


Homer boy gets $1,000

from Awesome Foundation

Community art shows feature Homer’s talent

Three community shows around Homer this week highlight one thing town residents have to be thankful for: a plethora of talented artists.


KBC class develops work
by diverse artists

Head into the lobby of Kachemak Bay Campus at any point this month, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by warm, brightly colored works of art. Students in Asia Freeman’s fall painting class at the college gathered on Nov. 12 to celebrate the display of their work from the semester.

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Nutcracker tickets now on sale at bookstore

Tickets have gone on sale for the annual Nutcracker Ballet. Shows are 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, 3 p.m. Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 3 p.m. Dec. 12. All seats are $10. Tickets are on sale at the Homer Bookstore and will be on sale at the Nutcracker Faire on Dec. 5 and 6.


Artists, arts groups 

receive state grants

Letters Aloud sheds light on flip side of being famous

Three months before “Born to Run” was released, Bruce Springsteen scrawled a note to his landlady explaining that he couldn’t pay the rent. Amelia Earhart got cold feet on her wedding day. Clyde Barrow of infamous crime duo Bonnie and Clyde wrote a fan letter to Henry Ford a month before he was killed in his Ford V8. Bruce Lee’s 1969 diary includes a promise to himself to become “the highest paid Oriental super star in the United States.”

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KBC art show opens 

Students in Asia Freeman’s fall Kachemak Bay Campus painting class show their work in the Fall Student Art Showcase. The exhibit opens with a reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today in the Commons of the Pioneer Hall at KBC of Kenai Peninsula College. The show runs through December.


‘Assimilation’ set
for Nov. 27, 28

Maker Space combines creativity, high tech

At 5:30 p.m. Monday, when his mother told him it was time to leave the Homer Maker Space for the day, an elementary school student let out a moan of ultimate suffering. 

“You’ll be back tomorrow,” said Mom.

“Yeah, I will,” responded her son with absolute conviction, grudgingly closing a laptop on the boat design he was working on.

Sitting nearby helping another student on a laptop, Daniel Zatz smiled.

Gold Diggers win Play Like Crazy volleyball tourney

The annual “Play Like Crazy” community coed volleyball tournament rounded out two days of intense, fun play on Saturday evening with a tournament win for the Gold Diggers, a team made up of mostly Homer High students. 

The championship game pitted them against Homer E-Z Pass, an eclectic group of community athletes of all ages, who were undefeated until that final match-up.

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As fall approaches winter and the daylight hours fade, the season turns to that magical time of the year when the low angle of the sun makes the mountains and glaciers glow. That quality of light is revered by photographers and artists. In a new exhibit by Halibut Cove artist Jan Thurston, “Light,” opening Friday at Fireweed Gallery, illumination is her theme, both literally and spiritually.

In her artist’s statement, Thurston said that mentor and teacher Diana Tillion urged her students to always be aware of the source of light.

Spotlight on Homer houses

Take one look at Amy Casey’s paintings, and you might be inclined to ask, “What are you doing in Homer?”

Most of Casey’s work centers around cities. She paints houses tightly packed, in a way residences seldom are in Homer: piled up on each other, winding up into the sky on stilts or hanging down in nets, surrounded by ribbons of roadway, wound together with strings.

Pratt features dark secrets of Kachemak Bay

The Pratt Museum currently is featuring the exhibit “Museum Macabre: Darkest Secrets of Kachemak Bay.”

The show will run through Oct. 31.

“Some stories from Kachemak Bay have been lost to common knowledge, swept under the rug and into collections storage at the Pratt Museum,” according to a press release from the museum. “Now is your chance to learn about the dark days of our past through original artifacts and rare images”

On display are:

• Silver bullet casting molds from the werewolf outbreak of 1934;

Pratt, HCOA explore new collaboration

On either side of West Pioneer Avenue near Bartlett Street, Woodard Creek flows from the Pratt Museum to the Homer Council on the Arts and on into Kachemak Bay. In discussions about protecting the shared waterway, leaders of both organizations realized the creek united them not just geographically, but collaboratively.

“The Pratt and HCOA came together in kind of a funny way through the creek,” said Diane Converse, Pratt Museum executive director.

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Subsistence program art sought

The Federal Subsistence Management Program sponsors its annual art contest for all students in Alaska grades K-12. The program seeks art on the theme of Alaska subsistence wildlife. The winner’s artwork will be published on the cover of Federal Subsistence Management Regulations for the Harvest of Wildlife on Federal Public Lands in Alaska book. Each entry must be 8.5-by-11 inches and have an Alaska wildlife subsistence theme. All artwork must be original. 


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