From a 16-year-old new artist to a 90-year-old outdoors and history writer, the 11th annual Homer Council on the Arts Arts Awards shine a light on leaders in the Homer arts community who have distinguished themselves as creators, teachers and arts advocates.
The HCOA Board of Directors decides the awards based on nominations from the community.
HCOA presents the awards starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the HCOA offices on Pioneer Avenue. Its annual meeting follows.
Homer Bookstore releases
its 2015 best-seller list
The Homer Bookstore has released its 2015 best-seller list of books sold at the independent bookstore last year. The list is compiled from overall sales figures.
Chock full of puns surrounding how an orchestra can rock — passing out literal rocks to musicians and hauling a rocking chair on stage — the Link Up concert with Kenai Peninsula Orchestra rocked the house in the Mariner Theatre on Friday, Jan. 15.
In an alleged winter besotted by gray skies and cold rain, the Telluride MountainFilm On Tour festival has just the prescription. It actually includes two doses of “Nature Rx” — short films that could result in “authenticity, confidence, spontaneous euphoria or being in a good mood for no apparent reason,” as the films are described.
Help with cut-paper project
Telluride Mountainfilm next week
For the 16th year, Telluride Mountainfilm shows in Homer. Two evenings of films show at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 and 16 at the Mariner Theatre. A fundraiser for Community Recreation, tickets for each show are $10, on sale at the Homer Bookstore or at the Community Recreation office at Homer High School.
If Anchorage Symphony Orchestra violinist Daniel Perry had been told a few weeks ago he would be chanting healing songs in front of an intimate crowd of people, he might not have believed it.
Yet the Homer resident who said his specialty is playing the classics found himself performing chants and songs from multiple cultures at the Sterling Community Center in late December as part of a release concert for the CD “Holy Ground.”
“It’s so different from what I do,” Perry said. “I’d say it’s a spiritual adventure. ... I’ve never chanted.”
HCOA offers new classes
The Homer Council on the Arts offers several new classes this winter. Upcoming classes include:
• Beginning Metalsmithing and Jewelry Fabrication with Brett Glidden, 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Jan. 12-April 15 (13 weeks). For ages 10-18. The fee for HCOA members is $260 and $312 for nonmembers.
Hanging from the ceiling of the Homer Council on the Arts, a 4-foot wide, multifaceted sculpture looks like a temple from a cosmic fantasy. Based on the geometric shape of an octahedron, the piece, called Puzuri, comes not from the imagination of a Hollywood set designer, but from an ancient Latvian solstice tradition.
From Old Town to downtown to the Homer Spit, Homer’s bars offer New Year’s Eve celebrations from the sedate to the spirited. At AJ’s OldTown Steakhouse and Tavern, the night is young when AJ’s rings in the New Year on New York time — 8 p.m., live from Times Square. Other celebrations are more traditional, ringing in the year at midnight Homer time with champagne toasts and party favors.
As the northern hemisphere turns toward the winter solstice and the Christian Advent proceeds, through the next week Homer’s diverse faiths hold services leading up to the celebration of the birth of Jesus. At many churches, there will be traditional caroling and candlelight Christmas Eve services. Some churches, like the Salvation Army and Church on the Rock, hold Christmas services this Sunday. At the Salvation Army, a children’s choir sings.
“They’re dressed up like angels. It’s going to be super cute,” said Pastor Lt. Caleb Fankhauser.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.”