First Friday events: New shows reflect change of seasons

It might be October and well beyond the end of the summer tourist season, but First Friday this month promises to be lively — if a bit morbid — with group shows at the Homer Council on the Arts and the Pratt Museum. Individual artists also show their work.

Topping off the list is a reception for Rasmuson Artist in Residence Claudio Orso-Giacone at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Born in Italy, Orso-Giacone now lives in Oberlin, Ohio, and brings his extensive talents in maskmaking, paper art and wood-cut block printmaking.

The Arts in brief

‘Rubber Ducky’ shows Friday

Local filmmaker Silas Firth and Standing Tide Productions holds the world premiere of his short film, “Rubber Ducky,” at 5 p.m. Friday at the Homer Theatre. Admission is free. On his website, Firth said the film is “about the innocence and beauty of childhood in contrast with the darkness of the world, and the need for family and to let go of the past.” Unique to the project is that is has no dialogue, and the story is told entirely visually, Firth said.

Storyknife vision now getting feet

Three years ago, Homer writer Dana Stabenow had a dream: build a retreat where women writers could go through the same life-changing experience that she had in 1989 at the Hedgebrook Writers Retreat on Whidbey Island, Wash.

Called Storyknife, after the Inuit storytelling tool, the compound would be built in a fireweed meadow near Homer overlooking Cook Inlet and Kachemak Bay. Stabenow plans to build six cottages and a community hall where writers would stay for two-week to two-month residencies.

Indigenous art workshop inspires teens

Bones, feathers, porcupine needles, beads and other items covered the tables of Homer Flex’s workshop area as students and staff drilled, threaded and attached components of their art pieces. Melissa Shaginoff, the Kenai-raised artist facilitating the Sept. 8-9 “Objects of Importance” workshop, moved throughout the room and offered aid to anyone with questions.

Thursday, Sept. 15


11:30 a.m.-noon, Homer Public Library


noon, 8 p.m. Hillas Building

Alcoholics Anonymous meets daily at noon and 8 p.m. Contact: 235-6822.


noon -1:15 p.m., Homer Council on the Arts

Contact: HCOA, 235-4288.


3:30-5 p.m., Homer Council on the Arts

Contact: Kari Odden 235-4288 .


Docfest celebrates lucky 13

After 13 years of picking interesting films for the Homer Documentary Film Festival at the Homer Theatre, owners Jamie and Lynette Sutton have dialed in their selection criteria:

• “Is it well made movie?” Jamie Sutton said.

• “Does it matter?”

“The best documentary film festival north of Toronto,” as Sutton calls it, opens with a barbecue dinner at 6:15 p.m. Sept. 22 followed by a gala showing of “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise.” The gala show is free with a festival pass purchase or $20 general admission.

Gallery director gives
talk on Cuban art scene

Wilfredo Benitez, executive director of Fundación Ludwig Gallery, Havana, Cuba, gives a slide talk on Cuba’s contemporary art scene at 6 p.m. Sept. 16 at Bunnell Street Arts Center. The Ludwig Foundation is an autonomous and nongovernmental institution promoting contemporary Cuban artists and culture. Its programs include performances, festivals, exhibitions, exchanges, lectures, seminars, academic courses, workshops, conferences, scholarships and grants.

Quilters find inspiration by reading

As Alaskans turn inward with the change of the season and the declining daylight hours, they sometimes ward off the darkness with two time tested hobbies: reading and art. Last winter, a group of central Kenai Peninsula artists came up with a twist on that plan. They would read for pleasure, discuss books in a book club and create quilts based on those books.

Artists move into autumn with new shows

Many Alaska artists seek and find inspiration in nature. That’s the case for several shows opening for First Friday, but for one show, artists find another source for creative ideas: books. In “Inspired by Books,” opening at the Homer Council on the Arts, artists Karen Fogarty, Lily Huebsch, Marilyn Kay Johnson, Jane Marshall and Connie Tarbox have come up with a new twist on a book club. Here they not only discuss books, but quilt about them.

First Friday events

Art Shop Gallery

202 W. Pioneer Ave.

New work by photographer Laural Sabin

5-7:30 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception

Homer photographer Laural Sabin shows color landscape photos printed on metal. “The majority of my images convey a sense of serenity, rest and simplicity themes that have become anthems for my own life in recent years,” Sabin writes. “I shoot in all natural light. I love strong colors and natural patterns and textures.”

Bunnell Street Arts Center

106 W. Bunnell Ave.

The Arts in brief

Writer reads at KBC

Visiting writer Debra Magpie Earling holds a reading at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at Kachemak Bay Campus. A 2007 Guggenheim Fellow, she is the author of “The Lost Journals of Sacajewea” and “Perma Red,” and recipient of the American Book Award and the Western Writers Association Spur Award, among many others. Her stories have been published in Ploughshares, The Last Best Place and Talking Leaves: Contemporary Native American Short Stories.


Latvian artist presents Puzuri workshops

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Fresh Produce performs benefits

Fresh Produce 2.0, Homer’s improvisational comedy group, performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and next Thursday, Sept. 8, at The Art Barn, 1060 East End Road. Each performance benefits a local nonprofit, with the Friday show helping the Flex Healthy Food Program, the Saturday show helping the South Peninsula Hospital Diabetes Supply Fund and the Sept. 8 show helping Hospice of Homer. Admission is a $7 donation. Some material may contain adult themes or language. For more information, call 509-294-0451.


'My Old Dog': Read it and be inspired

Seattle journalist Laura T. Coffey resisted when a reader suggested she write a story about a Los Angeles photographer who took pictures of older dogs in animal shelters in an effort to increase their chances of getting adopted.

It was the summer of 2013 and Coffey’s mother had recently died. The story sounded too sad to tackle. Who wanted to read about old dogs waiting out their last days in crowded animal shelters — even if some photographer was trying to help them?

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Drumkeeper classes offered

The Whirling Rainbow Foundation offers drumkeeper and songkeeper training starting this month. The drumkeepers training runs Aug. 22-28 and the songkeeper training runs Sept. 1-7.

Papa Crow to perform in Homer

Homer attracts tourists of varying interests, personalities and talents. While many of these visitors simply pass through leaving nothing of themselves behind, some, like musician Papa Crow of Marquette, Mich., enthusiastically share their gifts with the community.

Papa Crow, otherwise known as Jeff Krebs, concentrates on the craft of children’s music. He gives a free performance at 11 a.m. Monday at the Homer Public Library for its Get Ready for Kindergarten party, an event to help children starting school prepare for the big day on Tuesday.

Salmonfest newcomers light up the night

Ninilchik’s annual Salmonfest draws some unique characters from far and wide. This year was no exception when it came to a new performance group all the way from Missouri.

Saturday’s headliner Trampled by Turtles was a lively crowd pleaser that kept people dancing well into the night, despite the rain and copious amounts of mud. They were followed by the Kansas City, Missouri based cirque nouveau group Quixotic, which combines live music with dance, aerial acts, fire performances and digital elements like light.

Alice In Wonderland continues this weekend at Pier One Theatre

The Pier One Youth Theatre production of “Alice in Wonderland” opened Wednesday and continues at 7:30 p.m. today and Friday and Aug. 18, 19 and 20.

“This is a great family show, another classic production going up on the Pier One Youth Theatre stage,” said Youth Theatre director Casey Parrett. “I absolutely love seeing the whole show come together and seeing how proud everyone is of the kids, not to mention being impressed that they actually were able to pull all of this together.”

Wild Shore music marks centennial of Park Service

Now in its fourth season, Wild Shore New Music has the special task of commemorating the National Park Service.

Founded by three Alaskans, Wild Shore is a group of professional musicians based in New York. For the past three summers, they have returned to Homer, where they perform pieces by primarily living composers.

Acknowledging the inability of art to perfectly portray the natural world, this group goes about honoring the natural world in another way: exploring our relationship with it, said artistic director, pianist and Homer native Conrad Winslow.

The Arts in Brief

HCOA presents Quixotic workshops

Quixotic, the Kansas City, Mo., performance group visiting for Salmonfest, conducts circus workshops next week at the Homer Council on the Arts. Workshops are presented in aerial fabric, dance trapeze and gym. Classes offered are:

• Aerial Fabric - Beginner (ages 8 and older): noon-1:30 p.m. Aug. 9, 10, 11, and 13. Fee: $175, HCOA members, $200, general

• Aerial Fabric - Intermediate: 1:45-3:15 p.m. Aug. 9, 10, 11, and 13. Fee: $175, HCOA members, $200, general


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