Mushroom guide revised, expanded by UAF report

Twenty-two years ago, Harriette Parker published “Alaska’s Mushrooms: A Practical Guide,” with photos and descriptions of 34 species of mushrooms, many of which she and her husband, Neil McArthur, found and photographed in the Homer area.

“Harriette had an interest in mushrooms when she used to live in New Brunswick in Canada, and she decided she wanted to write a mushroom book and she approached Alaska Northwest Books, who were independent at the time, and got a contract. And then we had to deal with it,” McArthur said, laughing.

Salmonfest announces early bird discount ends at midnight July 22

Early bird, discounted tickets for Salmonfest end at midnight July 22. Prices for a 3-day pass are $130 adults, $115 each for a four-pack of tickets, and $105 for teenagers 13-17 and seniors age 65 and older.

This year’s headline acts include the Indigo Girls, Trampled by Turtles and Quixotic Cirque Nouveau.

The three-day weekend festival features many of Alaska’s top food, crafts, art and brews, a family-friendly atmosphere, a daily children’s program, and four stages of national headliners and top Alaska bands.

Personal decisions define first book

Homer writer McKibben Jackinsky’s first book, “Too Close to Home? Living with ‘drill baby’ on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula” tells the story of recent oil and gas development on the southern peninsula through the voices of property owners who have been affected by that development.

Because Jackinsky is one of those property owners, it is also her story and her family’s story.

Clay, wood featured in First Friday shows

Heading into the Fourth of July weekend, July openings celebrate a freedom not often noted in art: media, not just subject.

At Bunnell Street Arts Center, Halibut Cove artist Annette Bellamy continues her experimentation with clay art forms.

Bellamy has become known for using clay as a sculptural medium, shaping works that seem everyday and stripping form almost to the abstract. Like Antoinette Walker, also showing at Bunnell, Bellamy comes from a commercial fishing background.

Both artists explore maritime themes, with Walker painting highly detailed encaustics.

First Friday

Art Shop Gallery

202 W. Pioneer Ave.

New work by Taz Talley

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

Homer photographer Taz Tally shows his new image of fireweed casting its seed, along with other black and white images printed on metal.

Bunnell Street Arts Center

106 W. Bunnell Ave.

Encaustic painting by Antoinette Walker

Ceramic art by Annette Bellamy

5-7 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception; 6 p.m., artists talk

New mural replaces Heath Street art

A mural project on a Kachemak Center retaining wall by Heath Street stirred up some controversy this month when people noticed a 25-year-old art work had been painted over. “Life Song,” conceived by Homer artist Jean Steele and painted by students in a 1991 Homer Council on the Arts summer art program, had fallen badly into disrepair.

“My bible to mural making is never cover up an artist,” said Kady Perry, the Bunnell Street Arts Center artist in resident who has been leading mural workshops during her six-week residency.

Arts In Brief

Salmonfest announces full lineup

Salmonfest has announced its full musical acts lineup. To be held Aug. 5-7 at the Kenai Peninsula Fair grounds in Ninilchik, the festival features a weekend of music, food and fish. The four-stage extravaganza includes more than 50 acts. During the festival, many of Alaska’s top food, crafts, art and brews are available throughout the grounds in a family friendly atmosphere, including a daily children’s program.

Creating writers with community

Creating writers through community

From the outside, the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference may seem like any other event taking place at Land’s End Resort, but a step closer reveals a strong community of growing individuals unified by a passion for putting words on a page — for creating a story.

Over the conference, attendees are given a plethora of options for workshops, panels, writing circles, and — perhaps most importantly — sharing.

Pier One Theatre Summer Schedule

Johnny B.’S Rhythm Of The North

June 14-Sept. 20

1, 3 p.m.

Alternate Tuesdays


William Shakespeare’s Star Wars

Pier One Fundraiser

7:30 p.m. June 16 and 17


Fresh Produce Improvisation

7:30 p.m. June 18 and 19


Youth Theatre sharing performance

3, 7 p.m. June 24

7 p.m. June 25


Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead

7:30 p.m., July 1-3, 7-10, 14-16


Grace and Glorie

7:30 p.m., July 22-24, 28-30


Youth Theatre camps to share with community

Not only does Pier One entertain Homer with quality plays, but it also provides youth with the opportunity to learn about acting with hands on experience through youth theatre camps.

Jennifer Norton, along with many other members of the Pier One community, firmly believes in the benefits of theatre camp.

“It’s just such a wonderful opportunity, getting kids used to speaking in public,” said Norton, also adding spontaneity and helping kids get used to new situations as benefits of theatre camps.

Pier One Theatre opens on a high note

Every season, Pier One Theatre brightens the Spit with its lively performances, but more than that, it brightens the whole community with its passion for the arts. With productions for any taste — comedy, drama, musicals and more — there is something for everyone. The standard holds true for this season as well.

Pier One kicked off its season on June 14, with a performance by Johnny B, which will occur every other Tuesday through Sept. 20.

Mural project facilitated by visiting artist kicks off

More than a splash of color appeared on the Star Car Wash building over the June 3 weekend as Anchorage mural group Spellar started and completed the first mural in Bunnell Street Arts Center’s Peonies on Pioneer public art project. 

Peonies on Pioneer, a brainchild of the Homer Chamber of Commerce Pioneer Revitalization task force and Bunnell’s current artist-in-residence Kady Perry, came about after Freeman read Perry’s proposal for a “compelling” public mural project, said executive and artistic director Asia Freeman. 

Arts Briefs





‘The Drunkard’

auditions this weekend

Auditions for The Drunkard, a melodramatic morality musical to be performed the second and third weekends in September, will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Mariner Theatre. There are roles for all ages and the cast will ultimately be about 25 people. If you have questions, or conflicts with the audition times please contact Laura Norton at 299-2453.

‘Paint In’ returns for First Friday

Last summer’s Paint In live-art series at the Homer Elks Lodge returns for First Friday this month. Artist and sign painter Dan Coe is joined by his son David as they each paint a large canvas on the back deck of the Elks Lodge. The action starts at 5 p.m., and paintings will be auctioned at 9 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Elks Scholarship Fund.

Powerful play shows in Homer

In 2003, writer and journalist David Holthouse plotted to kill a man — the Bogeyman. He’d bought a throwaway pistol and silencer, and he’d go up to the man who raped him when Holthouse was 7 and put three bullets into his head.

Instead, Holthouse wrote an essay.

“Stalking the Bogeyman” shows one time only at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Mariner Theatre, part of the University of Alaska Anchorage Theatre and Dance Department’s tour. The play premiered in Asheville, N.C., in 2013, and played Off Broadway in 2014.

The Arts in Brief

‘Made of Salmon’ reading is Friday

Authors from the anthology “Made of Salmon: Alaska Stories from the Salmon Project” hold a reading at 6 p.m. Friday at the Homer Public Library. Editor Nancy Lord and contributing authors Rich Chiappone, Kirsten Dixon, Jerre Wills and Michael Dinkel will read excerpts from their essays in the anthology.  


‘Rhythm of the North’ starts next week

Artists inspired by science in new Pratt exhibit

Birch trees, bugs and now bears. For more than a decade, the Pratt Museum has brought together scientists and artists to explore aspects of natural history, culture and science. Partnering with organizations like the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve, the museum sponsors scientific talks and invites artists to learn about specific themes. Artists even do some hands-on science in Discovery Labs at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.

Writers’ conference includes graphic narrative in the mix, celebrates 15th year

The Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference will mark changing tides in the literary world and the Homer community with its 15th year.

Sarah Leavitt, a writer from Vancouver, British Columbia, will give the conference’s first workshops on graphic narrative. Leavitt’s first book, “Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me,” told the story of her mother’s illness by combining words with drawings. While Leavitt planned to write a memoir after her mother’s death in 2005, but she didn’t always plan for it to be in the style of a graphic narrative. 


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