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.

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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.

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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

August art shows explore global warming

Two shows this month explore the effects of global warming and climate change, but from different perspectives.

In his show at Ptarmigan Arts, Homer artist Ed Hutchinsion, who has become known for his “white-on-white” paintings of Arctic animals, focuses on those animals and sea life dealing with climate change. He also expands his repertoire by merging his white-on-white style with a bold, colorist approach.

First Friday events

Art Shop Gallery

202 W. Pioneer Ave.

Homer Remembrances by Lisa Carlon

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

Artist Lisa Carlon shows her 3D stained glass, including new designs of wildflowers, sandhill cranes and the Homer Spit. She also will have a selection of her suncatchers and other stained glass designs that reflect and capture Alaska wildlife.

Bunnell Street Arts Center

106 W. Bunnell Ave.

Decolonizing Alaska by various artists

Russian music stars in KPO's gala concerts

The final piece that the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra plays at its gala concerts this August will be the result of two years of passion and planning.

When Simon Nissen, the choir and world music instructor at Kenai Central High School and founding director of the Kenai Peninsula Singers, moved to the Kenai Peninsula about two years ago, he half-jokingly suggested to KPO Artistic Director Tammy Vollom-Matturo that they perform “Alexander Nevsky.”

A year later, KPO purchased the scores for the piece.

Wild Shore visits Homer

Wild Shore New Music, based in Alaska and New York City, join forces with the National Park Service for its Centennial to present a series of concerts in Alaska, New York City and Washington, D.C. Wild Shore performs two free concerts at noon Aug. 9, Land’s End Resort, and noon Aug. 11 at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, part of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra Summer Music Festival. In collaboration with other musicians, they perform at 8 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Down East Saloon.

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Barbara Lavallee visits Art Shop Gallery

Artist Barbara Lavallee visits the Art Shop Gallery from 1-6 p.m. Saturday. She will sign new prints and personalize and sign old prints and books.


‘Grace & Glorie’ opens at Pier One Theatre

Rhythm of the North at HCOA

Johnny B.’s Rhythm of the North now shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Homer Council on the Arts. He will perform every Friday at 7:30 p.m. through Sept. 2. Admission is $12 HCOA member and $15 general admission. Tickets are available at HCOA and the Homer Bookstore.

His show also continues at Pier One Theater. He performs at 1 p.m. on cruise ship visits July 26, Aug. 9, Sept. 6 and Sept. 20. The multi-media extravaganza features his music coupled with videos of Alaska.

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.


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