Homer Alaska - Arts

Story last updated at 8:12 PM on Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Arts in brief


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An image from "Bike, Ski, Raft the Denali Traverse."

Today's Backcountry Film Fest features nine short films

Celebrating the human powered experience, the Seventh Annual Backcountry Film Festival shows at 7 p.m. today at the Homer Theatre. Sponsored by the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club and the Alaska Quiet Rights Coalition, the evening includes nine short films on biking, skiing and rafting the Denali Traverse; ski adventures in Morocco; on the tribes of Kyrgyzstan, and even an animated film.

The date of the festival was incorrectly reported last week in the Homer News.

Artist offers plate painting workshop today at Bunnell

Artist Michelle LaFriniere offers a plate-painting workshop 4 to 8 p.m. today at Bunnell Street Arts Center. She will give tips and tools for making successful, dynamic hand-painted plates. Her workshop is open to all artists. No previous plate-painting experience is necessary.

If you plan to participate in the plate project for the first time, or if you feel your plates have not met with the results you intended, please plan to attend this free workshop. Bring design ideas, pencils and brushes. All other materials will be provided.

The Plate Project kicks off Bunnell Street Arts Center's annual membership drive. More than 100 unique plates, handmade by local potters Ahna Iredale, Paul Dungan, Ruby Haigh, Cynthia Morelli and Lisa Wood Beck, and painted by dozens of Alaska painters, are available as membership premiums for memberships of $100 and above to Bunnell Street Arts Center.

Plate painting is on-going at Bunnell Street Arts Center during regular hours, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout February and March.

The project opens at Bunnell Street Arts Center's annual membership meeting in May.

Studio 127 features McKeown, Zukerman in Feb. 24 concert

Studio 127, formerly known as Cinema 127, a garage turned into a temporary art house at 127 Bunnell Ave., holds a house concert at 8 p.m. Feb. 24 for singer-songwriters Erin McKeown and Natalia Zukerman.

McKeown, a powerhouse musician who has played at the Down East and other Alaska venues, is a sweetheart of Ani DiFranco's Righteous Babe Records, and even has a song about the Homer Spit.

Brooklyn based singer/songwriter Zukerman was raised in a classical music family. Her father is violinist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman and her mother is flutist Eugenia Zukerman. Of her, the New Yorker wrote, "Natalia's voice could send an orchid into bloom while her guitar playing can open a beer bottle with its teeth."

The show is open to all ages and tickets will be sold only at the door. Price is $20 at the door. For more information, call Kammi Matson at 399-5264. Visit McKeown and Zukerman's websites at erinmckeown.com/ and nataliazukerman.com.

Contest winners to announced

The winners of the Kenai Peninsula Writers' Contest will be announced Feb. 23 in the Homer News. Winning entries will be posted on the Homer Council on the Arts website at homerart.org on Feb. 23. Winners will read at 7 p.m. March 2, with a concert by Robin Hopper.