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First Friday Events

First Friday shows focus on adventure

By Michael Armstrong
Staff Writer


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"One Man's Meat is Another Man," by Jim Woodring.

For March's First Friday openings, adventure is the theme. At Fireweed Gallery, artist and writer Christina Whiting shows photographs of an epic and spiritual journey she made last fall when she hiked the 500-mile Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrimage route. Whiting, who has been expanding her art into new media like her beach rock poetry, also includes mixed-media art made from found objects.

At Ptarmigan Arts, a different type of adventure is explored — the adventure of learning. To encourage student artists, Ptarmigan offers annual Visual Arts Scholarships. For this show, it also encouraged local middle school and high school art teachers to push their students to create their best. The show features that work.

Other shows include work by visiting artist Jim Woodring, Bunnell Street Arts Center's artist in residence, who shows sketches from a work in progress. At the Homer Council on the Arts, its Shelter from the Storm exhibit continues, but Friday's highlight is on the literary arts when HCOA holds a reading of winners in the 20th annual Kenai Peninsula Writers' Contest.

Bunnell Street Arts Center

106 W. Bunnell Ave.

Problematic, work by Jim Woodring

5-7 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception 6 p.m., artists talk, Homer Sketchbook Project 7 p.m., narrated slide show, Please Stand By

Artist-in-residence Jim Woodring starts his visit with a reception and artist talk on Friday. A habitual sketchbook-keeper, while in Homer Woodring will be drawing his impressions of people, places and things. Interested locals are invited to keep their own Homer sketchbooks for the month of March and drop by Bunnell to discuss sketching tips and techniques and perhaps plan sketching expeditions. Supplies will be available at Bunnell. Images from his forthcoming book, "Problematic," are shown at the gallery. Woodring also presents a cartooning workshop for ages 12 to 18 at 3-5 p.m. March 12 and 14. At 5:30 p.m. March 15 he holds a book release party for his graphic novel, "Congress of the Animals," much of which was sketched in Homer during his 2010 Bunnell residency.

Fireweed Gallery

475 E. Pioneer Ave.

A Pilgrim's Journey, photography and art by Christina Whiting

5-8 p.m., First Friday Reception

Artist, photographer and writer Christina Whiting presents "A Pilgrim's Journey," photographs and mixed media art that came out of her recent 500-mile walk of the ancient Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail in northern Spain and France. Whiting hiked the French route of what pilgrims call "the Path," St. Jean Pied de Port in the French Pyrenees to Santiago, Spain. The show highlights her adventures on the Camino, from the landscapes she walked through to encounters with fellow pilgrims, locals and animals.

Homer Council on the Arts

344 W. Pioneer Ave.

Kenai Peninsula Writers' Contest Celebration

7 p.m., First Friday Reception and Reading

Robin Hopper concert

8:30 p.m., First Friday

First-place winners in all categories and groups from the 20th annual Kenai Peninsula Writers' Contest read for First Friday. After the reading, folk singer and songwriter Robin Hopper does a benefit concert; donations are accepted. Hopper also does a songwriting workshop for ages 16 and older 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. The fee is $55. Call 235-4288 to register.

"Shelter from the Storm," a benefit art exhibit for South Peninsula Haven House, remains on exhibit through March 23, when art is auctioned at Haven House's annual Women of Distinction awards ceremony and dinner, 5:30 p.m. March 23 at Land's End Resort. Tickets are $35 a plate and on sale at Haven House.

Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery

471 E. Pioneer Ave.

Student Art Show, work by middle school and high school students

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

This month's exhibit shows art created by current students from Homer Middle School and high school students from both Homer High and Homer Flex school. The Ptarmigan Arts scholarship committee worked with teachers to inspire creating quality work that has been selected for this show. Art is not for sale, but is shown to increase interest in student work and awareness of Ptarmigan Arts' annual Visual Arts Scholarship, awarded each May to a deserving student. Guidelines and applications for this scholarship are available at the gallery and its website at www.ptarmiganarts.com.