Homer Alaska - Arts

Story last updated at 7:56 PM on Wednesday, March 2, 2011

First Friday, Art Events

From artists in their first shows to established artists, March openings feature an array of talents. See new artists in the Homer Council on the Arts Emerging Artists show or catch a lifetime of art at Ptarmigan Arts, where R.W. "Toby" Tyler, who first came to Homer in 1954, has a retrospective show.

Bunnell Street Arts Center

106 W. Bunnell Ave.

Nighttime Wardens and Vigilantes, paintings by Brianna Allen

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

Painter Brianna Allen calls her first Alaska solo show "a series of contemporary oil portraitures of nighttime eclectics — the stoic and lusty characters who pump the veins within a Homer night." Allen moved to Homer full-time after working here two summers and completing a bachelor of fine arts in art from the University of Southern Maine.


Fireweed Gallery

475 E. Pioneer Ave.

New Work, ceramics by Amy Jones and paintings by Ingrid McKinstry

5-8 p.m., First Friday Reception

Amy Jones is a local ceramic artist new to the gallery and to showing her work in Homer. Ingrid McKinstry is a current gallery exhibitor. Both artists use dramatic color. Jones' pottery has deep vibrant glazes with copper highlights. The exhibit shows a variety of unique serving pieces, as well as bowls, mugs, sushi sets and more.

McKinstry's paintings display a bold use of color. She shows several of her new mixed media originals.

Preview the exhibit at fireweedgallery.com.

Homer Council on the Arts

344 W. Pioneer Ave.

Emerging Art, by various artists

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Art by new artists who have not previously had solo shows is displayed.

Latitude 59

3858 Lake Street

Water for Peace, art by various artists

Opened March 1

In celebration of International Women's Day on March 8, Kindness Without Borders presents an exhibit on the issues of privatization, labor, access and availability, purity, equality, and universal responsibility of the planet's water. The exhibit opened on March 1, but there is no First Friday reception.

At 6:30 p.m. March 12, Latitude 59 features an Iraqi dinner with an art auction. Proceeds benefit Veterans for Peace and its Iraq Water Project to provide water filtering systems in Iraqi hospitals, clinics and schools. Tickets are $20 at Latitude 59 and the Homer Bookstore.

Midtown Cafe and Refuge Chapel

397 Pioneer Avenue

Art for Thought, by various artists

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Kalifornsky area and local youth show their art. The Midtown Cafe is open with espresso, shakes and smoothies.

Picture Alaska

448 E. Pioneer Ave.

New Work, paintings by Andy Hehnlin

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

Nikiski artist Andy Hehnlin shows new work using his egg-tempera medium. Egg tempera is a painting process that uses egg yolk and distilled water to bind pigments, usually ground by the artist. Also a gold miner, Hehnlin sometimes adds gold dust to his egg tempera when painting Alaska landscapes. Rather than use a brush, he sprays, splatters, dabs and scratches to achieve his distinct style. Hehnlin won first place in the Kenai Peninsula Arts Guild Biennial Juried Art Show in 2008.


Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery

471 E. Pioneer Ave.

Looking Back, art and mementoes by R.W. Tyler

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Longtime Homer artist R.W. "Toby" Tyler presents paintings, sketches, prints and mementoes from over a half century of creating art.

"Prompted by what I have been finding up in my vast attic, on my walls and in my numerous scrapbooks, join me in looking back over the years split between often concurrent periods in two very different states: California and Alaska," Tyler writes. "This show includes paintings, sketches and block prints from everywhere."