Homer Alaska - Arts

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Arts Briefs

Homer singer/songwriter Caressa plays Saturday

Homer folk singer and songwriter Caressa performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Based in Homer, Caressa recently played at The Marlin in Fairbanks and at Tap Root in Anchorage. Her original songs are an eclectic mix that evokes everything from blues, funk and punk to country and rock. Rich in poetic language, her writing harkens back to the songwriting traditions of Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. Of her music, Caressa says that "much of my music is inspired by Alaska at its core. The land, the seasons, the sea and the sky are so bountifully inspirational." For samples, including tracks from her debut album, "Wanderlust," visit caressastarshine.com. Tickets are $5 to $20 on a pay-as-you-can sliding scale.

HCOA offers March workshops

The Homer Council on the Arts offers two workshops for youth and adults. "Art and Nature From Forest to the Sea" is offered 1-4 p.m. daily during spring break, March 14-18, at HCOA. For youth ages 10 to 14, Lynn Marie Naden and Beth Trowbridge facilitate the workshop. Trowbridge offers field study sessions and Naden leads studio sessions. Students learn the basics of paper making and book construction using materials, ideas and impressions gained in field sessions. The cost is $60, including materials, fee and transportation.

Girdwood artists Sarah and Katie Cronk teach "Silk Painting," offered from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. March 26 in a youth session and 1-5 p.m. March 27 in an adult session, both at HCOA. The youth workshop is $20. Bigs and littles in Big Brothers Big Sisters can attend the youth workshop together for $25 fee. The adult workshop is $95 for HCOA members and $105 for nonmembers.

"Silk Painting" is supported by grants from the Homer Foundation and First National Bank. To sign up, call HCOA at 235-4288.

Jenny Martin plays in concert March 18

Musician Jenny Martin, a member of Work in Progress, performs "Slow Songs, Sad Songs and Silly Songs" in a gallery concert at 7 p.m. March 18 at the Homer Council on the Arts.

Tickets are $5 youth, $10 members and $15 general admission and available at HCOA, the Homer Bookstore and online at www.homerart.org.

Artists offer another encaustics workshop

Artists Sandy Gillespie and Ann-Margret Wimmerstedt offer an encaustics workshop from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 19 and 20 at Wimmerstedt's home studio. Encaustic is a medium using a beeswax, resin and pigment. The medium can be used to paint and with collages. Gillespie, a visiting artist from Fairbanks living in Homer this winter, and Wimmerstedt offer a mixed-level two-day workshop that will focus on current methods and materials.

Participants will experiment with materials, supports, heat sources, paints and mediums, mark making, transfers, collage and embedding. Sponsored by the Bunnell Street Arts Center, the fee is $165 general and $150 Bunnell members for both days. To register and for more information, call Bunnell at 235-2662.

Carrie Newcomer performs in Seldovia

Singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer performs at 7:30 p.m. March 24 at the at the Susan B. English School Commons in Seldovia. Newcomer presents music from her repertoire, including from her most recent album, "Before and After." Newcomer's prior albums include "Regulars & Refugees," "The Age of Possibility," "The Gathering of Spirits" and "The Geography of Light," which earned her Artist of the Year and Album of the Year from Folk Wax Magazine. She has toured with Alison Krauss and Union Station. Of her work, Rolling Stone wrote, "Rapturously tuneful, Newcomer's material asks all the right questions and refuses to settle for easy answers." The San Jose Mercury News wrote, "The singer-songwriter crafts compositions that are as meaningful as they are lovely. The melodies are memorable, the lyrics eloquent. And they're delivered to perfection via her rich, warm, soulful voice."