Homer Alaska - Arts

Story last updated at 6:43 PM on Wednesday, March 30, 2011

First Friday Events

Bunnell Street Arts Center

106 W. Bunnell Ave.

New work, paintings by Tina Shih and ceramics by Cynthia Morelli

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

Fools for Jazz, music by Mari Hahn and Karen Strid-Chadwick

7:30 p.m., Friday, $15 suggested donation

Alaska artist Tina Shih shows paintings and mixed media work. Born in Taiwan in 1958, Shih immigrated to the United States in 1964. After becoming a doctor in 1985, she pursued coursework in drawing, painting and metal smithing at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. "Looking back and facing forward, I have at times reflected on the continuum of my life," she writes. "To be present in the moment means letting go yet holding fast, being and becoming at the same time. Events occur, choices are made and perspectives evolve."

Cynthia Morelli, a Homer based ceramics artist and sculptor, shows a body of work expanded from a recent show at the Gary Freeberg Gallery. Morelli studied at Alfred University and is a longtime Homer resident. Of her work, she said, "The immediacy of the way clay moves when met by a hand and tools mimics, for me, the energy and directness in drawing. Those two activities support each other and allow my ideas/thoughts to expand, while I strive to retain the intimacy of human touch in these sculptures."

Vocalist Mari Hahn and pianist Karen Strid-Chadwick have been performing together for the past three years in Alaska and abroad to enthusiastic audiences. Known for their engaging and interactive style, this April Fool's Day concert promises an evening that crosses the boundaries between jazz and classical genres.

Fireweed Gallery

475 E. Pioneer Ave.

Contemporary Alaska Native Art and Design, sculptures by Darlene Lind and paintings by Patrick Lind

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Darlene Lind is an Alaska Native artist of Aleut/Alutiiq and Irish descent. Her bronze sculptures draw on her experiences as an Alaskan Native, and reveal the life, joy, intelligence, and rich culture of her ancestors. Lind's nephew, Patrick Lind, was born and raised in Chignik Lake, a small fishing village 250 miles northwest of Kodiak Island. His art recreates histories past, rendering captive moments on canvas and art paper. Patrick Lind also is a musician and played bass with Medicine Dreams. He's now in the band Premium Blend.

Homer Council on the Arts

344 W. Pioneer Ave.

Jubilee Youth Art, by various artists

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Art by young artists from the Jubillee show is displayed.

Midtown Cafe and Refuge Chapel

397 Pioneer Avenue

Contemplating Spring, by various artists

"Contemplating Spring," a collaborative project of paper, spray paint and acrylic works, opens Friday at the Refuge Chapel Foyer, and is on display through the month. There is not a First Friday opening reception, however.


Photo by Michael Armstrong

R.W. "Toby" Tyler stands in front of his paintings and prints at the First Friday opening of his retrospective show at Ptarmigan Arts.

Picture Alaska

448 E. Pioneer Ave.

New Work, paintings by Andy Hehnlin

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

Nikiski artist Andy Hehnlin's show continues through April of his 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. Opening in March, the show continues through April with new work being put up as other work sells. "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."