Web posted Thursday, April 4, 2002

Art springs forward on First Friday

by Carey James
Staff Writer

Youthful exuberance, flower power and recycling all contribute to the eclectic flavor of this month's First Friday openings.

Flowers bloom this month at the Fireweed Gallery despite the chilly temperatures as Carmen Field's exhibit of color photography titled "Flower Power" fills the walls.

Field may be better known through her work as an education specialist and habitat biologist for the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve than as an artistic photographer, but all that time examining the minute details of various environments has given her an eye for small beauty.

"It makes me look at parts of the flora and fauna I might not otherwise see," Field said.

The show includes more than a decade's worth of photos from near and far, all featuring close-up details of various flowers. The majority of her subjects are wildflowers, Field said, but some are domesticated species. While some shots are of flowers in their natural setting, others are collage-like images of masses of petals.

Field said she thought the flower art might be well received during a time of year when Homer is still wrapped in winter's grays and whites.

This is Field's second photo show at the Fireweed Gallery. The opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday. Her work will be on display through May 1.

At the Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery, Susie Malone's black-and-white photos will show this month featuring a variety of images including landscapes and portraits. Titled "Cadence," the show will open with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday and continue on display through May 1.

At the Homer Council on the Arts, work from Renee Janke's Art For Kids program will be on display this month. A fun-filled reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday with a special children's theater performance from 6:30-7 p.m. and music provided by the Seaside Singers. For more information, call 235-4288.

At the Pratt Museum, the youthful "Jubilee Art Show" continues on exhibit through April 15. The Juried Art Show 2002 is also on display at the museum through April 18.

At The Living Room Cafe and Gallery, next to Don Jose's restaurant, a visual arts show titled "Recycled .... Fun or Function" will be featured at an opening from 6-9 p.m. Friday.

The Bunnell Street Gallery rounds out this month's art offerings with Fairbanks artist Mary Ver Hoef's exhibit, "A Sweep of Sky." The exhibition features abstract environment paintings with lots of color. Some of the works are representational of the "varied character of Fairbanks skies throughout the year," Ver Hoef said in her artist's statement. Others are inspired by "change in emotional environment since the Sept. 11 attacks: a dark unease interrupting our blissful, ignorant innocence." Ver Hoef's exhibit will be on display through May 1. An artist's slide talk will start at 4:30 p.m. Friday followed by an opening reception through 7:30 p.m. The gallery is also featuring Kasilof potter Penny McClain and her face mugs this month.

Picture Alaska Art Gallery will also feature an artist this month. Though Anchorage artist Richard Schanche will not be in town, his oil paintings and prints will be on display and a reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday.