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Story last updated at 1:28 PM on Wednesday, April 4, 2012

First Friday features

Jubilee youth art

By Michael Armstrong
Staff Writer

Spring art shows begin this Friday with displays of Jubilee youth art around town, including at a new gallery space opening this month — the Hospital Gallery at South Peninsula Hospital. A partnership with the Homer Council on the Arts and the South Peninsula Hospital Foundation, the Hospital Gallery has been set up on the upper level of the hospital in the hallway between the laboratory and pharmacy. Jubilee youth art shows at the hospital this month, with future exhibits to include work from HCOA shows.

"The Hospital Gallery program is just one more way of bringing 'community' into our community hospital while providing a free venue to showcase local art," said SPH public relations director Derotha Ferraro. "We are thrilled to grow our partnership with HCOA and expand the hospital's reach throughout the community."

Jubilee art also is shown at the Pratt Museum and the Homer Council on the Arts, with receptions at both galleries.

Another collaboration shows Friday, when Paul Banks Elementary School unveils a ceramic tile mural created by students working with artist Ruby Haigh. Under Bunnell Street Arts Center's Artist in Schools program, Haigh recently did a residency at Paul Banks, with the goal of creating a mural. The formal unveiling is at 5:30 p.m. Also on display is other student art. Families can join in the collaboration process by participating in a hands-on art project that night.

Bunnell Street Arts Center

106 W. Bunnell Ave.

Standing Still, collaborative installation by Esther Hong and Don Mohr 5-7 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception; 6 p.m., artists talk

Anchorage artists Esther Hong and Don Mohr show their installation of distressed, surface treated composite photographs.

Fireweed Gallery

475 E. Pioneer Ave.

Soul Expose, paintings by Lou Anne Person

5-8 p.m., First Friday Reception

Lou Anne Person shows her vibrant abstract acrylic floral paintings. "Flowers of all kinds have always touched my soul in a very positive way," she said. "I want others to find that uplifting feeling through my art. I particularly enjoy the large format, since painting something large engages my whole body. I dance the picture as I paint the piece."

Homer Council on the Arts

344 W. Pioneer Ave.

Jubilee Youth Art, by various artists 5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

As part of the annual Jubilee Youth Art show, works by local student artists are on display.

Picture Alaska

448 E. Pioneer Ave.

New work, paintings by Andy Hehnlin

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Egg tempera artist Andy Hehnlin shows his most recent Alaskan landscape paintings. A retired general contractor, Hehnlin has lived in Alaska for more than 30 years. Since 1995 he has been painting professionally with egg tempera. His technique includes not just brush work, but spattering, spraying and scraping of paint.

Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery

471 E. Pioneer Ave.

Art in Stitches, quilts and fiber art by various artists

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

"Art in Stitches" includes the work of local fiber artists Kathleen Drew, Ellen Halseth, Marali Sargeant-Smith, Linda Skelton, Bonnie Kilcher-Dupree, Pam Newton, Jane Regan, Eileen Wythe, Janet Bacher, Pam Troughton and Heidi Seeger. The quilts display a range of styles and techniques from traditional patterns and applique to experimental techniques, pictorial representations and even mono-prints. Preview the exhibit at www.ptarmiganarts.com.

Pratt Museum

3779 Bartlett Street

Jubilee Youth Art, by various artists

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

The Pratt Museum also shows art from the annual Jubilee Youth Art Show.

Paul Banks Elementary School

1340 East End Road

Art Extravaganza, ceramic tile mural coordinated by Ruby Haigh and other student art

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Artist-in-the-schools Ruby Haigh worked with Paul Banks students to create a ceramic tile mural. The mural is unveiled at 5:30 p.m. The show also features work by student artists and a hands-on family art project.

South Peninsula Hospital

4300 Bartlett Street

Jubilee Youth Art, art by various students

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

The South Peninsula Hospital Gallery opens with a reception featuring Jubilee youth art. A collaboration with the Homer Council on the Arts, future exhibits will include work from HCOA gallery shows.