Story last updated at 12:12 p.m. Thursday, May 2, 2002

Art pours into First Friday shows
by Carey James
Staff Writer

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R.W. Tyler's "Designs on Nature" exhibit at Ptarmigan Arts features colorful acrylics.  
As is typical in Homer, with the receding snow comes a flood of art, and this month's First Friday offerings are no exception.

At the Bunnell Street Gallery, the statewide 2002 Alaska Juried "Works on Paper Exhibition" will be on display through June 4. Juror Wanda Seamster will discuss the selected works at 4:30 p.m. Friday followed by an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Seamster will also present a six-hour workshop on artists' trading cards on Saturday. Call the gallery at 235-2662 for more information.

At the Art Shop Gallery, Ed Tussey's paintings, including four new prints and originals, will be featured. A reception will be held Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.

At Picture Alaska Art Gallery, Palmer artist Judi Rideout will exhibit original pastel paintings and fine art prints of wildlife with a reception from 5-7 p.m. tomorrow.

"My goal is to let people know what an animal looks like up close, to make the person viewing feel like he can reach out and touch fur," she said in her statement.

At Latitude 59, Homer High senior Libby Bushell will present her black and white photography this month at her first official show. The prints were taken and developed by Bushell in Homer during the past year, and the young artist also made her own frames.

Beachcomber Michael Armstrong's collection of trash and treasures is the subject of the Homer Council on the Arts' May opening. Armstrong said his daily rambles on Homer's beaches have evolved into an art form and now, a show titled "What the Sea Gives Back."

"I have come to find a calming beauty in the pieces, even though much of it is just faded plastic," said Armstrong.

An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m.

At the Fireweed Gallery, two exhibits open tomorrow. The Kachemak Bay Watercolor Society's 2002 Spring Show will be on display next to the work of Eliz Olivella of Seldovia and Jorge Pablo of Oaxaca, Mexico. Olivella and Pablo's show is titled "Dos Tierras," and features clay works from Olivella's recent five-year stint in Mexico.

"(My) relationship with clay reflects dreams, primal instincts, self-examination and acceptance as a witness and a participant in community, where ever that is," Olivella said in her artist's statement.

A reception for both exhibits will be held from 5 to 7 p.m.

At The Living Room, next to Don Jose's, projectile painting takes over with "Just for the Paint of It," featuring work by a collection of area artists of all ages. An opening reception will be held tomorrow from 7 to 10 p.m.

The Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery will fill with "Designs on Nature, the Hiking Series" this month. R.W. Tyler's color-rich acrylics will open with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and will be on display through

the month.