Homer Alaska - Arts

Story last updated at 2:20 PM on Wednesday, May 2, 2012

First Friday Events

AJ's Old Town Steakhouse

120 W. Bunnell Ave.

Paintings by Jim Buncak

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Homer painter Jim Buncak shows his work.

Art Shop Gallery

207 W. Pioneer Ave.

New work by Connie Englebrecht

5-7:30 p.m., First Friday Reception Noon-2 p.m., Saturday Reception

Eagle River artist Connie Englebrecht shows her hand glazed porcelain tile art, mugs, window ornaments and wine glasses. She also visits for an afternoon reception on Saturday.


Bunnell Street Arts Center

106 W. Bunnell Ave.

New work by Nancy Burnham and Sandy Gillespie 5-7 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception; 6 p.m., artists talk

Fairbanks artists Nancy Burnham and Sandy Gillespie show their work using encaustics and mixed media.

Fireweed Gallery

475 E. Pioneer Ave.

Annual spring show, paintings by Kachemak Bay Watercolor Society artists Soul Expose, paintings by Lou Anne Person

5-8 p.m., First Friday Reception

Members of the Kachemak Bay Watercolor Society present their annual spring show of new work, including harbor scenes, landscapes and floral images. The popular collaborative group painting also is shown. Selections form Lou Anne Person's April show, "Soul Expose," also are shown. Person paints large-scale, dynamic acrylic paintings using floral motifs.

Homer Council on the Arts

344 W. Pioneer Ave.

20 birds for 20 years, by Carla Stanley 5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception 5-6 p.m., May 11

Homer artist Carla Stanley shows original watercolor paintings to honor the 20th anniversary of the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, an event she's been active in for more than nine years. A retired science and art teacher, a lifelong artist and a birder, Stanley's designs can be found on festival merchandise, including hats, shirts, mugs, art prints and note cards. Paintings from "20 Birds for 20 Years" are available for bidding during a silent auction ending May 12 and a live auction during the "Big Year, Big Night" event on May 12. Proceeds benefit the Education and Conservation Fund that supports projects like the Junior Birder Badge and the Eagle Scout Beluga lake viewing platform.

Homer Flex School

344 W. Pioneer Ave.

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

Student and teacher artists from Homer Flex School show work done during the school year, including pottery, pen and paper, wood, beads, metal and photography. There also will be live music, poetry and other writings.

Kachemak Kids

3838 Bartlett Street

Third annual youth art show, by various artists

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Students show artwork created during the school year. Art and other items are available for auction and benefit art teacher Rosana Moyer, who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

Picture Alaska

448 E. Pioneer Ave.

New work, paintings by Tara Alverson

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Halibut Cove artist Tara Alverson shows her recent series of watercolor paintings focusing on the Alaska lifestyle. Alverson moved to Halibut Cove in 2009, where she studied with Diana Tillion and spent the summers managing The Cove Gallery. Alverson graduated from Humboldt State University in California with a bachelor of arts in fine art.

Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery

471 E. Pioneer Ave.

Nesting Shorebirds and Spring Flora, metal work by Chuck Jackson and MooseRun Metalsmiths Tarri Thurman and Marlon Prazen

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Metal artists Chuck Jackson and MooseRun Metalsmiths Tarri Thurman and Marlon Prazen present "Nesting Shorebirds and Spring Flora." Jackson combines his steel bird sculptures with Ukrainian decorated eggs. Jackson will demonstrate the wax resist and dye process of egg decorating during the First Friday reception. MooseRun Metalsmiths shows cranes fabricated from cold roll steel with custom patinas as well as smaller shorebird sculptures that nest on driftwood or tree roots.

Pratt Museum

3779 Bartlett Street

Qupak, by Sonya Kelliher-Combs

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Unable to make a reception in February because of a blizzard, artist Sonya Kelliher-Combs visits at this rescheduled artist's reception.