Homer Alaska - Arts

Story last updated at 8:55 PM on Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Arts Briefs

Bunnell members meet Saturday

Bunnell Street Arts Center holds its annual membership meeting and potluck dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. More than 60 artists have contributed talents and energy in painting plates for membership premiums. Renewing and new members can select plates. A brief meeting is at 6 p.m. followed at 7 p.m. by a concert by Caressa, a Homer based singer-songwriter.

Watercolor workshop offered

Artist Annie Olson offers "Tidal Rhythms," a watercolor painting workshop, June 24-26 at Across the Bay Tent and Breakfast in Kachemak Bay. Olson has been teaching watercolor painting in Alaska for 20 years and also taught in Japan, Korea and Italy. The fee is $390 a person and includes instruction, food, lodging and water taxi. All skill levels are welcome. For more information, visit www.tentandbreakfastalaska.com or call (907) 345-2571. Olson's website is www.annieolson.com.

Pier One season starts May 21

The Pier One Theatre summer season starts May 21 with "Just Another High School Play," performed by the Homer High School drama class under the direction of drama teacher Amy Christensen. Performances are 7 p.m. May 21 and 3 p.m. May 22 at the Pier One Theatre on the Homer Spit.

What happens when students don't show up for rehearsal and their teacher leaves them hanging? That's the idea of the comedy as the students improvise by passing out a box of scripts and trying to throw something together. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $8 for students and available at the Homer Bookstore. For reservations, call Christensen 235-4667.

Youth symphony plays Friday

The Anchorage Youth Symphony performs at 7 p.m. Friday at the Mariner Theatre. Sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, tickets are $10, with students high school age and under free.

The performance will include pieces by Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, and Dvorak.

Made up of 100 high school musicians and directed by Linn Weeda, the Anchorage Youth Symphony has toured both locally and internationally. In 2009, the symphony played in the Opera House in Sydney as part of an international music festival that featured music and dance groups from England, Scotland, Canada, and the United States.

Homer artist chosen for Contemporary Art Bank

"Low Tide," art work by Homer artist and Bunnell Street Arts Center director Asia Freeman, is one of 15 new pieces by Alaska artists selected by the Alaska State Council on the Arts Contemporary Art Bank for its rotating collection of artwork to be displayed in public buildings including. New acquisitions go on display at an open house lunch Tuesday at the ASCA offices, 161 Klevin Street, Suite 102, Anchorage. The pieces were selected through a jury process by the Visual Arts Advisory Committee, a panel of 11 artists and arts administrators from around the state. More than 400 pieces were submitted.

Artists selected are Carmel Anderson, Ketchikan; Christina Barber, Anchorage; Bill Brody, Fairbanks; Don Cornelius, Petersburg; Mike Criss, Wasilla; Jim Fowler, Juneau; Asia Freeman, Homer; Hal Gage, Anchorage; Brandon Hauser, Juneau; Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Anchorage; Kimberly Marcucci, Anchorage; James Robson, Anchorage; Ryan Romer, Anchorage; Duke Russell, Anchorage; Ruth Sorensen, Anchorage.

Former Homer poet honored

The late Kim Cornwall, a former Homer poet who died last year in Fairbanks, has one of her poems honored as the first piece in the Poems in Place project. Her poem, "What Whales and Infants Know," is inscribed on a plaque to be installed at Beluga Point in Chugach State Park on the Seward Highway south of Anchorage. An unveiling is at 2 p.m. May 25 at Beluga Point. The project came about through a grassroots effort by Friends of Kim Cornwall and the Alaska State Council on the Arts. There will be a reading of the poem, a dedication and celebration.

Charlotte Fox, executive director of ASCA, said Wendy Erd, another Homer poet and Cornwall's friend, came up with the idea after driving by Beluga Point and thinking that "What Whales and Infants Know" should be there. Fox said ASCA hopes to see other Poems in Place projects happen.