Homer Alaska - Arts

Story last updated at 5:12 PM on Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Arts in brief


Photographer seeks backers for book project

Former Anchorage Daily News photographer Jim Lavrakas seeks financial backers for his book, "Snap Decisions," a memoir with photographs based on his 30 years as an Alaska photojournalist. Lavrakas, now living in Homer and working as a fishing guide, is publishing the book through his company, Far North Press. Lavrakas is looking for support using Kickstarter, a web-based fundraising program. Lavrakas will fund about half the production costs on his own, with the rest to come from his Kickstarter project.

A 144-page book with color and black-and-white images, "Snap Decisions" features Lavrakas' photographs and his years covering everything from the Iditarod Sled Dog Race to accidents and fires. Lavrakas also provides background on the photographs.

"It's a memoir and a personal history — my take on events over 30 years that I worked at the paper," Lavrakas said.

Epicenter Press will distribute the book. Patrons can support the project at the $5 level and higher, with those donating $25 getting a copy. The book will retail at $19 and be published in November.

For more information and to support, visit www.kickstarter.com/projects/1288245051/snap-decisions-my-30-years-as-an-alaska-news-photo.

Pratt Museum seeks quilters, Homer history

The Pratt Museum invites quilters to participate in a themed quilt show, "History in the Making: Quilts, Quilters and their Stories," showing Nov. 9 to Dec. 30. Works will reflect Homer's shared history or the artist's connection to the Homer area.

The deadline for intent to participate is Sept. 1. Quilts or wall hangings can be hand quilted, machine quilted or tied. All styles and techniques are welcome. Works must not exceed 72 inches in length or width. This is not a juried contest. Quilters are asked to notify Pratt Museum Curator Holly Cusack-McVeigh of their intent to participate no later than Sept. 1. For more information, call 235-8635.

Artist gets Combs Award

Homer artist Ahna Iredale received a $1,000 Alex Combs Award grant from the Bunnell Street Arts Center to attend the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCEA) Annual Conference in April. The Alex Combs Award is available to Alaska potters, painters and sculptors who wish to further their exposure and education in workshops, conferences or symposia.