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Story last updated at 7:14 PM on Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Object Runway Revisited brings Anchorage show to Homer Local artists, designers featured in revival



BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

After wowing a sell-out audience of 600 in February for the Object Runway show at the Anchor Pub in Anchorage, a version of the International Gallery of Contemporary Art show comes to Homer this weekend. Object Runway Revisited features about 50 objects of wearable art from Alaska artists, including the Anchorage and Homer show's director, Kari Multz. Also included are works by local artist-designers Lynn Burt, Amanda Miotke, Irene Root and Ann-Margret Wimmerstedt.

Object Runway Revisited

when

5 p.m., 8 p.m. Saturday

Where

Alice's Champagne Palace

Tickets

$20 admission

Akutaq Jazz

"Akutaq" CD release party

Akutaq Jazz: Yngvil Vatn Guttu, trumpets, vocal, willow flute; Rick Zelinsky, saxophones, bass clarinet; Nick Petumenos, guitar; Dan McElrath, piano; Leo Smith, bass; Cameron Cartland, drums; Brandon Cockburn; Shane Reeves, throatsinger and didgeridoo

When & Where

10 p.m. Friday, Down East Saloon

When & Where

10 p.m. Saturday (following Object Runway Revisited), Alice's Champagne Palace

Object Runway Revisited shows at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday at Alice's Champagne Palace. Following the 8 p.m. show at 10 p.m., Anchorage jazz band Akutaq Jazz performs for its CD release party of its first album, also called "Akutaq." Fronted by Anchorage artist, musician and composer Yngvil Vatn Guttu, the band takes its name from the Yupik word for the Native delicacy commonly called Eskimo ice cream. The literal translation means "mix them together by hand," a good description of the band's sound, Vatn Guttu said.

"Just like in a bowl of Eskimo ice cream, you'll find good stuff in here that you didn't expect: Norwegian overtone flute is featured in one tune, didgeridoo and throat singing on another," she said.

Object Runway in Anchorage took its inspiration from the TV show Project Runway, and featured Project Runway judge Christopher Straub. Unlike Homer's Wearable Arts, which features creations by local fiber artists, the International Gallery of Contemporary Art put out a call to all artists. Works entered came not just from skilled sewers creating original haute couture, but from sculptors and painters.

"It's pretty exciting, The pieces are unique in that way," Multz said. "There's lots of glamorous stuff, but there's some tongue-in-cheek stuff."

Some of the art is more sculptural than wearable, like a bodice with a lockable hoop frame by artists Sheila Wyne and Victoria Wendell — sort of an external chastity belt. Designs by Miotke, Multz, Burt and Root tend toward well-made, creatively designed pieces with an artistic flair.

"There are some really lovely wearable pieces, but it's definitely not your typical runway show. It's Object Runway," Multz said.

Object Runway looked to Multz's Wearable Arts experience organizing a runway show, organizing models and pairing them with appropriate art — and pleasing the artists and their vision of how their work should be modeled.

"It was quite a feat," Multz said. "It was challenging and really, really fun."

Sponsored by Bunnell Street Arts Center, Object Runway Revisited also includes designs from the collections of Homer's Jeans, Northwind and the Upstairs Boutique. The Anchorage show featured awards by a panel of judges — with Homer artists Wimmerstedt taking first place — but for the Homer show it's a People's Choice award at both shows. While votes are being tallied, the second part of the show features designs from the three retail stores.

Asia Freeman, Bunnell's director, called Object Runway Revisited "an overwhelming congestion of incredible things." Not all the 100 works in the Anchorage show come to Homer. Object Runway Revisited also features new creations not seen at the Anchorage show, including pieces from University of Alaska Anchorage art professor Karen Lowell's art classes.

Akutaq Jazz's release party offered a good opportunity to combine two events in one place — and a chance for the artists and models to unwind, Freeman said.

"I thought, 'Wouldn't it be fun to have a late night party afterward?'"

Akutaq Jazz also plays at 10 p.m. Friday at the Down East Saloon.

Michael Armstrong can be reached at michael.armstrong.@homernews.com.

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