Homer Alaska - Arts

Story last updated at 7:58 PM on Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Arts Briefs

'Alaska's Coolest Animals' shows at Pier One

"Alaska's Coolest Animals with Johnny B.," a collaboration with filmmaker Daniel Zatz and musician and composer John Bushell, shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Pier One Theatre on the Homer Spit. Bushell, also known as Johnny B., plays his own compositions on piano to accompany Zatz's videos of Alaska wildlife.

"The images are fantastic, the orchestral sounds are captivating and Johnny B.'s live performance and stories are engaging," Pier One said in a press release. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for Raven's Club members and $5 for youth under age 21 and available at Etude Studio, the Homer Bookstore and at the door. Call 235-7333 for reservations.


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Artist James Quinlan, 1990

Work sought for Quinlan show at HCOA gallery

Art in private collections is sought for a show of longtime Homer artist James Quinlan's paintings at the Homer Council on the Arts. Quinlan is terminally ill and the show is being held to honor him and his work. Born in 1937, Quinlan was educated at Syracuse University, N.Y., and studied with the painter Melvin Tanner. He came to Homer in 1969 and did much of his work by Coleman lantern at his cabin near Mile 17 East End Road. His last show was in 1990 at the Great Company Gallery, the gallery in Old Inlet Trading Post that is now Bunnell Street Arts Center. Quinlan also had single-artist shows in Utica, N.Y., and Syracuse, and at the Barberry Gallery in Lexington, Mass.

Of his 1990 show, "Naked in the Snow," Homer News reviewer Jan O'Meara described his works as "modern in treatment, they deal with universal themes and subjects ... The imagery is bold, the composition imaginative. Many of the paintings are beautiful, some are striking, a few are disturbing."

Private collectors with Quinlan work interested in loaning paintings for a show can contact Asia Freeman at Bunnell Street Arts Center, 235-2662 or email asia@bunnellstreetgallery.org


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Portland, Ore., based band Truckstop Darlin'.

Portland band plays next week at the Alibi

Alt-country band Truckstop Darlin' starts its Alaska tour next week at the Alibi, playing June 16. Based in Portland, Ore., the band includes John Phelan on vocals and guitar, Eric Kotila on drums, Nick Foltz on bass and vocals and Michael Winter on pedal steel guitar.

Of its self-titled debut album, Twang Nation said, "Truckstop Darlin' know they're unrefined and take pride in stories well told, the hard beauty of sentimentality and the ragged craft of a well executed rock song ... A great new band that just crossed my radar. Reminds me of early Uncle Tupelo and The Whipsaws."

Truckstop Darlin' also plays in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Denali National Park and Talkeetna. For videos and music samples, visit Truckstop Darlin's website at www.turckstopdarlin.com.

Weekend workshops offered

Across the Bay Tent & Breakfast Adventure Company on the south side of Kachemak Bay offers creative summer weekend workshops through August. This weekend, Susan Joy Share presents "Hand Sewn Books and Painted Papers," June 10-12. Upcoming workshops include "Fish Skin Basketry" by Audrey Armstrong, June 17-19; "Tidal Rhythms," watercolor by Annie Olson, June 24-26; "Yoga and Mindfulness" by Margi Clifford; "On Location Portraiture" by photographer Jim Lavrakas, July 22-24; and "Photoshop Basics for Artists," by Mark McDermott and Cat Larrea, Aug. 12-14. Fees range from $385 to $430 a person, and include transportation, accommodations, meals and instructor's fee. For more information and to register, visit www.tentandbreakfastalaska.com or call 235-3633.