Story last updated at 11:28 a.m. Friday, August 2, 2002

Home art, tour shape August's First Friday
by Carey James
Staff Writer

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The garden art by Tarri Thurman is among many of the designs created with the home and garden in mind showing at galleries and gardens around town this month.  
One of this month's First Friday exhibits goes beyond the art that hangs on walls or sits on mantels. Instead, it focuses on art as an integral part of our homes and gardens.

"Architectural Details," showing this month at the Homer Council on the Arts building, features work by stone sculpturist Leo Vait, woodworker Paul Pelligrini and metal artists Tarri Thurman and Marlen Prazen, as well as ceramics by Paul Dungan, ceramic tile by Michelle LaFraniere and stained glass by Robert Walsh.

Council director Janet Bowen said the art works range from the utilitarian, such as an intricately designed cutting board, to the decorative, but all are home-related.

The exhibit is tied to the council's second Homer Home Tour, to be held Saturday from 1-5 p.m. at five homes around town plus Fritz Creek Gardens. Tickets for the fund-raiser event are $20 each or two for $30, available at the council and the Homer Bookstore.

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This garden aaart by Tarri Thurman is another of the many designs created with the home and garden in mind.  
Among the showcase homes are several on West Hill, including the artful abode of Kurt Marquardt and Asia Freeman, Kathy and Mike Pate's casa, and Kevin and Donna Maltz' home and surrounding gardens. The tour also includes a look at Jim and Jane Miller's cedar and redwood dwelling and decks with its post-and-beam interior as well as Mike LeMay's log home featuring life-size wood sculptures. Completing the tour is Fritz Creek Gardens, which now features outdoor art by several local artists as well as a log cabin built in the mid-40s. For the tour, the gardens will bloom with the artwork --ranging from metal works to glass works -- of nearly 20 local artists.

Participants receive a map of the homes when tickets are purchased and can tour the homes throughout Saturday afternoon. For more information, call 235-4288.

Elsewhere around town, landscape oil paintings by classical Homer artist Jim Buncak are on display at the Fireweed Gallery. An artist's reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday.

The Bunnell Street Gallery features an "Alaska Ceramics Invitational" this month with works by Homer artist Carl Bice as well as Anchorage artists Steven Godfrey and Carla Potter. A slide presentation will be held at 4:30 p.m. followed by a reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday.

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Carl Bice's pottery, is on exhibit at the Bunnell Street Gallery.  
Erica Miller's "New Paintings" will be on exhibit at Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery this month, with a reception Friday from 5-7 p.m.

At Latitude 59, Erik Behnke's art will continue to be shown through Aug-ust, and Behnke will be on hand for an artist's reception this month from 5-7 p.m. Friday.

At Picture Alaska Art Gallery, "Russian Renaissance," a series of watercolors and acrylics both recent and dating back to the 1940s, will be on display through August. An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday.

And last but not least, paintings by renowned Alaska artist Gail Niebrugge will be on display at the Art Shop Gallery through August with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. She will also be on hand at the gallery from 2-7 p.m. Saturday for an artist's signing as part of the gallery's weekly summer artist series.