Homer Alaska - Arts

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Exhibits explore range of subjects

First Friday Events

By Michael Armstrong
Staff Writer

Abstract or realistic? Imagined or representational? Artists creating works face choices of how realistically their work depicts the world and how deep into their imaginations they dip to find subjects. Shows opening this Friday at local galleries display the wide variety of approaches artists take in subject as well as style.

Two shows expand the imagination and go beyond realism. In "Home Language," paintings by Carla Klinker Cope opening at Fireweed Gallery, Klinker Cope looks at how universal concepts like an egg or a house can serve as icons and metaphors. Amber Carina Wright's show at the Homer Council on the Arts, "Cosmic Consciousness," draws inspiration from intuition and dreams. The title work, for example, shows a man standing on the earth with a waterfall of consciousness flowing from the center of the galaxy.

Even in the realism of photography, art can evoke imagination. Artist Alan Parks, whose show opens at Bunnell Street Arts Center, says that in capturing moments of time in photographs of his children the images take on a surreal quality in the personal memories the photographs evoke.

Other shows opening include "Under Foot," interpretations on the theme by various artists at Picture Alaska, and "Alaska Wax," Janaan Kitchen's look at wax as media in both batik and encaustic paintings.

Art Shop Gallery

207 W. Pioneer Ave.

Treasure Corner

5-7:30 p.m., First Friday Reception

The Art Shop Gallery holds a reception featuring art by various artists this summer from its Summer Artist Series as well as a selection of items on sale.

Bunnell Street Arts Center

106 W. Bunnell Ave.

Moments of Time, photography by Alan Parks 5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception; 6 p.m., artist talk

Homer photographer Alan Parks features images of his children. Of his photographs, Parks writes, "Time, place, a memory in my mind... I can retrace the exact steps I took while making these photographs. It is almost surreal, but it's not. It is clear and true, forever etched in the pages of my mind. The photographs are my artifacts."

Fireweed Gallery

475 E. Pioneer Ave.

Home Language, by Carla Klinker Cope 5-8 p.m., First Friday Reception

Klinker Cope's previous work came from images seen or photographed, but this winter she said she felt limited by that approach and wanted to explore new ways of creating. "Home Language" shows the result of that exploration. In her new work, she starts with a repeated pattern and layers media like paint, crayon and charcoal on it. The images that surface emerge as icons and function as symbolic language, she says, with things like a nest, a house and an egg becoming universal concepts open to metaphor and interpretation.

Homer Council on the Arts

344 W. Pioneer Ave.

Cosmic Consciousness, by Amber Carina Wright 5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Artist Amber Carina Wright works in oil, acrylic, watercolor and colored pencils. "She sees the world in a unique way and strives to share that with others," HCOA said in a description of her show. "Wright has drawn inspiration from her intuition, feelings, dreams, places and from the mediums she is working with."

Picture Alaska

448 E. Pioneer Ave.

Under Foot, works by various artists 5-7:30 p.m., First Friday Reception

Picture Alaska invited artists to create works on the theme "Under Foot," with the media and how to interpret the theme left to the imagination of the artists. "We are expecting a fun and creative exhibition," said galley owner Lynda Reed.

Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery

471 E. Pioneer Ave.

Alaska Wax, batik and encaustic paintings by Janaan Kitchen 5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Anchorage artist Janaan Kitchen has created batik paintings on rice paper and encaustic paintings on wood. Done in the traditional manner of melted wax and dyes, Kitchen says to her knowledge she is the only artist anywhere to do batiks on paper rather than fabric, a process requiring more careful handling while wet. Kitchen also has explored another wax method, encaustics, painting on wood with melted, pigmented waxes. She calls encaustics "kindergarten for adults" because it can incorporate other techniques and media like collage, embossing, ink drawing, embedding solid objects, and more.

Pratt Museum

3779 Bartlett St.

New staff reception 5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Visit the museum and meet new Pratt staff: Scott Bartlett, curator of exhibits, Savanna Bradley, collections manager, and Kevin Co, technology and design coordinator.