Story last updated at 2:56 p.m. Thursday, October 3, 2002

Museum fund-raiser show opens
by Carey James
Staff Writer

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  Photo by Carey James, Homer News
Ron Senungetuk's "Up For Air III" is on exhibit at he Pratt Museum this month.  
Once again, the Pratt Museum's annual art show, the Ritz, has drawn in many of the Cosmic Hamlet's renowned artists for a combined philanthropic effort.

More than 70 donated works of art line the walls and the halls of the museum this month and next. The art ranges from wooden otters to oils, soldered spoons to sculptures, and all media in-between. While some works are a more classical approach to landscapes, others, such as a spoon sculpture by Don Henrey, are more whimsical. In addition, two Alaska Native collectible items, a mask and a basket, are included in the show, donated by the museum's gift shop.

Ritz Art Show

  • Where: Pratt Museum

  • When: Reception at 6 p.m. Tuesday, gallery open noon-5 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays

  • More Info: 235-8635

  • According to co-curator Gaye Wolfe, this year's Ritz Art Show features new contributors as well as regulars, but all the work is of a high caliber.

    "It is the consistency of the quality of work that stands out this year," Wolfe said. "There are some people who are missing, and hopefully we will see them again in the future. But there are some new faces, some from out of town, too."


      Photo by Carey James, Homer News
    Marsh Spafard's "Inner-Connected," is on exhibit at the Pratt Museum this month aspart of the annual Ritz Art.  
    The Ritz Art Show raises money each year for the Pratt by accepting donations of artwork that will later be auctioned off at the Ritz2002 gala and auction on Nov. 2.

    Donated artwork is hung in the gallery through October, and a juror critiques the work, selecting several pieces for prizes. This year, Anchorage artist Steve Gordon will do the honors at a preview reception at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

    This year's show includes many familiar names to the Homer art scene, such as Toby Tyler, Asia Freeman, Marian Beck and Paula Dickey, as well as an eye-catching work that is bound to be a hot auction item by Deb Lowney. "Sadie" is a larger-than-life woodcarving of an otter rolled on its back. Glistening gold whiskers accent the smooth, golden form, drawing the attention of all who walk by it.


      Photo by Carey James, Homer News
    The museum store donated this basket and a mask to be part of the new exhibit at the Pratt Museum, both of which are collector quality.  
    Wolfe said another switch this year was a move by artists away from more utilitarian pieces, such as bowls and platters, into more formal works of sculpture.

    The entire show, Wolfe said, illuminates the solid connection between the museum and the arts community.

    "It demonstrates the love of the Pratt Museum by the artists of Homer," Wolfe said. "That preciousness has been demonstrated."


      Photo by Carey James, Homer News
    A life-size carving of an otter titled "Sadie," by Deb Lowney, is part of th new exhibit at the Pratt Museum.  
    Money raised from the auction goes to support art-related programs at the museum, Wolfe said.

    Anyone wishing to view the Ritz Art Show can visit the museum during its new winter hours Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 235-8635.

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