Story last updated at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, October 3, 2002

First Friday art abounds
by Carey James
Staff Writer

In addition to the Ritz art show, this month's First Friday openings are typically eclectic, with masks, rugs, collages and paintings to treat the eyes.

At the Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery, Port Graham's Jim Miller will present his traditional Aleut Eskimo carved masks. The gallery will hold an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday.

The Bunnell Street Gallery hosts the award-winning mixed-media assemblages by Ann-Margret Wimmerstedt.

Wimmerstedt said in her artist's statement that her work involves little subtlety or minimalism. Rather, she describes her detailed collage art as "obsessiveness, personal experimentation and a fascination with paper."

"Having always been enamored with paper and all of its variety, I have found a way to play by making impulsive juxtapositions -- to follow the process on the surface of the collage," she said.

Wimmerstedt will present an artist's slide show at 4:30 p.m. Friday followed by an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The Homer Council on the Arts will host a show of intricate Turkish rugs, some of which are more than 100 years old. The rugs vary in weaving techniques and designs. In addition, the show will include saddle bags, woven baby cradles and other items. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

At the Fireweed Gallery, art of Talkeetna artist Tony Crocetto will be presented. Crocetto's paintings have shown throughout Alaska and Philadelphia. An opening will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

At Latitude 59, coffee-sippers will be treated to the mask art of Gail Baker this month. Baker's masks, made of leather, paper, and plaster, range from fairy tale characters to salmon.

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