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Friday openings filled with Homer artists
by Carey James
Staff Writer

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Homer newcomer Jo Going stands in front of one of her works on exhibit this month.  
A plethora of familiar names dots the November First Friday scene in Homer, and with that, a chance to see what some of the area's creative minds have been up to in recent months.

At Picture Alaska Art Gallery, Paula Dickey's latest offering, "Journey Fragments," will show this month. Dickey, who has lived in Homer for more than a decade, continues her work with mixed media in this show, which she said "reflects the journeys we all take in life."

"My personal journeys have taken me throughout the state as artist-in-schools and on to other countries as student and traveler," Dickey said in her artist's statement. "With every encounter my life has become richer and more interesting. With the good and the bad, I have grown in understanding of the world -- my temporary home."

An artist reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Picture Alaska.

At the Homer Council on the Arts, newcomer to Homer Jo Going presents her work "Songs of Light." Going, also a mixed-media artist, has exhibited around the United States and Canada, and has received numerous grants, fellowships and artist-in-residence positions. Going's colorful, eclectic work will be on display through November with an opening from 5-7 p.m. Friday.

Halibut Cove's Marion Beck will present another opportunity to view her color-rich paintings at the Fireweed Gallery this month along with pouring vessels by Lisa Wood Beck of Homer. An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday.

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One of the pieces of art featured in First Friday.  
At Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery, Kathy Smith's other-worldly paintings displaying images of distant stars and constellations will hang this month.

"As we look deeper into space, we look further back in time," Smith said in her artist's statement. "Like cosmology, painting remains a constant journey of discovery. This new work continues my exploration of the encaustic medium."

A reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday.

The Bunnell Street Gallery hosts a double exhibit this month with paintings by Tessa Sutton and woodcarvings by Chris Selin Standley. Sutton's paintings, titled "Malleable," draw from emotions and themes of "transcendence, mystery, beauty, presence, healing and communion."

In much the same theme, Standley's wood carvings attempt to connect "internal experiences to physical form looking for ways to give visual names to feelings associated with abstract domains -- mental, emotional, and spiritual."

Both artists will present an artists' slide show at 4:30 p.m. Friday followed by an opening from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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