Homer Alaska - Arts

Story last updated at 3:59 PM on Wednesday, November 2, 2011

First Friday Events

November's First Friday openings highlight longtime artists who have escaped notice. At the Homer Council on the Arts, Pier One Theatre actor and KBBI radio personality Dick Sanders goes back to his artistic roots with a show of sculpture, paintings and photography. At Fireweed Gallery, 20-year resident Manuel Castrellan, whose paintings are familiar to Don Jose's Restaurant patrons, shows his work.

A standout show at Ptarmigan Arts brings together familiar names for a good cause, what the gallery calls "an art show of epic proportions" that's also its first-ever silent auction for Ptarmigan Arts' scholarship fund. Featured are works by Robert Lyn Nelson, Ahna Iredale, Karla Morrieira, John Lofgreen, Toby Tyler, Sheri Govertsen Greer, Gary Lyon, Gail Baker and Barbara Lavalee. Each year, Ptarmigan awards a scholarship to a student studying the arts after high school.

Picture Alaska features the last show of watercolor collages by the late Paula Dickey.

Bunnell Street Arts Center

106 W. Bunnell Ave.

Containment, sculptures by Wendy Ernst Croskrey Jewelry Invitational by various artists 5-7 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception; 6 p.m., artists talk

University of Alaska Fairbanks art professor Wendy Ernst Croskrey shows wall mounted metal sculptures. "I seek inspiration from ordinary objects and various aspects of nature such as, rocks, the pooling of water, floating forms and the colors of the natural world," she writes in her artist's statement. Also featured this month are new works for Bunnell's jewelry invitational show, with wearable art by Leo Vait, Beth Blankenship, Turid Senungetuk, Annie Ciszak, Melisse Reichman, Ashley Maury and Judy Winn.

Fireweed Gallery

475 E. Pioneer Ave.

Impressions Through Time, paintings by Manuel Castrellan

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Twenty-year Homer resident Manuel Castrellan shows his vivid impasto technique oil paintings. His exhibit includes paintings of both natural and rustic subject matters in still life, landscape and seascape. His work is familiar in Homer to patrons of Don Jose's Restaurant. Seeking a fresh and spontaneous quality in his art, Castrellan uses glazing and impasto techniques to complete a painting in one session.

The Fringe

106 W. Bunnell Ave., downstairs

A Kinderfest, clothing by various artists

4-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Homer artists show clothing and other items for Homer-grown kids at the boutique in the Old Inlet Trading Post building downstairs from Bunnell Street Arts Center.

Homer Council on the Arts

344 W. Pioneer Ave.

Full Catastrophe by Dick Sanders 5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

Known locally for his radio and theater work, Dick Sanders returns to his visual art roots with paintings, collages and sculptures using raw and found materials. Raised in Colorado, Sanders has lived in Homer since 1979. His work has been shown in juried and group exhibits in Denver, Boulder, Colo., Taos, N.M., Anchorage, and Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Often working in archetypes, influences include Robert Rauchenberg, Joseph Cornell and Jasper Johns.

Picture Alaska

448 E. Pioneer Ave.

Pieces of ..., collages by Paula Dickey

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

Paula Dickey, who died last summer, shows her last body of work. A collection of watercolor collages in three series, "China Poot," "Mountains," and "Glaciers," the show combines watercolor and pieces of oriental papers, map fragments and wasp nests to portray the texture of Alaska's amazing landscape with its diverse moods.

Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery

471 E. Pioneer Ave.

Ptarmigan Arts Scholarship Fund silent auction, works by various artists

5-7 p.m., First Friday Reception

A fundraiser for the Ptarmigan Arts Scholarship Fund, this month's show features a silent auction by various artists.