Art galleries showcase holidays at First Friday
Art Shop Gallery presents "Holiday Fun with Barbara," new work by Alaska artist, Barbara Lavallee. Barbara is people and family oriented and strives to paint the best of people, representing her subjects with dignity, humor, fun and happiness. Lavallee will showcase two new prints — "Sewing Circle" and "Field Trip." Her 2018 calendar features her theme of Alaskan and Alaskans enjoying hot tubs will be available. Exhibit opens with a reception and artist talk from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, and remains in the gallery through December. For more information, call 235-7076, explore artshopgallery.com or visit the gallery at 202 W Pioneer Avenue.
Bunnell Street Arts Center
Bunnell Street Arts Center presents "Found," recycled art by Alaska artist Rachael Juzeler. Rachael is fascinated by the antiquity and ruins of her surroundings, Douglas Island in Southeast Alaska, which has shaped her work and sense of place. She creates chandeliers, glass works and functional works of art, re-using materials which would otherwise find themselves in a landfill. Juzeler strives to share her vision of the beauty found in discarded items and bringing society's waste issues to light in re-assembled and re-imagined objects. Exhibit opens with a reception and artist talk from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 1, and remains in the gallery through December. For more information call 235-2662, explore bunnellarts.org or visit the gallery at 106 W Bunnell?
Fireweed Gallery continues its exhibit, "Love From Alaska," by Kasilof artist Amy Kruse, with new work added since last month. Kruse creates fun, colorful acrylic paintings, as well as fabric art, including hoodies, jackets and tights. All of Amy's fabric designs are rendered from her original paintings and all are made in the USA. Meet Kruse during the second opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 1
Exhibit remains in the gallery through December. For more information, call 235-3411, explore fireweedgallery.com or visit the gallery at 475 E Pioneer Avenue.
Grace Ridge Brewing
Grace Ridge Brewing presents Homer artist Sharlene Cline with her exhibit of acrylic paintings called "Wrapped Trees." Cline's work is a response to the world around her. She has exhibited locally and nationally, is represented in numerous private collections around the world and enjoys curating children's art shows. Exhibit opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 1 and remains in the brewery through December. For more information, call 399-5222 or visit the brewery at 3388 B Street.
Homer Council on the Arts
Homer Council on the Arts presents the Nutcracker Faire, Dec. 2 and 3 at Homer High School. This annual fair kicks off the holiday season and presents vendors from all over the Kenai Peninsula selling handcrafted items. For more information, call 235-4288, explor?homerart.org or stop by 355 W Pioneer Avenue.
Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery presents "A Brush with Collage" with Homer artist Sharlene Cline. Using Chinese brushwork, decorative paper and acrylic paints, Cline responds to the world around her with her art. She will be showcasing a new body of work that includes playful collages, as well her work with a theme of climate change. She has exhibited locally and nationally, including her Moving Towards Center project in Homer, as well as at the Intercultural Museum Art Gallery in Baltimore and the Dadian Gallery at the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. She is represented in numerous private collections in Canada, Ecuador, Japan, Mexico, Pakistan, Taiwan and the United States. Her enjoyment of working with students extends to curating children's art shows, ArtQuest and 350.org., and she has taught art, especially Chinese brushwork, to children with the Alaska Artist for Schools program. Exhibit opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 1 and remains in the gallery through December. For more information, call 235-5345, explore ptarmiganarts.com or visit the gallery at 471 E. Pioneer Avenue.
Pratt Museum continues its exhibit, "ROOT," a multi-component installation in the Special Exhibits Gallery, by Homer artist Lynn Naden. Through Naden's individual and collaborative paper-based sculptures and paper castings, ROOT explores interconnections and ancestry. The central structure will be built up from strips of paper containing community-sources perspectives on roots. In conjunction with her installation, Naden has also curated a Mail Art Show on the theme of Roots, with 86 artworks from around the world, all addressing the theme of ROOTS. Each of these works will be available through a silent auction, with a closing reception and auction closing on Dec. 30. Bidding starts at the price of postage. Exhibit remains in the gallery through Dec. 30. For more information, call 235-8635, explore prattmuseum.org or stop by 3779 Bartlett Street.
South Peninsula's Haven House hosts a First Friday Christmas tree auction in the former Haas Dance Studio building, downstairs, 177 E Bunnell Ave. from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1. Community members are invited to stop by and bid on their favorite tree. The trees are being decorated by Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, Haven House, Homer Animal Friends, Homer Garden Club, Kachemak Bay Research Reserve, Paul Banks Elementary School, Sprout and the U.S. Coast Guard. All proceeds from the silent auction will benefit Haven House, whose mission is to provide help and support through compassion, dignity and respect for people impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault. For more information, contact 235-7712.