Lisa Hupp/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

This year marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the battle of Attu, and this summer Homer will be able to remember the only battle fought on American soil during World War II with an art exhibition.

“Reflections on Attu” features three artists who visited the Aleutian Islands as part of the Voices of the Wilderness Artist-in-Residence Program. 

Homer resident Nancy Lord and Irene Owsley of New Mexico spent a week in Adak and roughly a week traveling and visiting Kiska and Attu. Owsley took pictures and Lord wrote accompanying essays. 

Chuck the Monk

Homer, commonly known as the Cosmic Hamlet by the Sea, is a beacon for artists around Alaska, but it also attracts others from Outside who are looking for a place to work on their craft. Colombian writer Carlos Valencia is one of those artists. He travels around the world writing a comic strip about a Buddhist cat named "Chuck the Monk" and is giving a talk on it at Many Rivers on Friday. Chuck is based on Valencia, who also happens to be a brain scientist. 

Alaska State Council on the Arts

The Alaska State Council on the Arts is purchasing pieces from two Homer artists for its Alaska Contemporary Art Bank. Deland Anderson and Deb Lowney are among 18 artists that were selected to become part of the state’s collection of art. State of Alaska offices and agencies will now have the opportunity to take their artwork out on loan and display them in their offices.

Alaska State Council on the Arts executive director, Andrea Noble-Pelant, said the goal of the Alaska Contemporary Art Bank is twofold:

A Fresh Start For Homer Folk School

Oct 21, 2016
Shahla Farzan / KBBI

The Homer Folk School recently opened its doors, offering a variety of hands-on classes in everything from beekeeping to kayak building.

On Oct. 8, the Folk School hosted a lively open house at the Ageya Wilderness Center to give the community a preview of some of the courses offered.

Courtesy of the Pratt Museum.

On this week's Coffee Table we talked about Alaska Art, specifically the exhibit, “Living Alaska: A Decade of Collecting Contemporary Art for Alaska Museums” which opens Friday, February 26th at the Pratt Museum in Homer. It’s a collection of art by and for Alaskans. The Rasmuson Foundation has supported the collection of these works since 2003. This retrospective of that initiative premiered in Anchorage back in November. We were joined by Pratt Museum Curator, Scott Bartlett and Homer artist, Marjorie Scholl, whose piece is traveling and will be displayed in the show. The show also included a pre-recorded interview with Exhibit Curator, Sven Haakanson.

Ninilchik Student Art Displayed in Capitol

Feb 16, 2016
Courtesy of Rep. Paul Seaton's Office.

Some of the artwork shows realistic red poppies swaying on a windy hillside. Other pieces are more abstract with thrown paint in vibrant colors just suggesting flowers. They’re all done by sixth graders at Ninilchik School and they’re now hanging in the stairwell of the State Capitol outside of the governor’s office.