For the month of September, The Shop hosted Alaskan artist Nathan Perry for his exhibition, "Elaborate Expressions". Opening night was First Friday, August 2nd from 7-9pm.
Image: Love Song
Nathan Perry Artist Bio:
My name is Nathan Perry and I have an extensive art background as a graphic designer, professional fine artist and photographer. My subject matter includes color and black and white portraiture, wildlife, landscape, and spiritual themes. Recently, I have been exploring themes focusing on the landscape and wildlife that has surrounded me my whole life. Growing up in Great Falls, Montana and now living in Alaska, creating artwork that represents the creatures and their natural settings is a coherent direction for my artwork to take. I use a variety of materials and mediums such as scratchboard, pastels, pen and ink, graphite, acrylics, oils, and mixed media. Many of my compositions use small strokes and meticulous lines while others use bold strokes and vibrant colors. My work ranges from non-objective abstract expressionism to intricately detailed realism. My excitement for the arts has led me on a path of wanting to teach and share my work to others. My goal is to help others build up their enjoyment and knowledge for the arts and show how it enriches our daily lives.
We celebrated First Friday, July 5th, for the first screening event at The Shop with Homer based artist, Michael Walsh. Walsh premiered 4 new works as well as screen old(er) works to round out the 1 hour program. This was a collaboration with Bunnell Street Arts Center.
The Films started at 7:30pm. The Shop opened its doors for the evening from 7-9pm.
June's joint exhibition Souvenirs of Stone, by Anchorage artists, Alanna DeRocchi and Jonathan S. Green continued to be exhibited in The Shop gallery.
Michael Walsh Artist Bio:
Rooting himself with the filmmakers of the 1960’s anti establishment avant-garde film movement, Michael Walsh continues their traditions in making 21st century non-linear moving image art. Walsh has screened work at SFMOMA, Nam June Paik Center in S. Korea, Anthology Film Archives, Cal Arts, Bunnell Street Arts Center and more. He has been making moving image art for over 25 years.
Alanna Derocchi & Jonathan S. Green
For the month of June, and July The Shop features the work of Anchorage artists, Alanna DeRocchi and Jonathan S. Green. First Friday, June 7th from 7-9, kicks off their joint exhibition, Souvenirs of Stone.
Live music by Blue Belly
About the Artists:
Jonathan S. Green is of Mi’kmaq and Inuit, British and Scottish heritage from Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador. He does not know a lot about his indigenous heritage but is trying to learn more. Green earned an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Alberta. Green has been an artist in residence at the University of Alaska Anchorage, SNAP Printshop (Edmonton, Alberta), and St. Michael’s Printshop (St. John’s, Newfoundland). He currently resides in Anchorage, Alaska.
Alanna DeRocchi is a ceramic sculptor living and working in Alaska. She received her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2010. Since finishing her education, she has participated in several ceramic artist residency programs, including the ClayArch Gimhae Museum Ceramic Creative Center in Jilllye, South Korea, and the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, MT. In 2017, Alanna received an Individual Artist Project Award from the Rasmuson Foundation to support a solo exhibition at the Anchorage Museum. Her current body of new work exhibiting in Kenai and Homer is supported by funding from an Alaska State Council on the Arts grant. She is currently a Term Assistant Professor of Art and Technician in Ceramics at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.
Jonathan S. Green:
Title: Empty Vessel 2018
Medium: Ceramic, paint, graphite, wood
For the Shorebird month of May, The Shop featured the work of local artist, Lorri L Davis. First Friday, May 3rd from 7-9, kicked off Lorri's exhibition, In Search of Birds, A Journey to Reverence.
Live music played by Sue Butler and Brad Somers
About the Artist:
Lorri L Davis was born in rural Lancaster Co. Pennsylvania. A gifted teacher sparked her passion for art at a young age and he remains an important mentor to this day. He encouraged exploring a variety of mediums and fine-tuning technical skills. After moving to Alaska, she continued to develop her signature style at the University level. Today, Lorri primarily paints in oil and egg tempera. Exploring wilderness areas provides inspiration for her work.
For the month of April we had Dan Coe in our gallery for his exhibition, Large Format Digital Painting on Vinyl.
Image titled, Three Realms.
Dan had an artist talk during the opening.
Artist Statement: Lately, I have been enjoying sliding pixels around smooth glass with the Apple Pencil. Painting with light then sharing that creation on social media with immediate gratification. However, to make it a physical thing that one can take home and make part of their life is a whole other thing.
With this show, I’m attempting to leave behind some of the old paradigms created by people in the periphery of the art business. For example, the difference between original, limited edition prints and open edition reproduction.
If the artist can make something with passion that someone can afford while profiting from the effort, then contentment can be had by both creators and buyers.
Smiles all around!
Live music by Charles Aguilar during the First Friday event
life drawing group show
Figure Drawing, A Group Show Featuring Works by Homer's Life Drawing Group was featured for our March 2019 exhibition. Curated by Lynda Reed.
The human figure is arguably the most complicated natural form to convincingly depict in drawing, painting and sculpting. The understanding of form, value, proportion, and composition (all important elements of any visual art) is fine tuned through the process of studying the human figure through drawing.
Each week, a group of local artists gather at Homer Art and Frame to draw and paint from the live model, carrying on a centuries old tradition that celebrates the human form in art. Image by Andy Sjoden.
Live music at this exhibition featured the Homer Ukulele Group Society (HUGS)!
For February 2019, we invited Sharon Trager to exhibit her work, Coffeehouse Sketches, A Daily Practice in our gallery. Sharon Trager is an Alaska artist living in Anchorage. She earned her Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from Eastern Michigan University.
Her recent work is focused on figurative pieces in collage, painting and a bit of printmaking. Her collage work is included as part of the All-Alaska Biennial juried exhibit which featured work by contemporary Alaskan Artists.
Coffeehouse Sketches, A Daily Practice, began as a way to incorporate a daily drawing practice into her work. Done anonymously and consistently it has helped improve skills and become a rewarding activity in and of itself.
Live music brought to you by local artist and musician, Michael Murray.
The bag show
The Shop | Kachemak Bay Art Space is proud to present, "The Bag Show", an exhibition of locally handcrafted, reusable bags. Join the movement to help keep plastics out of our oceans by bringing a custom designed bag along with you during your next shopping trip. Artists featured in the group show include:
Mandy Bernard, Mary Hayden, Nomar, Elissa Pettibone, Salmon Sisters and Jennifer Stow. We're excited to also feature Boomerang Bags thanks to a collaborative vision brought to Homer by the local Girl Scouts and the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies.
December's exhibition features artist Cynthia Morelli who makes functional pottery and sculpture in Homer, Alaska.
Fired in her wood kiln, the Mamagama, a coarse stoneware
clay body gives rough darkness, full of shadows, which
contrasts with refined brightness of porcelain and glaze.
The flame flows through the kiln, adding melted ash glaze,
warmth and depth of color, and sometimes the crustiness of molten embers adhered to the surface.
Cynthia Morelli's art education began with a BFA, focus in ceramic sculpture, from Alfred in 1986 (New York State College of Ceramics, USA) and in 1984, a certificate in craft from New Brunswick Craft School, Canada. While living in Japan, she obtained a two year cultural visa (1991-1993) to study calligraphy and Butoh (contemporary dance/
performance art) with Yoko Ashikawa and Hakutobo.
Here in Alaska, she has taught ceramics at local branches of University of Alaska as adjunct faculty and continues her studio practice.
November's exhibition, Etchings of Joe Carr, featured a selection of recent works from Alaskan printmaker and artist, Joe Carr.
Carr is an Alaskan printmaker, currently living and working in the Mat-Su Valley. His work has been published, featured and shown in all sorts of low brow places. Carr editions and releases his work directly through his studio Antiquated Press. You can find more information on his website.
For October, our gallery featured Valley Memoir, the intimate mountain landscapes of the Chugach Range by painter Karl Koett. Koett is a contemporary realist painter whose work focuses on observational portraiture and landscape. The process of observing a model allows for him a focus of attention against the passing of time. Karl received his bachelor’s degree from Ball State University in printmaking, and his master’s degree in painting at the New York Academy of Art. Working in Alaska and the Midwest, he keeps a regular studio practice and continues to exhibit nationally.