- Homer, Alaska is well-known for attracting artists
who produce and sell artwork in many different genres.
- The magnificent beauty at the 'end of the road' is
inspiration for many painters, potters, jewelers, weavers, woodcarvers,
doll makers as well as many other mediums. These artists' creations
will surely impress you with their ability to capture Kachemak Bay
in their work which can be found in local art galleries, gift shops
or studios in the area.
- Homer has also attracted performing artists such
as actors, musicians, singers, and dancers and is proud of its own
homegrown singer, "Jewel" Kilcher who has gone on to sign
recording contracts and appear regularly on music videos. Hobo Jim,
a lively, toe-stomping entertainer sprouts Homer roots which go way
back along with Tom Bodett, who's folksy humor and "We'll leave
the light on for you," fame, calls Homer - home.
- A must for all visitors to the Homer area is a stop
at the Pratt Museum. Featuring an array of artwork, exhibits and special
shows, the museum offers something for everyone.
- The Museum's exhibits feature a wide range of subjects
and time periods. Foremost is "Darkened Waters," a nationally
acclaimed and thought-provoking pictorial of the 1989 Exxon Valdez
oil spill. This exhibit focuses on the effects of the spill to the
surrounding environment and features a companion exhibit on tour throughout
the United States.
- Early Alaskan exhibits include artifacts from the
area's first Native people who came to Alaska thousands of years ago,
as well as the homesteaders of the 1930's and 1940's.
- Also on show are many species of Alaskan birds and
mammals, including complete skeletons of a Bering Sea beaked whale,
beluga whale, sea otter and Stellar's sea lion. Summer visitors may
also take a self-guided tour through the botanical garden for a look
at over 150 species of native plants.
- Another exciting feature of the museum is their quilt
collection, heralded as one of the finest in Alaska. Each year more
than two dozen quilters participate in the construction of two thematic
quilts. One quilt remains in the museum's permanent collection and
the other is raffled to a lucky museum visitor.
- The museum also holds several art and topical exhibits
throughout the year. Solo and multiple-artist shows, including a student
art show in the spring and a juried art show in the early summer,
are often on display. These shows commonly feature local artwork inspired
by the beauty and wildlife of the Kachemak Bay area.
- In the entertainment field Homer's matches any big
city. Every December, a world-class production of the Nutcracker Suite
is performed by talented locals. Talent also abounds in our own community
Pier One Theater. Now in its 23rd season, Pier One is a sustaining
grace note on the Homer cultural scene. New and exciting - familiar
and treasured. Pier One Theatre's summer season is spiced with enough
variety to satisfy locals who are accustomed to fine fare as well
as visitors who are regularly surprised by the professional level
of community theater in an area so remote from city lights.
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