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We can't prove it, but Homer might have more art galleries per capita than any community its size anywhere. Its reputation as an arts town has been recognized by John Villani, author of "The 100 Best Art Towns in America, who called it "funky and charming an art town on the rise."
In addition to exhibiting the work of veteran and emerging artists from Homer and beyond, these galleries display the entrepreneurial spirit that is at the heart of Homer's economy.
If you're in Homer on the First Friday of the month any month you'll want to take part in the events the galleries host. First Friday is when the galleries change their exhibits. Often artists will give talks during these First Friday receptions, providing opportunities to learn more about their work. You'll be treated to experiences in traditional Native arts, fiber, glass, jewelry, painting, sculpture, photography and ceramics. First Friday is a happening social scene as artists, residents and visitors mingle, talk art and share new ideas. Galleries include Bunnell Street Arts Center and the Ring of Fire Meadery on Bunnell Avenue in Old Town, and Art Shop Gallery, Picture Alaska art gallery, Ptarmigan Arts Gallery, Fireweed Gallery and the Homer Council on the Arts, all on Pioneer Avenue. The Pratt Museum on Bartlett Street also has exhibits, as do many restaurants, coffee shops and other businesses.
On the Spit, check out The Sea Lion Fine Art Gallery, Inua and other art shops.
The Ben Firth Studio at Mile 161 Sterling Highway highlights sculptures in antler, wood and bronze, glass etchings and paintings by this talented family of artists. Access to Norman Lowell Gallery is across Sterling Highway from Ben Firth Studio. Lowell and his wife, Libby, homesteaded this area in 1958. The gallery showcases Lowell's lifetime collection of 250 original works.
Kate's Gallery at Mile 148 Sterling Highway features the beadwork of Kate Boyan. Having learned her art from Tlingit beader Mary Choate, Boyan creates one-of-a-kind designs that adorn leather bags, clothing and jewelry.
Art is also a big part of the economy of Halibut Cove, across Kachemak Bay from Homer.