In collaboration with the Alaska World Arts Festival, Homer Council on the Arts is hosting an eclectic gallery show of art collected from different cultures around the world.
Some of the items on exhibit will include Shyrdak rugs from Central Asia, Chinese brush paintings, and Ukrainian Pysanka Easter eggs, to name a few. Shyrdak rugs are colorful, handmade felt floor coverings traditionally made with hand dyed wool. The inlaid patchwork of highly contrasting colors are cut into patterns and layered, creating a stunning visual image full of symbolic representation. When executed with masterful technique, Chinese brush painting is executed by a single ink brushstroke capable of conveying vitality, delicacy, and contemplation—the essence of Chinese philosophy and spirit. It is this “life force” or qi that the artist aspires to capture and express. Pysanka is a Ukrainian decorated Easter egg using a written-wax batik method to create traditional folk motifs and designs.
Gallery opening is scheduled for Friday, Sept 6 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at HCOA, 355 W. Pioneer. There will also be a “Second Friday” event on Sept 13 from 5:00-7:00pm with demonstrations of Chinese brush painting by Sharlene Cline, Shyrdak rug making by Kiki Abrahamson, and Pysanka eggs by Robin Hoffman. The exhibit will be up all month; gallery is open 1:00 – 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.