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Pratt Museum Weekly News Release: August 12, 2013

SUMMER HOURS

Open daily 10 am to 6 pm

 

BENEATH THE SURFACE

Special Exhibits Gallery

August 2 through September 29, 2013

This exhibit explores the beauty and mystery of archaeology. Abstract paintings by Rebecca Crowell are paired with Kenai Peninsula artifacts from the Pratt collection. Crowell works with cold wax medium and oil to create a layered effect, similar to layers of sediment exposed during an archaeological excavation. A sound design with original compositions by New York City based musician David Crowell accompanies the visual display.  

INSPIRED BY PLACE

Contemporary Art Gallery

Now through December 31, 2013

The guest curator, Homer artist Ron Senungetuk, has selected works from the Pratt Museum’s permanent collection that reflect Homer and its environs, along with the culture and lifestyle of people from this region.

FACING THE ELEMENTS

Pratt Museum Forest Trail

Now through September 30, 2013

This outdoor exhibit is part of the forest landscape throughout the summer and the artwork is completely exposed to the elements—sun, wind, rain, birds and other forest creatures large and small!  It features some pieces that have been part of the exhibit for years plus many new ones.

KACHEMAK BAY:

AN EXPLORATION OF PEOPLE AND PLACE

The Pratt Museum Permanent Exhibition

Community-based videos, photo essays, and interactive computer displays take visitors beyond the museum walls to learn about historic and contemporary life around Kachemak Bay.

SPECIAL EVENTS

TWO BOOKSIGNINGS

Saturday, August 17, 11 am to 2 pm.

Former Homer resident Cherry Jones will sign and read excerpts from her new book, Myths and Mysteries of Alaska: True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained. From hair-raising stories of the Hairy Man to the unsolved Cache Creek murders, the book examines twelve compelling Alaskan stories. Jones will also read from More than Petticoats: Remarkable Alaska Women. This book profiles the lives of 12 spirited women who arrived in territorial Alaska by birth, choice, or chance with a remarkable determination and independent spirit that still inspires new generations.

That same day the Pratt will showcase a children’s book by Homer author Marianne Schlegelmilch and illustrated by Maggie Winston of Homer. Slugs Forever! is a lighthearted  tale of challenges and hopes, problems and solutions, conflicts and resolution. It offers the lesson that no matter how small or insignificant you are, everyone matters. All proceeds from book sales go to the Independent Learning Center in Homer.

THE GATHERING 

Friday, August 30 and Saturday, August 31

Tamamta Katurlluta, a Gathering of Native Traditions, brings together hundreds of Native Elders, as well as other Native and non-Native participants. Artists, dancers, drummers and story tellers come to experience a weekend of culture sharing and community building. Events include a Welcome Reception, Traditional Landing Ceremony of Kayaks, Storytelling, Native Youth Olympic demonstrations plus an Evening of Culture and Dance at the Mariner Theater.

SUMMER ACTIVITIES

HISTORIC HARBOR TOURS

Every Friday and Saturday afternoon through August 17

Meet with a Museum docent at the Pratt Wheelhouse in front of the Salty Dawg Saloon on the Homer Spit at 3 pm. Walk along the historic Homer Harbor docks and learn about the boats, fishing and some of the characters that shaped Homer’s vibrant maritime industry! Tours go from 3 to 4:30 pm and the cost is $5.00 per person.

HARRINGTON HOMESTEAD CABIN

Adjacent to the Museum, the cabin is filled with items that show the lifestyle of hard-working people who homesteaded around Kachemak Bay. Hand tools, antique appliances, daily diaries, crochet work and kitchen supplies weave a tale of their lives. Museum docents may be available to give guided tours, or visitors can listen to an oral history recording.

BOTANICAL GARDENS

Stroll through the garden paths in front of the Museum to view over 100 plant species native to the Kenai Peninsula. Although many of the spring blossoms are now gone there still are many interesting and beautiful plants to admire in this peaceful setting. And for people who love to dig in the dirt, volunteers are needed to help with grounds maintenance around the Museum. If you are interested contact Art at 435-3323, or building@prattmuseum.org.

SEEBIRD CAM

All day, every day this summer, Marine Gallery

Courtesy of the Seldovia Native Association

Broadcasting live our SeeBird Camera lets you see and hear the sounds of nesting seabirds on Gull Island across Kachemak Bay from Homer. Visitors control the camera for close-ups of common murres, kittiwakes, puffins, cormorants, glaucous-winged gulls and their young.

ONGOING

FISH FEEDINGS

Every Tuesday and Friday at 4 pm, Marine Gallery        

Help feed the intertidal creatures in the aquaria. Fish feeding is fun, free and all are welcome!

2013 QUILT RAFFLE

Local quilters have pooled their talents to create a stunning new quilt titled Mammals of Alaska. It features eight colorful panels depicting the variety of mammals found in Alaska—bear, moose and even a sea otter. Patrons of the Pratt Society sponsor the annual Quilt Raffle, and tickets are on sale at the Museum.

 

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Various education programs are taking place throughout the year at the Pratt. Check out our

website for more details, www.prattmuseum.org, and click on our calendar of events.

 

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