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Pratt Museum Weekly News Release- July 9, 2013

SUMMER HOURS

Open daily 10 am to 6 pm

CURRENT EXHIBITS

INSPIRED BY PLACE

Contemporary Art Gallery through December 2013

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

FACING THE ELEMENTS

Pratt Museum Forest Trail through September 2013

This outdoor exhibit will be part of the forest landscape throughout the summer. 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 and plus a host of new ones.

ENCOUNTERS:  WHALES IN OUR WATERS

Special Exhibits Gallery—TIME IS RUNNING OUT!!

On display through July 21

Don’t miss our 38-foot-long gray whale skeleton. More than 100 volunteers in the  Community Whale Project preserved and prepared the bones salvaged from a whale found in Halibut Cove Lagoon in 1999. Through film, photos and recordings the exhibit explores marine mammals that frequent Kachemak Bay and Lower Cook Inlet.

KACHEMAK BAY:

AN EXPLORATION OF PEOPLE AND PLACE

The Pratt Museum’s permanent exhibition features community-based videos, photo essays, and interactive computer displays that take visitors beyond the museum walls to learn about historic and contemporary life around Kachemak Bay.

UPCOMING EVENTS

AUTHOR’S TALK AND SLIDE SHOW

Friday, July 12, from 5 to 7pm

Join us for a talk and historical slide show by author Jean Meaux. The presentation draws from Meaux’s new book, In Pursuit of Alaska, An Anthology of Travelers’ Tales, 1879-1909, about the men and women who helped shape a national vision of Alaska that persists today. It presents 27 of their best accounts. This event is held in partnership with the Homer Bookstore.

BOOK SIGNING BY TOM REED

Saturday, July 13, from 11am to 1pm

Homer author Tom Reed will be at the Pratt to sign copies and read excerpts from his new book Moved by a Mountain, Inspiration from an Alpine View in Alaska. It features 23 full-page black and white photos of mountains and glaciers taken from the author’s cabin, plus 21 smaller photos. The text describes finding the land, building the cabin and pondering why humans are so inspired by mountain views.

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 how the hard-working people who homesteaded around Kachemak Bay lived. Hand tools, antique appliances, daily diaries, crochet work and kitchen supplies weave a tale of their lifestyle. Museum docents are sometimes available to give guided tours, or visitors can listen to an oral history recording.

BOTANICAL GARDENS

A stroll through the garden paths in front of the Museum reveals an array of 150 plant species native to the Kenai Peninsula. Forget-me-nots, columbine, chocolate lilies, and Labrador tea are only a few of the many that bloom there. And for people who love to dig in the dirt, volunteers are needed to help with grounds maintenance around the Museum. If  interested contact Art at 435-3323 or building@prattmuseum.org.

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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