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Pratt Museum Weekly News Release- June 7, 2013

SUMMER HOURS

Open daily 10 am to 6 pm

FIRST FRIDAY OPENING RECEPTION TONIGHT from 5 to 7 pm

CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY

Inspired by Place by guest curator Ron Senungetuk

Join us for refreshments and an Artist Talk at 5:30 pm. Featured artwork from the Pratt Museum collection was selected by guest curator Ron Senungetuk. He says “Most of the pieces I chose are about Homer and its environs, and I hope the body of works I assembled is inspirational and conducive to the continuation of creative work and art appreciation.”

Inspired by Place remains on display through December 2013

CURRENT SPECIAL EXHIBIT

ENCOUNTERS:  WHALES IN OUR WATERS

This exhibit explores various marine mammals found in Kachemak Bay and Lower Cook Inlet. The focal point of the exhibit is our 38-foot-long gray whale skeleton salvaged from a whale found in Halibut Cove Lagoon in 1999. It took the efforts of about 150 local volunteers that formed the Community Gray Whale Project to preserve the bones and build the fully articulated skeleton under the guidance of Lee Post, Homer’s own whale articulation specialist. The gray whale skeleton will have a permanent home in our new museum facility which is scheduled to be ready in 2016.

Encounters:  Whales in Our Waters remains on display through July 21

WHALE TALES

Friday, June 28, from 5 to 7 pm

The fourth in our series, Insight Into the Social Life of Humpback Whales

Based out of a small wilderness camp in Prince William Sound, two local whale experts, Shelly Gill and Olga von Ziegesar, spend summers working on a humpback whale census study that has been ongoing for 32 years. Their research explores the social bonding of humpback whales.

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.

EXHIBITION OPPORTUNTITY

CALL FOR ART:  FACING THE ELEMENTS 2013

Since 1994 the Pratt Museum’s outdoor art exhibit, Facing the Elements, has been displayed along the Forest Trail from mid-June through September. This exhibition is completely exposed to the elements with the forest as a natural backdrop. You can register artwork for the exhibit at the Pratt’s admission desk, 10 am to 5:45 pm through Wednesday, June 12. Registration fee is $10 and is waived for students in grades K-12, but all artists must fill out a registration form.

Artwork installed between June 10 & June 12

FACING THE ELEMENTS OPENING RECEPTION

Friday, June 14, from 5 to 6 pm

Join us for cake and punch in the Forest Trail Outdoor Amphitheater to celebrate artwork that will be part of the forest landscape throughout the summer. The exhibition is completely open to the elements—sun, wind, rain, birds and other forest creatures large and small. See this evolving collection of art pieces at its beginning stage!

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!

We are currently looking volunteers to help with fish feeding. If you want to help contact Ryjil at 435-3322.

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.

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.

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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