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Pratt Museum Weekly News Release May 29, 2013

SUMMER HOURS

Open daily 10 am to 6 pm

CURRENT SPECIAL EXHIBIT

ENCOUNTERS:  WHALES IN OUR WATERS

Through interactive and multi-media displays this exhibit explores nine cetacean species, from porpoises to baleen whales that frequent Kachemak Bay and Lower Cook Inlet. The emphasis is on how people of the region interact with whales.

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

WHALE TALES

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

 Friday, June 28, 5 to 7 pm

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.

ALASKA AVIATION CENTENNIAL RECEPTION

TONIGHT! - Friday, May 24, 5 to 7 pm

In celebration of the centennial of flight in Alaska, pilots using vintage aircraft will barnstorm a Commemorative Route throughout Alaska making 15 stops from May 9th through July 14th.

The historic planes will arrive in Homer on Friday, May 24, and be available for viewing at Bald Mountain Air. Then from 5-7 pm the Pratt Museum will host the barnstorming pilots and show a special traveling exhibit. Bring your own stories about the early days of flight here in Kachemak Bay.

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.

LOOKING AHEAD

CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY

Inspired by Place - guest curator Ron Senungetuk

Opening Reception Friday, June 7, 5 to 7 pm

Artwork from the Pratt Museum collection selected by guest curator Ron Senungetuk who chose art inspired by a common theme, “It became clear that many works  communicated a sense of place.” He says the artists relate their works to daily activities like fishing, the environment and beauty of the local landscape.  The exhibit runs through December, 2013.

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. Artists may register at the Pratt’s admission desk, 10 am to 5:45 pm. Registration fee is $10 which is waved for students in grades K-12, but all participating artists must fill out a registration form.

Artwork installed between June 10 & June 12

Exhibit opening reception is Friday, June 14, 5 to 6 pm

HISTORIC HARBOR TOURS

Start on Saturday, June 1

Meet with a Museum docent at the Pratt Wheelhouse in front of the Salty Dawg Saloon on the Homer Spit at 3 pm and walk the historic docks of the Homer Harbor. Tours go from 3 to 4:30 pm and coast $5.00 per person. They happen every Friday and Saturday through August 17.

MASTER NATURALIST WORKSHOP

Monday - Thursday, June 3 - 6

A close look at many facets of the Kachemak Bay natural environment. Topics covered in the workshop include coastal volcanoes, glaciers, intertidal invertebrates, plants, birds, fish and much more! Register at the Kachemak Bay Campus. The first session will be held at the Pratt Museum.

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 interested contact Ryjil at 435-3322.

KACHEMAK BAY:

AN EXPLORATION OF PEOPLE AND PLACE

The Pratt Museum’s permanent exhibition features 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.

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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