Fall is almost here – and winter soon enough – which means indoor entertainment becomes all the more important. Erin Starr-Hollow is the program coordinator for the Kodiak Arts Council and has that in mind while planning upcoming First Friday art walks.
“I just think during those months where it’s really hard to get out – you know, sometimes the weather’s not great – it’s so important to have a little color and inspiration and just interest in the community, just to get out and have something to do where you can interact with all your friends and community members when it’s so easy to hibernate.”
Artist Natalie Natalie Trenery will provide one of the day’s attractions by giving children tools to create their own art.
“She’s going to be doing an interactive charcoal drawing activity with kids at the Baranov Museum, so that’s going to be a really fun, new activity that we’re trying. Several of the venues have expressed interest in doing more interactive exhibits with the community, so you can be looking for that in the future.”
You’ll also get to see some examples of fish made from marine debris. Artist Bonnie Dillard was one of those chosen to design lesson plans for ornaments that will decorate the capital Christmas tree this coming winter.
“She’s going to be showing the pieces that she has already collected and created at the auditorium foyer and, coming up next weekend, she’s going to be doing a community event at the Kodiak 75th celebration I believe, hoping to collect numerous pieces from the community to send to the capital Christmas tree.”
Starr-Hollow says the Alutiiq Museum will also debut its new book “Kal’unek from Karluk,” which focuses on an archaeological site near Karluk.
“This dig really allowed them to get a handle on what a rich, cultural heritage the Alutiiqs in that area had to kind of allow the community to feel like they had more to celebrate. It was a really powerful space, so they wrote a book about it, and they’re going to be doing readings and signings, and just celebrating that debut.”
Friday’s art walk will take place between 5 and 7 p.m. To find out more, check out kodiak arts council.org or call the Arts Council at 486-5291.