Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2006

Writers’ group to meet

The Central Peninsula Writers’ Group will met at Kenai Community Library at 6 p.m. today. Anyone wishing to share their work should bring at least one hard copy besides the one they will read.

Stained glass classes offered

The Morning Star Studio in Homer is offering the following classes in January: stained glass sunburst from 10 a.m. to noon today; six-panel lampshade from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Jan. 28; fused jewelry from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday; and copper overlay sun-catcher from noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 26.

Class prices vary from $40 for beginning stained glass class to $195 for flame working classes. Prices include all supplies. Preregistration is required. The studio is at 451 Sterling Highway, Suite 4, in Homer. For more information, call (907) 234-2008.

Deadline for writers’ event is Saturday

The deadline for submissions for the ninth annual Central Peninsula Writers’ Production is 4 p.m. Saturday at Kenai Community Library. The reading and dessert buffet event will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center.

The event is open to adult and high-school writers who live in the central Kenai Peninsula. A selection committee will read the submissions and select 12 to 16 writers to present their work at the February reading. All writers who are chosen will be notified on or before Jan. 31. All writers who are selected must attend a rehearsal on a date to be announced a few days before the event.

The selection committee will choose writing samples from a mixture of genres, if possible. All types of fiction, humor, essays, poetry, children’s fiction, children’s poetry and creative nonfiction will be considered. Selections will be chosen based on the quality of the writing and the need for a well-balanced program, representing several different writing styles. The writing also will be judged on how suitable it is for reading before a live audience. A strict 10-minute time limit will be in effect, so write or edit your work accordingly. Reading an excerpt of a longer piece is fine within the prescribed time line.

An official submission form, available at the library, must be attached to the front of each submission. The writers’ name should not appear on the writing sample, only on the submission form.

Submission may be dropped off at the library or mailed to Central Peninsula Writer’s Group, 214 Birch St., Kenai, AK 99611.

Grants for artists workshop slated

The Kenai River Council on the Arts is holding a Grants for Artists workshop presented by Victoria Lord, representing the Rasmuson Foundation. The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Kenai Peninsula College.

This opportunity is for artists in any medium, including actors, musicians, writers, photographers and display artists. Participants will find out what grants are available and how they can be most successfully applied for. Two sessions will be offered Saturday, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. is Grants for the Individual Artists and 11:30 a.m. to noon is Grants for the Arts Organization.

Starting at 1 p.m., Lord will be available for prearranged appointments with individual artists to discuss their ideas and the grants available.

Space is limited and a $10 fee (scholarships available) will be charged. For more information and reservations, call Connie Tarbox at 262-7767.

Peninsula residents publish poetry

Kenai Peninsula residents Jerry E. Dourney and Dan T. Dourney Jr. have published a collection of poetry, “Dark to Light Untitled: Collective Works.” The authors’ experiences, ranging from childhood to fatherhood, inspired this work. Jerry, 24, served five years in the U.S. Navy. Dan, 27, is the father of three boys. The work is available through AuthorHouse publishing,

Embroiderers sought for new club

An embroiderers’ club meets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays at Kenai Grace Brethren Church at the corner of McCollum and the Kenai Spur Highway.

Embroiderers are invited to bring machines or laptops to share ideas and helpful tips. The club is open to anyone with any brand of machine. For more information, call Linda Machado at 776-8233.

Carving workshops slated

Alaska wildlife artist and sculptor Rick Scott will teach “How to Carve a Rainbow Trout” from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at Alaska Decoy Company Learning Center at 36380 Murray Lane off the Sterling Highway.

Scott will teach participants to sculpt in the round and how to carve realistic detail in their own fish sculptures. Workshops are designed for beginners and tools will be provided. Workshops will be limited to five people. For more information and a complete list of classes, call 398-8233 or visit

Area writers’ work sought

Laura Faeo is looking for work from area writers to read on a radio show at 10 p.m. Mondays on KDLL. Anyone wishing to have work read on the air with appropriate credit given can e-mail Faeo at, leave a copy of the work at the KDLL station or send it to P.O. Box 7573, Nikiski, AK, 99635.

Dance club seeks members

Twin Cities Dance Club offers country dance lessons from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sundays at its club at the corner of the Kenai Spur Highway and Beaver Loop Road. Couple and line dancing is taught Tuesdays, couple dancing is taught Thursdays and swing dancing is taught Sundays. Community dances are held every other Saturday. For more information, call Joe Soares at 398-8234.

Storytellers wanted

Kenai Performers is looking for members for its storytelling troupe. Participants perform stories on predetermined themes. Performances are Sunday afternoons once a month, but members don’t have to participate that often.

Proposed themes are Valentine stories for February, tropical tales for March and poetry for April.

For more information, call Carol Ford at 776-8308.

Watercolor work wanted

The Kenai Art Guild Water Color Group is hosting a juried watercolor show to be displayed in February. The show is open to artists 18 and older, living in Alaska. Paintings must be water media on paper, matted, framed and ready to hang. The juror is Homer artist Elizabeth Peterson.

Each artist may submit three original paintings, completed within the last two years, not done under instruction. No slides, photos or digital work may be submitted. The cost for entering is $15 for three paintings. All entries must be dropped off at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, 816 Cook Ave. in Old Town Kenai, on Jan. 27 or 28 between noon and 6 p.m. There will be a First Thursday opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 2.

Art sought for Ag Day poster contest

Alaska artists of all ages are invited to submit artwork for the Alaska Ag Day poster contest. The deadline for entries is Jan. 31.

Sponsored by Alaska Agriculture in the Classroom, the Alaska Division of Agriculture, Alaska Grown Program and the Alaska Farm Bureau, the contest offers $100 cash prizes in each of three age categories: all ages to sixth grade, junior and senior high school, and adult. A $250 grand prize also will be awarded.

The poster design, which must be in color, should reflect Alaska agriculture’s past, present or future, or a combination of them.

Entries should be sent to Victoria Naegele, AITC c/o AACD, 1700 E. Bogard Road, Suite 203, Wasilla, AK 99654-6563. For more information, call Naegele at (907) 746-2172 or visit

Quilting contest honors Arctic Winter Games

Robin Place Fabrics in Soldotna, working in conjunction with the 2006 Arctic Winter Games, is holding a Fiber Arts Quilt Challenge in honor of the Arctic Winter Games. The theme is “Release the Spirit Within.”

Fiber artists from regions participating in the Games, including Alaska, are invited to submit work. The Arctic Winter Games is a circumpolar sport competition for Northern and Arctic athletes. The event also embraces performing and visual artists by highlighting talent from the host community and participating regions.

Challenge prizes are $750 for first place, $500 for second and $300 for third. Each participant will receive a certificate of challenge participation. Challenge rules are: Each quilt must represent or be an interpretation of the theme; the design must be original; the entry must have three layers — top, back and backing; the size of the quilt must be no larger than 54 by 54 inches; and the entry must have a hanging sleeve at the top. There is a $15 entry fee, plus the cost of return postage.

Entries must be received at Robin Place Fabrics no later than Jan. 31. Entries will be returned via post March 30. For more information, call 262-5438.

Theater offering gallery space

Triumvirate Theatre, a branch of the Alaska Children’s Institute for the Performing Arts, is looking for artists interested in displaying their work for sale in its new space in the Peninsula Center Mall. The theater has room for a used book store, a gallery and retail space in addition to the theater area. All terms are negotiable, including the amount of space, the rent and the number of hours artists would be expected to work the space.

For more information, contact Joe Rizzo at 283-6109 or, or Chris Jenness at 776-8669 or For more information about the organization, visit the Web site

Arts educator grants offered

The Alaska State Council on the Arts, Rasmuson Foundation and Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation are offering arts educator grants designed to encourage the reconnection of art teachers to the practice of their art.

Four awards, each up to $3,000, are available for K-12 arts educators whose primary responsibility is art instruction, teaching a minimum of three years and permanently assigned full or part time in an Alaska school.

The application postmark deadline is March 1. For applications and guidelines, visit the Web site www.eed. For more information, call (888) 278-7427.

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