Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, January 25, 2007

Writers’ night deadline Friday

The deadline for submissions for the 10th annual Central Kenai Peninsula Writers’ Night is Friday. The event will be held March 10 at Triumvirate Theatre in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna by the Central Peninsula Writers Group and. Submission forms and rules are available at Kenai Community Library, the Triumvirate Bookstore and online at Entries should be returned to the Kenai library or mailed to V. Walters, 214 Birch St., Kenai, AK 99611. The deadline is Friday.

Authors are allowed to enter no more than two pieces each of fiction or nonfiction that can be read in 10 minutes or poetry not to exceed 100 lines. Each writer should submit three copies of their entries with an entry form. The author’s name should not appear on the entry.

Time running out for yard sale stories

The Old Farmer’s Almanac is taking submissions for its 2007 essay contest: “The Best Thing I Ever Bought at a Yard Sale.” Entries should be no longer than 200 words and submitted to by Friday. Winners will be announced in The 2008 Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Art contest offers tech toys

A “Jobs are Alaska’s Future” art contest is being held with the theme “where the jobs are in Alaska in the future.” Guidelines are as follows: Posters must by 8 1/2 by 11 inches, created by hand (digital images may be applied but artwork must be done by hand) and created individually (no collaborative projects). Posters may be done in any medium and are due at the Peninsula Job Center in Kenai by Feb. 1.

Prizes will be awarded at the 2007 Job Fair on March 29. Prizes are an iPod for first place, thumb drive for second and Blockbuster gift card for third.

Writers’ group to meet

The Central Peninsula Writers’ Group will met at the Kenai Community Library at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1. The topic will be story settings. Writers may bring a setting they have written to share and discuss. For writing assistance, visit the Web sites,,, DynamicSettings.html, and

Young playwrights wanted

The second annual Triumvirate Theatre Children’s Short Play Contest will be held Feb. 24 at the theater in the Peninsula Center Mall. Groups will perform for an audience and judges, with awards given for best play as well as individual awards for actors. Plays should be 20 minutes or less in length. Directors must submit an intent to compete form before Feb. 9 in order to participate. The entry fee is $25. For more information, contact Carla Jenness at 776-8669 or

Theater in need of art

Triumvirate Theatre is accepting donations for its annual art auction and dinner show. The production is “The Maltese Salmon,” a spoof of the 1940s Noir classic, Feb. 16 and 17 at The Crossing in Soldotna. Proceeds benefit the theater organization.

Donations can be dropped off at the Triumvirate Theatre and Bookstore in the Peninsula Center Mall, open from noon to 6 p.m., Tuesdays-Saturdays Art donations will be on display in the gallery until the evening of the show. The auction will be spread over the two nights of the show. Donations of art are preferred, but submissions of services or products also are accepted as well. For more information, contact Chris Jenness at 776-8669, or

Seward hosts race to design

The Seward Chamber of Commerce is holding an artwork design contest for the 2007 Mount Marathon Race/Fourth of July festivities logo. The chosen design may be reproduced on T-shirts, hats, pin, patches and/or posters.

The design must fit on an 8-by-11 sheet of paper, preferably be round, have only four colors and must include the following: Mt. Marathon Race; July 4, 2007; 80th Running; Seward, Alaska; the words “finisher” or “survivor”; and a mountain theme.

The deadline is March 1. Artwork must be signed by the artist. All submissions become property of the Seward Chamber of Commerce, with credit given to the artist. For more information, call the chamber at 224-8051 or e-mail

Poetry Out Loud open to schools

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation present Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest, a program that encourages high school students to learn about poetry through memorization, performance and competition. From October through March, schools are invited to participate in classroom and schoolwide contests, advancing to a state competition March 12. State champions will advance to the national finals, to take place April 30 and May 1 in Washington, D.C. Winners receive scholarships and money for their school.

High schools that wish to be part of the Poetry Out Loud program should contact the Alaska State Council on the Arts. Home-school students should coordinate with local high schools to participate. Contact Susan Olson, arts education director for the Alaska State Council on the Arts, at (907) 269-6682, (888) 278-7424 or for more information.

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