Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2005

Talent show seeking acts

The Nikiski High School Community Talent Show will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Nikiski Middle-Senior High School Auditorium. Anyone wanting to be in the show should contact Joe Rizzo or Joshua Ball at Nikiski High between 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 776-3456. Admission forms can be picked up at the school and must be turned in Tuesday. The participation fee is $5 per person, and there can be up to four people in a group.

Quilting entries wanted

The third annual Kenai Quilt Exhibition will be held at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in Kenai from Feb. 28 to April 8. Anyone with quilting experience is welcome to enter up to three pieces to be chosen for the exhibit. Quilts, wall hangings, wearable art, polar fleece and other styles will be accepted.

Entries must be submitted by Feb. 4. Entry forms are available at Kenai Fabric Center, Robin's Place Fabrics, Quilt Kits Alaska and the Kenai visitors center. For more information, call Dana Woodard at 283-1991.

Made in Alaska workshop scheduled

A Made in Alaska workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 9 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. "Marketing to Alaskans: A Follow-Up" is the theme for the workshop and it will include Made in Alaska program highlights, marketing basics, direct mail, public relations and print ads. The workshop is free and open to the public. Reservations are encouraged. To register, call (907) 272-5634 or e-mail at least 24 hours before the workshop.

Students invited to enter contest

The Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District is holding speech and poster contests for Soil and Water Stewardship Week. The theme is "Celebrate Conservation."

Contestants in the poster contest should create a poster reflecting the stewardship week theme. Posters are due March 8 at the KSWCD office. The contest is open to Alaska students in categories kindergarten to first grade, second and third grade and fourth through sixth grade. Posters must be handmade on paper from 8.5-by-11 to 22-by-28 inches. Posters will be judged on their conservation message, visual effectiveness, originality and universal appeal. Prizes are $50 for first place, $25 for second ant $15 for third in each age category. The first-place posters in each district will be forwarded to the Alaska Association of Conservation Districts to compete at the state level. The winning state posters will compete at the national level.

Contestants in the speech contest should present a six- to eight-minute speech addressing the stewardship week theme at 6 p.m. March 16 at the Kenai SWCD office. The speech contest is open to Alaska students in grades seven through 12. Contestants will be judged on relevance to the theme, knowledge of the subject, manner and effectiveness and response to questions. Speeches should include references to soil and water conservation districts and be highly relevant to Alaska. Prizes for the speech contest are $200 for first, $100 for second and $50 for third. The first-place winner in each district will compete at the state level March 31 in Anchorage.

For more information, call Pauline Rizzo at 283-6109.

Writers conference slated

The Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College will hold the statewide Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference from June 10 to 14 at Land's End Resort in Homer. It will feature former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins as the keynote presenter, as well as 20 other faculty members, including noted authors, editors, publishers and agents from throughout Alaska and the United States. Other out-of-state authors and poets include Eva Shaw, Jack Driscoll, Jan Harper Haines, Pamela Houston, Allison Hedge Coke and Gary Ferguson.

The conference will offer daily workshops, craft talks, manuscript reviews, panel presentations and evening readings in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, the business of writing and more. Evening readings by conference faculty will be open to the general public at no charge.

The general conference fee, including luncheons, the opening dinner presentation and workshops is $245 before May 12 and $295 after May 12. Advanced registration is required.

One University of Alaska Anchorage academic credit is optionally offered for the additional tuition of $112. For specific program and registration information, visit the Web site at

Summer arts camp takes registrations

The Sitka Fine Arts Camp, a nationally recognized multidisciplinary fine arts camp for middle and high school students, is open for registration. The camp is June 18 to July 2. Space is limited. For more information or to apply, visit the Web site www.fineartscamp.opg.

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