Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, February 10, 2005

Art classes for kids offered

Arts Express will offer classes at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, 810 Cook Ave. in Old Town Kenai, taught by Stephanie Cox today and Friday.

Printmaking for kindergarten through third-graders will be offered from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. In the two-day workshop, students will discuss how lines create movement and texture in prints, learn about famous printmakers and create printing plates and "prints" from their original designs.

Oaxacan inspired clay sculptures will be offered for fourth- through eighth-graders from 1 to 2 p.m. In the two-day workshop, students will learn about the purpose of these sculptures and how they reflect Oaxacan cultures, create designs for a sculpture and make it from an air-dry terra cotta clay.

The cost is $30, plus tax, per child, per workshop. To register or for more information, contact Stephanie Cox at 260-7459 or visit

Alaska women sought for TV show

The WB TV network is looking for dynamic women over the age of 18 to cast in a new show called "Girlfriends." Women who have grown up with every privilege, can shop with abandon and may lead what others consider a glamorous life are sought, as are women who's day-to-day life is more of a struggle — holding down a day job, living check to check, living in a small town or rural community or helping out with a big family.

Anyone who fits either description can apply by sending a completed application and release; a home video showing the applicant's home and neighborhood, family, job, boyfriend, friends and activities; and a current photo of yourself and pictures of your friends and family. The deadline is Friday.

For more information, call (866) 266-2226, visit the Web site or e-mail

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 Conservation District 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 and $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 Conservation District 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. he 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 planned

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.finearts camp.opg.

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