Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2001

Mystery convention starts today

More than 100 mystery authors will converge on Alaska today through Sunday, when Left Coast Crime takes place in Anchorage.

It's the first time that LCC, a national mystery convention, has ever taken place in Alaska. It's sponsored by the Alaska chapter of Sisters in Crime, a national group formed to promote literacy and appreciation of the mystery genre.

Participants will meet authors such as Michael Connelly, J.A. Jance, Anne Perry and Lindsey Davis. Mystery fans and those interested in writing mystery novels will be able to attend how-to workshops conducted by the visiting authors. In addition, 50 of those writers will travel throughout Alaska as part of the "Authors to the Bush" program.

For more information, call (907) 257-4328 or (907) 332-8748 or send e-mail to

Author plans visit

The Kenai Community Library will host writer L.C. Hayden in conjunction with Left Coast Crime, a national mystery convention scheduled in Anchorage this weekend. Hayden, author of "Who's Susan?" and "When Colette Died," will be at the library Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Hayden also will do a reading at River City Books in Soldotna on Monday at 5 p.m.

Singers wanted

The Soldotna Community Chorus is looking for members. The chorus meets Tuesdays in the Soldotna Middle School music room. The children's chorus meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with adults meeting from 8 to 9 p.m. No experience is necessary, and beginners are welcome. For more information, call 262-6768.

Bead artists sought

The William Henry Gallery in Homer is seeking bead artists for its exhibit, "We Bead V." The exhibit has been rescheduled for August. For an application and information, call (907) 235-3411 or e-mail

Arts center accepting entries

The Kenai Fine Arts Center is accepting entries Feb. 23 and 24 for its Kenai Juried Exhibition 2001. All Kenai Peninsula Borough adult residents are eligible. Work must have completed within the past two years and include original prints, paintings, drawings, watercolors, sculpture, pottery, fiber, glass, mixed media and photographs.

For more information, call Marty at 262-1779 or 283-7040.

Grant applications available

The Alaska State Council on the Arts, Native Arts Program is offering apprenticeship grants in traditional Native arts. Apprentices must be Alaska residents, 18 years or older and have prior experience. Applications must be postmarked by March 1. For more information, call (888) 278-7424..

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