Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2007

Writers set to meet

The Kenai Writers’ Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. today in the conference room at Kenai Community Library. The topic is “settings.” Bring something you need help with or your ideas about the writing of settings: time, place, ambience, etc.

Beading classes offered

Beading classes are taught from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the museum gallery at the end of Willow Street in Kenai.

For more information, call Mary Kroll at 299-0534.

Judged show accepting entries

The Peninsula Art Guild is accepting entries for a biennial judged exhibit on Feb. 26, 27 and 28 at the Kenai Fine Arts Center on Cook Avenue in Old Town Kenai. Kenai Peninsula adult artists may submit three works.

Work must be framed for hanging or prepared for display. Work will be on display in March with a reception at 7 p.m. March 2. The judge will be Thor Evenson.

Artist awards deadline extended

The Rasmuson Foundation has extended its deadline for their Individual Artist Awards until March 1. This round of awards applies to choreography, folk and traditional arts, crafts, literary arts, scriptworks and performance arts.

Since the Individual Artist Awards inception in 2004, 59 Alaska artists statewide have received up to $5,000 for project awards; 19 have received artist fellowship awards at $12,000 each; and three have received the $25,000 Distinguished Artist Award.

For more information, visit

Stabenow to talk writing

Author Dana Stabenow will lead a workshop to explore popular science fiction from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 3 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. It is free and limited to 25 people.

To sign up, or for more information, call the Kenai Community Library at 283-4378.

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.

Artists wanted to bug out

The Pratt Museum in Homer is accepting entries for “Beauty and the Bug,” an art show that brings the worlds of art and science together. Visual artists and writers are invited to submit one piece for the exhibit. Performance artists and composers are asked to contact Ryjil Christianson. The exhibit will be installed April 3.

The opening reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. April 6, and the exhibit will run through May 27. Artists interested in participating must notify Christianson of their intent and approximate size and media of work no later than March 20.

Art for exhibition must be delivered or shipped to the Pratt Museum, arriving by March 30, in containers suitable for return shipping. A loan form must accompany the work when it arrives at the Pratt.

Art must be picked up by 6 p.m. May 29. Contact Christianson for more information at (907) 235-8635 or

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