Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2006

Studio invited to dance festival

Vergine’s Dance Studio in Soldotna has been invited to participate in classes, a performance and adjudication in the 15th season of Dance Excellence, an international week-long festival in Los Angeles from April 8 to 15. This is the second year Vergine’s will represent Alaska at Dance Excellence. Alumni dancer Carlee Sounart, a 2005 graduate of Kenai Central High School, also was accepted by the prestigious performance group The Young Americans after Dance Excellence 2005.

Dancers will be treated to a day of fun at the Santa Monica Pier and an evening at the theater enjoying a Broadway show, along with other performances they will be able to watch. Vergine’s dancers also have been invited to perform onstage at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure.

Art submissions wanted for juried show

The Peninsula Art Guild will accept entries for its Biennial Judged Exhibit on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Kenai Fine Arts Center on Cook Avenue in Old Town Kenai. Artists can submit up to three pieces. This exhibit is open to Kenai Peninsula residents only, and the work needs to be original and suitably framed for hanging, or prepared for display if three-dimensional. It will be on display for the month of March.

Nikiski artist and stone lithographer Jim Evenson will judge the exhibit. There will be cash awards and an artists’ reception at 7 p.m. March 2 at the center with awards given at 8:30 p.m. Entry fees are $12 for Peninsula Art Guild members and $15 for nonmembers. Membership to the guild is $25 per year.

Poetry contest submissions sought

The Fairbanks Arts Association’s Literary Arts Committee is accepting entries for its statewide annual poetry contest. The judge for the competition is John Haines, the author of numerous books of poems, with his first “Winter News” published in 1966. Entrees must be postmarked by Saturday.

Winners of the contest will be celebrated at the Bear Gallery in Fairbanks on March 18. For more information, call (907) 456-6485, ext. 227, or e-mail

Stained glass classes offered

The Morning Star Studio in Homer is offering the following classes leaded method stained glass Saturday, intermediate fusing from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, beginning fusing from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and March 8, poured stepping stone from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 2, intermediate fusing from 1 to 4 p.m. March 4, mosaic cross candle holder from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 9, beginning bead making from noon to 2 p.m. March 11, beginning stained glass from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 15 and 18, sandblasted fireweed mirror from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 15, glass on glass mosaic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 16, beginning stained glass from 1 to 5 p.m. March 16, mosaic candle holder from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 22 and right angle weave stitch bracelet from 5:30 to 8 p.m. March 22.

Class prices vary from $50 for a beginning stained glass class to $195 for flame working classes. Prices include all supplies. Preregistration is required. The studio is at 451 Sterling Highway, Suite 4, in Homer. For more information, call (907) 235-2008.

Young writers, actors have chance to play

Triumvirate Theatre in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna is sponsoring a short play contest for elementary and middle school-age children. Any group with an adult director is eligible: school groups, church groups, Boy or Girl Scout troops or any group of young people of any size up to 15 actors and four crew members. The play length may not exceed 20 minutes.

Groups will be scheduled on-stage rehearsal time before the contest and Triumvirate Theatre technicians will run lights and sound equipment for performances. A panel of judges will award first and second places to plays in middle and elementary school divisions, as well as individual awards including best actress and actor and best supporting actor and actress in both divisions. A sportsmanship award also will be given.

The deadline to return an intent to compete form and the $25 entry fee to the Triumvirate Theatre is Wednesday. A copy of the script is due March 27. Rehearsals in the theater are April 3, 4 and 5 and performances are April 6, 7 and 8 with the awards ceremony the evening of the April 8.

Kids’ art wanted

The Kenai Art Guild is looking for entries for its annual kids art show. Those ages 2 to 12 are invited to bring their works to the Fine Arts Center, 816 Cook St. in Kenai, by 4 p.m. March 25. There is a $2.50 entry fee per child and three entries are permitted. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. April 6. Questions may be directed to Debbie Harris at 283-7663.

Arts educator grants offered

The Alaska State Council on the Arts, Rasmuson Foundation and Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation are offering arts educator grants designed to encourage the reconnection of art teachers to the practice of their art.

Four awards, each up to $3,000, are available for K-12 arts educators whose primary responsibility is art instruction, teaching a minimum of three years and permanently assigned full or part time in an Alaska school.

The application postmark deadline is Wednesday. For applications and guidelines, visit the Web at www.eed. For more information, call (888) 278-7427.

Carving workshops slated

Alaska wildlife artist and sculptor Rick Scott teaches “How to Carve a Rainbow Trout” from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at Alaska Decoy Company Learning Center at 36380 Murray Lane off the Sterling Highway.

Workshops are designed for beginners and tools are provided. Workshops are limited to five people. Scott also teaches “How to Carve a Soapstone Bear” in a series of one-day workshops designed for beginners. The classes run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through March 11.

For more information and a list of classes, call 398-8233 or visit

Dance club seeks members

Twin Cities Dance Club offers country dance lessons from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sundays at its club at the corner of the Kenai Spur Highway and Beaver Loop Road. Couple and line dancing is taught Tuesdays, couple dancing is taught Thursdays and swing dancing is taught Sundays. Community dances are held every other Saturday. For more information, call Joe Soares at 398-8234.

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