Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2008

Performers wanted

Kenai Performers will hold auditions for "Little Shop of Horrors" at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Playhouse. Terri Zopf-Schoessler will direct. Show dates will be April 18 through 20 and April 25 through 27. For more information, call Chris Cook at 252-7929 or e-mail

Climate change entries deadline looms

The Pratt Museum in homer is looking for visual artists, writers and performance artists to submit one piece for the exhibit "Concerning Climate Change: An Art and Science Collaboration."

Interested artist are asked to call Ryjil Christianson at 907-235-8635, ext. 22 or e-mail by Saturday.

Art for exhibition must be delivered or shipped to the Pratt Museum arriving by 5 p.m. March 26.

Safety poster contest continues

The Soldotna Safety Day Committee is holding its annual poster contest for students in grades one through eight. Monetary awards will be given in several categories and the winning poster will be used as the official Soldotna Safety Day 2008 poster.

Students may pick up a copy of the rules from the city of Soldotna office, local schools or at the Soldotna State Farm office.

Deadline is March 14. Entries must be mailed or hand delivered to Soldotna State Farm 35202 Kenai Spur Highway Suite 1, Soldotna AK 99669. For more information, call 907-262-4440.

Cabaret singing workshop tuning up

The Performing Arts Society will present a cabaret singing workshop March 16 through 21 in the Green Room at Soldotna High School. The workshop will be led by jazz pianist and educator Barney McClure. Community members at least 18 years old may take part in one 30-minute private lesson, group classes and participate in a concert March 22 at The Crossing. Attendees are asked to brings several songs.

The cost is $100 for the week. Additional private lessons may be arranged for $25 extra per half hour. Space is limited to 30 people. For more information and times, call Dick Troger at 262-5387 or 252-8092 or Maria Allison at 283-3024. Registration forms are available at River City Books in Soldotna or Already Read Books in Kenai. Reservations for the concert and dinner should be made with The Crossing at 262-1906. The cost is $45 per person or $25 per person for performers. A no-host bar will be available.

Photography contest begins

The Alaska State Museum is seeking entries from photographers for "Alaska Positive 2008," the museum's biennial exhibition of Alaska photography. Now in its 38th year the contest encourages photography as an art form in Alaska. The deadline for entries is April 9. The exhibition will be juried by Bill Owens, a California-based photographer ( There will be a $300 Juror's Choice Award and two $150 Awards of Recognition.

The juror also will select a number of photographs for honorable mention. Following a showing at the State Museum next summer, the photography exhibit will tour the state.

Entry forms are available online at The competition is open to any resident of the state of Alaska. Additional details are available online. All mailed and hand-delivered entries must be received by 3:30 p.m. April 9, at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau.

Fiction contest offers $9,000 in prizes

The Alaska Writers Guild is taking entries for its Ralph Williams Memorial Prize for speculative fiction, to be awarded Oct. 1 through 5 at an Anchorage conference organized to celebrate the genre, which encompasses science fiction, fantasy, horror, time travel, alternate history, paranormal romance, myths and legends, anime/manga and most comic book fiction.

Five prizes of $1,000 will be offered in five categories: science fiction, fantasy, humor or horror, Alaskana, and young adult. A grand prize, an additional $4,000, will be awarded to the best story from among those five.

Entry deadline is April 15. Complete details are available at the Alaska Writers Guild website:

Writers' conference set

The Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College-University of Alaska Anchorage is taking registration for the its Kachemak Bay Writers Conference to be held June 6 through 10 at Lands End Resort in Homer. The keynote presenter will be Anne Lamott.

The conference will feature 20 award-winning, nationally-recognized authors, editors and agents who will conduct creative writing workshops, readings, craft talks and panel presentations in fiction, nonfiction, nature writing, poetry and the business of writing. Optional activities include manuscript reviews, editor-agent consultations, receptions, a boat cruise and open mic.

Evening readings will be held June 7 through 9 by visiting writers and conference registrants including Anne Lamott will be open to the general public at no charge.

Other faculty include David Gessner, Linda Hogan, Jeff Kleinman, Michael Steinberg, John Straley, Gayle Brandeis, Elizabeth Bradfield, David Crouse, Richard and Nora Dauenhauer, Joseph Enzweiler and others.

Advanced limited registration is required. The general conference fee, including luncheons, opening dinner presentation and workshops is $295 prior to May 9 and then $335 after that.

One UAA academic credit is optionally offered. For program and registration information visit

Kenai Performers seek members

The Kenai Performers organization has openings on its board of directors. Board members need not be performers or directors, just people interested in supporting live theater and the arts in the central Kenai Peninsula.

Fundraising and grant writing expertise are especially sought. To apply, visit for the board member application; contact Chris Cook, board president, at; or watch a meeting at 6 p.m. the last Monday of the month in the Kenai Playhouse in Old Town Kenai.

Kids' reading program ongoing

Triumvirate Bookstore in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna is hosting a Frequent Reading Program. Kids may sign up at the bookstore, pick out one free book, a reading calendar and program rules. Kids are encouraged to read a book, bring their calendar to the bookstore, get it punched and pick up another free book.

Bookstore hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more information, call Rosie Reeder at 262-2908.

Art briefs run every Thursday in the Clarion's Pulse section. deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Monday. E-mail entires to

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