Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, March 03, 2005

Kenai Juried Art Exhibit nears

Entries will be accepted for the biannual Kenai Juried Art Exhibit today between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Kenai Fine Arts Center. The juror will be multimedia artist Daniel Nisbeth from New York.

The juror's critique and artist reception will be at 7 p.m. Friday. Cash prizes will be awarded. Entrants must be Kenai Peninsula residents and any medium is acceptable. Guidelines for entering can be obtained from the Peninsula Art Guild in Kenai by calling 283-7040 or at Art Works gallery in Soldotna at 262-1777.

Nisbeth also will present a workshop the weekend before titled "Working in Clay, Creative Handbuilding Techniques." Call 283-7040 for space availability.

Tile-making workshop slated

The Kenai Potters Guild is offering a tile-making workshop with ceramic artist Lynn Marie Naden today and Friday at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, 810 Cook Ave. in Old Town Kenai. Participants will create a small tile project for themselves. The cost is $60, and space is limited. To register or for more information, contact Charlie LaForge at 260-7652.

Writers' group to meet

The Kenai Writers' Group will meet at 6 p.m. today in the conference room of the Kenai Community Library. Anyone wanting to read material should bring at least one extra hard copy to share.

Theater workshops offered

The Kenai Performers are offering theater workshops. A behind-the-scenes theater workshop will focus on things like costuming, makeup, set construction, stage combat and lighting. It is offered today, March 10 and 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $10 per class or $25 for all three. For more information, contact Jodene McAuliffe at 262-4855.

Carol Ford, director of the Kenai Performers' productions of "My Favorite Year," "The Sound of Music," "Fiddler on the Roof," "Brigadoon" and others, will teach a series of director's workshops that will culminate in the production of one-act plays. Workshops will be Thursdays, March 31, April 7, 14 and 21 from 7 to 9 p.m.; and Saturdays, April 2, 9, 16 and 23 for four hours or as long as needed. The cost is $75. For more information, call Ford at 776-8308.

All classes will be held at the Old Town Playhouse in Kenai, across from the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

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 Tuesday 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. The 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.

Money available for artists

Applications for Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Project Awards is March 15. The program grants up to $5,000 for emerging, midcareer or mature Alaska artists to accomplish specific, short-term projects that have a clear benefit to the artist and the development of their work. Artists from any artistic discipline whose work is defined by excellence and reflects any of the diverse cultural and aesthetic communities in Alaska are eligible.

Program guidelines and application information is available at the Web site and by calling (907) 297-2700 or (877) 366-2700.

Latin dance workshop offered in Homer

The Homer Council on the Arts presents and intensive dance workshop with Mariana Parma and Victor Cervantes from 5 to 9 p.m. May 24, 25 and 26 and noon to 4 p.m. May 28 and 29. The workshop will be geared toward high school and adult dance students. The cost is $200 general admission and $185 for members. The deadline to register with the Homer Council on the Arts is March 15. For more information, call Linda Rourke at (907) 235-1222.

Student art classes slated

Arts Express will offer several arts classes for kids taught by Stephanie Cox during spring break, March 21 to 25.

Morning classes are tempera resist paintings from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 21 and 22 for $40, plus tax; printmaking using "soft-kut" rubber from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 23 and 24 for $40, plus tax; and exploring pointillism drawing from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 25 for $20, plus tax.

Afternoon classes are Oaxcan clay sculptures from 1 to 2:30 p.m. March 21 and 22 for $40, plus tax; and papier-mache animal sculptures from 1 to 2:30 p.m. March 23, 24 and 25 for $55, plus tax.

All classes are held at the Kenai Fine Arts Center in Old Town Kenai across from the Oilers Bingo Hall. For more information or to register, call Cox at 260-7459, visit the Web site at, or e-mail

Actors wanted for one-acts

Auditions for actors wanting to be in one-act plays will be held at 8 p.m. March 31 and 3 p.m. April 2 at the Old Town Playhouse in Kenai across from the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. The plays go along with the Kenai Performers' directing workshops. For more information, contact Carol Ford at 776-8308.

Human-nature poetry wanted from Alaskans

In conjunction with the eighth World Wilderness Congress in Anchorage from Sept. 30 to Oct. 6, the WILD Foundation is soliciting poetry based on the theme "Wilderness, wildlands and people a partnership for the planet."

Submitted poetry should celebrate the positive aspects of the relationship between wild nature and people in the same way the World Wilderness Congress is seeking to identify points where wilderness and wildlife on land and sea can exist in balance with human needs.

Selected authors will receive complimentary participation in the congress and their work may be included in the congress program and other congress publications. Only the work of Alaska residents will be considered. Entries should be no more than 30 lines and be submitted by e-mail to by April 1.

For more information on the congress, visit its Web site

Homer concert series seeks musicians

Clave Folk Music is looking for musical acts to take part in its spring concert series involving weekly Saturday concerts at Amped Cafe in Homer starting in April.

All ages of musicians and genres of music are welcome to apply. Applicants can drop off or send their recordings and a brief bio to Amped Cafe, 111 W. Pioneer Ave., Homer, AK 99603.

Concert on the Lawn looking for acts

KBBI in Homer is looking for musicians to play at its 26th annual benefit Concert on the Lawn on July 30 and 31. Musicians should submit a sample of their music, as well as a short bio. Applications should be sent to KBBI AM 890, Attn: OTL Music Committee, 3913 Kachemak Way, Homer, AK 99603.

The deadline to apply is April 22.

Young Alaskan Artist Award open for entries

The Anchorage Festival of Music announces is holding its seventh annual Young Alaskan Artist Award competition. This award provides a solo, debut recital in Anchorage and award money to a young, aspiring musician pursuing a music performance degree in college.

Young artists previously selected for this award are talented performers ready to transition to the professional world. Any Alaskan pursuing a college degree or program in music performance at an accredited institution is eligible. Applicants must be at least college freshmen to apply. They must also submit two letters of recommendation, a completed application form, a 25- to 30-minute recording and the $15 application fee. Applications must be postmarked no later than May 9.

The award winner will perform a hour-long solo recital in Anchorage in August. Proceeds from ticket sales will be given to the winner as scholarship money.

For applications and details, contact the Anchorage Festival of Music at (907) 276-2465, P.O. Box 103251 Anchorage, AK 99510 or e-mail Juliana Osinchuk at

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.fineartscamp.opg.

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