Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, March 05, 2009

CPH healing art deadline looms

Central Peninsula Hospital's arts committee is seeking submissions for a variety of artwork for the new cosmetic remodel of the hospital, including an emergency department, cafeteria, sanctuary, family birth center, waiting areas, administrative areas, corridors and a series of exam rooms.

Artwork is sought form those who reside in Southcentral Alaska with a focus on the Kenai Peninsula area. The committee is looking for those who may be interested in providing inspirational, healing and refreshing images in a wide variety of mediums including original art, limited edition prints, giclee prints, mixed media art, mosaics, ceramics, fabric art, collages and photography. Existing and commissioned artwork will be considered. The deadline for submission is Monday.

The Healing Environment Mission Statement at Central Peninsula Hospital is using the arts to create an environment supportive of health and healing for patients, staff and visitors.

Aesthetics Inc. of San Diego has been hired as the arts consultants for the project. For more information, visit or e-mail Pam at

KPC seeks art for display

Kenai Peninsula College is requesting proposals from artists interested in creating work to be placed in its newest addition.

The deadline is 5 p.m. March 13.

Finalists will be selected by March 23, and the installation will be complete by Aug. 17. Thirty thousand dollars has been budgeted for covering costs of purchasing and installing the artwork.

Areas in the Riverview Commons that artwork may be chosen for include, but are not limited to, a 6-foot-by-9-foot vertical wall; four large upper-level glass panels, approximately 44 inches by 37.5 inches each; and six upper-level glass panels, approximately 20 inches by 44.5 inches each, running approximately 29 feet.

The committee is open to the artist choosing another location in the Riverview Commons for artwork and encourages artists to visit the campus from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday or 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday to view the commons. For artists who cannot visit the campus, the RFP and photos of the areas will be posted on the college Web site at

There are no guidelines for the material, approach or form involved in the artwork. Pieces can, but are not required to, respond to the campus' geographic location, natural environment, the Kenai River and cultural heritage. Selection criteria will include quality, appropriateness and originality of the artist's concepts; durability, maintenance requirements and safety considerations; and quality of the artist's past work.

Each proposal must include a conceptual sketch, including notes, up to 10 slides of past work, a current resume and a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Proposals may be submitted to Phillip Miller, Kenai Peninsula College, Facilities and Maintenance, 156 College Road, Soldotna, AK 99669. Miller may be reached at 262-0325.

T-shirt design contest opens

Kenai Watershed Forum has begun its design the official 2009 Kenai River Festival T-shirt contest. The deadline is 5 p.m. April 3.

Designs must be original art by the artist submitting the design. Designs may be submitted via e-mail, in person or via mail on cd/dvd or on paper and must embrace the spirit of the Kenai River Festival.

Winner will be announced by April 17. The winner will receive $100 and two free T-shirts.

Designs submitted electronically must meet the following specifications: Resolution, 300dpi; file size, not to exceed 2 MB; max image size, 14 inches by 16 inches; and file types accepted, .TIF, .JPG or .PDF

Designs submitted on paper must not exceed 14 inches by 16 inches.

For more information, e-mail, Kenai Watershed Forum, 44539 Sterling Highway, Blazy Mall Suite 202, Soldotna, AK 99669.

Soldotna seniors open to art submissions

The Soldotna Senior Citizens Center is seeking artists to display artwork at the center for a month at a time, beginning in 2010. Artists will be responsible for putting art up and taking it down. For more information, call 262-2322.

Youth art classes offered

The Kenai Fine Arts Center offers disciplined based art education classes for youth in grades kindergarten through sixth. Classes will be held at the center and at Bridges in Soldotna.

Some of the topics covered in the program are art production, history, criticism and aesthetics, elements of art and principles of art. Also understanding art, creating art, appreciating art and art vocabulary.

Group lessons are taught once a week for eight weeks and are 1 1/2 hours long. Multiple classes are scheduled for different grade and age levels. The cost will be $35 per lesson, plus a one-time $10 per eight week session materials fee. Materials fee to be added to cost.

For more information, call Denniece Lofgren at 262-6312 or e-mail

Kids' reading program continues

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 Thursdays in the Clarion's Pulse section. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Monday. E-mail submissions to For more information, call 335-1241.

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