Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, March 11, 2004

Arts summit to be held

The Kenai River Council on the Arts will hold its second biannual arts summit of the Kenai Peninsula at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Workshops, seminars and presentations will include "The Business of Art," presented by Mark Gregory of the Small Business Development Center; "Business Incubation Center," presented by John Parker of the Economic Development District; the debut of the ArtsKenai Web site and the Artist Directory, with contact information for more than 500 peninsula artists and arts businesses; information on arts business opportunities available at the new Kenai Landing site, presented by Jon Faulkner; a follow-up to the arts feasibility study conducted at the first arts summit in 2002; and various breakout sessions.

The arts summit is free for artists of any media or anyone interested in the arts and the business of art to attend. For more information, call Marty Hapeman at Art Works at 262-1777 or Allen Auxier at KDLL Public Radio at 283-8433.

Logo design contest announced

The Seward Chamber of Commerce is accepting artwork designs for the 2004 Mount Marathon Race logo that will be used on T-shirts, pins, posters and finishers' patches. The prize for the designer of the selected logo is $400.

The design must fit on an 8 1/2- by 11-inch piece of paper and have four-color printing capabilities. Artwork must be signed by the artist. All submissions become the property of the chamber with credit given to the artist. The design must include the following information: Mt. Marathon Race, July 4, 2004, 77th running, Seward, Alaska, finisher or survivor (this will be replaced with "volunteer" for volunteer shirts).

The submission deadline is Sunday. Contact the chamber for an application and more information at (907) 224-8051.

Students' stories, photos wanted

Alaska Youth for Environmental Action invites Alaska elementary through college students to submit their personal stories and photos about unique wild places, either land or marine, in all regions of Alaska. Stories and photos will be compiled into a booklet that will include the natural history of these regions and a resource directory of organizations and agencies.

Writers are encouraged to describe a wild place and tell why it's important, including stories of time spent there, what changes the area faces in the future and what they hope to share about the place with their descendants.

Written submissions are limited to 700 words. Photos of people enjoying or using these areas also are welcome. Submitted photos will not be returned.

The submission deadline is Monday. Interested students can send stories and photos with their name, address, phone number and e-mail address to AYEA/NWF Youth Voices Writing Project, 750 W. 2nd Ave., Suite 200, Anchorage, AK 99501; fax them to (907) 258-4811; or e-mail them to For more information, call (907) 339-3907.

Solstice festival T-shirt design wanted

Organizers of the 26th annual Moose Pass Summer Solstice Festival are seeking T-shirt designs to be the symbol of this year's festival. Designs should be done in black and white and must include the words "Moose Pass Summer Solstice Festival 2004." Submissions can be sent to the Moose Pass Sportsmen's Club, , Attn: Judy Odhner, P.O. Box 72, Moose Pass, AK 99631.

Designs are due by March 20. The winner will receive a T-shirt and mug.

Contest entry deadline coming up

Reading Rainbow is inviting youngsters to participate in its 10th annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators contest. Children from kindergarten to third grade are encouraged to write and illustrate their own stories and enter them. Applications are available at Alaska One television stations: KTOO in Juneau, KUAC in Fairbanks and KYUK in Bethel and on the KTOO Web site at The deadline to receive entries is March 22.

Entries are judged locally and every child who enters the contest receives a certificate of achievement signed by Reading Rainbow's host LeVar Burton. Local first-place winners advance to the national competition.

All national grand prize, second- and third-place winners will have their stories featured on They also will receive a Reading Rainbow library set of 10 DVDs and matching feature books.

For additional information, contact the nearest Alaska One station, call (907) 586-1670 or visit

Art workshops offered

Stephanie Cox will teach four art workshops during the week of March 22. Each workshop will be composed of two, two-hour days. On March 22 and 23, exploring color using paints for kindergarten through third-graders will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon and introductory batik for fourth- through eighth-graders will be offered from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

On March 24 and 25, textured animal sculptures will be offered for kindergarten through third-graders from 10 a.m. to noon and painting Georgia O'Keefe style will be offered for fourth- through eighth-graders from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Preregistration is $45 plus tax per student, per workshop. To register or for more information, call Cox at 260-7459.

Assault awareness writing contest held

The Kenai-Soldotna Women's Resource and Crisis Center is holding its second annual poetry and essay contest in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. The contest is open to all area high school juniors and seniors.

The subject for submissions is "What can I do to stop dating violence-sexual assault in my school-town?" The submission deadline is March 26.

Two winners will be selected, one for poetry and one for essays. Prizes will be awarded at a reception, date and time to be announced.

For full contest information and rules, contact Barbara at WRCC at 283-9479 or by e-mail at

Church soliciting for religious art entries

The Kenai united Methodist Church of the New Covenant at 607 Frontage Road in Kenai is accepting religious art submissions to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Art can be in any media and submitted to Jim Evenson at the church by March 27. The exhibition will be from April 1 to May 1 at the church. For more information, call pastor Jon Walters at 283-7868.

Statewide poetry contest announced

The Fairbanks Arts Association's Literary Arts Committee is accepting entries for its 10th annual poetry contest. Winners will be announced in April during National Poetry Month and will be published in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner's Heartland edition.

There are three divisions with prizes awarded in each. In the adult division, first prize is $150, second is $100 and third is $50. In the high school division, first prize is $100, second is $50 and third is $25. In the grade- and middle-school division, first place is $50, second is $30 and third is $15.

The entry deadline is 5 p.m. March 28. The entry fee for grade, middle and high school entrants is $3 per poem or $10 for four poems and for adults is $4 per poem or $13 for four poems. Entrants may submit no more than four poems. All poems must be original and each must be typed on a 8 1/2- by 11-inch sheet of paper and may not exceed 100 lines in length.

The cover page should include the author's name, address, phone number and category and the titles of all poems submitted. The author's name should not appear on any poems. No entries will be returned.

A list of winners will be sent if a self-addressed stamped envelope is included in the entry.

Entries and fees can be sent to Fairbanks Arts Association, FAA Poetry Contest 2004, P.O. Box 72786, Fairbanks, AK 99707. For more information, call (907) 456-6485 ext. 227 or e-mail fairbanks

Oilers hold mascot naming contest

The Peninsula Oilers are asking fans to help them come up with a new mascot. Entries must include the mascot idea and name and the entrant's phone number, address and e-mail address. If more than one person sends in the winning name, the first person to send in their idea will be considered the winner.

The winner will receive a prize package worth $500.

All entries can be mailed to Peninsula Oilers, P.O. Box 318, Kenai, AK 99611 or e-mailed to The deadline is May 1.

For more information, call 283-7133.

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