Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2005

Theater workshops offered

The Kenai Performers are offering theater workshops. A behind-the-scenes theater workshop will

include makeup, set construction, lighting and sound effects. It is offered today from 6 to 9 p.m.

Admission is $10. 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" and "Brigadoon," 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.

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

Student, adult classes planned

Arts Express will offer several spring break arts classes taught by Paul Tornow. On Monday and

Tuesday, there will be an oil pastels with a Van Gogh influence class for kindergarten through

third-graders from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Also offered Monday and Tuesday is "old masters"

Impressionistic acrylic painting for fourth- through 10th-graders from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday and Thursday, a watercolor basics class for kindergarten through third-graders will be

offered from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Also Wednesday and Thursday is a watercolor master techniques

class for fourth- through 10th-graders from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

All classes cost $40, plus tax, if preregistered by Saturday. After Saturday registration is $45,

plus tax. Classes are for home and public school students. To register, contact Stephanie Cox at or 260-7459. For more information, visit the Web site

Actors wanted for one-acts

Auditions for actors wanting to be in one-act plays will be held at 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.

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.

Previously award winners were 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 also must submit two letters

of recommendation, a completed application form, a 25- to 30-minute recording and the $15

application fee. Applications must be postmarked by 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 from June 18 to July 2. Space is


For more information or to apply, visit the Web site www.fineartscamp.opg.

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