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Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2008

Artists sought

The Central Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary is seeking local artists for its monthly display at the Care Package Gift Shop. Artists who would like their would like to have their work considered for display and sales at the shop may call Eve Thompson at the gift shop at 714-4898.

Kachemak Bay shorebird photo contest

The annual amateur photo contest sponsored by NOMAR and Eagle Eye Photo has begun. The theme is "Alaska," and scenic and wildlife photos may be entered.

Entries must be received before 6 p.m. May 5. Winners will be notified by May 8. The grand prize is $300 and other cash prizes will be awarded by category. Photos will be on display at NOMAR through May 29.

Entry blanks are available by calling NOMAR at 235-8363, Eagle Eye Photo at 235-8525 or from the Homer Chamber of Commerce at 235-7740. For more information, call Kate Mitchell at 235-8363 or e-mail nomar@xyz.net.

Photography contest continues

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 exhibition will be juried by Bill Owens, a California-based photographer (www.billowens.com.) There will be a $300 Juror's Choice Award and two $150 Awards of Recognition. Following a showing at the State Museum next summer, the photography exhibit will tour the state.

Entry forms are available online at www.museums.state.ak.us. 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.

The entry deadline is April 15. Complete details are available at the Alaska Writers Guild Web site at www.alaskawritersguild.com.

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 Land's 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 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, Joseph Enzweiler and Richard and Nora Dauenhauer.

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. One UAA academic credit is optionally offered. For program and registration information visit http://writersconference.homer.alaska.edu.

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 www.kenaiperformers.org for the board member application; contact Chris Cook, board president, at chrisc@gci.net; 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.



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