Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2007

Writers meet tonight

The Central Peninsula Writers’ Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. today in the conference room at the Kenai Community Library.

Play auditions this weekend

Kenai Performers will hold auditions for its spring show, “The Dining Room” by A. R. Gurney, at 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Old Town Playhouse across from the Kenai Chamber of Commerce cabin in Old Town Kenai. Casting needs are for six women and three men. The play directed by Laura Forbes will run May 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20. For more information, call Chris Cook at 283-8350 or e-mail her at chrisc@gci.net.

Chorus set to sing

The central Kenai Peninsula branch of the Kenai Peninsula Community Chorus will begin rehearsals for the December presentation of Handel’s “Messiah” on Tuesday. Rehearsals run from 7 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday through April and May at Soldotna Christ Lutheran Church, conducted by Jean Brockel and accompanied by Maria Allison. There is a class fee of $25 along with a materials fee. After a summer break, rehearsals will resume in September. For more information or to preregister, call Laura Norton at (907) 299-2453.

Kids’ art wanted

The Kenai Art Guild is accepting entries for its annual kids’ art show.

Children ages 2 to 12 are invited to submit their work to the Kenai Fine Arts Center, 816 Cook St. in Old Town Kenai, by 4 p.m. Friday. There is a $2 entry fee per child for up to three entries. All entries must be original and mounted on a background. The show will be on display in April with a reception at 6:30 p.m. April 5.

For more information, contact Debbie Harris at 283-7663.

Humanities forum offers historic grants

The Alaska Humanities Forum is offering grants to explore how the Alaska statehood experience illustrates our unique history and future.

Successful applicants will use grant funds to delve into the defining experiences of Alaska becoming the 49th state of the United States. Project categories include media, oral history, public meetings, research or planning. Projects should be for the benefit of all Alaskans with any events and-or products easily accessible to the public.

The forum will award funding to projects with requests not to exceed a total of $10,000. The deadline for applying is Sunday. Additional information on the process of submitting a grant proposal is available on the forum’s Web site, www.akhf.org/grants, or by contacting Anne Remick, the forum’s grants officer, at (907) 272-5373, or at grants.akhf.org via e-mail.

Lower fees continue for artists in schools

The Alaska State Council on the Arts’ Artists in Schools Program is maintaining a decrease in the matching grant funds paid by schools throughout Alaska for the upcoming school year (2007-8). At the same time, fees paid to professional teaching artists participating in the program have increased. The AIS program makes opportunities possible for students and teachers to work with professional teaching artists through a full-time residency in their school for a minimum of two weeks.

For online grant applications, visit http://alaska.cgweb.org. The application deadline is Monday. For more information, contact program director Susan Olson at (907) 269-6682 or (888) 278-7424, or e-mail ais_aksca@eed.state.ak.us.

Art show proposals being accepted

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center is accepting applications for solo and group shows for the 2007-08 season. The postmark deadline is May 1. Applications are available at the center, or go online to www.artskenai.com for more information.

Beading classes offered

Beading classes are taught from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the museum gallery at the end of Willow Street in Kenai. For more information, call Mary Kroll at 299-0534. The museum also has exhibits and art for sale. Admission is free.

Kids’ reading program ongoing

Triumvirate Bookstore in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna invites kids to join its Winter Frequent Reading Program. When kids sign up at the bookstore, they can pick out one free book, a reading calendar and reading program rules. Kids are encouraged to read a book, bring their reading 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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