Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2005

Artists and crafters sought

Kenai Senior Connection's gift shop is accepting applications from area artists and crafters with high-quality work. The sales commission will be 35 percent as this is a fund-raising project for the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Applications and samples need to be submitted at the senior center. Applications are available at Odie's Bead-it Shop, Soldotna Public Library, the senior center or the Kenai Fine Arts Center. For more information or to make an appointment, call Shirley Lennox-Hillyer at 283-4156.

Award open to young Alaskans

The Anchorage Festival of Music 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.

Previous 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 an 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

Vendors wanted for Saturday markets

Vendors are wanted for summer Saturday markets held outside the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays starting May 28. All artists, crafters, importers and food and produce vendors are welcome.

Per-day rental fees for a 10-foot-wide-by-15-foot-long booth space will be based on the frequency of attendance and on a first come, first served basis. The cost is $40 per day for one to four Saturdays, $30 per day for five to nine Saturdays, $20 per day for 10 to 14 Saturdays and $10 per day for $15 Saturdays.

Vendors must fill out a rental request including how many dates they intend to attend. For more information, call the Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau at 283-1991.

Peninsula Art Guild announces scholarships

The Peninsula Art Guild is offering art scholarships to students 18 or older pursuing art education at a college or university. Applicants enrolled in college must have at least a "C" average in all subjects.

Scholarships will be awarded to students planning on majoring in one of the visual arts or to students who have an interest in a field with a related study of visual arts, such as art education, art therapy or museum studies. Scholarship recipients also will receive a one-year membership to the guild.

Applicants should submit an application, three to five samples of their artwork that is original in concept and a 200 to 300 word summary of their reason for pursuing a career in art and their future goals. Applicants interested in taking part in art workshops or studying art in other noncollege settings need to fill out a different application.

Work should be submitted at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, 810 Cook Ave. in Old Town Kenai. The deadline is May 31.

Recipients must notify the guild in writing of the name and address of the college they attend, proof of enrollment, their student identification number and the address of the office where funds should be sent by Jan. 5, 2006. If the student does not provide the guild with this information, the scholarship will be void.

For more information, call Debbie Harris at 283-7663 or e-mail her at

Submissions wanted from Alaska women

Alaska Women Speak is accepting submissions for the summer 2005 issue with the theme, "Going Out — Weather or Not!" Stories, articles, poetry, art and photography submissions can be e-mailed to Carole Mercer at by June 3.

Student artwork wanted for book cover

Student artists can enter a contest to design the cover of a soon-to-be-published book by Minnesota writer Ed Newman. The novel is "The Red Scorpion," a haunted house story blended with a tale of a teenage crisis of courage. More details about the story can be viewed at

High school and undergraduate students are eligible to enter the contest. Submissions from home- and private-school students are welcome. No work from professional artists will be considered. Artwork must be original, but photos or slides of the artwork may be submitted. Original art will be required if a photo of a piece is selected. Artwork may be in any medium, though consideration for use on a book cover will determine the winning submission. Digital artwork should be submitted on CD. More detailed rules are available online at or

Student artists must be willing to sign a release of first rights to Savage Press. Savage Press reserves the right to manipulate the work within reason.

The deadline for entries is July 2. If no suitable artwork is submitted, the deadline for entries may be extended or the contest may be canceled. Savage Press is not responsible for return of entries.

Entries should be sent to Savage Press, P.O. Box 7343, Duluth, MN 55807. Entries must include the artist's name, address, the school they attend and a valid e-mail address or phone number. For rules clarifications, e-mail

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