Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2007

It’s all connected

A Creative Writing Through the Visual and Performing Arts class will be held June 6-8 at Kenai Peninsula College. Four area teachers will explore the connections between composing with language and creative expression in drama, music and the visual arts. The teachers are Dorothy Gray, director of the Alaska State Writing Consortium; Joe Rizzo, Nikiski High School drama teacher, actor and screenwriter; Vickie Roney, Kenai Alternative art specialist; and Erin Southwick, Soldotna Elementary School music conductor and reading teacher.

The course is designed to provide kindergarten through 12-grade teachers with a variety of tools and engaging activities to help their students improve their writing as well as develop a heightened sense of the mediums they explore. No prior experience in the arts needed.

The class offers one graduate credit and costs $150.

For more information or to preregister, contact Dorothy Gray at 776-5220 or via e-mail at

Alaska Writers Guild starts new chapter

The Alaska Writers Guild is holding a formation meeting at 2 p.m. May 13 at the Loussac Library in Anchorage. The guild seeks to bring published and unpublished writers together for mutual support, assistance and education.

The purpose of the meeting is to bring interested parties into the guild as initial members, choose the charter and bylaws that will initiate the organization, and elect the first year’s officers and board members.

For more information, visit the Guild’s Web site,, or e-mail Jim Misko at

Artists’ work to take off at airport

The Alaska State Council on the Arts is accepting applications for artwork for three sites at Ted Stevens International Airport. The deadline is May 23. The art budget is approximately $700,000 for the three sites. For the complete request for qualifications, visit the “Artist Opportunities” link on the ASCA Web site,

Vendors needed for sea fest

The Kachemak Bay Sea Festival is accepting vendor applications for booth space during the Memorial Day weekend event May 26-27 in Homer. Arts and crafts vendors are among those sought. For more information, contact Cherie Boles-Brooksbank at the Homer Chamber of Commerce at (907) 235-7740 or

Chorus set to sing

The central Kenai Peninsula branch of the Kenai Peninsula Community Chorus has rehearsals for the December presentation of Handel’s “Messiah” from 7 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday through May at Soldotna Christ Lutheran Church. There is a 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.

Council offers masterful art grant

The Alaska State Council on the Arts is launching an American Masterpieces grant program available to Alaska organizations beginning July 1. The application deadline in June 1.

The program, part of the National Endowment for the Arts, is designed to honor American master artists and acquaint Americans with the best of their cultural and artistic legacy. The program will highlight the best of American or Alaskan artists, exhibits or productions. For more information, visit the council Web site at, or call (888)278-7424.

Triumvirate plans drama camps

Triumvirate Theatre will hold three drama camps for kids this summer:

· A Soldotna camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday June 18-July 14 at the Triumvirate Theatre in the Peninsula Center Mall for grades three and up. Youth will put on a production of “The Wizard of Oz.” Show dates will be July 12, 13 and 14. Instructors will be Paul Morin and Stephanie Bouchard, with producer Joe Rizzo. The cost is $290 per child if registering online before midnight June 1, or $390 after, with vouchers from Connections and Galena programs accepted.

· A camp for kids in preschool through second grade will be held in conjunction with the Soldotna camp from noon to 3 p.m. Fridays starting June 18, then every afternoon from July 9-14 at the theatre. The cost is $100.

· A Nikiski camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 18-26 at the Nikiski Middle-Senior High School Auditorium with a show June 26. The instructor will be D. Wayne Mitchell, production director for Anchorage’s TBA Theatre Company, a regular presenter at the Valdez Theatre Conference and producer of Anchorage’s intramural comedy improvisation tournament, “Improvaganza.” The cost is $99. High-price scholarships are available and will be awarded in May to preregistered participants.

Registration can be done online at For more information, contact Joe Rizzo at 283-6109 or by e-mail at

Performers winging it

The Kenai Performers will host an improvisational theater workshop for teens and adults July 17-23 taught by Sidecar, a professional improv troupe that performs in New York.

Cost and class times are being decided, but it could run around $10 per hour. For more information or to indicate interest in participating, call Carol Ford at 776-8308 or e-mail her at

Performers set to camp

The Kenai Performers will hold a drama camp for kids starting July 16:

· A camp for kids out of first grade through those out of sixth grade will be held from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays July 16 through Aug. 3 with performances Aug. 3, 4 and possibly 5. The cost is $225 per child.

· A camp for youth out of sixth grade through those who just graduated from high school will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. July 16 through Aug. 10 with performances Aug. 10, 11 and possibly 12. The cost is $300 per participant.

To register or for more information, contact Carol Ford at 776-8308 or by e-mail at Registration forms will be available at River City Books in Soldotna at the Kenai and Soldotna libraries.

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 is hosting the 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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