Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, May 13, 2004

Writers' conference coming up

The Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference is in Homer June 18 to 22. It will feature award-winning author Maxine Hong Kingston as the keynote presenter, 20 other faculty members of University of Alaska Anchorage and out-of-state presenters including Robert Michael Pyle, Susan Power, John Keeble, Lee Gutkind, David Bradley and Arthur Sze. The conference will be held at Land's End Resort on the Homer Spit and will offer daily workshops, craft talks, manuscript reviews, publisher conferences, panel presentations and evening readings in fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

Advanced registration is required and is $225 before Saturday and $275 after that.

There is a reduced rate of $125 for UA-admitted, degree-seeking students before Monday. One UAA academic credit is offered for an additional $102. For specific program and registration information, visit on the Web.

Art workshop slated

A "Making the Invisible Visible: Microscopic Ocean Art and Nature" workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer. The workshop is part of a year-long project inviting artists from all media to create plankton-inspired artwork for a spring 2005 exhibit at the Pratt Museum in Homer. Participants will view microscopic plants and animals through microscopes and video equipment. This is the first of a monthly workshop series running through October. There is a limit of participants for each workshop. To register, call Gale or Shanon at (907) 235-8635, ext. 36 or 28. The next workshop will be June 19.

Art guild meeting this weekend

The Peninsula Art Guild will hold a quarterly board meeting at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Kenai Fine Arts Center. For more information, call 283-7040.

Poetry contest being held

Celestial Arts is holding a poetry contest that is free for anyone to enter. The grand prize is $1,000. To enter, send one poem of 21 lines or less to Celestial Arts, P.O. Box 1140, Talent, OR 97540 or enter online at

The author's name and address must be included with the poem. The deadline for submissions is May 22. A winner's list will be sent to all entrants.

Kids' summer art workshops planned

Stephanie Cox will offer several summer art classes for kids. In June, there will a two-day workshop May 31 and June 1 that will include Eric Carle painting and collage for kindergarten through third-graders and painting and collage with Matisse and Bearden for fourth- through eighth-graders. Another two-day workshop will teach printmaking to kindergarten through third-graders and fourth- through eighth-graders. The cost is $40 plus tax for each two-day session. On June 26, there will be a one-day workshop on painting with watercolors for kindergarten through third-graders and perspective drawing for fourth- through eighth-graders.The cost is $20 plus tax.

To register, e-mail Cox at or call her at 260-7459.

Art scholarships to be awarded

The Peninsula Art Guild is accepting applications for its annual scholarships for high school and college art students. College-level student work is being accepted until the end of May. For more information, contact Debbie Harris at 283-7663 or

Kids' summer theater camp slated

Kenai Performers is taking registrations for its Summer Theatre Camp 2004 and a summer musical. Session one is open to kids in first through sixth grade and runs for three weeks from June 28 to July 16.

Session two is open to grades six through 12 and runs for four weeks from July 19 through Aug. 13. Call Carol Ford at 776-8308 for more information or to register.

Logo design contest announced

The Performing Arts Society, an area nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing classical music and jazz concerts to the central Kenai Peninsula, is sponsoring a competition for an original logo design open to everyone, including students. The logo must include the words "Performing Arts Society."

Submissions should be made on white, unlined paper and artists should have the design available on disc, as well. Send submissions along with your name, address, e-mail address and phone number to Performing Arts Society, P.O. Box 308, Soldotna, AK 99669.

The deadline for submission is June 15. The society's board of directors will decide the winning drawing. The winner will be awarded $500 and will be announced at the end of June. For more information, contact Jean Brockel at 262-4084.

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