Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2007

Writers’ Group meeting planned

The Kenai Writers’ Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. today in the Kenai Community Library conference room. Writers should bring extra copies of their work to share.

Women needed to act ‘Odd’

Pier One Theatre in Homer is holding auditions for a female version of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple,” directed by Lance Petersen, from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Mariner Theatre in Homer High School. There are roles for six women and two men.

Teachers helping teachers

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

Reality show looking for Alaskans

ABC TV’s “Wife Swap,” is casting families from Alaska to be a part of its fourth season.

All families featured on the show receive a $20,000 honorarium. Referrals for families are welcome. The show offers a $1,000 finder’s fee to individuals recommending families who are featured on the show.

Potential families can live anywhere in Alaska and should consist of two parents who have at least one child, age 6 or older, living at home.

The premise of “Wife Swap” is one parent from each household swaps places for a week to experience how another family lives.

Any family can apply. The show is especially looking for families with businesses (restaurants, hotels, touring businesses, fishing, etc.), Native families, families that have relocated or have unique lifestyles.

For more information or to apply, visit, contact or call (646) 747-7962.

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 Wednesday. 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 and 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

Council offers art grant, fellowship

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.

The council also is accepting applications for the 2007 Connie Boochever Fellowship in visual arts. The $2,500 fellowship is for emerging artists pursuing an art form on an ongoing basis. The deadline to apply is Aug. 31.

For more information on either opportunity, visit the council Web site at, or call (888)278-7424.

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

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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