Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2004

Kids' summer art workshops planned

Stephanie Cox will offer several art classes for kids. The first is a two-day workshop Monday and Tuesday 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 daharris

Outdoor art exhibition accepts entries

The Pratt Museum is planning its 10th annual outdoor art exhibition, "Facing the Elements," to be displayed June 18 through Sept. 30 at the museum's forest ecology trail. The exhibition is completely open to the elements and artwork must be removable, safe to visitors, stable and compatible with the environment. No sharp or jagged objects are allowed. Poets, writers, musicians, dancers, actors and other performance artists are encouraged to participate along with visual artists. The theme this year is "movement."

From 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday there will be a site walk-through and registration with a fee of $10. Registration continues through June 18 at the administration desk. June 15 is the deadline for installing art and submitting brief artist biographies, statements, fees and contracts. The exhibition opens June 18 with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, contact Shannon Riley at (907) 235-8635, ext. 28, or or Gale Parsons at (907) 235-8635, ext. 36, or

Museum plans plant sale

The Pratt Museum in Homer will have a plant and museum store sidewalk sale at 10 a.m. June 5. The museum has 150 species of native plants that need thinning each year. Gardener Donna Bauer and volunteers will be available to answer questions and provide gardening tips.

Alaska Arts Institute slated

The Alaska Alliance for Arts Education presents the seventh annual Alaska Arts Institute at Kenai Peninsula College from June 7 to 11. Courses are designed for teachers, arts specialists, administrators and anyone interested in integrating arts education into instruction and achievement. Tuition is $134 per credit and up to three credits may be taken in the week. Classes include connecting literature and the visual arts; kinesthetics for the classroom; integrating arts into the classroom; digital video in the classroom; using arts education strategies to change labels; storytelling; watercolor; pictures and prose; teaching art in the classroom; music appreciation for everyone; connecting art and writing; arts, humanities and culture; and puppets. The keynote speaker will be Judith Conk of the Galef Institute, and the special guest will be photographer Phil Borges. For more information, contact Celia Anderson at 262-0361.

Writers' conference coming up

The Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference is in Homer from 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 $275. One UAA academic credit is offered for an additional $102. For specific program and registration information, visit ~conference/ on the Web.

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