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Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2007

Vendors wanted

The Kenai Watershed Forum is accepting applications from area artists to reserve booth space for the Kenai River Festival at Soldotna Creek Park in downtown Soldotna June 9 and 10. For more information or an application, contact Josselyn O’Connor at 260-5449, or visit www.kenaiwatershed.org.

Making the mold

A field casting workshop with Homer artist Lynn Marie Laden will be held from noon to 5 p.m. June 13 at the Pratt Museum in Homer. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday.

The workshop teaches the basics of mold making using natural textures, Alginate and plaster. The cost is $75. For more information, call Laden at (907) 235-5966 or the Pratt Museum at (907) 235-8635, or e-mail Laden at naden@ptialaska.net. All ages are welcome; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Artists wanted to decorate outdoors

The Pratt Museum in Homer is soliciting entries for its “Facing the Elements” outside art exhibit along the forest trail behind the museum. This year’s theme is “Natural Rhythms.”

The museum encourages visual artists, poets, writers, musicians, dancers, performance artists and actors to participate. Writings, music or theater can be original works or favorites presented in the open-air theater or along the forest trail on opening night or at another scheduled event. For more information, contact Ryjil at (907) 235-8635 ext. 22, or e-mail rchristianson@prattmuseum.org.

Teachers helping teachers

A Creative Writing Through the Visual and Performing Arts class will be held Wednesday through June 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 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 dorothygray@acsalaska.net.

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 http://abc.go.com/primetime/wifeswap, contact Catherine.Pappas@rdfusa.com or call (646) 747-7962.

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 Friday.

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 www.eed.state.ak.us/aksca, 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 whoville@pobox.alaska.net.

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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