Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, June 05, 2003

Deadline for festival extended

The Kenai Watershed Forum has extended the deadline for local artists to reserve a booth for the 13th annual Kenai River Festival until Saturday. The festival will be held June 14 and 15 in Kenai at the Green Strip Park near the ball fields. Space is limited. For more information, contact Josselyn Burke at 260-5449 or online at

Poetry contests offer $1,000

A $1,000 grand prize is offered in three poetry contests. They are sponsored by Celestial Arts, Hollywood's Famous Poets Society and The Bards of Burbank.

To enter, send one poem 21 lines or less to Celestial Arts, P.O. Box 1140, Talent, OR 97540; Free Poetry Contest, 1626 N. Wilcox Ave. No. 126, Hollywood, CA 90028; or Free Poetry Contest, PMB250, 2219 W Olive Ave., Burbank, CA 91506. Or enter online at or

The deadline for entering the Hollywood's Famous Poets Society contest is Monday. The deadline for entering the Celestial Arts contest is June 21. The deadline for entering The Bards of Burbank contest is June 30. A winners' list will be sent to all entrants of the contests.

Quilting projects wanted

Quilting on the Kenai organizers are soliciting quilt projects from around Alaska to display during the annual quilting event, held this year June 19-21 in Soldotna. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday. There is no submission fee.

This year's Quilting on the Kenai event will feature nationally recognized quilt artists and teachers Rachel Clark and Judy Niemeyer. They will offer classes, which are open to the public to take. Class sizes are limited, so early registration is encouraged.

For more information about classes or submitting quilt projects for display, call 262-5438 or e-mail robinplacefabrics

Book sale coming up

The Kenai Public Library will have its annual book sale June 12 to 14. A presale for Friends of the Library members will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. June 12. Non-Friends can join the organization at the door. The sale will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 13 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 14 in the parking lot. Book donations will be accepted anytime at the library.

Fine arts institute slated

The Youth-Teen Fine Arts Institute, put on by Kenai Peninsula College and Soldotna Community Schools, will be held June 16-20 at the college. The program is aimed toward kids in preschool through 12th grade. Kids in preschool through sixth grade will attend the program from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 16-20 for a $150 tuition fee. Preschool through kindergarten children will be taught in a self-contained atmosphere rich in arts and music. First- through sixth-graders will get to choose four classes to take, including photography, art, dance and music. Students from seventh through 12th grades will attend the teen program June 14 and 15 for a $60 tuition fee and will choose one class to take for both days either photography, dance or soft sculpture. Registration forms are available by calling 262-6768.

Writers' conference slated

The Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College will present the statewide Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference at Land's End Resort in Homer from June 22 to 26. It will feature award-winning author Tobias Wolff as the keynote presenter as well as 25 other faculty members, including noted authors, editors, publishers and agents from throughout the United States.

The conference offers daily workshops, craft talks, manuscript reviews, panel presentations and evening readings in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children's writing and more. Conference participants also are offered an optional three-day preconference writers' workshop retreat from June 18 to 21. Evening readings by conference faculty will be open to the general public at no charge.

Advanced registration is required, and there is limited enrollment. Registration is $275. The preconference session is an additional $300, including room and board. One University of Alaska Anchorage academic credit is offered for the additional tuition fee of $93. For specific program and registration information, visit chinook.kpc.alaska. edu/~conference. For more information, call Carol Swartz at (907) 235-7743.

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