Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, June 09, 2005

Council on the Arts to meet

The Alaska State Council on the Arts will hold its annual meeting Friday and Saturday at 411 W. 4th Ave. in Anchorage. The agenda includes deciding annual grant funding for the upcoming fiscal year. For the full agenda and more information, call (888) 278-7424 or visit the Web site

Sing from the Heart audition Saturday

The second annual Sing from the Heart contest will hold a final audition from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. The top 10 singers from auditions will be chosen to compete Wednesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. Two people will be eliminated each week. For more information, call 262-2678.

Actors wanted for play

Director Joe Rizzo with Triumvirate Theatre is looking for male actors who can pass for the ages of 20 to 30 to be in his production of "Wait Until Dark," a thriller about a recently blinded woman terrorized by a trio of thugs while they search for a heroin-stuffed doll they believe is in her apartment. For more information or to audition, call Joe Rizzo at 283-6109.

Art workshops offered

The Across the Bay Tent and Breakfast Adventure Company near Seldovia will hold various art workshops throughout the summer. From June 17 to 19 Christine Smith will teach participants to create 12-by-12-inch mosaics based on the traditional Byzantine method using stone, shells and glass in a "mosaics from nature" class. The cost is $265, plus tax. A college credit is available.

A close-up photography workshop with photographer Hal Gage will be offered July 22 to 24 for $265, plus tax.

Alaska Author Bill Sherwonit will teach an adventure travel writing workshop from July 29 to 31. The cost is $295, plus tax.

Artist and sculptor Katherine Coons will help artists of all levels express their experiences and surroundings through contemporary painting in a "conceptual landscape painting" workshop from Aug. 12 to 14. The cost is $265, plus tax.

Mushroom expert Chris Riggio will help students identify the species, macroscopic features and habitats of wild Alaska mushrooms, along with giving cooking tips, from Aug. 26 to 28. The cost is $280, plus tax.

Prices include water taxi transportation from the Homer harbor, accommodations, meals and use of a sauna. For more information or to sign up for a workshop, call (907) 235-2571 or (907) 235-3633.

Singers wanted

Singers are needed to perform the national anthem at Oilers baseball games this summer. Anyone interested can contact Ron Lucia, general manager, at or 283-7133.

Kids' theater, art workshops slated

The Alaska Children's Institute for the Performing Arts will hold two drama workshops from June 20 to July 2.

A stagecraft workshop for ages fourth through eighth grade will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays from June 20 to July 2 at Nikiski Middle-Senior High School. The workshop will teach stagecraft skills including acting, set building, musical performance and stage movement. Participants will give a performance at 7 p.m. July 2 in the Nikiski High auditorium. The cost is $99 per student.

A drama and art camp for ages fourth through eighth grade will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays from June 20 to July 1 at the Triumverate Theatre in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. The camp involves four classes: making customized pop-up books, hip-hop dance, introduction to drawing and sketching and drama. Participants can take up to two classes. There will be a showcase at 7 p.m. July 1 at the theater. The cost is $75 per class, per student.

Scholarships are available for both workshops and home-school vouchers are accepted. For more information, call Joe Rizzo at 283-6109 or visit the Web site www.triumviratetheatre. org.

Student artwork wanted for book cover

Student artists can enter a contest to design the cover of a soon-to-be-published book by Minnesota writer Ed Newman.

The novel is "The Red Scorpion," a haunted house story blended with a tale of a teenage crisis of courage. More details about the story can be viewed at

High school and undergraduate students are eligible to enter the contest. Submissions from home- and private-school students are welcome. No work from professional artists will be considered.

Artwork must be original, but photos or slides of the artwork may be submitted. Original art will be required if a photo of a piece is selected. Artwork may be in any medium, though consideration for use on a book cover will determine the winning submission. Digital artwork should be submitted on CD.

More detailed rules are available online at www.enew or

Student artists must be willing to sign a release of first rights to Savage Press. Savage Press reserves the right to manipulate the work within reason.

The deadline for entries is July 2. If no suitable artwork is submitted, the deadline for entries may be extended or the contest may be canceled. Savage Press is not responsible for return of entries.

Entries should be sent to Savage Press, P.O. Box 7343, Duluth, MN 55807. Entries must include the artist's name, address, the school they attend and a valid e-mail address or phone number. For rules clarifications, e-mail enny

Kenai Performers plan kids' workshops

The Kenai Performers will hold theater workshops for kids from July 5 to 29 at the Old Town Playhouse in the old Gary King's store in Kenai. There will be a musical performed at the end of each camp.

A workshop for first- through sixth-graders will be held from 9 a.m. to noon July 5 to 22. the cost is $225 per child. A workshop for sixth-through 12th-graders will be held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. July 5 to 29. The cost is $300.

Registration forms for both workshops are available at the Playhouse and from noon to 4 p.m. June 18 at the Family Fun In the Midnight Sun event in Nikiski. For more information, contact Carol Ford at 776-8308 or whoville@pobox.alas

Art scholarship contest announced is accepting entries through Aug. 15 for its scholarship contest. Entries will be judged by a panel of art professionals. The contest winner will receive a $500 scholarship, second place will receive $300 and third will receive $200.

All entries must be displayed on to be considered for the contest. The contest is open to any student enrolled in an accredited university in the United States and is limited to one entry per artist. Winners will be announced on Aug. 31 on the Web site.

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