Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2003

Book sale starts today

The Kenai Community Library will have its annual book sale today through Saturday. A presale for Friends of the Library members will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. today. 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. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday 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 Monday through June 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. Monday through June 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 Saturday and Sunday 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.

Poetry contests offers $1,000

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

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 Lavender Augulis, Poetry Contest, 2255 N. University Parkway, Suite 15, No. 196, Provo, Utah 84604. Or enter online at or

The deadline for entering the Celestial Arts contest is June 21. The deadline for entering The Bards of Burbank contest is June 30. The deadline for entering The Friendly Poets Society contest is July 14. A winners' list will be sent to all entrants of the contests. Winning poems may be posted online.

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.

Pratt soliciting ornament designs

The Pratt Museum in Homer is accepting entries for the creation of a limited edition ornament for the new Pratt Museum ornament series.

All designs submitted should be in keeping with the Pratt Museum mission statement: "The Pratt Museum is dedicated to the process of education by exploring the natural environment and human experience relative to the Kachemak Bay region of Alaska and its place in the world."

Works in all media will be considered. The museum would like to presell as many pieces as possible through advanced sales offered to the membership and the community. The retail price of the ornament should be between $30 and $75, depending on the design chosen.

The entry deadline is June 30. A final selection will be made by Aug. 1. Production should be completed and delivered to the Pratt by Oct. 1. The artist will be given full credit on all advertising associated with the ornament.

For more information, contact Pam Kocer by phone at (907) 235-8635, ext. 26, or e-mail at

Museum solicits fiber artwork

The Pratt Museum in Homer is accepting entries for a thematic fiber art exhibit which reflects Alaska's glaciers and volcanoes to accompany a "Fire and Ice: Photographs by Brad Lewis and Carmen Field" show.

The submission deadline is July 7 and the show will open July 11. Large and unusually shaped work and collaborative pieces are accepted. The fiber art pieces will be displayed in several areas of the museum.

For more information, call Gale Parsons at (907) 235-8635, ext. 36.

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