Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2002

Summer program under way

Upcoming interpretive programs at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center include Larry Ford speaking about ancient tool-making ways on Friday; Janice Chumley, from the Cooperative Extension Service, speaking about gardening on the Kenai with integrated pest management on Monday; and Gwen Woodard on Wednesday with a quilting demonstration.

The programs will feature science on Mondays, art on Wednesdays and Alaska heritage on Fridays.

The programs start at 3 p.m. and will be held in June, July and August. There is no charge.

Seldovia festival offers workshops

The Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival will host a series of workshops June 22.

Take a private guitar lesson with today's premier woman finger-style guitarist Muriel Anderson, or learn to sing a duet with Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer, whose album "Tanglewood Tree" was the most played album on folk music radio for the year 2000. Join Annie Wenz as she shares stories and songs from her travels around the world, and children can come sing and dance with Alaska's own Robin Hopper.

Each workshop is $5. For more information, call Susan Mumma at 234-7614 or or visit the Seldovia Arts Council Web site at

Writers' conference scheduled

Limited space remains for the statewide Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference June 23-27 at the Land's End Resort in Homer.

It will feature award-winning novelist Russell Banks as the keynote presenter, as well as more than 30 writers from the Northwest and Alaska.

The conference will offer more than 35 daily workshops, craft talks, panel presentations and evening readings, including fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Optional post-conference activities are available.

The registration fee is $225. One University of Alaska Anchorage academic credit is optionally offered for additional tuition of $90.

For specific program and registration information, visit

During the conference, the public is invited to hear several author and conference participants read their work at 8 p.m. June 24-26 at the resort.

Pratt Museum needs volunteers

The Pratt Museum is looking for volunteers interested in the history, natural history and arts of Kachemak Bay and the southern Kenai Peninsula to work in a variety of museum departments.

Anyone interested in education, public information, retail, museum collections or general office tasks is encouraged to contact Michelle Bayes at 235-8635, ext. 25.

Kenai Peninsula poets sought

The Friendly Poets Society is offering a $1,000 grand prize in its latest poetry competition, free to everyone.

There are 50 prizes in all worth almost $5,000. The contest is seeking poems on any subject, using any style, with a life-affirming inspirational theme.

To enter, send one poem 21 lines or less to: Lavender Augulis, Poetry Contest, 2255 N. University Parkway, Suite 15, # 196, Provo, Utah 84604, or go to and enter online.

The deadline is July 6. A winners' list will be sent to all entrants. The editors reserve the right to publish the winning poems on-line or in a pamphlet.

Concert vendor space available

Space is available for vendors who would like to sell their food or wares at the KDLL Art and Music Festival on June 22 at the Diamond-M Ranch on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

Musical artists scheduled to appear include Bunny Swan Gease, the Spur Highway Spankers, Hobo Jim, the Mabrey Brothers, North Road Pounders and English Bay Band.

To reserve a spot, contact Jay Barrett at 262-1991 or by e-mail at, or Allen Auxier at 283-8433 or

Festival organizers also are looking for volunteers to help with the event. Volunteers who sign up for a time shift will receive free admission.

Those who sign up for a security position will receive free admission for a guest, as well. To volunteer, contact the name listed in each category. Most positions are three-hour shifts.

Security -- Norm Brennan, 283-7841,; hospitality tent -- Joan Merrick, 283-6030,; parking -- Sheryl Padilla, 283-8225,; KDLL booth -- Phillipa Sonnichsen, 262-0434,; stage construction -- Roger Boyd, 283-9113,; and gate -- Annie Moylan in Homer, 235-7721,

--Staff reports

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