Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2005

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 former 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. Saturday at the Family Fun In the Midnight Sun event in Nikiski. For more information, contact Carol Ford at 776-8308 or

Art workshops offered

The Across the Bay Tent and Breakfast Adventure Company near Seldovia will hold various art workshops throughout the summer. From Friday to Sunday, 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 Wednesday to June 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.

Orchestra rehearsals ongoing

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra rehearses at Ninilchik School throughout the summer. Anyone interested in joining or finding out more information can call (907) 235-4899 or e-mail

Kids' theater, art workshops slated

The Alaska Children's Institute for the Performing Arts will hold two drama workshops from Monday 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 Monday 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 Monday 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

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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