Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2001

Discussion, book signing planned in Kenai

Carol Sturgulewski, one of the writers of "Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul," will hold a discussion about the creation of the book July 27 from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. A book signing and sale will follow the discussion.

The book is a collection of 101 inspirational stories of different writers, many from Alaska.

For more information, call the center at 283-1991.

Retreat planned for storytellers

Jack Dalton, Alaska Native Storyteller, author and teacher will host "Raven and the Ancient Island: A Storytelling Retreat" on Aug. 25 and 26 on Yukon Island in Kachemak Bay.

The retreat includes weekend access to a privately owned island, two storytelling workshops, a cultural history walk and talk, an Alaska Native botany hike and a fireside performance by Dalton. Participants can share accommodations or bring a tent.

Workshops focus on the effective means of education and entertainment of storytelling. Each student will be encouraged to explore ideas and possibly tell a story of their own.

The cost for the retreat is $175 and includes all activities, meals and shared accommodations on the island. The weekend is limited to 20 participants. Provided lines are $5 per set and campsites are available. A water taxi from Homer is $40 and will be scheduled for retreat guests.

To register, call (907) 333-7363 or e-mail The deadline for registration is Aug. 17.

Soldotna museum open for summer

Lorraine Larsen will teach fur skin sewing classes at the Soldotna Historical Society Homesteader Village and Museum every Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The museum is open through Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The museum is on Centennial Park Road in Soldotna. For more information, call 262-3832.

Seward gallery plans special exhibit

During the month of July, the Resurrection Bay Galerie in Seward will present the exhibition "Over the Brooks Range and Down the North Slope."

Twenty Alaska and nationally known artists have sent paintings and sculptures depicting the mountainous Brooks Range and the North Slope. Not only scenery will be exhibited but the flora, fauna and people of the region will be portrayed.

Artists showing their work will be Deland Anderson, James Behlke, William Brody, Robert Grogan, Robert Kercher, Marvin Mangus, David Mollett, Hugh McPeck, Tom Missel, Sandy Stolle, Chris Wakefield, Diane Widom and Jon and Daniel Van Zyle.

The inspiration for this show was paintings by Marvin Mangus, who was in on the beginning of exploration of the North Slope and his many paintings of those early days of exploration and discovery.

Musicians sought for festival

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra is looking for individuals or small groups of musicians who wish to be part of the Summer String Festival in Homer in August by performing in one of the free luncheon concerts during festival week. If you are interested, call Laura Norton at (907) 235-6318.

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