Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, August 04, 2005

Art workshops offered

The Across the Bay Tent and Breakfast Adventure Company near Seldovia will hold various art workshops throughout the summer.

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 235-3633.

Watercolor workshops planned

Watercolor painter Mary McAuliffe Marquis will offer watercolor painting workshops after hours at Coffee Roasters in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road in August.

Registration is available during business hours from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and during a reception for an exhibit of Marquis' works from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Coffee Roasters.

A beginning watercolor class will be offered from 3:30 to 6 p.m. and 6:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 18 and 20. The focus will be on landscapes. The cost is $75 for a three-hour class or $150 for both days. The class is limited to seven students.

An intermediate watercolor class will be offered from 3:30 to 6 p.m. and 6:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 18 and 20. The focus will be on flowers. Students can sign up for one or both days. The cost $75 for a three-hour class or $150 for both classes. The class is limited to seven students.

For more information, the supply list or to register, call 262-8760.

Orchestra rehearsals ongoing

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

Art classes for kids set to start

Renee Jahnke will teach art classes for kids from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Homer Council on the Arts office. Students must preregister.

Classes will teach various art techniques and mediums including pastel, clay and watercolor.

For more information or to register, call (907) 235-4288 or stop by the council office at 355 W. Pioneer Ave.

Art scholarship contest held 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.

Editors Day scheduled in September

The second Editors Day, a chance for children's book writers to consult with professional editors, will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 10 in Anchorage. Preregistration is required.

Editors Abigail Samoun of Tricycle Press and Liz Waniewski of Dial Books for Young Readers will work with participants. The cost is $75 for Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators members and $125 for nonmenmbers. Lunch is included.

For more information and to print the registration form, visit the Web site

Artists in Schools open for applications

The Artists in Schools Program has funding available for 27 statewide residencies for the 2005-06 school year. The AIS Program makes opportunities possible for students and teachers to work with professional artists through a full-time residency in their school for a minimum of two weeks.

For information on applying, view the grant application online at or call (907) 269-6682. Applications must be postmarked or turned in to the Alaska State Council on the Arts office in Anchorage by 4:30 p.m. Nov. 1.

For more information, call the office at (907) 269-6682 or (888) 278-7424 or e-mail

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