Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, August 09, 2001

Morrissey to sing in Moose Pass, Seldovia

Singer-songwriter Bill Morrissey will perform in Moose Pass at 8 tonight at the Moose Pass Community Hall. Tickets are available at Railway Cantina in Seward or Estes Bros. Grocery in Moose Pass for $12.

Kasilof musician Mike Morgan will open for the New England troubadour with a 30-minute performance lecture. Morgan will discuss and perform classics from early American roots music. His repertoire will include selections from Mississippi Delta Blues artists and the Carter family.

For more information on the Moose Pass performance, contact Erin Knotek at (907) 288-3674.

Morrissey also will perform in concert on the Seldovia School Commons stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Morrissey is presented by the Seldovia Arts Council. Tickets can be purchased at the Seldovia Rowing Club, Herring Bay Mercantile or from council members. Pre-sale tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children. At the door tickets will be $15 and $10. For more information, contact Susan Mumma at (907) 234-7614 or Tracy Philpot at (907) 235-7555.

One-woman show to play at Moose Pass

"Libby," a one-woman show by Anchorage actress Elizabeth Ware, will play at the Moose Pass Community Hall at 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $13.

The two-act play is based on the biography of Libby Beaman, a Washington, D.C., socialite who accompanied her husband to the Pribilof Islands in the late 1800s.

For more information on the show, contact Erin Knotek at (907) 288-3674.

Center presents art workshops

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center and the Kenai Rotary Club will present a summer art workshop for youths Saturday.

There will be a storytelling in art class for youths ages 5 to 9 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. A collage and sculpture class will be held for youths ages 10 to 18 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The workshop will be led by art educator Debbie Harris. Class time will be spent discussing selected pieces of artwork from the "2001: A Fish Odyssey" show and creations of students' own work.

There is a $10 fee for materials for the class. The fee is payable on the day of the workshop at the center. Reservations can be made for the classes by calling the center at 283-1991.

Peninsula museums receive grants

The Alaska State Museum announced that 16 Alaska museums have been awarded grants totalling $105,000 to help pay for museum improvements.

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center received $7,565 for a collection storage upgrade. The Pratt Museum in Homer was awarded $9,986 for a media specialist and computer to initiate a new interactive Kachemak Bay exhibition. The Resurrection Bay Historical Society in Seward received $1,650 to purchase and install a security camera and monitor.

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. Students 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.

Free poetry contest offered

Celestial Arts is sponsoring a free poetry contest for all ages. Poems must be 21 lines or less. The grand prize is $1,000. Entries can be sent to: Celestial Arts, P.O. Box 1140, Talent, OR 97540. Contestants can also enter online at Author's name and address must be on the page with the poem. Deadline is Aug. 29.

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