Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2006

Teen writers sought

The Clarion is seeking students from the Nikiski, Kenai, Skyview and Soldotna high schools interested in writing for its Verbatim column. The column is designed to let teens voice their opinions on topics of interest to them — school, family life, dating, politics, etc. Verbatim will be printed in the Wednesday’s Schools section beginning Sept. 6.

Students in grades 9 through 12 are eligible to submit a writing sample. Column length is 500 word minimum, 700 word maximum. Deadline for submission is no later than 5 p.m. Aug. 24. Send a writing sample to For more information, call 335-1241 or e-mail

Soup Supper set

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank’s 10th annual soup supper and auction will be held at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 26 in the Kenai Central High School cafeteria. Tickets are available at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank for $40. Volunteers are needed for the event. For more information or to volunteer, call 262-3111.

Homer seeks fiber art

The Fireweed Gallery in Homer is seeking submissions for its Alaska Bead and Fiber Arts annual exhibit in October. To apply online, visit Applications can also be obtained by visiting the gallery or calling (907) 235-3411.

Chamber seeks fishy photos

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce is seeking photos of dipnetters for display during the 2007 dipnet season. Drop the photos by the chamber or send them to

Elmendorf seeks Alaska art

The Elmendorf Officers’ Spouses’ organization bazaar committee is accepting applications from craft vendors for its bazaar scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 14. The event will feature “unique to Alaska” merchandise. Booth fees are $100, and 100 percent of the proceeds will will be used for the organization’s charitable donations For more information, call Sandra at (907) 694-1106 or visit

Governor’s awards open up

Nominations are being taken for the 2006 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities. Nomination forms for the arts awards are available at or by calling the Alaska State Council on the Arts at (888) 278-7424. Nomination forms for the humanities awards are at or by calling (907) 272-5341. The deadline for nominations is Aug. 15.

State seeks art pros

The Artists in Schools Program is looking for professional teaching artists in visual, literary, traditional Native and performing art forms. For more information or to request an application, call (907) 269-6682 or e-mail Application forms also are available online at Applications are due by Nov. 1.

Kids offered market space

In response to public requests, Kenai’s Saturday Market is offering space to school-age youths who would like to sell their own goods at the market, next to the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

To help teach kids about entrepreneurship, a small vendor fee — $10 or 10 percent of sales, whichever is less — will be charged, and youths need to comply with federal, state and market regulations. Space is limited and will be awarded on first come, first served basis.

Youths should determine which Saturday they would like to reserve before calling Harold Piland at 283-1991.

Flower boxes fund remodel

The Kenai Fine Arts Center has flower boxes for sale at at 816 Cook St. in Kenai. Funds raised will go toward the remodeling of the building. The boxes are $20 each. For more information, call 283-7040 or 776-3723.

Fair offers information

The Kenai Peninsula State Fair will be held Aug. 18-20 in Ninilchik. The fair’s exhibitor guides are available for those wishing to exhibit arts, crafts, plants and livestock for competition at the fair. Guides are available at the fair office, Ninilchik Library, Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center, Ninilchik Traditional Council, Ninilchik General Store and Deep Creek Sport Shop in Ninilchik; Beemun’s, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Services office on Kalifornsky Beach Road, Soldotna Public Library and Soldotna Senior Citizens Center in Soldotna; the Kenai Community Library, Kenai Senior Citizens Center and Kenai Fabric Center in Kenai; Homer Soil and Water in Homer and Nikiski Post Office.

For more information, call Lara at (907) 567-3670.

Stained glass classes shine

Sandy Stevens will offer the following stained glass classes through August at her studio in Sterling: beginning lead came or copper foil from 1 to 6 p.m. Fridays and Wednesdays; intermediate lead came or copper foil from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and beginning and intermediate lead came or copper foil from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The latter is a two-part class.

Each class costs $125, plus the cost of glass. For more information, directions or to register, call 262-4527.

Carving workshops slated

Alaska artist Rick Scott teaches how to carve a soapstone bear in a series of one-day workshops designed for beginners from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information on classes, call 398-8233.

Kenai photos wanted

The Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau is looking for digital photos of the city of Kenai and surrounding area to be used in several projects. Anyone interested may bring photos in digital format to the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center for a preview. Usage rights and payment will be negotiated. For more information, call Natasha at 283-1991.

Rasmuson expands fund

The Rasmuson Foundation has new guidelines and applications for the Harper Arts Touring Fund.The has been expanded to include traveling art and cultural exhibits. Eligible organizations are nonprofit organizations, governmental and tribal entities and educational institutions.

For guidelines, application forms and more information, visit

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