Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, August 11, 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 Friday through Sunday. 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.

Art scholarship contest held is accepting entries through Monday 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.

Watercolor workshops planned

Watercolor painter Mary McAuliffe Marquiss is offering a watercolor painting workshop after hours at Coffee Roasters in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

Registration is available during business hours from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

A beginning watercolor class on landscapes will be offered from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Aug. 18 and a class on flowers will be offered from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Aug. 20. The cost is $75 for one class or $150 for both days. The classes are limited to seven students. Students can sign up for one or both days.

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

Rasmuson awards open for application

The Rasmuson Foundation is accepting applications for Individual Artist Awards. The program provides financial awards to individual artists in Alaska. Artists may apply in three categories:

Project Award up to $5,000 for artists working in any discipline at any stage of their career.

Artist Fellowship up to $12,000 for midcareer and mature artists working in choreography, folk and traditional arts, crafts, literary arts and scripts and performance art.

Distinguished Artist Award up to $25,000 for artists of recognized stature with a history of creative excellence and accomplishment. Applicants for the Distinguished Artist Award may be nominated by others.

The postmark deadline to apply is Sept. 1. For program guidelines, applications and more information, call (877) 366-2700 or visit 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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