Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2001

Retreat planned for storytellers

Jack Dalton, Alaska Native storyteller, author and teacher, will host "Raven and the Ancient Island: A Storytelling Retreat" 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 Friday.

Oral histories now available

Transcripts of oral history interviews done in 1992 and 1993 with 17 of Alaska's early conservationists are now available at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art Archives for use by researchers, writers and historians. The transcripts were produce with funding from the Alaska Humanities Forum, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Alaska Conservation Foundation. Citations for the oral histories will be included on the Internet through the Museum Archives database.

For more information, call Jim Stratton at (907) 269-8700.

Seldovia concert planned

Bryan Bowers will perform in Seldovia Aug. 31. Bowers is best known for his absolute mastery of the autoharp, which he combines with humor and a sense of stage presence. Stories of his youth and misadventures have folks from tot to teetotaler holding their bellies in laughter between songs.

Performing on virtuoso guitar in the same show will be Mike Morgan of Kasilof.

The show is sponsored by the Seldovia Arts Council. It will take place at Susan B. English School Commons at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children. A family ticket can be purchased for $30. At the door the tickets will be $15 and $10. They may be purchased at Seldovia Rowing Club, Herring Bay Mercantile and from Seldovia Arts Council members. For more information, call Susan Mumma at 234-7614.

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.

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