Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, August 18, 2005

Sing contest winners announced

The second annual Sing From the Heart contest has ended and winners were named. J.T. Thompson of Soldotna earned first place and got a $2,000 prize. Charles Lesperance of Kasilof was second at $600, and Donna Stocks of Funny River was third with a $400 prize.

Twenty-eight area singers of all ages auditioned for the contest in June. Singers chose whatever songs they wanted and performed both a capella and with karaoke music. Two competitors were eliminated each week. A panel of three judges chose who advanced and who was eliminated, as well as who the winner were.

Writers' group to meet

The Central Peninsula Writers' Group will met at the Kenai Community Library at 6 p.m. today. Anyone wishing to share their work should bring at least one hard copy besides the one they will read.

Comedy auditions slated

Kenai Performers is holding auditions for a comedy directed by Ellee Ernst at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Old Town Playhouse in the Malston's Building near the Kenai Chamber of Commerce.

Men and women ages teen and up are needed. This is not a musical. Performances will be Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 2, 6, 7 and 8.

Storytellers wanted

Kenai Performers is looking for members for its storytelling troupe. Participants perform stories on predetermined themes. Performances are Sunday afternoons once a month starting Sept. 18, but members don't have to participate that often.

Proposed themes are Cinderella around the world for September, monsters and things that go bump in the night for October, home and family stories for November, holiday stories from around the globe for December, fantasy or Alaska tales for January, Valentine stories for February, tropical tales for March and poetry for April.

For more information, call Carol Ford at 776-8308.

Art workshops offered

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

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 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. Thursday and a class on flowers will be offered from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday. 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 Waniew-ski 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

Art raffle to benefit firefighters under way

Frames and Things in the Blazy Mall in Soldotna has raffle tickets for a framed print of "No Greater Love," by Ron DiCianni, with patches from Central Emergency Services and the Kenai and Nikiski fire departments. Tickets are $10 for one or $50 for six. Proceeds of the raffle will be given to the three area fire departments. The drawing will be Sept. 11. For more information, call 262-5248.

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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