Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2005

Nikiski grad honored for song

Former Nikiski resident Bill Hibpshman, who now lives in Castle Rock, Colo., recently had a song he wrote chosen as a gospel music category finalist in the Song of the Year contest, an international songwriting contest supporting VH-1's Save the Music Foundation. Hibpshman, also known as "Billy Sweet" said fatherhood inspired him to write "Riley's Song."

"When my wife and I found out that she was pregnant with our first child, a ton of emotions spilled over and out came 'Riley's Song,'" he said.

Hibpshman grew up in Nikiski, graduated from Nikiski High School in 1993 and moved out of state in 2001. He still has several family members in the area. He is concentrating on his song writing and getting back in the studio to pursue his music career while hoping to get a record or publishing deal. "If my music can touch someone in a positive way, then I hope God will give me that chance to reach people on a larger scale," he said.

Guild announces scholarships

The Peninsula Art Guild awarded $6,000 in scholarships to area aspiring artists to assist in their visual arts education. Recipients this year include:

High school — Brandon Chenault, Megan Mazurek, Brandon Reid and Michael Svymbersky.

Open — Devon Anderson, Mark Harro, Traci Knutson, Laurie Marta, Paul Tornow, Emily Berezin, Sheri Sather, Chelsea Bailey and Charly Rininger.

Many recipients are attending Kenai Peninsula College and the University of Alaska to further their visual arts-related educations. For more information on scholarship applications, contact Debbie Harris at daharris@alaska.net.

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 Friday to Sunday. 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.

Rasmuson awards open

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 www.rasmuson.org.

Benefit art raffle 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 slots open

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 http://alaska.cgweb.org 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 ais_aksca@eed.state.ak.us.



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