Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2007

Teen writers sought

The Clarion is seeking students in grades nine through 12 from central peninsula high schools interested in writing for its Verbatim column.

The column is designed to let teens voice their opinions on topics that affect their daily life home, family, school, peers, social pressures, ect. The column length is 300 words minimum and 500 words maximum.

Deadline to submit a sample column for consideration is Friday. Submissions must include first and last name, school, grade, mailing address and contact phone number. Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered. Entries must be e-mailed to

For more information, call 335-1241.

Artwork wanted

The Pratt Museum in Homer is seeking donations from artists and businesses for its annual Ritz fundraiser. The deadline is 5 p.m. Monday. The event will be held Nov. 3. Proceeds will support the museum's educational exhibits and programs

For more information, contact the Pratt at (907) 235-8635.

Gaede-Penner to give presentation

The Kenai Community Library will host Naomi Gaede-Penner, author of "Prescription for Adventure Series" at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at the library at 163 Main St. Gaede-Penner will give a presentation on the challenges of the writing process and the importance of saving and sharing family stories. She also will be available to sign books.

Watercolor workshop planned

Fairbanks artist Vladimir Zhikhartsev will teach a watercolor painting workshop Sept. 21, 22 and 23 in Seldovia. The fee is $185.

For more information on Zhikhartsev, visit the Web site To register or for more information on the workshop, call (907) 234-7614 or e-mail

Artists in Schools seeking applicants

Grant applications are available for the Alaska State Council on the Arts' Artists in Schools Program (AIS). The Artists in Schools 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. Any school in Alaska is eligible to apply.

Applications and guidelines for Artists in Schools are available online only The deadline for applications is Nov. 1. For more information, call Susan Olson at (907) 269-6682 or toll free (888) 278-7424, or e-mail

Poetry out loud luring studentsHigh school students in Alaska are invited to compete in a national poetry recitation contest, Poetry Out Loud. The program encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition.

From September through February, schools are invited to participate in classroom and schoolwide contests, with students advancing to a state competition in March. State champions will advance to the national finals April 27-29 in Washington, D.C.

High schools that wish to participate must contact the Alaska State Council on the Arts. Home school students should coordinate with local high schools to participate.

For more information, contact Susan Olson at (907) 269-6682 or (888) 278-7424, or visit

Kids' reading program ongoing

Triumvirate Bookstore in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna is hosting the Frequent Reading Program. Kids may sign up at the bookstore, pick out one free book, a reading calendar and program rules.

Kids are encouraged to read a book, bring their calendar to the bookstore, get it punched and pick up another free book.

Bookstore hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

For more information, call Rosie Reeder at 262-2908.

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