Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2004

Ballroom dancing classes slated

Community ballroom dance classes with Norm and Annie Berg will be held Thursdays until Oct. 7 at North Star Dance Studio from 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 262-6133.

Art classes for home-schoolers to begin

Home-school art classes will begin Tuesday at the Kenai Fine Arts Center in Old Town Kenai. For a complete art class schedule and class descriptions, visit on the Web or call Stephanie Cox at 260-7459.

Art funding awards offered

The Rasmuson Foundation is offering an Individual Artist Awards program that will provide financial awards to individual artists living and creating in Alaska. There are three award categories:

Project awards: Awards of up to $5,000 for emerging, mid-career and mature artists for specific, short-term projects that have a clear benefit to the artist and the development of his or her work.

Artist fellowships: $12,000 awards for mid-career or mature artists to focus their energy and attention for a one-year period on developing their creative work.

Distinguished artist: $25,000 annual award for an artist of recognized stature with a history of creative excellence and accomplishment in the arts.

The awards are intended to give artists the resources to concentrate and reflect on their work, to immerse themselves in a creative endeavor and to experiment, explore and develop their artistry more fully.

The deadline for submission is Oct. 1. Applications and guidelines are available online at or by calling (907) 297-2700 or toll free in Alaska (877) 366-2700.

Pottery sought

The Kenai Potters' Guild is seeking clay work entries for its 16th annual Clay Exhibition. Entries will be accepted from 4 to 10 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Kenai Fine Arts Center in Old Town Kenai. For more information, call Cindy Finwall at 262-0903 or the guild at 283-7040.

Favorite poem project solicits submissions

The University of Alaska Anchorage is inviting all Alaskans to participate in a favorite poem project inspired by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. Pinsky, a professor at Boston University and poetry editor of the online magazine Slate, will visit UAA for an Oct. 8 lecture and book signing to mark the grand opening of the new UAA/APU Consortium Library.

Pinsky is perhaps best known for a nationwide initiative inviting Americans to talk about their favorite poems. To celebrate his visit, UAA is organizing a similar project.

To participate, type your favorite poem into an e-mail message and send it to by 5 p.m. Oct. 8. Submissions must include your name, age and occupation. They also must include the name of the poem, the name of the poet and a brief statement explaining why you chose that particular poem as your favorite.

Selected submissions will be posted on UAA's Web Site beginning Sept. 13. In addition, several submitters will be invited to read their favorite poems aloud at an Oct. 21 reading.

Artwork wanted for state facility

The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is soliciting artwork for the recently constructed improvements to the Fairbanks Youth Facility. The budget is a maximum of $10,000. The work will be displayed inside the youth facility on gypsum wallboard partitions over a corridor next to the gymnasium. The bases of the partitions are approximately 9 feet above the finished floor. The partitions are approximately 8 feet wide at the base and are curved on the inward side. The dimension from bottom to top is about 11 feet.

The facility is one of seven state-owned juvenile correctional facilities. As such, safety is a concert in the facility so the accepted artwork cannot have loose, dangling or sharp protruding objects within reach, should be durable and sturdy and any 3-D proposals need to be designed to prohibit climbing or "entering." Selection criteria will be the quality, appropriateness and originality of the artists' concept; the durability, maintenance requirements and safety considerations related to the design and materials; and the quality of artists' past work.

Each entry must include a one-page thumbnail sketch with concept notes, including dimensions, materials, colors and approximate budget; no more than 10 35 mm slides of past work in clear, plastic sheets, numbered and labeled with a corresponding slide list; a current resume, four pages maximum; and a self-addressed, stamped envelope for the return of materials. Additional materials should not be submitted.

The deadline is Oct. 29. Submissions can be sent to Alaska State Council on the Arts, Percent-For-Art, 411 W. 4th Ave., Suite 1E, Anchorage, AK 99501-2342. A full request for proposals is available at For more information, contact Sandy Gillespie at sandy_gillespie or Michael Hall at

Open art show slated

The Soldotna Senior Citizens Center will hold its eighth annual fall bazaar and open amateur art show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 5 and 6. Art check in is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2 and 3. A reception and judging will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 3. Art check out is after 4 p.m. Nov. 6.

Items will be accepted in three categories. Ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third place in each category. There will be one best of show and three honorable mention awards given. A people's choice award will be selected Nov. 5 and displayed Nov. 6.

Previously entered art in this show will not be accepted. Categories are painting and drawings including in oil, pastel, watercolor, graphite, pencil and acrylic; fiber work such as quilting, needle art, beading on fabric and sewing; and 3-D work including woodwork, metalwork, pottery, ceramics, leatherwork and basketry.

Entries are limited to three per artist. Thee is a $4 entry fee per item submitted. All wall hanging entrees must be framed, matted and ready to be hung. Art may be for display or sale. The center reserves the right to refuse art work. Items sold must remain until the art check out time. Items for sale will be on a 20 percent consignment to the center.

For bazaar information, call the center at 252-2322. For more information on the art show, contact Mary Lane at 262-8839.

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