Kenai Visitors & Cultural Center

Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2001

Area arts group changes name

Michael Morgan, president of the Kenai Arts and Humanities Council, announced that the organization has officially changed its name to the Kenai River Council on the Arts. The new name is reflective of the fact that the organization has restructured and grown to include the greater central Kenai Peninsula.

Peninsulawide arts meeting Oct. 20

Arts organizations, arts educators, artists and patrons of the arts are invited to the Arts Summit at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center on Oct. 20. The meeting is being organized by the Kenai River Council on the Arts and will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. According to Michael Morgan, council president, the meeting will bring together cultural organizations of the peninsula for an exchange of ideas regarding the educational, economic and aesthetic impact of the arts on the peninsula and to informally discuss a new arts project.

Everyone is asked to bring a brown bag lunch. A representative from the Alaska State Council on the Arts also may be present. For questions, call 283-1991 or e-mail

'Earth Fire and Fibre' opens in Kenai

"Earth, Fire, and Fibre," a major art exhibition with 53 pieces of work from 45 Alaska artists, opened at the visitors center last Friday. It will run through Oct. 26. The exhibition is free and open to the public. The center is open Monday through Saturday and closed Sunday.

'First Thursdays' to be launched in October

Kenai and Soldotna will join with other communities across Alaska by hosting a popular once-a-month arts event. In Anchorage and Homer, for example, art galleries hold open houses every first Friday of the month where residents can see art show openings and enjoy refreshments.

Art works gallery owner Marty Hapeman is organizing a program for Kenai and Soldotna called First Thursdays. On Oct. 4 at 6 p.m., Art works will host the inaugural First Thursday of the central Kenai Peninsula with the expectation that more arts-related businesses will join in sponsoring these monthly events in the future. For more information, call Art works at 262-1777.

2002 Summer art exhibition

"Spirit of Alaska: The Inner Landscape," a statewide summer art exhibition, will be held in Kenai and feature original works in all mediums from Alaska artists only. Celia Carl Anderson has been chosen as the curator.

Participation in next summer's art exhibition at the visitors center is by invitation only. "Spirit of Alaska" will open May 1 and run through Labor Day. The exhibition is expected to draw 100 artists, many of them from Fairbanks and Southeast Alaska, in addition to Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula.

Contacts needed for new arts directory

The visitors center, along with the Kenai River Council on the Arts and World Music for the Kenai, are compiling a listing of all arts organizations, educators, artists and patrons of the arts for a new directory. The directory will encompass the entire peninsula.

Persons affiliated with any of these groups who feel they should be listed are asked to contact Alise Bowen at the visitors center at 283-1991 or by e-mail to

Center receives museum grant

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center has received an $8,000 award from the Grant-In-Aid Program of the Alaska State Museum, according to Ricky Gease, manager of exhibits and education. The grant money will be used to improve the long-term storage procedures of the city of Kenai's permanent museum collection. This is part of an ongoing effort to upgrade the museum services at the center.

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