Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, October 07, 2004

Adult beginning band class offered

Soldotna Community Schools is offering an adult beginner band program, taught by Kent Peterson, band and choir teacher at Skyview High School. The class is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the Skyview band room and begins Oct. 12. The class runs for 10 weeks and costs $25. Participants must provide their own instrument and Accent on Achievement, Book (available at local music stores). Registration forms with a check or money order can be sent to Soldotna Community Schools, 426 W. Redoubt Ave., Soldotna, AK 99669. Participants also can register in person from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Soldotna Middle School library.

Writers' group meets tonight

The Kenai Writers' Group will meet at 6 p.m. today in the Kenai Library conference room. Participants should bring two copies of their work, one to read and one for others to see.

Play auditions slated

Auditions for "Murder by Bequest," a murder-mystery farce written and directed by Mike Druce, theater teacher at Soldotna High School, will be at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Old Town Playhouse in the Malston's building in Kenai. The play is for four men and six women and will be performed in a dinner theater format with the Kenai Senior Citizens Center on Nov. 19, 20 and 21.

Radio show features local artists

Holly Wiley hosts a radio show on Kasilof's KWJG 91.5 FM radio station that features Alaska music and local artists. The show, "Local Expressions," airs from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sundays. Wiley features area authors and artists on the show, as well. For more information or to be on the show, call Wiley at 260-5253.

Alaska Native cultural classes offered

The CIRI Foundation is offering classes in Native language, dance and art every Saturday during the winter at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage.

Language classes will include weekly instruction in Tlingit, Dena'ina, Yup'ik, Haida, Deg Hit'an, Upper Tanana Athabascan, Tsimshian, Unangax and Inupiaq. Students will learn components of phonetic pronunciations, how to introduce themselves and understand the protocols of the culture as defined by the language. Language classes are held with sessions at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Classes run for four to six weeks except for the Dena'ina Athabascan class, which will continue throughout the winter.

Art classes will include weekly instruction by master artists, local artists or ANHC staff. Students will create an art piece, learn the history and cultural significance of the respective art form and have the opportunity to establish mentorship relationships with artists. Classes being offered include Tlingit beading, miniature Alutiiq baskets, Athabascan dream catchers and Inupiaq mittens. Classes are held in morning and afternoon sessions and run for four to six weeks.

Dance classes will provide opportunities to learn the technique and cultural significance of dance and songs from all 11 Alaska Native cultures. Students will learn a new dance and song weekly and then be given the chance to perform what they have learned in front of an audience. Classes will be held on a first come-first served basis with no advance registration necessary. Dance classes will begin Saturday with William Jackson teaching Tlingit dance.

For a complete listing of upcoming classes, log on to

For more information or to register, call (907) 330-8002, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants pay for admission to the center and classes are free.

Pottery classes set to begin

Adult pottery classes, taught by Charlie LaForge, are offered through Soldotna Community Schools. For more information, contact Soldotna Community Schools at 262-6768.

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.

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 checkin 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 checkout is after 4 p.m. Nov. 6.

Items will be accepted in three categories. 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 #-D work including woodwork, metalwork, pottery, ceramics, leather work and basketry.

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.

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 checkout 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.

Homeschool art classes offered

Art classes for home-school students will be offered in November. A handbuilt pottery class will be offered from 11 a.m. to noon beginning Nov. 9 and a foundations of art class will be offered from 1 to 2:15 p.m. Nov. 9. For more information, call Stephanie at 260-7459 or visit the Web site

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