Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, October 13, 2005

Stained glass classes offered

The Morning Star Studio in Homer is offering the following classes: beginning stained glass today, leaded glass series Saturday, Oct. 22 and 29, decorative soldering Saturday, beginning stained glass Wednesday, beginning fusing Wednesday and Oct. 26, stained glass nightlight Oct. 20, glass on glass mosaic Oct. 22, stained glass nightlight Oct. 26, stained glass candle box Oct. 27 and beginning stained glass Oct. 29.

Class prices vary from $40 for beginning stained class to $195 for flameworking classes. Prices include all supplies. Preregistration is required. The studio is at 451 Sterling Highway Suite 4 in Homer. For more information, call (907) 234-2008.

Art gallery relocates, expands

The Alaska Decoy Company, formerly located at the Kenai Landing Marketplace in Kenai, has opened a new year-round art gallery and learning center on the Sterling Highway at 36380 Murray Lane, just north of Soldotna. Zimco Construction formerly occupied the building. The gallery is taking reservations for upcoming classes on soapstone and woodcarving, which will be taught by Rick Scott, his father, Ed Scott, and brother, Michael Scott. A shorebird decoy by Ed Scott recently placed third in the World Carving Championship held each year in Maryland.

The company's art gallery features original artwork by Alaska artists. Rick Scott plans to provide carving and other artist demonstrations to summer visitors.

A grand opening celebration will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the new location. Tours of the learning center will be provided. For more information, call 398-8233.

Guild accepting show entries

The Kenai Potters Guild is seeking entries for its 17th Kenai Clay Exhibition in November. The entry date is Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, 816 Cook Ave. in Old Town Kenai. Entry forms can be obtained at the center.

Juror Jim Brashear, associate professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will judge the work and have a critique at 4 p.m. Oct. 22. It is open to the public.

The exhibition opens Nov. 1 at the center with a reception Nov. 3, a First Thursday event. For more information, call 262-9608 or 776-8433.

Arts, crafts fair filled up

The Kenai Art Guild's annual arts and crafts fair at Kenai Central High School has filled all its booth spaces for the 2005 fair scheduled Nov. 25 and 26. Vendors who wish to be on a waiting list to fill any cancellations may call the Kenai Fine Arts Center at 283-7040 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Theater offering gallery space

Triumvirate Theatre, a branch of the Alaska Children's Institute for the Performing Arts that staged "Little Nell," "Wait Until Dark" and "The Nazi Chronicles," is looking for artists interested in displaying their work for sale in its new space in the Peninsula Center Mall. The theater has room for a used book store, a gallery and retail space in addition to the theater area. All terms are negotiable, including the amount of space, the rent and the number of hours artists would be expected to work the space.

For more information, contact Joe Rizzo at 283-6109 or, or Chris Jenness at 776-8669 or

For more information about the organization, visit the Web site

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, but members don't have to participate that often.

Proposed themes are monsters 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.

Dance club seeks members

Twin Cities Dance Club is seeking community members interested in learning to dance to attend its Tuesday and Thursday night dance lessons from 7 to 9 at the club at the corner of Spur Highway and Beaver Loop Road. For more information, call Joe Soares at 398-8234

Artists applications available

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 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

Quilting contest honors AWG

Robin Place Fabrics in Soldotna, working in conjunction with the 2006 Arctic Winter Games, is holding a Fiber Arts Quilt Challenge in honor of the Arctic Winter Games. The theme is "Release the Spirit Within."

Fiber artists from regions participating in the Games are invited to submit work. These regions include Alaska, the Russian provinces of Magadan and Yamal; the Sami people of Sweden, Norway and Finland; and the Canadian provinces of Northern Alberta, Nunavut, Nunavik-Quebec, Northwest Territories and the Yukon.

The Arctic Winter Games is a circumpolar sport competition for Northern and Arctic athletes. The event also embraces performing and visual artists by highlighting talent from the host community and participating regions.

Challenge prizes are $750 for first place, $500 for second and $300 for third. Each participant will receive a certificate of challenge participation. Challenge rules are: each quilt must represent or be an interpretation of the theme; the design must be original; the entry must have three layers — top, back and backing; the size of the quilt must be no larger than 54-by-54 inches; there is a $15 entry fee, plus the cost of return postage; and the entry must have a hanging sleeve at the top.

Entries must be received at Robin Place Fabrics no later than Jan. 31. Entries will be returned via post March 30. For more information, call 262-5438.

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