Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2004

Mascot naming contest announced

The Kenai Peninsula Arctic Winter Games 2006 Host Society is holding a contest for school kids to name the AWG mascot. The contest is open to all kindergarten through 12th grade students on the Kenai Peninsula. The mascot is a costumed caricature of a raven dressed in athletic attire. The raven has historically been held in high esteem by northern cultures for its intelligence and as a prankster. The mascot name should reflect this character and heritage.

The deadline to submit a name is Oct. 29. The winner will receive four sport passes for their family, four tickets to the opening and closing ceremonies for the AWG and $100 in Games merchandise. The winner will be announced in November. Entry forms are running in the Peninsula Clarion and are available at all schools and Wells Fargo Banks on the peninsula. Entries may be dropped off at any Wells Fargo on the peninsula, mailed to 2006 Arctic Winter Games, Attn.: Name the Mascot Contest, P.O. Box 1659, Soldotna, AK 99669, or faxed to 335-3367.

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.

Seward artist awarded Best in Show

Seward artist Dot Bardarson has been awarded Best of Show for her watercolor, "Fish Flies," in the national juried art show "Fish Follies" sponsored by the Cordova Museum. The show's theme was fish-related art. Fifty pieces were selected from 118 submitted. Of the 10 prizes awarded, four entries were from Alaska artists. Other Alaska winners were Karl Becker, second place; Carol Lambert, honorable mention; and Mike Webber, best in 3-D. The show is on display in Cordova until Oct. 31 and can be viewed online at

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.

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. Saturday 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.

Artwork wanted for state facility

The Alaska 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 michael_hall@

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 checkout 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, leather work 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 artwork. 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.

Home-school 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

Poetry contest being held

Hollywood's Famous Poets Society is sponsoring a poetry contest, open to everyone. There is no entry fee and the grand prize is $1,000. To enter, send one poem of 21 lines or less: to Free Poetry Contest, 1626 N. Wilcox Ave. No. 126, Hollywood, CA. 90028. Or enter online at The deadline is Nov. 13. A winner's list will be sent to all entrants. Editors reserve the right to publish winning poems online or in a pamphlet.

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