Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2002

Visitors center to close on Alaska Day

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center will be closed during the day Friday, in observance of Alaska Day. However, the Suzzy and Maggie Roche concert will still be held at the center at 7:30 p.m. Doors open for the event at 7 p.m.

Carolers, gift deliverers wanted

The Kenai Performers are looking for volunteers to be a capella Christmas quartet carolers. Auditions for carolers will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Charlotte's Restaurant in Kenai. Carolers will dress up in holiday costumes and sing holiday tunes in four-part harmony at scheduled events. Each group will have two men and two women. Costumes will be provided by the Kenai Performers. The program is a fund-raiser to get a permanent home for the Kenai Performers. For more information, call 283-3635.

Nutritional classes offered

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is offering a series of nutritional classes to help people become more self-sufficient. The series is presented by Colleen Deal of the Cooperative Extension Service. The classes are a mixture of nutrition and hands-on experience. All classes are held on Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. at the food bank. They are free, open to the public and will include a weekly door prize. Children are welcome if accompanied by a parent. For more information, call the food bank at 262-3111.

Juror's critique to be held

The Kenai Potters Guild will hold a juror's critique of the 15th Kenai Clay Exhibition from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Kenai Fine

Arts Center, 816 Cook Ave. in Kenai. Michael Anderson, a professional clay artist from Cordova, is the juror for the show. He will discuss his selections for the upcoming exhibition. The critique also will include a slide show of Anderson's clay work. The critique is open to the public.

Poetry contest held

The Talent Literary Guild is sponsoring an amateur poetry contest, free to everyone. There are 28 prizes in all, including a $1,000 grand prize. Poems may be written on any subject, using any style. The deadline for entering is Oct. 24. The editors reserve the right to publish the winning poems in a pamphlet and send it free to all entrants, along with a winner's list. To enter, send one poem of 21 lines or less to Free Poetry Contest, 1257 Siskiyou Blvd., PMB 4, Ashland, OR 97520, or go to

WHIZ Kids program available

The Pratt Museum's free Winter Hours Imagination Zone after-school program is held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in the lower level of the Pratt Museum. Kids ages 5 through 95 and their parents are invited to participate.

For more information, call 235-8635 ext. 25.

Dance group looking to start area chapter

The United States Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association wants to establish a chapter for beginner social or recreational ballroom dancers in the Anchorage area. If enough interest is expressed, a steering committee will be formed to guide the project and enroll members. Membership would be open to singles and couples and beginners of all ages would be welcome.

Chapters sponsor monthly social dances for members and the general public. Usually, each dance consists of a free one-hour dance lesson, followed by three hours of general dancing as well as demonstrations. Anyone interested in helping form a chapter can call 1-800-447-9047, e-mail, or write to USABDA, P.O. Box 128, New Freedom, PA 17349.

State writer available for residencies

Anne Hanley has been named the Alaska State Council on the Arts' state writer for the year. The council has grant funds available for communities to host Hanley for a residency.

Hanley is an award-winning playwright whose work has been produced in Alaska and across the country.

For more information and to apply for grant funds, call ASCA at 269-6610 or 1-888-278-7424.

Bunnell asking for 'body adorned' art

The Bunnell Street Gallery is asking member artists to participate in "The Body Adorned," an exhibition to be presented in December.

The exhibition is intended to explore the historic and current expressions of body decoration and embellishment. It is intended to be an "anything goes" exhibition, keeping public safety and space constraints in mind. Slides, photos or sketches of proposed work must be submitted for selection by Nov. 10. A detailed prospectus is available. The curator will be Gaye Wolfe.

This exhibition is for artist members in good standing. For information on memberships, contact the gallery. For more information on the exhibition, call 235-7696 or e-mail

Cash raffle underway

The jackpot raffle held by the board of directors of the Pratt Museum has been extended to Dec. 6, to coincide with the opening of the "Festival of Gingerbread" show. The drawing will be held live at a dessert potluck at the museum at 7 p.m. Dec. 6. Ticket holders need to be present to win.

The jackpot cash raffle is being held to raise about $20,000 for the museum. Tickets are $100 each. Only 350 tickets will be sold. The grand prize of $10,000 will be given to the holder of the last ticket drawn. Second prize, the second to last ticket drawn, will receive $1,000. The holders of the 100th, 200th and 300th tickets drawn will win $500 each. Ten prizes of $250 for the first, 25th, 50th, 75th, 125th, 150th, 175th, 225th, 250th and 275th tickets drawn also will be awarded. All profits from the raffle will go to support the museum. Tickets can be purchased at the museum store or by contacting any Pratt board member.

For more information, call Kathleen Cashin or Marla McPherson at 235-3268.

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