Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2004

Writers' meeting slated

A Writers' Group meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today in the conference room at the Kenai Municipal Library. Participants should bring two copies of whatever work they wish to read.

Food bank essay contest ends Tuesday

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is holding its third annual World Food Day essay contest for sixth- through 12th-graders. Essays should address the topic of "Politics of Hunger: What's at Stake?" Essays should be no longer than 500 words, typed and double spaced and should include a cover sheet with the student's name, grade, school and teacher's name. Essays are due at the food bank on Kalifornsky Beach Road by Tuesday. There will be award ceremonies at local chambers of commerce.

Hunger Web sites students may find helpful include,,, and For more information, call 262-3111.

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.

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 hand-built 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 winners' list will be sent to all entrants. Editors reserve the right to publish winning poems online or in a pamphlet.

Art proposals wanted for Kenai River Center

The Kenai River Center is seeking an artist or artist team to develop, design and implement a public art project or projects at the Kenai River Center as part of the One Percent for Art program.

Because the mission of the Kenai River Center involves the protection of aquatic resources, particularly the rivers and watersheds of the Kenai Peninsula, the center is looking for projects that relate to the relationship between these resources and humans, and-or the ecological functions of aquatic resources.

Proposals are due Nov. 19. To request a copy of the Request for Information, contact the Kenai River Center at 260-4882.

Contest for young writers announced

The Alaska Center for the Book and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress is holding a "Letters About Literature" contest.

To enter, students in grades four through 12 should write a letter to an author living or dead explaining how his or her work changed their view of the world or themselves.

The contest is broken into categories, grades four through six, seven and eight and nine through 12. Each letter must be accompanied by an official entry coupon or copy of one. Entry coupons are available at participating libraries and online at Guidelines and teaching supplements also are available at the site.

Alaska winners in each category will receive a $100 cash prize, plus a $50 Target gift card. They also advance to national competition. Six national winners will receive an expenses-paid trip to the Washington, D.C., to read their letters during the National Book Festival in the fall. In addition, they will receive a $500 Target gift card redeemable at any Target or www.tar

The contest deadline is Dec. 4.

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