Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2007

Writers' group to meet

The Kenai Writers' Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. today and Nov. 1 in the conference room at the Kenai Community Library.

Sweet Adelines seeks member

Sweet Adelines (women's barbershop) is seeking new members who can sing on tune. The group will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 12 at Skyview High School. For more information, call Susan at 335-6789, Karolee at 283-4615 or Robin at 394-4368.

Library pumpkin contest continues

The Soldotna Public Library is hosting its annual pumpkin carving and painting contest through Nov 1.

Entries must represent a fictional book character. Prizes will be awarded for preschool, elementary, teen and family categories. One grand prize also will be awarded for Best in Contest.

Entries must be dropped off at the library and must include: (on the front of the card) name of character, title and author of book the character is from; and (on the back of the card) participants' name, mailing address, phone number and category pumpkin is entered in.

Painted pumpkins may be dropped off through Sunday and carved pumpkins may be dropped off through Saturday only.

Judging and awards will be given Oct. 27. Pumpkins will be on display through Nov. 1. Any entries remaining at the end of the day will be discarded.

For more information, call 262-4227.

Graphic novel, art workshops slated

Graphic novel and graphic art workshops for high school students will be held from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Tuesday and Nov. 13. Mary Starrs-Armstrong will explore graphic novels as literature and read a variety of graphic novel genres.

Graphic artist Chris Jenness will lead a hands-on workshop in January (date to be announced). Use of line, color, shape and symbols in graphic novels will be discussed.

Art work created by students will be displayed at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

For more information, call 283-4378.

Book club to meet

The Kenai Community Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Kenai Community Library conference room. The group is reading "House of Mirth," by Edith Wharton.

Toastmasters to meet

The Peninsula Toastmasters Club will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room of Cloud and Ribelin Real Estate, Suite 100A, Benco Building, 805 Frontage Street, Kenai. It is open to the public. The Soldotna Toastmasters meets at noon Mondays at the Church of God on the corner of Redoubt Avenue and Binkley Street.

For more information, call Rosie at 262-2908.

Lungs for hire

The Victorian Carolers are taking bookings for the upcoming holiday season. The group is available to perform for families, businesses and parties. Specialized performance requests considered. The cost is $175 for 1 hour or $100 for a half-hour. Proceeds will benefit The Kenai Performers.

For more information, call Crista at 262-2825.

Holiday bazaars seek crafty people

Vendors are being sought for the following bazaars:

* The Nikiski Senior Citizens Center annual fall bazaar and bake sale will be held Nov. 1 through 3. Table rentals are $15 a day or $30 for three days. For more information, call 776-7654.

* The Ninilchik School Band will host a holiday bazaar and rummage sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Kenai Peninsula State Fairgrounds in Ninilchik. Call Lisa Nissly at 567-3301 for details on renting tables.

* Soldotna High School's annual arts and craft fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 10 and noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 11. For more information, call Anette at 260-7570, Karen at 262-2892 or either of them at 262-8885.

* The Sterling Senior Center will host its Christmas bazaar and bake sale Nov. 9 and 10. They are looking for local crafters to reserve table space for the event. A table space costs $25 for both days. They ask that items be handcrafted. For more information, call the center at 262-6808.

* The Sterling Elementary School PTA will hold its second annual craft fair at the school Dec. 1 and 2. The cost for a space is $50 for two days. Space is limited and there are only 15 spaces remaining. Deadline for reserving a space is Nov. 20 or until spaces are reserved. For more information, call Krissy Mahan at the school at 262-4944. After 5 p.m. call Judy Miller at 262-8545.

Design contest begins

The Kenai River Brewing Co. is holding an artwork design contest for its Sunken Island IPA. The winning design will receive $200 and be credited for the design, which may be reproduced on T-shirts, hats, bottle labels, pins, coasters and/or posters. The winning entrant will work with company to develop a finished design, which will be professionally printed for the Sunken Island IPA.

The design must fit on an 8 by 11 sheet of paper, Designs may be full-color but should be easily modifiable to work in situations with limited color options and text requirements.

The deadline to submit a design is Wednesday. Designs are to be turned in to Kenai River Brewing Co., 241 N. Aspen Drive (behind Froso's), with a name, address and phone number. All submissions become property of the company, with credit given to the artist.

For more information, call Amy at 262-2337 or e-mail

VFW holds art, essay scholarship contests

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Jerry V. Horn Post No. 10046 and the Ladies Auxiliary will sponsor the following scholarship opportunities:

* Voice of Democracy Students in grades nine through 12, including home-schooled students, have an opportunity to compete in the nationwide annual audio essay competition, win monetary awards at the local, state and national levels, as well as a trip to Washington, D.C. Students compete by writing and then recording a three-to-five minute audio essay on a standard cassette tape or CD expressing their views the theme "My Role in Honoring America's Veterans." State winners receive at least $1,000 national scholarship in addition to the other awards given at the preliminary levels of competition.

* Patriot's Pen Essay Competition Students in sixth- through eight-grade including home-schooled students have the opportunity to earn monetary awards, U.S. Savings Bonds and a trip to the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Community Service Conference in Washington, D.C., in March. Students should write and submitting an original 300 to 400 word essay on the theme "Why I Am An American Patriot."

Interested students and teachers should contact the school counselors, call the Voice of Democracy Chairman Dave Carey, at 262-9107, 260-6413 or visit the VFW Web site at for entry forms and more information.

Entries must be submitted directly to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Jerry V. Horn Post No. 10046, 134 N. Birch St., Soldotna, no later than Nov. 1 for both programs.

Artists in Schools seeks applicants

Grant applications are available for the Alaska State Council on the Arts' Artists in Schools Program (AIS).

The Artists in Schools 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. Any school in Alaska is eligible to apply.

Applications and guidelines for Artists in Schools are available online only The deadline for applications is Nov. 1.

For more information, call Susan Olson at (907) 269-6682 or toll free (888) 278-7424, or e-mail

Youth art work sought

The Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula will hold its annual fine arts exhibit in November. The club is seeking youth art between the ages of 6 to 18, who are current members of the club prior to Sept. 1. Artwork must have been completed by the youth and after Dec. 17, 2006.

Members from surrounding clubs may enter. Deadline to submit artwork for consideration is Nov. 9. Selected work will be screened at the regional level and a limited number will be sent to Boys and Girls Club Atlanta headquarters to be judged at a national level.

For more information, call 398-2370.

Digital Arts Challenge planned

By Kids For Kids (BKFK) and the Pearson Foundation have launched a Digital Arts Challenge with the winner to receive $10,000 and will be hosted for a day by Pearson publishing businesses in New York City.

The challenge is a nationwide digital arts competition created to recognize and reward young storytellers who make use of digital technologies.

Sponsored by the Pearson Foundation's Digital Arts Alliance, the challenge gives teens the chance to share ideas using digital video and other new forms of digital expression.

To enter visit, a teen creativity Web site, a submit personal story that shares entrants experiences as teenagers coming of age in the 21st century. Teens 19 and under are eligible to participate and are encouraged to submit digital and visual creations of all kinds. Entries must be submitted by Dec. 31 to

In addition to the challenge, BKFK has launched three other competitions: "The Signature Style Challenge" seeks teen fashion designers; "The Sports Evolution Challenge" seeks new ideas for fitness and sporting goods; and "The Going Green Challenge" seeks eco-friendly product ideas to help the environment.

BKFK will launch four invention competitions each quarter going forward with a total of $160,000 in prize money.

More information on all competitions can be found online at

Milestone moments sought

Now through Jan. 16, women are asked to share their inspirational stories in the "Milestone Moments" contest by visiting

At the completion of the contest, one grand prize winner will be selected to share her full story in O, The Oprah Magazine and on

The winner also will receive a one-of-a-kind platinum pendant set with an approximate 5 carat round, brilliant-cut moissanite jewel surrounded and accented with micro-set diamonds valued at $10,500.

For more information, log onto

Poetry out loud luring students

High school students in Alaska are invited to compete in a national poetry recitation contest, Poetry Out Loud. The program encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition.

Through February, schools are invited to participate in classroom and schoolwide contests, with students advancing to a state competition in March.

State champions will advance to the national finals April 27-29 in Washington, D.C.

High schools that wish to participate must contact the Alaska State Council on the Arts. Home-school students should coordinate with local high schools to participate.

For more information, contact Susan Olson at (907) 269-6682 or (888) 278-7424, or visit

Reading council seeks members

The Kenai Peninsula Reading Council is seeking community members interested in promoting literacy in the community through a variety of activities.

The group is in the process of planned a reading carnival. For information, e-mail Monica Heath at or call 283-5015.

Kids' reading program ongoing

Triumvirate Bookstore in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna is hosting the Frequent Reading Program.

Kids may sign up at the bookstore, pick out one free book, a reading calendar and program rules.

Kids are encouraged to read a book, bring their calendar to the bookstore, get it punched and pick up another free book.

Bookstore hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more information, call Rosie Reeder at 262-2908.

Cameras, photo printers sought

The Soldotna Rotary Club is seeking donations of working digital cameras and photo printers for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's art program. Equipment may be dropped off at Sweeney's Clothing or Joe Kashi's law office.

For more information, call 398-0480.

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