Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2005

Stained glass classes offered in Homer

The Morning Star Studio in Homer is offering the following classes: stained glass candle box today, leaded glass series Saturday and beginning stained glass Saturday.

Class prices vary from $40 for beginning stained glass 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.

Performers wanted for New Year's Eve show

Kenai Performers is holding auditions for a "Swing in the Season" New Year's Eve dinner and show performance directed by Charlotte Legg at 6 p.m. Friday at the Old Town Playhouse in Old Town Kenai. Parts are available for World War II United Service Organizations (USO)-type acts, including singers, dancers, musicians and comedians. The performance will be Dec. 31.

Artists in Schools open for applications

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 5 p.m. Tuesday.

For more information, call the office at (907) 269-6682 or (888) 278-7424 or e-mail

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 its club at the corner of the Kenai Spur Highway and Beaver Loop Road. For more information, call Joe Soares at 398-8234.

Women's quilting class open

A quilt top-making class for girls and women ages sixth grade to adult will be held Nov. 7 and 8 at Solid Rock Bible Camp. The price is $75, plus materials. For more information, call Mary Hutchinson at 262-4260.

Pastel painting workshop slated

K.N. Goodrich will teach an "Impressionist Painting with Pastels" four-hour workshop at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center on Nov. 11 and 12.

Participants will learn abut the pastel palette, color selection, basic design elements and application methods with an emphasis on techniques and understanding the pastel medium. To register, contact Dana Woodard at 283-1991.

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 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.

Boys and Girls Club show open for entries

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula will hold its annual Fine Arts Exhibit in December. To be eligible to submit work, participants must be 6 to 18 years old and be a Club member in Nikiski, Soldotna, Kenai or the Kenai Teen Center prior to Sept. 15. All work must be completed entirely by the participant after Dec. 17, 2004.

Artwork must be received by the unit director by Dec. 3. Selected work will be screened at the regional level and a limited number will be sent to the national competition. For more information, call Kimberli Dent at 283-2682.

Booth space open for holiday bazaar

There are booth spaces available for the annual holiday bazaar at the Soldotna Sports Center on Nov. 18 and 19. For more information, call 262-3151.

Quilting contest honors Arctic Winter Games

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.

Rasmuson Foundation offering grants

The Rasmuson Foundation is offering grants from the Organizational Advancement Fund to organizations that provide arts and cultural experiences in Alaska.

The Management Assistance program provides grants of up to $5,000 for activities that address pressing organizational needs or opportunities to build in the internal capacity of organizations that provide arts and cultural services to their communities.

The Cultural Leadership program awards grants of up to $3,000 for professional development opportunities to help professional staff, board and-or volunteers working in Alaska art and cultural nonprofit organizations develop skills.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. More information on these and other grants can be found at the foundation's Web site, or by calling (877) 366-2700.

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