Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2003

Future of museum discussed

The Pratt Museum in Homer will have a brown bag lunch from noon to 1 p.m. today in the museum's lower level to discuss future plans for the museum.

Poetry contests open for entry

The Talent Literary Guild and the Bards of Burbank are sponsoring amateur poetry contests on any subject. Fifty prizes, with almost $5,000 in total cash, will be awarded in each contest.

The deadline for entering the Talent Literary Guild's contest is Friday. To enter, send one poem of 21 lines or less to Free Poetry Contest, 1257 Siskiyou Blvd., PMB 4, Ashland, OR 97520, or enter online at

The deadline for entering the Bards of Burbank contest is Nov. 22. To enter, send send one poem of 21 lines or less to Bards of Burbank, 2219 W. Olive Ave., No. 250, Burbank, Calif. 91506, or enter online at

Painting group to meet

The Kenai watercolor group will have informal painting gatherings meet at 11 a.m. every other Saturday at the Kenai Fine Arts Center on Cook Avenue in Kenai. November meeting dates are Saturday and the 15th. For more information, call Pam Mersch at 262-6403.

Artists in Schools solicits interest

The Artists in Schools program is accepting applications for professional performing artists to be an artist in residence for the program. The program is accepting applications from performing artists including actors, puppeteers, singers, dancers, mimes, musicians and circus artists, as well as Alaska Native drummers, dancers and storytellers.

Applications are due Saturday. For more information or for an application, call (907) 269-6682, e-mail or write Artists in Schools, P.O. Box 113413, Anchorage, AK 99511.

Amateur art show accepting entries

The Soldotna Senior Citizens Center's fall bazaar and seventh annual open amateur art show is accepting entries. Items will be accepted in three categories: Paintings or drawings in oils, pastel, watercolor, graphite, pencil, acrylic, etc.; fiber works such as quilts, needle art, beading on fabric or sewing; and three-dimensional works such as woodworking, metalwork, pottery, leather work or baskets.

Ribbons will be awarded to first, second and third place in each category. There will be one best of show award, three honorable mention awards and a people's choice award. Entries are limited to three per artist. Art that has previously been entered in this show is not accepted.

There is a $3 entry fee per item. All wall hanging entries must be framed, matted and ready to hang. Art may be for display or sale. Items that are sold must remain in the show until the art check-out time. Items for sale with be on a 20 percent consignment to the center.

The art check in time is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. A reception and judging will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and the art check out is after 4 p.m. Nov. 8.

The bazaar and art show is open form 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 7 and 8.

For more information on the bazaar, call the center at 262-2322. For more information on the art show, call Mary Lane at 262-8839.

Table tennis players wanted

The Soldotna Table Tennis Association at the Soldotna Elks Lodge is looking for new players. All skill levels are welcome. Must be 21 or older to participate. Practice starts at 6 p.m. every Wednesday. For more information, call Ray at 262-7415, Dan at 262-4163 or Gary at 335-2847.

Elders celebrated in art contest

The Older Persons Action Group, the state's oldest senior advocacy nonprofit group, is sponsoring a statewide art contest for children and elders. Youth can use their artistic talents to describe "What does an elder mean to me?" Elders can work off the theme, "What does being a child's elder mean to me?" Any kinds of materials can be used in the artwork.

An adult may help a student with the artwork, as long as the student does most of the work and the idea for the art is the student's. The work can be part of homework or a class assignment. Teams may enter one piece but if a team receives an award, the team will have to share the award.

A first prize of $150 will be given in each category: grades 10-12, 7-9, 4-6, 1-3 and elders age 50 and over. Second and third prizes also will be awarded.

Artwork must be submitted with an entry label, be of a minimum dimension of 8.5 inches by 11 inches or maximum dimension of 18 inches by 24 inches, and have the top of the piece clearly labeled on unlined paper. Entries can be sent to Older Persons Action Group, 325 E. 3rd Ave., Suite 30, Anchorage, AK, 99501. Entries must be received by 5 p.m. Nov. 14.

The awards ceremony will be at 3 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Anchorage Senior Citizens Center. For more information, contact Deanne Young at (907) 276-1059 or

Craft fair vendors wanted

Soldotna High School's PTA will hold a craft fair at the school on Nov. 15 and 16. Any interested vendors can contact Annette at 260-7570 or Karin 262-2792 for more information.

Artists wanted for shows

Ptarmigan Arts is soliciting artists for shows in the Back Room Gallery in Homer for 2004 and 2005. Interested artists should submit a proposal including a resume and references, a statement of intent for the show including a theme or name and their first three choices for a show date. Artists should include a minimum of 10 slides or photographs of at least five pieces representative of their work. The slides must be clearly labeled with your name, address, phone number and the slide's orientation. A written inventory of the slides or photos including medium, size and when the pieces were made also is needed.

Most shows will be approximately one month long and will usually open on the first Friday of each month and end on the Wednesday prior to the first Friday of the next month. All months in 2004 and 2005 are available for shows. Artists should include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return of slides and resumes.

The submission deadline for proposals is 6 p.m. Dec. 1. Send proposals to Ptarmigan Arts, P.O. Box 608, Homer, AK 99603. The gallery retains 35 percent of all sales.

More more information, contact Jewels at (907) 235-5345, (907) 235-2876 or

Fund-raiser raffle tickets on sale

The Pratt Museum in Homer is holding its second cash jackpot raffle which involves 15 cash prizes including a $10,000 prize for the last ticket drawn, a $1,000 prize for the second to last ticket drawn, $500 prizes for the 100th, 200th and 300th tickets drawn and $250 prizes for the first, 25th, 50th, 125th, 175th, 225th, 250th and 275th tickets drawn. Tickets are $100 and 350 will be sold. The drawing will be held at a dessert potluck at the museum at 7 p.m. Dec. 5. Winners need not be present. Proceeds go to support the museum. Tickets can be purchased at the museum store of by contacting any Pratt board member.

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