Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, November 25, 2004

Musical auditions set for Dec. 3

The Kenai Performers will hold auditions for its musical production of "Brigadoon" at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium in Kenai Central High School. Singers, dancers and actors are needed for this show especially strong male dancers and singers. Anyone interested is asked to only audition one night. Call-backs will be at 5 p.m. Dec. 5.

For more information, call Carol Ford at 776-8308 or 398-0756.

Gallery calls for proposals

Ptarmigan Arts is soliciting artists for shows in its Back Room Gallery for 2005 and '06. Interested artists should submit a proposal including: resume; references; a statement of intent for the show, including a theme or name if possible; the artist's first three choices for a show date; and a minimum of 10 slides or photographs of at least five pieces of the artist's work slides should be clearly labeled with the artist's name, address, phone number and orientation. Artists may submit original samples of their work instead of slides, if they wish. Artists should include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return of slides and resume.

The deadline for submission is 6 p.m. Dec. 3. The gallery retains 35 percent of all sales. For more information, call Jewels at (907) 235-5322 or e-mail Proposals should be sent to Ptarmigan Arts, P.O. Box 608, Homer, AK 99603.

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 at www.tar The contest deadline is Dec. 4.

Art guild to meet

The Peninsula Art Guild will hold a board meeting at the Kenai Fine Arts Center at 1 p.m. Dec. 5. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, call 283-7040.

Art wanted for KPC's Kachemak Bay campus

The University of Alaska Anchorage Facilities and Planning and Construction office is soliciting for artwork concepts for an art instillation that will be part of Kenai Peninsula College's Kachemak Bay campus expansion project. The committee is looking for artwork that reflects the mission of KPC's Kachemak Bay Campus to provide education and enlightenment. Artwork should be easily maintained and not subject to vandalism.

The budget for this art project is $22,000. The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. Jan. 14. For more information, go to or contact Vicki Williams at (907) 786-4918 or

Writers' Night accepting submissions

Area writers are invited to submit work for the eighth annual Central Peninsula Writers' Night. Writers' Night is open to adult and high school writers who live in the central Kenai Peninsula, from Nikiski to Ninilchik, Cooper Landing and all points in between.

The Central Peninsula Writer's Group and Kenai Peninsula College sponsor the event. The submission and postmark deadline is 4 p.m. Jan. 21. A selection committee will read submissions and select 12 to 16 writers to present their work at the Writers' Night on Feb. 11. The event includes a dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the presentation.

All writers who are selected must attend a rehearsal an evening before the presentation from 6 to 8 p.m., date to be announced. Selected writers will be notified by Feb. 4.

All types of fiction, humor, essays, poetry, children's fiction, children's poetry and creative nonfiction will be considered. Selections will be chosen based on the quality of the writing and the need for a well-balanced program, representing several different writing styles. The writing also will be judged on how suitable it is for reading before a live audience. There will be a strict 10-minute time limit, (approximately 1,000 words), so work should be written or edited accordingly. Reading an excerpt of a longer piece is fine within the prescribed time line.

An official submission form must be attached to the front of each submission. The author's name should not appear on the writing sample, only on the submission form. All entries will be "blind judged," without the selection committee knowing the author.

Writers may submit in as many categories as they like, though a submission form must accompany each entry. Submission forms are available at the Kenai Community Library. Entries can be dropped by the Kenai Community Library or mailed to the Central Peninsula Writer's Group, c/o Virginia Walters, 214 Birch St., Kenai, AK 99611.

The Kenai Peninsula College English department may publish selected writers in its magazine Driftwood. Those published will receive a complimentary copy at the time of publication.

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