Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, December 01, 2005

Writers’ group to meet

The Central Peninsula Writers’ Group will meet at the Kenai Community Library at 6 p.m. today. Anyone wishing to share their work should bring at least one hard copy besides the one they will read.

Arts educator grants offered

The Alaska State Council on the Arts, Rasmuson Foundation and Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation are offering arts educator grants designed to encourage the reconnection of art teachers to the practice of their art.

Four awards, each up to $3,000, are available for K-12 arts educators whose primary responsibility is art instruction, teaching a minimum of three years and permanently assigned full or part time in an Alaska school.

Application postmark deadlines are today and March 1. For applications and guidelines, visit the Web site For more information, call (888) 278-7427.

Stained glass classes offered

The Morning Star Studio in Homer is offering the following classes in December: three-sided lamp from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9, mosaic trivet or small mirror from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9, mosaic cross candle holder from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 10, stained glass nightlight from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 14, beginning fusing from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 14, glass on glass mosaic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 15, flamework ornaments with Steve Harrington from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 17, mosaic picture frame from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 21, beginning fusing from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 21 and fused jewelry from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 22.

Class prices vary from $40 for beginning stained glass class 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.

Art show entryies sought

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 Saturday. 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.

Dance club seeks members

Twin Cities Dance Club offers country dance lessons from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sundays at its club at the corner of the Kenai Spur Highway and Beaver Loop Road. Couple and line dancing is taught Tuesdays, couple dancing is taught Thursdays and swing dancing is taught Sundays. Community dances are held every other Saturday. For more information, call Joe Soares at 398-8234.

Victorian carolers set to sing

Victorian carolers with traditional costumes can be booked to perform carols in a capella, four-part harmony. To book a performance, call Crista at 262-2825.

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 are 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.

AWG quilting contest opens

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, including Alaska, are invited to submit work.

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.

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