Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, December 18, 2008

Alaska Arts and Culture Conference slated

The 2009 Alaska Arts and Culture Conference is scheduled for Jan. 29-31 at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage.

Workshops will include things such as non-profit budgeting, how to land gigs and how to market your work. Keynote speakers will include William Cleveland from the Center for the Study of Art and Community, and Jack Lew, director of artist recruitment for Electronic Arts.

Other speakers will include Liesel Fenner, director of public art for Americans for the Arts, Karen Hanan from Arts Northwest, and representatives from Leveraging Investments in Creativity, the Western States Arts Federation, and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, in addition to many Alaska workshop leaders. For more information or to register, visit

Art wanted for display

* The Central Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary is seeking local artists for its monthly display at the Care Package Gift Shop.

Artists who would like to have their work considered for display and sales at the shop should call Eve Thompson at 714-4898.

* Funky Monkey in Kenai is looking for artists to showcase their work (big stuff is desirable, the walls are quite tall). For more information, call 283-6659.

Kids' reading program continues

Triumvirate Bookstore in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna is hosting a 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.

Writers group seeks submissions

The Central Peninsula Writers' Group seeking submissions for the 12th annual writers presentation in March at the Triumvirate Theater in Soldotna. Adult and high school aged writers from the central peninsula, from Cooper Landing to Ninilchik to Nikiski, are eligible to enter. Entries are due Feb. 6, and must be accompanied by an entry form.

Guidelines and entry forms are available at the Kenai Community Library and online at by clicking on the Writer Group link.

Youth art classes offered

The Kenai Fine Arts Center will offer disciplined based art education classes for youth in grades kindergarten through sixth. Classes will be held at the center and at Bridges in Soldotna, beginning in the new year. Some of the topics covered in the program will be art production, history, criticism and aesthetics, elements of art and principles of art. Also understanding art, creating art, appreciating art and art vocabulary.

Group lessons will be taught once a week for eight weeks and are one and a half hours long. Multiple classes will be scheduled for different grade and age levels. The cost will be $35 per lesson plus a one time $10 per eight week session materials fee. Materials fee to be added to cost.

For more information, call Denniece Lofgren at 262-6312 or e-mail

Art briefs run Thursdays in the Clarion's Pulse section. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Monday. E-mail submissions to

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