Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2007

Book club a real page turner

The Kenai Community Library's book club will meet at 6:30 p.m. today in the conference room to discuss "City of Shadows." A novel of suspense by Ariana Franklin. For more information, call 283-4378.

Digital Arts Challenge continues

By Kids For Kids (BKFK) and the Pearson Foundation have launched a Digital Arts Challenge with the winner to receive $10,000 and will be hosted for a day by Pearson publishing businesses in New York City.

The challenge is a nationwide digital arts competition created to recognize and reward young storytellers who make use of digital technologies.

Sponsored by the Pearson Foundation's Digital Arts Alliance, the challenge gives teens the chance to share ideas using digital video and other new forms of digital expression.

To enter visit, a teen creativity Web site, a submit personal story that shares entrants experiences as teenagers coming of age in the 21st century. Teens 19 and under are eligible to participate and are encouraged to submit digital and visual creations of all kinds.

Entries must be submitted by Monday to

In addition to the challenge, BKFK has launched three other competitions: "The Signature Style Challenge" seeks teen fashion designers; "The Sports Evolution Challenge" seeks new ideas for fitness and sporting goods; and "The Going Green Challenge" seeks eco-friendly product ideas to help the environment.

BKFK will launch four invention competitions each quarter going forward with a total of $160,000 in prize money.

More information on all competitions can be found online at

Kenai Performers seek members

The Kenai Performers organization has openings on its board of directors. Board members need not be performers or directors, just people interested in supporting live theater and the arts in the central Kenai Peninsula.

Fundraising and grant writing expertise are especially sought. To apply, visit the Web site,, for the board member application; contact Chris Cook, board president, at; or watch a meeting at 6 p.m. the last Monday of the month in the Kenai Playhouse in Old Town Kenai.

Pratt seeks program proposals

The Pratt Museum Exhibits and Programs Committee invites artists, humanists, and scientists to submit exhibit and/or program proposals for the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Proposals must include proposal statement, proposal form (available by e-mail from the address below) and 10 images either slide or digitally on disc of the work proposed or past work.

Deadline for 2009 proposals is Jan. 10. Deadline for 2010 proposals is Feb. 10. For more information, call Gale Parsons at (907) 235-8635, ext. 36 or e-mail her at

Milestone moments sought

Through Jan. 16, women are asked to share their inspirational stories in the "Milestone Moments" contest by visiting

At the completion of the contest, one grand prize winner will be selected to share her full story in O, The Oprah Magazine and on

The winner also will receive a one-of-a-kind platinum pendant set with an approximate 5 carat round, brilliant-cut moissanite jewel surrounded and accented with micro-set diamonds valued at $10,500.

For more information, log onto

Graphic Art workshop planned

A graphic art workshop, funded by a grant from the Friends of the Library, with Chris Jenness will be held from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22 and 23 at the Kenai Community Library. Registration is limited to eight participants and must be done at the library. For more information, call 283-4378.

Art donations sought

Triumvirate Theatre in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna is seeking art donations for its third annual dinner theatre and art auction. The production will be "Citizen King," a Kenai Peninsula spoof on the classic Orson Welles film, "Citizen Kane."

The auction is the largestfundraiser of the year. Deadline for donations is Jan. 26.

Donations may be dropped off at the theatre from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. To make arrangements for a pick-up, call Chris at 776-8669 or e-mail him at

Artists may recoup 25 percent of the auction price. To download a copy of the donation form visit

UA video contest opens

Up to five current or future students of the University of Alaska have the chance to win a free year's worth of tuition through a video contest sponsored by University of Alaska.

The deadline for entering is Jan. 30. The contest is open to anyone ages 16 or older.

Entrants must complete a short video that depicts the numerous choices UA offers, from their own perspective and through their own use of video and words. A panel of judges will review the video contest entries and announce the winners in mid-February.

Contest rules can be found at

Museum plans juried exhibit

The Anchorage Museum announces a call for entries for the All Alaska Juried Exhibition XXXII. This popular biennial juried art exhibition was established 32 years ago to encourage the creation of new works by Alaska artists in all media and will be on view at the Anchorage Museum April 20 through Sept. 28.

Deadline for first phase submissions of digital images is Jan. 1. The exhibition will be juried by Jari-Pekka Vanhala, curator of the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland.

Interested artists may download the prospectus from the "Artists and Educators" section of the museum's Web site For more information, call Dave Nicholls at 343-6122.

Short story contest begins

Radical Arts for Women is sponsoring its second annual short story contest open to women living in Alaska.

Fictional short story must be between 250 and 5,000 words and contain some lesbian content. Stories should be on 8.5-by-11 paper, double spaced, 1-inch margins, no less than size 10 font. Do not put authors name on the story. The fiction and lesbian stipulations may be interpreted by the author. Erotica is acceptable. Electronic submissions are not accepted. Unpublished submissions only. The grand prize is $250. The second place winner will receive $100 and third place $50.

Deadline is Feb. 1. Winners will be announced March 1.

Entries should be mailed by Feb. 1 to Radical Arts for Women Short Story Contest, PO Box 244436, Anchorage AK 99524-4436. There is no entry fee. For complete guidelines, visit

Writers' group seeks entries

The Central Peninsula Writers' Group is seeking submissions for its 11th annual writers presentation in March at Triumvirate theater in Soldotna.

Adult and high school aged writers from the central peninsula are eligible to enter. Entries are due Feb. 15 and must be accompanied by an entry form.

Guideline and entry forms are available at the Kenai Community Library and online at, click on the Writer Group link.

Educator grant applications available

The Alaska State Council on the Arts, in partnership with the Rasmuson Foundation are accepting applications for the Arts Educator Grant. The deadline is March 1. This is a postmark deadlines.

Applications and guidelines are available at under arts education.

For more information, call the Alaska State Council on the Arts - Arts Education office at (907) 269-6682, or toll free in Alaska at (888) 278-7424.

Kids' reading program ongoing

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.

Reading council seeks members

The Kenai Peninsula Reading Council is seeking community members interested in promoting literacy in the community through a variety of activities.

The group is in the process of planned a reading carnival. For information, e-mail Monica Heath at or call 283-5015.

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