Arts Briefs

Barbara Lavallee visits Art Shop Gallery

Longtime Alaskan artist Barbara Lavallee visits from 1-6 p.m. Saturday at the Art Shop Gallery.

Lavalle shows her new 2019 calendar, “Cats & Dogs,” and two new prints, “Baking Love” and “The Sewing Room.” A watercolor artist, she has illustrated best selling books such as “Mama, do you love me?”

Of her work, Lavalle writes, “I am people-oriented and family-oriented, and I want to paint the best of people.

Perhaps that’s idealistic, but I don’t think its a bad thing. It’s the way I look at life. I want to present my subjects with diginity and humor and fun and happiness.”

Salmonfest releases schedule

Salmonfest last week announced its full music schedule for the three-day festival held Aug. 3-5 at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds, Ninilchik.

Headline acts include Brandi Carlile, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Fruition, Front Country, Apache, Great American Taxi, Kristy Lee and Sue Foley.

The lineup also features Kenai Peninsula and other Alaska bands.

To see the schedule with dates and times of performances, visit

Applications now open for the 2018 Alaska Literary Awards

The Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, in partnership with the Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA) now accepts applications for its 2018 Alaska Literary Awards, an award program to support Alaska writers.

A select number of $5,000 awards will be awarded this year.

For more information, and to apply visist and select “Literary” under the Call Type. The deadline for entries is Aug. 19 at 9:59 p.m. AKDT.

The Alaska Literary Awards were established in 2014 by the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, through a gift from Peggy Shumaker and Joe Usibelli, to recognize and support writers of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting, and mixed genres. Any Alaska writer over the age of 18 who is not a full-time student is eligible to apply.

Quality of the work submitted is the primary consideration in determining who receives the awards.

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