Arts in Brief

‘Living Alaska’ opens 

Friday at Pratt

“Living Alaska: A Decade of Collecting Contemporary Arts for Alaska Museums” opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the Pratt Museum. 

Curated by Sven Haakanson Jr., the exhibit opened Nov. 6 at the Anchorage Museum and features works collected by Alaska museums through the Rasmuson Foundation Art Acquisition Fund.  The Pratt exhibit features additional works from its collection purchased through the Rasmuson program.


Snow Ball is Friday at Bunnell Street Arts

Anchorage dance band Super Saturated Sugar Strings perform for the Snow Ball from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Admission is $45 at the door. The band also does a 10-day residency at Bunnell to write and arrange new music for their next album. 

The band includes Homer-grown Mariah Phelps on violin, vocals and small percussion;  Kat Moore  on vocals, piano and guitar; Carlyle Watt on guitar, vocals and drums; Theresa Watt on cello, omnichord and vocals; Logan Bean on trumpet, baritone, trombone and vocals, and Kevin Worrell on upright bass, electric guitar and vocals. 


Nominations open for distinguished artist

The Rasmuson Foundation seeks nominations for the 2016 Distinguished Artist Award, recognizing superior artistic accomplishments of an Alaskan. The selected artist will receive $40,000.

Eligible artists include those who have dedicated themselves for at least the past 15 years to a significant professional arts career of any artistic discipline. Artists should also have an extensive independent body of work representing a life-long investigation and maturation of their personal creativity. Their work is usually widely recognized and influential in style, aesthetic or form.

Past winners of the Distinguished Artist Award are Garry Kaulitz of Anchorage; Peggy Shumaker, Kes Woodward, John Luther Adams and John Haines of Fairbanks; Teri Rofkar of Sitka; Rie Munoz of Juneau; Ron Senungetuk of Homer; Sylvester Ayek of Nome; and Delores Elizabeth Churchill, Ray Troll and Nathan Jackson of Ketchikan.

Public nominations of artists who meet the Distinguished Artist Award criteria are welcome. Artists can also nominate themselves. Nominations may be submitted online at


New performing arts 

show is next month

A troupe of artists present a new show, “Every Story Has An End, But A Sausage Has Two,” at 7 p.m. March 12 at the Homer Council on the Arts. Join them for evening of original works of drama, comedy, stories, poems and circus. 

Performing are Jen Castellani, Nancy Chastain, Carol Dee, Carol Ford, Meghan Holtan, Jules Joy, Peter Norton, Mark Tanski, Dan Wysocki and Mary Langham. 

Admission is $10 for the 7 p.m. show and “pass the hat” for a 9 p.m. show. The performance includes adult themes; parental discretion is encouraged.

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