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Story last updated at 3:51 PM on Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Arts Briefs

Visiting artist holds journaling workshop

Sandy Gillespie of Ester, Bunnell Street Arts Center's January artist in residence, holds a two-day journaling workshop from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 26 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 28. Described as "an individual exploration of mark making and meaning inherent in that act," the workshop is not a writing workshop. Participants will create writings and journals as art objects.

"Writing is communication," Gillespie said. "Through marks on paper, we come to know ourselves deeply; through sharing what we have written, we claim our right to be ourselves in this world; through listening to others' writing, we recognize our commonalities, even through our differences. Writing is a means to voice and productive participation in our communities."

The suggested fee for the workshop is $50 on a "pay as you can" sliding scale of from $25 to $75. To register, contact Bunnell at 235-2662.

Haven House-HCOA show deadline nears

As part of its annual Women of Distinction Award and fundraiser, South Peninsula Haven House seeks donations of art for a show and auction. Works are due by Jan. 18. Haven House invites artists to submit works on the theme "Shelter from the Storm." Works will be displayed Jan. 20 to Feb. 27 at the Homer Council on the Arts and then auctioned at the Women of Distinction fundraiser in March. For more information, visit the HCOA website at www.homerart.org.

Rasmuson accepting applications for awards

The Rasmuson Foundation has opened the application period for its annual Individual Artist Awards grant program. For the 2012 awards, artists working in the disciplines of presentation and interpretation have been added to the category of actors, dancers, musicians, vocalists and other performance artists. The awards are designed to support Alaska artists at various stages in their career and creative development working in many artistic disciplines. Last year, the foundation awarded more than $230,000 through the program.

"What makes these awards special is that the money is for the individual artist to pursue their own work," said Jayson Smart, program officer for Rasmuson Foundation. "It's not a commissioned award — it's for the artist to use to advance themselves in their own artistic practice."

Applications may be filed online on the Rasmuson Foundation website and must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. March 1, or sent by mail and postmarked by March 1. Eligible applicants are Alaska residents of two or more years who have not won an Individual Artist Award in the past three years and are 18 or older. Artists can apply for awards from $5,000 for short-term projects, $12,000 for mid-career and mature artists and $25,000 for the distinguished artist award. Interested applicants can receive more information and apply online at http://www.rasmuson.org. For more information, call (907) 297-2700 or (877) 366-2700, or write the Rasmuson Foundation, 301 W. Northern Lights Boulevard, Suite 300, Anchorage, Alaska 99503.