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Story last updated at 7:59 PM on Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Arts Briefs

Writers' Contest readings date changed

Because of a conflict with the Peggy Shumaker reading at 7 p.m. Friday at the Kachemak Bay Campus, the readings for winners of the Kenai Peninsula Writers' Contest has been moved to 7 p.m. March 11 at the Homer Council on the Arts. Winners of the contest sponsored by HCOA and the Homer News are invited to read their works next week.

Shumaker, Alaska's Writer Laureate, is a poet and professor emerita from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her latest book of poems is "Gnawed Bones," and her memoir, "Just Breathe Normally," is now out in paperback. Shumaker also is the founding editor of Boreal Books, which publishes literature and fine art from Alaska.

Marimba Madness is Saturday at Alice's

The Homer Council on the Arts once again presents an evening of African marimba music starting at 7 p.m. Saturday at Alice's Champagne Palace. Performing are Shamwari, Zuva and Tamba Hadzi and HCOA youth artists of the year band Rufaro. Rooted in the Zimbabwean musical tradition, the four bands perform polyrhythmic compositions on an ensemble of soprano, tenor, baritone and bass marimbas. Songs include adaptations of traditional Zimbabwean pieces as well as more modern music by African and American composers.

Tickets are $5 youth, $10 HCOA members and $15 general, available at the Homer Council on the Arts, the Homer Bookstore and online at www.homerart.org.

Halibut Cove artist to have solo show at Anchorage Museum

Halibut Cove artist Annette Bellamy is one of eight Alaska artists chosen for the Patricia B. Wolf Solo Exhibition Series at the Anchorage Museum for 2012 to 2015. A highly competitive program, the eight artists were chosen from a pool of 70 applicants. Bellamy works in ceramics and focuses on large-scale installations. She has shown locally at Bunnell Street Arts Center and had a solo exhibit at the Alaska State Museum, Juneau. Bellamy also received a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist award in 2006.

Bunnell plate painting project started

Bunnell Street Arts Center's annual membership drive, the Plate Project, is underway. Dozens of plates created by local potters Ahna Iredale, Paul Dungan, Ruby Haigh, Lisa Wood, Lynn Naden and Marie Herdegen await painters to transform into collectables that will be sold as membership premiums. Pick up a blank plate to embellish by April 1. For more information call 235-2662.