Homer Alaska - Arts

Story last updated at 12:38 PM on Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Arts in Brief

Artist offers 'work-play' days

Artist Ann-Margret Wimmerstedt offers Encaustic Work-Play Days every Sunday through September from noon to 4 p.m. at her studio. Wimmerstedt has been teaching encaustic workshops in Homer for 10 years and brings information, enthusiasm and experience to her classes.

A $75 materials fee per session covers all supplies including pigments, encaustic medium and panels. Students are encouraged to bring other objects for putting into collages. Space is limited. To register or for more information, call Wimmerstedt at 235-1575.

Poetry Out Loud contest starts

Alaska high school students are invited to compete in Poetry Out Loud, the national poetry recitation contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation and in partnership with the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council.

During the 2012-13 school year, schools are invited to participate in class and school contests, advancing to a state competition in March. State champions go to the national finals in late April in Washington, D.C. State champions receive $200 and an all-expense paid trip to the national contest. Teachers, parents and administrators interested in the contest can join informational teleconferences Sept. 17 and 18 held by the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council and the Alaska State Council on the Arts. Contact Kari Groven, Poetry Out Loud coordinator, at pol@jahc.org or visit www.poetryoutloud.org for more information. Curriculum materials also are available on the website.

The deadline to register is Oct. 15. Call the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council at (907) 586-2787 for more information about the Alaska program.

'Soul Resonance' available

A final edition of "Soul Resonance," the documentary by Doug and Laurel Epps about the cross-cultural celebration of Zimbabwean music, is now on sale at local stores and online. An earlier version of the documentary premiered in October 2011 for the Homer Documentary Film Festival. Narrated by musician Taj Mahal, "Soul Resonance" looks at how Zimbabwean music spread to North America, including Homer, and the rest of the world.

"Soul Resonance" came about through a 5-year project in which the couple filmed and interviewed more than 100 people. Their DVD is for sale locally at the Homer Bookstore and Captain's Coffee or it can be purchased at the Epps' website, www.sacredpathexplorations.com. The documentary also is available for licensing to schools and universities for use in educational programs.