The Stranded Art Fund is offering a limited number of $2,000 individual artist grants to working artists, writers and performers in the Homer area. The grants are intended to supplement the incomes of sincere artists to allow them more time to focus on their creative works. Last year, three full grants were awarded from a field of more than 50 applicants. The deadline for applications this year is Nov. 19. To qualify for a grant, artists need only write a single-page statement describing their creative work and how the grant will further their artistic endeavors. No discipline or medium will be favored over another. Artists should not send portfolios, manuscripts, tapes or photographs. Grants will be based solely on the artists' personal statements about their work. Stipulations of the grants are that the recipients pursue their work and take every opportunity to help out fellow artists as good fortune permits. Artists can support their own communities. Send your single-page artistic statement to Stranded Art Fund, Box 1218, Homer, AK 99603. Awards will be announced Dec. 19 in the Homer News.
The Pratt Museum Board of Directors has announced that its cash raffle has been extended to coincide with the opening of the first Festival of Gingerbread on Dec. 6.
Tickets for the Pratt Museum Jackpot Cash Raffle go for $100 each, and only 350 tickets will be sold for a grand prize of $10,000, a second prize of $1,000, three $500 winners, and 10 $250 winners.
College 'Raisin' Awareness'
The Kachemak Bay Campus of the Kenai Peninsula College is sponsoring an evening of information and entertainment Saturday to help voters become informed on Proposition C, which includes funding for an expansion of the college building. The evening starts with a poetry reading by Eva Saulitus and parables by Deland Anderson from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the East Campus facility on Pioneer Avenue. At 6:30 p.m., Dan Westerburg will perform quips and orations of Mark Twain. Door prizes, including three free credits for next year's classes at the college, flight-seeing tours and college clothing, will be drawn at 7 p.m. At 7:20 p.m., a Tai Chi demonstration will be held by Laryfred Staats. From 7:45-9 p.m., Homer's marimba band, Tamba, will perform, and the evening will conclude with fire-juggling by Alex Griffing at the WKFL Park at 9:25 p.m. Refreshments will be provided throughout the evening. For more information, call 235-7743.
Artists add to Ritz
Three local artists, Gary Lyon, Jim Buncak and Willa de Sousa, will add a new element to the Ritz 2002 art auction event. The three artists will create works of art to be auctioned that evening. Tickets for the Pratt Museum fund-raiser are available at the museum, and are $40 per person, $75 per couple. For more information, call 235-8635.
Bushell to sign
Homer author Sharon Bushell will sign her new book, "We Alaskans" at the Homer Bookstore on Saturday. Local people featured in the book will also be on hand to sign. Bushell's book is a compilation of stories of the lives of longtime Alaskans. For more information, call 235-7496.
Booth space available
Artists wishing to participate in a pre-Christmas fair in early November at the old Homer Gearshed are invited to call 299-0498 for more information.
Bunnell board to meet
The Bunnell Street Gallery invites members in good standing to run for open seats for three-year terms on the nonprofit gallery's Board of Directors. Elections will be held at the upcoming annual meeting Nov. 17. Interested individuals should contact Denice Clyne at 235-6264. The gallery is also seeking artist-volunteers to serve as panelists for the annual exhibition proposal review on Nov. 13. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact Rika Mouw at 235-7455.
The Homer Fiber Arts Collective will accept clothing for the "Loose Threads" Wearable Art Show on Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at The Studio on Bunnell Street. The show will be held Nov. 8. Call Lynne at 235-5380 or Kari at 235-4999.
-- Compiled by reporter Carey James. Arts news can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 235-4199.