Story last updated at 3:22 p.m. Thursday, October 31, 2002

Arts News
Foreign films starting

It's that time of year again when the local college offers Homer an international offering each Friday in the form of the Foreign Film Festival. The movies are shown at 7 p.m. at the Kachemak Bay East Campus. The first movie offering is "Genghis Blues," an Oscar-nominated documentary following a blind San Francisco-based blues musician as he learns the ancient art of throat singing. The musician travels to Tuva to participate in a competition, creating an amazing cultural exchange. Next week, the college brings us 'The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie," an Italian film on bourgeois habits. The films are free, with donations gladly accepted.

Stranded artists sought

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.

Fund-raiser extended

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. Call 235-8635 for more information.

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.

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