Southeast Alaska Art Fest is coming to Skagway April 9th-12th! Skagway residents are invited to attend a free ART SHOW at Kirmse's gallery (5th and Broadway) on Friday, April 12th from 7:00 to 9:00pm.
The event will showcase over 150 original artworks produced by approximately 80 Southeast Alaska high school students during their week’s stay in Skagway while attending the 4-day, 22-workshop festival hosted by the Skagway School, the Skagway Arts Council, and many generous community volunteers. In addition to viewing the students' creations, there will be a silent auction of artwork created and donated by Art Fest teachers and an awards presentation to the hardworking Art Fest students.
Auctioneer Wayne Selmer will also be on hand to auction off some of the donated artwork starting around 8:15pm. All auction proceeds support Art Fest 2014.
Mark your calendar and don’t miss the Art Fest Art Show. It promises to be an inspiring display of young talent. Appetizers and refreshments will be available while you peruse the show!

Art Fest workshops will cover a full range of art techniques such as Native Mask Carving, Anatomy & Figure Drawing, Flame Worked Glass Beads, Wire Sculpture and Relief Printing - just to name a few. Over half of the instructors will be local artists, with other instructors coming from several Southeast Alaska communities.
Workshop participation may be available to interested adults at $50 per 15 hour class. Watch for posters announcing availability after April 1st. For more information, or to reserve a spot, call Dottie at 612-0456.

The 5th Annual Spring Show of Winter Work will take place April 19th, 5-7pm and April 20th, 11am-4pm at the First Presbyterian Church on 5th and Main. Submission forms can be picked up at the Skagway Rec Center. The deadline to apply is April 12th. For more information, contact Kari Rain at 612-0157. – SAC


2013 writers symposium features faculty of top writers from Alaska and outside

 Kathleen Dean Moore, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University, believes that moral force is necessary to prevent toads, salmon, and cedars from slipping off the planet. Author of seven books, the Oregon writer-activist is the keynote speaker at the fourth annual North Words Writers Symposium, held in Skagway, Alaska May 29-June 1. Moore’s books have won the Oregon Book Award, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Award, and the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award. Her works have also been published in Orion, Discover, The Sun, and the New York Times Magazine.
Moore is joined at the Skagway symposium by a faculty of Alaska authors that includes John Straley, Kim Heacox, Lynn Schooler, Andromeda Romano-Lax, David Hunsaker, Howard Weaver, and Heather Lende. Faculty will serve on panels to discuss topics like overcoming writer’s block, the path to publication, assessing reader needs, and writing personal essays, screenplays, and fiction.
“North Words stands alone among writer gatherings,” said symposium program director Daniel Henry. “Participants take home winning ideas, success stories, methods, and deepened relationships with a whole network of talented writers. Moreover, Skagway knows how to host an unforgettable soiree.”
For more information, including registration, go to
Faculty: Kathleen Dean Moore: Moral Ground, The Pine Island Paradox, Riverwalking, etc.
John Straley: The Woman Who Married a Bear, The Big Both Ways, etc.
Kim Heacox: The Only Kayak, An American Idea: The Making of the National Parks, etc.
Lynn Schooler: The Blue Bear, The Last Shot, Heartbroke Bay, etc.
Andromeda Romano-Lax: The Detour, The Spanish Bow, etc.
David Hunsaker: Screenplays The Firecracker Boys, Whistler in the Dark, graphic novel North End of the World
Howard Weaver: Former editor of Anchorage Daily News, Book: Write Hard Die Free.
Heather Lende: If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name; Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs
Staff : Daniel Lee Henry: Pushcart Prize winner 2000, Pushcart Special Mention 2004, Best of Pushcart
Jeff Brady: Publisher-Editor-Bookseller, The Skagway News Co. & Lynn Canal Publishing.
Buckwheat Donahue: Skagway Tourism Director
Katrina Pearson: Director of Marketing, Epicenter Press

Skagway residents interested in applying for a scholarship to the symposium should contact the Skagway Arts Council.


MFB Fund accepting scholarship applications till April 30

Applications are now being accepted for scholarships from the Margaret Frans Brady Fund.
The MFB Fund was set up through the Juneau Community Foundation to support arts and education projects and programs in Skagway and northern Southeast Alaska, and to assist students and artists in our area with scholarships to help them improve their creative abilities.
All creative arts will be considered including writing, music, visual and performance arts. These include grants to help artists attend arts camps, schools, colleges, symposiums, or conferences.
Applications are available at the JCF website: Go to the Funds and Endowments section and then click on the Margaret Frans Brady Fund to download an application.
Applications are due April 30, 2013 and should be emailed to A committee will select scholarship recipients in mid-May.