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Register Now for Seldovia’s Fine Arts Camp!

| June 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Betsy Scott

Fine Arts Camp Banner“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did
something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it,
they just saw something.   That’s because they were able to connect experiences
they’ve had and synthesize new things.  And the reason they were able to do that
was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more
about their experiences than other people.”

-Steve Jobs

FineArtsCampPhoto1The Seldovia Fine Arts Camp was made possible with funding by Rasmuson Foundation through the Arts in Education Fund, and is administered, under contract, by the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

Thank you Susan B English School, the City of Seldovia, and our many local volunteers and donors who helped make this happen!

Mon-Fri, July 14-18, 2014

3-6 yr olds: 10:00 – 1:00 $50
7-18 yr olds: 10:00 – 3:30 $75
Scholarships available!
Adult classes every evening!

Meet our Instructors for 2014!

Fine Arts Camp Photo2Eddie Wood is a percussionist, dancer, storyteller and actor from Homer. Originally from Spain, He is bilingual Spanish/English. Eddie has been involved in working with children for over 35 years. He has toured all over Alaska, the US, and internationally.

Sue Biggs is a published composer with pieces for choir, hand bells and children. She writes folk and gospel songs and is working on two children’s books. She is the music specialist and band director for Redoubt Elementary School, Music Director at Christ Lutheran Church, private music teacher. and plays music with her spouse, Jack Will, with the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra and others.Jack Will’s informal music education involved playing loud electric guitar. He has played banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, violin both on and off stage. He currently plays violin with the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra & local groups.

Craig Barnard is an energetic and generous community teacher of many physical arts, and will help students learn to control their bodies.

Susan Barnard is a longtime teacher of young children and will again be bringing her passion for gymnastics and circus art to our Seldovia.

Jenifer Dickson is mother of two young boys who enjoys writing children’s songs and teaching young children to love their own creativity. She will be teaching songwriting and how to get their chicka chicka boom boom on.

Valisa Higman studied art at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR. Valisa’s work in both cut-paper and ceramics have been shown in many galleries in Alaska and Outside.

Betsy Scott is a passionate Seldovia community member sharing her music and storytelling with all ages.

Brian Slover is a self-taught in native american flute and has been playing for 13 years. He’s a longtime Seldovian and loves doing concerts with his students.

Scholarships are available!  Join us for a performance & community dance Friday night, July 18th!

Register for one-on-one individual instruction on first day of camp.

Lunch and snacks provided
Drop-off at Sea Otter Community Center

Age 3 – 6 (Snacks between activities)
10:00 – 10:45  Gymnastics, Dance & Circus
11:00 – 11:30 Chimes & Story
11:45 – 12:15  Art ( Mon-Wed)
11:45 – 12:15  Singing (Thurs & Fri)
12:15 – 1:00 Lunch

Age 7 – 11
10:00 – 10:45 Chimes & Story
11:00 – 11:45  Gymnastics,Dance, & Circus
11:45 – 12:15   Singing & Songwriting (Mon-Wed)
11:45 – 12:15   ART (Th & Fr)
12:15 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 Percussion
2:00 – 3:00 Elective (pick one):

        • Native American Flute
        • Beg Fiddle

Theatre Games
3:00 – 4:00 Individual instruction

Age 12 – 18
10:00 – 10:45 Percussion I
10:45 – 11:30 Fiddle & Guitar
11:30 – 12:30 Percussion II
1:15 – 2:15 Theatre Study
2:15 – 3:00 Elective (pick one):

  • Native American Flute
  • Beg Fiddle / Mandolin
  • 3:00 – 4:00 Individual instruction

Adult Classes in the evening: $10 for any or all classes, free childcare provided.

Sign up by June 30:  Betsy Scott   234-8404

Congratulations to Jack and Shirley Nall

| June 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Shirley Nall

Shirley and Jack Nall

Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Jack Marshall Nall

Shirley Hurley, Seldovia  and Jack Nall, Kentucky, celebrated their marriage vows in Las Vegas on Friday, June 20th.
There will be a reception held in July at their home in Seldovia.

Join us for SVT Sponsored Bingo

| June 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Trinket Gallien
bingo 7-2014

Laura’s First Impressions of Seldovia

| June 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Laura Haskins
Coming into the Seldovia harbor the other day, I must admit, I was a bit anxious.  Alan and I were very excited when he was offered the principal position, but he had been to town several times before and knew where we were going.  And while I love a good adventure, I felt a bit blind coming across the bay that day.  

I knew I would find a quaint fishing town nestled among some of Alaska’s most beautiful mountain scenery.  I had seen pictures, after all, and Alan had been talking it up for years.  But the heart and soul of a community is its people.  Individuals create a collective character and give a place its personality and ambiance.  I had heard wonderful reports of the “friendly, easy-going folks” who lived here but still I wondered; what would I find?

Well, I believe in first impressions and, Seldovia, you make a great one!  I was overwhelmed by the charm of your boardwalks and the majesty of your landscape.  Pictures can never really do justice to such an impressive panorama.  But I was equally moved by the individuals I met – friendly and easy-going for sure, but also, genuine and sincere.  You made us feel welcomed and at ease in such a short visit.  We enjoyed walking around town and meeting folks as they worked in their yard and it was great visiting with you at church and at the dessert potluck.  Thank you especially to Paul and Jenny Chissus and to Doug, Kathy, Les and Shirley Giles for your gracious hospitality.

Alan and I have said many times we could live anywhere as long as there were good people, and we’ve found good people everywhere we’ve lived.  Seldovia is no exception!  I’m still anxious about moving but this time it’s not because I’m blind.  Now I can’t wait to come to town and really get to know the great people who make Seldovia home!

Editor’s note:  Alan will be our new principal at Susan B English school this upcoming year.  It was a total pleasure meeting both Laura and Alan on their first visit to Seldovia together!  They are a very nice couple, authentic folks, interested in Seldovia and her people, and I am sure they will be a great addition to Seldovia and our school!  They made a great first impression on us too!  🙂

First “Annual” Recycle Fashion Show

| June 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Jenny Chissus

DSC_3754_SOCC_RecycleFashion2014_Jfchissus_Seldovia.com26Wow, what a great show!  I knew when I first read about this unusual fashion show idea – that it would be spectacular! This event would be the perfect opportunity for a few local artists/fashionistas to show off their talents in creative ways we could never imagine! From garbage bags, duct tape, foam and 5 hour energy bottles, to magazine pages, yarn, Grunden scraps, envelopes, dryer sheets and feed bags, there was a lot of waste put to amazingly good use!

DSC_3690_SOCC_RecycleFashion2014_Jfchissus_Seldovia.com1With so much variety and obvious creative talent, it was a difficult fashion show to judge. Vivian, Suzie and Valisa were there, taking notes furiously as the gals took to the catwalk and about 35 folks enjoyed the show!

There were 4 categories:

1) Best in Show = There were two winners!  Tiffany Haller & Amanda (Gain) Ginter, Both received one round trip with Mako’s Water Taxi.
2) Most Outrageous = Liza Bieri for her mask – received one round trip for two with Mako’s Water Taxi.
3) Funniest = Gwyneth Hansen “Little White Riding Hood” / received a plush, pink robe donated by SOCC
4) Best Accessory = Ila Dillon for her feedbag totes (available for purchase at the KacheYak Trading Post) / received  Thyme on the Boardwalk gift certificate
The prizes were all donated – thank you to Mako Haggerty with Mako’s Water Taxi & Suzie Stranik with Thyme on the Boardwalk for their generous prizes!
Thanks to the following folks who made this all possible!


Models (in order of appearance):  Tiffany, Ariana, Heli, Gwyn, Ashante, Andria, Sirena, Axenia, Heidi, Joy, Ariana & Sugar, Amanda and Lisa!

DSC_3691_SOCC_RecycleFashion2014_Jfchissus_Seldovia.com2Fashion Designers:  Tiffany, Amelia, Liza, Gwyn, Ila, Chaz, Amanda and Lisa

FineArtsCampLogoThis was a benefit and fund raiser for the annual Fine Arts Camp that is coming up in July.  Your support at this event and donations at any time are appreciated and welcome!

The Fine Arts Camp will be offering a daily schedule from campers 3-6, ages 7-11 and 12-18 as well as offerings for adults to enjoy!  Everything from gymnastics, dance and circus activities, to chimes, story time, art and singing for the younger campers to Native American flute, Beg Fiddle, theater games, percussion – there will truly be a wide variety of activities to enjoy and learn during the week long course.  Keep an eye out for the official flier – coming soon!

“En Plein Air” Weekend Event and Auction

| June 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

En Plein AirThe Seldovia Arts Council wishes to invite “En Plein Air” artists to discover our gorgeous corner of Alaska. We would love to have artists of every talent, both hobbyists and professionals, join the fine arts portion of our Solstice celebrations which will occur June 19th – June 22nd, 2014.

This is our 13th annual Summer Solstice Music Festival starting with musicians performing aboard the MV Tustumena Ferry during the trip from Homer to Seldovia on Thursday, June 19th. The Seldovia Arts Council sponsors workshops during the days of Friday, June 20th, and Saturday, June 21st with wonderful evening performances to follow on each of those dates.   When the participating painters are not busy creating their own works of art, they can come enjoy the music.

“En Plein Air” artists will be surprised and inspired at every turn in and around Seldovia.   Our sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking, whether viewed across the bay, over the surrounding mountains, or from the beaches. There are fascinating vistas of the small boat harbor, the old boardwalk, the bridge and slough, Main Street, and Inside and Outside Beaches, all within easy walking distance. Locations for joyful work are endless.

All artists are asked to bring their own supplies and easels.

There will be a brief welcoming meeting between 9:00AM and 9:30AM on Friday June 20th with maps available of town and surrounds for your assistance. We will end with a silent auction on Sunday, June 22nd starting at 11:00AM -12:45PM with Susan Mumma officiating. Snacks and coffee will be available. The public viewing space at Central Park, located in the heart of town, will be where all can view the artist’s work and where the auction will take place.   In preparation for the auction each artist will be provided a numbered page on which to place the title of their work and the artist’s required minimum bid.

We hope that all artists will consider this invitation to be open, not only Solstice weekend, but all through the summer. The natural beauty will remain the same, and artists will be able to sell their work as they see fit.

Seldovia has a nice RV park and beautiful camping sites on Outside Beach, each with lavatory facilities.

For your planning and comfort, the following is information regarding lodging and availability of food:

Lodging:  www.SeldoviaChamber.org or Seldovia.com/stay/lodging

Restaurants and Groceries:  Seldovia.com/to-do/restaurants-and-groceries/