Arts

Seward’s downtown bakery to close after two decades

Seward’s downtown bakery to close after two decades

Heidi Zemach for SCN – Ranting Raven’s bakery, which has been the only one in downtown Seward for the past 20 years, will close down this week, following a busy summer tourist season. The bakery will not reopen next year. The Ranting Raven will continue on as a unique art gallery and handmade gift-store, but without the hearty soups and breads, […]

by · September 16, 2014 · 2 comments ·
Joint Community Band concert a magnificent experience

Joint Community Band concert a magnificent experience

Heidi Zemach for SCN- Fifty members of the Anchorage Community Band piled off the train Saturday morning, September 13th and headed for Seward High Auditorium in school buses and a couple of cars and vans. Although it rained heavily and consistently, they’d enjoyed their beautifully scenic train ride to Seward. As the train drew into Seward, the rain stopped and […]

by · September 15, 2014 · 1 comment ·
Final phase of the Obihiro Mural

Final phase of the Obihiro Mural

By Dot Bardarson – Painting of the Obihiro mural in Seward is on schedule.  All the panels are finished except for touch-up.        

by · September 14, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Big band collaboration will blow you away

Big band collaboration will blow you away

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Seward Community Concert Band members are excited about the visit this Saturday (Sept 13th) of their counterparts in Anchorage, and about their public performance together at 1:30 p.m. at the Seward High School auditorium. About 50 members of the Anchorage Community Band will arrive in Seward by train late morning Saturday  to join with 12 […]

by · September 12, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Obihiro mural painting continues

Obihiro mural painting continues

The painting of the Obihiro mural is right on schedule.  Painting is in the sanctuary of the Seward City Church on Nash Road.  Although we don’t have as many volunteers for this mural as usual (because it is in the middle of the week and people are at their jobs), most of the artists are professional artists, such as Akira Shiota […]

by · September 11, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Japanese Calligraphy Class September 13

Japanese Calligraphy Class September 13

City of Seward Press Release – Japanese Calligraphy Class  Offered Saturday, September 13, 2014 Delegates from Seward’s Sister City of Obihiro, Japan will be offering an hour long course in Japanese Calligraphy! Participants can watch an authentic performance and also take part in a brief class to draw traditional Japanese Calligraphy. Please contact the Office of the City Clerk to sign […]

by · September 8, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Mural volunteers needed

Mural volunteers needed

Seward Mural Society is seeking volunteers to help paint the Obihiro mural. The shifts that need filling are Tues Sept. 9th – Thurs Sept 11th 9:00 am – 12:00  break for lunch (provided) 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm The mural will be painted at the old Seward Chapel Church on Nash Road (on the right hand side of the highway across from Nash Woods subdivision. […]

by · September 8, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Obihiro mural exchange underway

Obihiro mural exchange underway

By Dot Bardarson – The Obihiro mural exchange is in progress. On Friday we greeted the Japanese artists in Anchorage at the airport.  On Saturday we showed them a good old fashioned Alaskan pot-luck, with speeches.  The sun shone warm, so we ate outside. Midori represented the artists from Obihiro with a short speech about their enthusiasm for the project. The Seward Quilters gave each […]

by · September 8, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Obihiro mural unveiled

Obihiro mural unveiled

By Dot Bardarson – Five Japanese artists will arrive Friday night with Obihiro’s design for a mural gift to Seward.  Last year, the city of Seward sent 7 art delegates to Obihiro to paint a large mural for the Japanese. The Seward Mural Society practiced by painting a reduced size replica that is mounted on Murphy’s Inn.  This year the Japanese are […]

by · September 8, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Jabali African Acrobats – Tickets On Sale Now!

Jabali African Acrobats – Tickets On Sale Now!

For ONE public performance only, direct from Mombasa, Kenya, this explosive troupe of young acrobats combines acrobatic elegance with music and dance while sharing the beauty of their African culture.  Performers bounce, bop and balance to a joyful Benga beat as they combine Chinese acrobatic feats with East African musical tradition. Winners of many national acrobatic competitions in Kenya, Jabali has […]

by · September 2, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Sugar Mountain Post-Wrap Party Wednesday, September 3rd!

Sugar Mountain Post-Wrap Party Wednesday, September 3rd!

Guess who’s back in town! Sugar Mountain, a film by Yellowbrick Films, shot a full length feature in early spring 2014.  This Wednesday, the director and several of the cast and crew are back in town filming a few more scenes and will be throwing a Post-Wrap Party at Tony’s Bar on Wednesday, September 3rd starting at 9pm. Come say […]

by · September 2, 2014 · 0 comments ·

1st Friday Art Walk September 5

Visit these following businesses on Friday, September 5, for the 1st Friday Art Walk in Seward! Zudy’s:  Catherine Schneider~Original paintings and 3 dimensional artKenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center:  Tom Missel~”Alaska National Parks”-original oil paintings  (1212 4th Ave)Seward Senior Center:  “Seward Unleashed”-a collection of 8 Seward Senior Memoirs Resurrect Art:  Justine Pechuzal~”Have & Hold”`original pastels Eight Arms Printing Company:  “Name […]

by · September 2, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Harvest Art Exhibition September 4

The Peninsula Art Guild/Kenai River Council on the Arts invites one and all to the Opening Reception for the Harvest Art Exhibit from 6-8pm on Thursday, Sept. 4th at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, 816 Cook Ave., Old Town Kenai.  For more info, call 283-7040, 12-5pm, Wednesday-Saturday.

by · September 1, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Artwork wanted for Harvest Art Exhibit and Auction

The Peninsula Art Guild is calling for local artists to donate up to two pieces of their own original artwork for its Harvest Art Exhibit and Auction.  Please bring donated artworks to the Kenai Fine Arts Center, 816 Cook Ave., Old Town Kenai across from the Oilers Bingo Hall by 5pm, Saturday, Aug 30.   

by · August 22, 2014 · 0 comments ·
2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Jennifer Pharr Davis to Visit Seward

2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Jennifer Pharr Davis to Visit Seward

SEWARD, ALASKA – On Tuesday, Sept. 9, the Seward Friends of the Library and the Seward Art Council will co-host athlete, author, speaker, and 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Jennifer Pharr Davis. The program will be held at the Seward Community Library Museum at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Jennifer has logged more […]

by · August 20, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Celebrating Healthy Lifestyles

Celebrating Healthy Lifestyles

Participants came from Seward, Anchorage, and some came from as far as California to attend the annual Healthy Lifestyles Gathering, sponsored by Quetekcak Native Tribe. In addition to a community potlatch at the Branson Pavilion featuring halibut and hamburgers, there was dancing and drumming by a diverse group of Alaska Native and American Indian drummers. The annual gathering is to […]

by · August 19, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Capra Book Signing, Q&A, Tonight at the Library

Capra Book Signing, Q&A, Tonight at the Library

Join us for an evening of stories, history and people. The Friends of the Seward Library will be having a book signing and Q&A with local author/historian Doug Capra. Doug is launching his new book, The Spaces Between, Stories From the Kenai Mountains to the Kenai Fjords. Starts at 6:30 pm for the Friends membership, this is a benefit of […]

by · August 18, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Preparations underway for Obihiro mural

Preparations underway for Obihiro mural

Community members are making preparations for the six-member Obihiro mural artist delegation who will be arriving in Seward this September. The City of Seward and the Seward Mural Society are working together to plan for the painting process with the visiting Japanese artists. Josh Neta, the interpreter with the Obihiro exchange students,and members of the planning committee met with him at City Hall to go […]

by · August 14, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Wild & Scenic Film Festival August 7

Wild & Scenic Film Festival August 7

  For more information, please visit: http://www.kenaiwatershed.org/film_fest.html

by · August 1, 2014 · 0 comments ·
First Friday at Chinooks August 1

First Friday at Chinooks August 1

by · July 29, 2014 · 0 comments ·

First Friday Art Walk August 1

First Friday Art Walk Lineup for August 1   Zudy’s Cafe: Stan McNight, Jean Schwafel, & Carol Souza~Original Paintings and Pastels Also Nick Zweifel~Photography Seward Properties: Mackenzie Barnum~Photography Resurrect Art:  Fiona Ritter~Black & White Portrait Photography Cover to Cover:  Pinky Bleth~Jewelry & Fabulous Cupcakes Tember Eliason~Original Paintings Suzi Towsley~Photography Starbird Studio: Vladimir Zhikhartsev~Watercolors Ranting Raven: Wendy Smith-Wood~New Silk Creations Eight Arms Printing Co.:  Bjorn Olson~”Corners of Alaska”~Adventure […]

by · July 29, 2014 · 0 comments ·
BALTO FILM FEST CLOSES CURTAIN

BALTO FILM FEST CLOSES CURTAIN

Filmmakers from Fairbanks, Juneau, Sitka, Soldotna and Anchorage descended on Seward for their annual pilgrimage to the Balto Film Fest (BFF).  Created to develop meaningful networking and workforce development opportunities in conjunction with anticipated curriculum for students of the Balto School at the Jesse Lee Home, the BFF has quickly made a reputation of being a filmmaker’s film fest. An […]

by · July 28, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Artist Ray Troll to Receive Ocean Ambassador Award

Artist Ray Troll to Receive Ocean Ambassador Award

Alaska SeaLife Center Press Release –  Seward, AK – July 23, 2014 – The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is proud to announce Alaskan artist Ray Troll as recipient of the 2014 Ocean Ambassador Award as part of the Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards. The Ocean Ambassador Award was created to recognize an individual or organization that has made outstanding contributions in […]

by · July 25, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Art Of Pollination

Art Of Pollination

In honor of National Pollinator Week, Chugach Arts Council has published its 2nd annual edition of a  beautiful book of art.  Artists from around Alaska and the U.S. contributed to make this a stunning tribute to one of our most valuable and fascinating resources, our pollinators.  Art can inspire and  inform as well as illustrate.  Conservation and awareness are key […]

by · July 25, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Work of public art vandalized

Work of public art vandalized

Heidi Zemach for the Seward City News – The “Communal Tree” sculpture, recently-installed in the Museum Library garden has been vandalized. It’s still a beautiful work of art, but at some time this past weekend, someone smashed two of the fused glass flower rosettes that hung off from the end of a the tree branches. It appears that they broke […]

by · July 25, 2014 · 0 comments ·