Community ready for Christmas concert

December 9, 2013 2:46 pm0 comments
Community ready for Christmas concert

  HEIDI ZEMACH For SCN -  There’s nothing quite as delightful a sound as voices blending together in harmony, and singers enjoying creating beautiful music together. Seward’s Community Choir’s fifty-plus members have been hard at work since September learning the music for the annual Christmas Concert, which takes place Thursday, December 12th, at 7 p.m. in the Ray Building (UAF Marine Science Center). Many of the four-part choral arrangements, drawn from the Seward High School stockpile, date back to before many of the singers were even born, but the music is brought back to life whenever performed, and are enjoyed […]

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Bazaar This Weekend – Please Come!

December 4, 2013 8:35 pm2 comments

There will be an amazing number of Alaska artists and commercial vendors at the annual Seward Holiday Fair this weekend at the Train Depot.  Once the train came from Anchorage with hundreds of people who wanted to see Santa Claus, and Seward, but then there was an avalanche warning and the railroad stopped the trains at Christmas to Seward.  If we keep up our momentum, maybe they’ll change their minds again and bring up people from Anchorage which would bring big business to the town of Seward the first Saturday of every December. Until then, we the artists who are […]

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Acting Can Be Murder on local drama production

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Acting Can Be Murder on local drama production

By Heidi Zemach – Seward High School drama class debuted “Acting Can Be Murder,” the annual fall play Tuesday, December 3rd. There will be two more performances, tonight (Wednesday) December 4th, and Thursday, December 5th. A cast of 14 students worked very hard on this full length, 2 hour play, directed by Dan Marshall, with technical direction by Mark Techenbrock, and costumes and makeup by Nikki Berry.   The play is darker than most Seward High School productions perhaps-but still a comedy, filled with double-meanings and misunderstandings, that gets many laughs throughout. Robin McKnight stars as Dolores Gordon, the understudy—and […]

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“Acting Can Be Murder”

December 3, 2013 9:57 am0 comments

Seward High School Drama presents “Acting Can Be Murder” Tuesday, December 3rd Wednesday, December 4th Thursday, December 5th Seward High School Auditorium Show starts at 7:00 p.m. nightly, doors open at 6:30 p.m. Come out and enjoy local theater at its best presented by the students of Seward High School.

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Seward High Art Graphic Design

November 27, 2013 1:07 pm0 comments
Seward High Art Graphic Design

I have been blessed with a really talented, creative, well behaved Graphic Design Class this semester.  I’m amazed how patiently and dilligently they work in the computer lab day after day, working with Adobe Photoshop.  Thanks 5th hour! BWaggoner…. Here are some of their projects.  More SHS Art here. Concert Posters Soren Fejes Jessica Degnan New Currency Thomas Zweifel Sara Tolson Liam McFaul Jessica Degnan Jonah DeBoard Damnyan Letter Alicia Morris Mount Marathon Designs Zane Zimmerman Thomas Zweifel Liam McFaul Damnyan Letter Soren Fejes Jonah DeBoard Anthony Gibson Alicia Morris Local Businesses Zane Zimmerman Liam McFaul Thomas Zweifel Jonah DeBoard […]

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Call for Art of Conservation

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Call for Art of Conservation

 Chugach Arts Council has announced it’s upcoming projects and Calls for Art. Artists of all ages and abilities in any media are invited to submit images of their art for consideration to be published in one of several beautiful books of art featuring conservation themes. The dead line for the first 3 projects is March 15, 2014 Endangered Species Day is May 16.  The first volume featuring art of any endangered specie will be released prior to that. World Oceans Day is June 8.  We will celebrate with a book of beautiful art relating to our oceans. National Pollinator Week […]

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Mama, What’s Hanukkah?

November 23, 2013 10:32 am0 comments
Mama, What’s Hanukkah?

Ever wondered what Hanukkah was all about?  This year is the first time in 95 years that Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving.  That convergence has brought the somewhat obscure holiday to the forefront of news and blogs. A charming little book tells the story of Hanukkah in a simple easy to understand way complete with colorful watercolor illustrations.  Designed, created and illustrated by Marie Wagner, the book bridges the gap between faiths and brings understanding to an oft misunderstood holiday. The book can be seen in its entirety at: http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/664246   click on the gray “preview” button below the image to […]

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Seward Mural Society Accepts Holland America Check

November 22, 2013 11:22 am0 comments
Seward Mural Society Accepts Holland America Check

Submitted by: Dot Bardarson Members of the Seward Mural Society are shown here accepting a check from Holland America to help financially with the murals that were painted in September during the Seward Music and Arts Festival.  Holland America is proud to be a sponsor of benefits to Seward in the form of grants. The mural group was gathered to discuss plans for the up-coming gift of a mural from our sister city, Obihiro, Japan.  Seward will be hosting artists and dignitaries from Obihiro for about 10 days in 2014, during which time, the Seward Mural Society will assist them […]

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Klimt Style Paintings

November 11, 2013 7:22 am0 comments
Klimt Style Paintings

In Art Class at SHS, we studied the portrature of Gustav Klimt, which is known for its prominent use of gold and patterns.  Students drew and painted their own human protraits with acrylic paint and added gold detailing with gold paint markers.  This was a difficult project, they all were really patient and did a great job!  Have a great week! Izzy Barnwell Andy Hughes Grant Orvis Ashley Whiteshield Alyssa Leisure Catelynn Hettick Rachel Tougas Logan Smith Shyanne Washik Dakota Nickell Moriah Doepken Vitali Sturdy Jessica Fry Anthony Gibson Renzee Comia Tasha Murphy Erin Spradlin Cody Hall Sara Tolson Lacy […]

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Aurora over Seward

November 10, 2013 10:22 am1 comment
Aurora over Seward

SEWARD, Alaska (Seward City News) – By: Ron Niebrugge – Aurora borealis over Seward, Alaska. This was last night at around 3:30 a.m. – that is my little home town of Seward at the base of the mountains.  What an amazing night! www.wildnatureimages.com www.my-photo-blog.com

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Obihiro Mural Completed

November 9, 2013 10:46 am0 comments
Obihiro Mural Completed

Submitted by: Dot Bardarson Its done!  Mural art delegates are home from Japan.  The mural they painted was a success.  Lots of people came to the dedication where children held tethers that were attached to a large sheet covering the mural.  On a backwards count of “san, ni, ichi” the tethers were dropped, the sheet slithered down to expose the colorful mural.  The audience cheered, “Awesome”  “Its so big”.  There were speeches by Obihiro Mayor Norihisa Yonezawa and Seward Mayor, David Seaward.  The master artist, Justine Pechuzal,  was introduced to explain the symbolism of the Alaska moose bringing Chrysanthemums across […]

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Alaskans Named to Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program

November 7, 2013 5:28 pm0 comments
Alaskans Named to Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program

Four artists will spend eight-week residencies in the Lower 48 as the first Alaskans to participate in the new Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program. They are:  • Artist and educator Jimmy Riordan will serve his residency at Zygote Press, Cleveland, Ohio. • Playwright, poet and director Arlitia Jones will serve her residency at Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, CA. • Inupiaq visual artist Gretchen Sagan will serve her residency at Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM. • Textile artist Maria Shell will serve her residency at McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC. The Artist Residency Program is one element of the Foundation’s Arts & Culture Initiative, a major commitment to […]

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Seward Home Business Showcase November 16

November 6, 2013 2:51 pm0 comments
Seward Home Business Showcase November 16
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Moose Pass School Holiday Bazaar November 15

October 23, 2013 4:24 pm0 comments
Moose Pass School Holiday Bazaar November 15
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Edgar Allan Poe Project tickets now on sale at Hotel Seward

October 14, 2013 7:20 pmComments Off
Edgar Allan Poe Project tickets now on sale at Hotel Seward

Do you have out-of-town friends looking for a weekend getaway, or you just want to get away yourself without leaving town? The Seward Hotel is offering a “Poe Package”. For $100 enjoy a one night stay at the beautiful historic Hotel Seward, a $10 voucher toward dinner at Genes Place and two tickets to see The Edgar Allan Poe Project. That is a $150 dollar value for only $100! For reservations call (907) 224-8001.

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Seward represented at the 39th Annual Alaska Watercolor Juried Watercolor Exhibition

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Seward represented at the 39th Annual Alaska Watercolor Juried Watercolor Exhibition

The 39th Annual Alaska Watercolor Juried Watercolor Exhibition opened last week at the Anchorage Museum with a First Friday reception. On hand to receive recognition were 2 Seward artists, Dot Bardarson and Kwansook Schaefermeyer. The competitive show is open to entries from all over the united States.  24 watercolors were accepted into the show by professional out-of-state juror, Donna Zagotta. “My standards for jurying are the same standards I set for my own work,” says Ms. Zogotta. “I look for personal, unique, and imaginative paintings that contain a personal visual language and solid design.  I also look for fully resolved works that […]

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Aurora Borealis over the Seward Boat Harbor last Wednesday

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Aurora Borealis over the Seward Boat Harbor last Wednesday

Here is another one from last northern light show in Seward last Tuesday night, Wednesday morning. Photo courtesy of Ron Niebrugge.  

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Get Your Tickets for the Edgar Allen Poe Project

October 8, 2013 4:24 pm5 comments
Get Your Tickets for the Edgar Allen Poe Project

The Port City Players is putting on the “Edgar Allan Poe Project” at the end of October.  This will feature 4 of Poe’s best short stories and poems performed by 4 of Seward’s best acting talents.  Show dates are October 24th, 25th, 26th and 31st and November 1st and 2nd at the Hotel Seward.  Show times are 7:00 ~ 7:20 ~ 7:40 ~ 8:00  lasting about an hour.  There are only 7 seats per a show so get your tickets now by calling Hotel Seward @ 224-8001.

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Mural in a Day 2013

October 1, 2013 8:57 amComments Off
Mural in a Day 2013

Submitted by Dot Bardarson While the Seward Music and Arts Festival hammed it up on stage, the Seward Mural Society was hard at it doing what they do best.  They painted 2 small murals this year.    

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K-IBH 91.7 FM to Broadcast SMAF Music!

September 27, 2013 1:54 amComments Off

Our local radio station KIBH-FM on 91.7 on your FM dial will be broadcasting some of this weekend’s SMAF music performances. Headlining the 10th Anniversary of SMAF are the “Builders and the Bakers” performing on Saturday night. Many talented musicians will be broadcast such as Lulu Small, Melissa Mitchell, Historian, Blackwater Railroad Company, Super Saturated Sugar Strings, the Eternal Cowboys, Nervous Rex, Elite 9 and the list goes on. So tune in and listen to our show or we will see you there! This year’s theme is the railroad. So “Choo-Choo” your way in and join our train ride. All […]

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New Fund Helps Museums Manage Their Collections

September 26, 2013 3:50 pmComments Off

Haines -  Museums challenged to manage their collections have a new source of assistance, with the launch today of the Collections Management Fund. The new fund was created by Rasmuson Foundation and will be managed by Museums Alaska, a statewide association. This year, $100,000 in grants will be available to museums and cultural centers in Alaska for collections management supplies and activities. The goal is to build capacity for managing collections through professional expertise, training, and conservation materials and supplies. The deadline to submit grant applications is Thursday, October 31, 2013.

Applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit, government, tribal entities or equivalent organizations that […]

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September 21 Obihiro Mural Update

September 20, 2013 1:10 pmComments Off
September 21 Obihiro Mural Update

This photo was taken at the end of the first day of painting.  The animals have not been painted yet, nor details of mountains, signage etc. On the second day, a new group of Japanese artists arrived.  Here they are in what the Japanese call “the shed”, a spacious city garage.  Seward Art delegates were assigned 2 panels,  to oversee the painting. A Japanese high school student paints flowers on Sheila’s panel. A Japanese high school teacher discusses technique with 2 of her students painting the moose. Submitted by Dot Bardarson

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Music Boosters Share Ideas to Grow Opportunities for Kids

September 18, 2013 11:24 pmComments Off
Music Boosters Share Ideas to Grow Opportunities for Kids

(Bu Heidi Zemach with assistance by Sharon Kim) Seward Music Association, a.k.a. “Seward Band and Choir Boosters” held their annual meeting on Monday, Sept 16, at the Community Room in the Seward Library Museum.  The group elected new board officers. Sharon Kim was elected President and Heidi Zemach was elected Vice President. Bryce Mulholland was elected Treasurer and will apprentice for the first year with longtime board treasurer Mica Van Buskirk. Kim will be acting secretary until that spot can be filled.  The focus of this group is to support music in the three Seward schools and community. With such large […]

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Obihiro Mural Update

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Obihiro Mural Update

Submitted by Dot Bardarson Here is an update of progress on the mural that the city of Seward is giving to its sister-city, Obihiro. The Japanese artists gathered around for introductions and instructions for painting the panels.  We were provided with a spacious public works garage in which to work. Bethany Waggoner, one of the art delegates from Seward, shows Japanese artists how she wants them to paint the mural.  Japanese are very disciplined, listened carefully and did a fine job. Justine Pechuzal, the Master Artist for the mural, demonstrates a technique to the Japanese artists who eagerly wait to […]

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