Kenai Fine Arts Center

The Kenai Fine Art Center closed its door earlier this spring along with most other businesses and public facilities, but unlike others, it won’t reopen this year.

The board of the Peninsula Art Guild, which runs the center, announced Tuesday that it won’t reopen the center in Old Town Kenai until 2021.

Kenai Performers

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown the performing arts for a loop, hitting the pause button for the majority of the spring. But, like many organizations, they’re figuring out ways for the show to go on.

Kenai Performers is getting auditions underway for a winter production of “Murder in the Cathedral,” a drama about the historical murder of English Archbishop Thomas Beckett in the Canterbury Cathedral in the Middle Ages. In the past, auditions have been open, with aspiring actors showing up whenever they want. This time, hopefuls have to sign up ahead of time for slots over the course of three days.

Mountainfilm Tour

The Mountainfilm Tour is stopping in Soldotna today, with a screening at 7 p.m. at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.

Mountianfilm is a documentary film festival held every Memorial Day weekend in Telluride, Colo., with a selection of those films going on tour around the country. Mountainfilm organizers bill the festival as “using the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world.”

Joyce Cox, of Soldotna, is hosting the Soldotna stop of the Mountainfilm tour. She’s watched the films elsewhere for years and was so impressed she went to the festival in Colorado last May and decided to bring the films to Soldotna.

“I just feel like we all need to support the arts more and this is another opportunity that we haven’t had in our community for these types of art films,” Cox said. “This is just another art film that is part of our society that can make society better and hope for change for a better world.”

Spring 2019: Arts Education

May 28, 2019
Kenai Peninsula College

Education budgets have been a major discussion topic this legislative session. And when the possibility for cuts to schools becomes real, arts are often at the top of the list. Cam Choy, Associate Art Professor at Kenai Peninsula College; Sadie Sprenger, art student at KPC and Chris Jenness, Art Instructor at Soldotna High School join us to talk about art in and out of the classroom.

Jay Barrett/KDLL

  A new exhibition by two University of Alaska Anchorage artists blend huge ceramic sculptures of Alaska wildlife with stark intaglio prints.

Alanna DeRocchi and Jonathan S. Green are the two artists in the “Of Stone” exhibit, which opens Thursday night. 

The first piece one sees upon entering the Kenai Fine Arts Center is of an emaciated polar bear, gaunt and drenched and struggling to get to its feet. It’s based on an image DeRocchi once saw.