Entertainment Briefs

Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2001

Theater, youth awarded history grants

David Haas and his third grade Harborview Elementary class and Perseverance Theatre are this year's recipients of Juneau History Grants from the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

Haas and his class' project, "Gold Creek Flume History," received a $512 grant. The students will research the flume through interviews and nature studies, and then develop a brochure and informational pamphlet about the area. Funds will be used to advertise the project and solicit interview subjects.

Perseverance received $1,000 for "The Cannery Project," an original production scheduled to premiere in 2003. "Cannery" will detail the history of Juneau's Filipino community and the salmon canning industry that brought them here. Los Angeles-based playwright Chay Yew will contribute.

California artist kicks off workshop series

Barbara Nechis, an artist from California, offered a class for intermediate and advanced watercolorists this week at the Nugget Mall. The class was sponsored by The Art Dept. which sells arts supplies.

Owner Bobbi Epperly said more classes will follow.

"There's been a lot of call for workshops that people want the Art Dept. to put on, so I thought this would be a nice way to try it," Epperly said.

The previous owner of the Art Dept. put on a number of workshops, Epperly said. This is her first, and the series should continue in September.

"Hopefully we can get more lined up for the fall and winter (when) people have more time," Epperly said. "There's a demand for beginning classes. Those who have never picked up a paintbrush or have no idea how to use whatever medium (they) start in - like oils or acrylics or basic drawing."

Classes for children are also in the works. The Art Dept. can be reached at 790-2787, and is located in the Nugget Mall.

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