Posted: Thursday, November 11, 2004

Muñoz wins Governor's Award

ANCHORAGE - Juneau artist Rie Muñoz was named the recipient of the 2004 Governor's Award for Individual Artist during a formal dinner Oct. 29 at the 4th Avenue Theatre in Anchorage.

Several hundred people attended the gala, and the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Alaska Humanities Forum co-sponsored the ceremony.

Muñoz moved to Alaska in 1950 and has exhibited throughout Alaska and the Lower 48. "Rie Muñoz: Portrait of Alaska" was published in 1995, and includes a 35-year retrospective of lithographs, posters, serigraphs and reproductions. For more information about her art, visit

Other award winners were: Sealaska Heritage Institute, Juneau, Humanities Distinguished Cultural Services Award; Anchorage Museum of History & Art, Outstanding Arts Organization; Colonel Norman Vaughan, Anchorage, Humanities Alaskan Muse Award; Roger Schmidt, Sitka Fine Arts Camp director, Arts Education Award; Father Michael Oleksa, Humanities Alaskan Muse Award; Pratt Museum, Homer, Humanities Distinguished Cultural Service Award; Janel Thompson, Fairbanks, Arts Advocacy Award; GCI Statewide, Arts Business Leadership Award; Arliss Sturgulewski, Anchorage, Humanities Civic Advocate Award; Oscar Kawagley, Margaret Nick Cooke Award; Teri Rofkar, Alaska Native Arts Award; Katherine Hurley, Humanities Lifetime Achievement Award; Kesler Woodward, Lifetime Achievement Award for the Arts.

Student Symphonies prepare for concert

JUNEAU - The Juneau Student Symphonies will perform Bach, Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and Mussorgsky at their fall concerts, 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School Commons.

Juneau Symphony's Youth Concerto winner, Lindsay Clark, will be the featured soloist, performing Haydn's Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Student Symphony.

Both the Student Sinfonia and Student Symphony will perform Pictures at an Exhibition in conjunction with a major art exhibition featuring works by student and professional artists of Juneau.

Visual art will be on display at Dzantik'i Heeni at the concerts and during the prior week. Admission is free, and donations are welcome. There will be a fundraising silent auction of selected art pieces.

The Juneau Student Symphonies are two full development orchestras made up of strings, percussion, brass and woodwinds for youth and adults. The Student Sinfonia is made up of musicians, young and old, who have the basic music skills to be able to play easier works and student arrangements. The Student Symphony musicians are more experienced.

Haines gets ready for Eagle Celebration

HAINES - Haines will host the Chilkat Eagle Arts Celebration on Veterans Day Weekend, Nov. 12-14, at the Council Grounds to kick off this year's Season of the Eagles.

Musicians and artists are invited to join arts enthusiasts for a three-day celebration of the performing and visual arts at the Chilkat Center for the Arts. There will be classes in dance-movement, painting, drawing and mask-making, plus musical performances on Friday and Saturday afternoon and evening. All all-day food court and fine-art exhibition will be held in the lobby.

Friday night's concert will include Juneau's Fiery Gypsies. The movement and performance workshops will include yoga, NIA and soul-motion dance, as well as mime, juggling and dancing.

An all-day $15 ticket covers class fees as well as admission to the events at the celebration. Some classes may require an additional $5 fee for art supplies and materials. For more information, call 907-766-2540, 907-766-2763, visit or e-mail

Visiting artist to lead dance workshop

JUNEAU - From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, and Sunday, Nov. 14, efstar seakae theatre will present "Ankokuh: A Community Butoh Dance Workshop," led by visiting artist Ben Coffroth. It will be held at the JDHS dance studio

Proceeds from this event will go to efstar seakae theatre's production of 4:48 Psychosis. Workshops are not appropriate for young children. The cost for one workshop is $10 to $20 on a sliding scale and $30 to $40 for the full weekend. Payment is accepted at the door.

Butoh Dance is a form of modern dance that dates back to 1959. It combines traditional Japanese theater, mediation and martial arts. Traditional characteristics of Butoh include white painted bodies, bald heads, stylized movements and contorted postures.

Coffroth focuses on the ideas of the empty body, berdache and landscaping, while staying true to the original form. Participants in this workshop do not have to shave their heads and paint their bodies white.

The workshops will focus on the history of Butoh, "empty body" meditation, form and basic principals of Butoh, as well as improvisational Butoh dancing. Sunday's workshop is for intermediate students and those who have attended Saturday's workshop.

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