The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Heidi Zemach
For The LOG 

Locals enjoy art on Friday


Heidi Zemach | For The LOG

The Kenai Fjords National Park's Information Center at the harbor filled with children and parents Friday evening for the First Friday Art Walk. All were eager to see their marine-invertebrate themed artwork, created in all local classes in grades K-12.

The First Friday Art Walk, which took place May 2, was a successful affair, with more than 12 contributing businesses or venues, including several new ones. People filled the streets going from venue to venue on that sunny evening. Some took the high turnout as portent of a good business season ahead, while others were simply impressed with the variety and amount of local artistic talent displayed.

Heidi Zemach | For The LOG

Seward jazz band Elite 9 performed some of their classic jazz hits at Ranting Raven during the First Friday Art Walk last week.

This was the first of what will be monthly First Friday Art Walks throughout the summer months. New businesses participating this year included Zudy's Café, at the old railroad terminal downtown, Eight Arms Printing Company, and Chinooks. The Alaska SeaLife Center also took part, offering cake and staff member paintings. The Seward Senior Center featured five or six artists actually at work drawing and painting, and displays of even more artwork created and donated by talented elderly folks. At Kenai Fjords National Park Information Center, at the Small Boat Harbor, large crowds of children and parents gathered to admire the colorful and detailed marine-themed work that each classroom had created last month in the middle, elementary and high schools. The younger grades had help with their marine invertebrate artwork from visiting Seward High School students, national park staff, and artists from throughout the community. Blackwater Railroad Company performed at Chinooks, Elite 9 performed at Ranting Raven, and there was even a flamenco guitar player providing background music at Resurrect Arts Coffee House and Gallery.


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