Monday, April 13, 2009

Whalefest 2009:

Whale Fest Kodiak is a 10-day long celebration of the return of Eastern Pacific Gray Whales to Alaskan waters. Here on scenic Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska, we are privileged enough to have nearly all of this population pass by on their journey north- and many grays remain around until the time comes to go back down south.

Whale Fest Kodiak 2009 will mark the 13th year that the festival has been running. It is not only a hot attraction for locals, but many tourists also travel to Kodiak to take part in the diverse events offered. In the past, events have ranged from everything from scientific lectures to marine mammal-inspired music, from traditional Native Alaskan games to environmental forums.

April 1-30 Whale Fest Ar t Show at The Next Page. Please come view and purchase new ocean inspired creations in any medium by local artists. Contact: Jennifer Ott 486-6164. Location: The Next Page.

April 17 - 29 Childrens Whale Art Show Stop by to view the amazing whale art created by local students. Arranged by Cat DeVries. Location: The High School Foyer in the glass cases.

April 4-May 2 Spill: Alaskan Artists Remember The exhibit is sponsored by the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council, and curated by Asia Freeman of Bunnell Street Arts Center, Homer. It features the original artwork of thirty Alaskan artists, including Kodiak artists Sven Haakanson, Alf Pryor and Antoinette Walker. The opening reception will be Saturday, April 4, from 5 to 7:30 pm. Visitors can enjoy an evening of art and remembrance with free admission, refreshments and the opportunity to meet the Kodiak artists represented in the show. Location: Baranov Museum.

April 23, 24, & 25 ComFish Alaska 2009 Celebrating 50 Years of Commercial Fishing and Processing. A special Maritime Museum photo display of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. WhaleFest Shirts Available at the Public Radio KMXT Booth. Contact: Deb King 486-5557 or Cheryl Nugent 539-2266. Location: New Downtown Convention Center.

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