Arts scene: Heidi Senungetuk, Plein Air Painters, and Sculptor Andy Moerlein

Arts Reporter

Double soundtrack

Heidi Senungetuk is a classical violinist who has performed with orchestras around the country. She's also a student of Inupiaq music and dance. Now studying ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, Senungetuk -- a member of the well-known family of Alaska artists with that name -- will present a talk at noon Thursday at the Anchorage Museum. "Making Music in the North" is part of the Smithsonian Spotlight series and the talk is included with museum admission.

Art out of door

The Plein Air Painters of Alaska present their annual fundraiser for Clare House, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Several of Alaska's best under-the-open-sky artists will be painting and showing their work outdoors. Take Abbott Road east to Birch and turn right. The address is 5801 Barry Ave., which is immediately left off Birch. If you get lost, call 333-0793. A portion of sales go to support Clare House, but it's free to stop by and look.

Paired interests

Sculptor Andy Moerlein, originally from Anchorage and now based in New Hampshire, is gaining an international following with his shaped sticks, ceramic birds and ingeniously placed stones. He's back in state for an art show with his partner Donna Dodson, whose work includes carved "animal goddess" figures. Their pieces will be on display at Blue.Hollomon Gallery, 3555 Arctic Blvd., through the summer.

Compiled by arts reporter
Mike Dunham