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The Arts This Week


January 20, 2006
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Ketchikan, Alaska - This week in Ketchikan...
Friday Night Insight Program at the SE Alaska Discovery Center, 7 - 8pm, January 20th "Exploring the Big Island - Prince of Wales Island, AK" presented by Dennis Benson of the US Forest Service.

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Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir will perform February 26th, and tickets for that performance are available at the Arts Council or by phone at 225-2211.

Dance Dance Dance!!! Instructor Jerry Pierce will lead several dances at the Rec Center from 7-9 pm on Friday, January 20th. The dances will include Rumba, Tango, swing, and some help with Salsa moves. A suggested donation at the door of $5 will be accepted.

8th Annual Evening of Jazz and Cabaret with Anne Phillips, Bob Kindred, and Matt Perri and your friends and neighbors at 7:30pm on January 20th, and 21st, 2006 at the Ted Ferry Civic Center and Sunday, January 22nd at 2pm at Kayhi. The performances are the culmination of two week long workshops with wonderful professional jazz musicians from New York City. Sponsored by First City Players 225-4792, call for more information or tickets by phone.

Call for Artists for the 2006 Wearable Art Show! Amazingly enough it is time to start thinking about your wearable pieces and get ready to fill out that paper work. The next registration deadline is January 20th for artists under 18, and January 27th for regular registration. Call 225-2211 for more information or stop by 716 Totem Way to register.


On Sale Now!

8th Annual Evening of Jazz and Cabaret tickets on sale at First City Players or by phone at 225-4792.

The 20th Annual Wearable Art Show Flashback tickets now on sale at TBC, Soho Coho, Madison, McPherson Music, and the Arts Council, or by phone at 225-2211. Get 'em while they last!

Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir will perform February 26th, and tickets for that performance are available at the Arts Council or by phone at 225-2211.

2005-2006 Inside Passages on Sale at the Arts Council! Hot off the presses, this annually printed literary publication is just $7. Stop by the Arts Council or call us to reserve your copy now, 225-2211.


Workshops & Classes:

KTB dance classes open. The Ketchikan Theatre Ballet currently has space in the following dances classes:

Adult Tap I - Beginning level tap class. Tuesdays from 5:30pm-6:30pm. 10 week class ends March 21st.
Adult Tap II - Intermediate level tap class. Tuesdays from 6:30pm - 7:45pm. 10 week class ends March 21st.
Dance With Me - for an adult and their favorite 3 year-old. Be ready for fun with movement. Fridays 10:15am-11:00am. Class ends March 24th.
Dance Exploration - For the high school dancer who wants more focus on style than technique. This fun class spends 4 weeks exploring different dance styles. Tuesdays from 3:15pm-4:30pm. Class ends March 21st.

Call the KTB studio for more information at 225-9311.

Beading, Knitting, and other fabric art drop in sessions are now happening at The Bead and Yarn Shoppe located in Salmon Landing Market. Open from 10am - 7pm Wed. and Thurs., 10am - 5pm Sat. Call The Shoppe at 225-2858 for more information.

Quilting classes: The Silver Thimble Quilt Shop is hosting a variety of quilting classes from the beginner to more experienced quilters, available at varying times. Please call the Quilt Shop for more information and registration at 225-5422.

Totem Heritage Center Native Arts Studies Program Spring Registration: Register for spring classes through the Heritage Center. Registration can be completed by phone (907-225-5900), online at, by fax (907-225-5901) or in person at 621 Deermount.

UAS Registration: Art classes offered at the University this spring semester include, Watercolor Basics and Watercolor Painting with Adell Bruns, stained glass with Rick Erdrich, drawing portraits with Dave Rubin, and Painting with Acrylics with MJ Turek. Classes are both semester long, and short term. Projects from these classes will be a part of the May gallery show at the Mainstay Gallery. For more information contact UAS at 225-6177, or to register 225-4511.

Coming Soon:

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Kevin Locke

Kevin Locke Performance on Thursday, January 26th at 6:30pm in the Kayhi Auditorium. The performance is free and a dessert reception with Kevin Locke will follow. Kevin Locke is a National Endowment for the Arts award recipient. His performance will include songs, storytelling, flute playing and hoop dancing. Sponsored by the Ketchikan Indian Community, the Arts Council, the Ketchikan School District and Cape Fox Heritage. Call 617-1852 for more info.

7th Annual Roberts Burns' Night is once again around the corner. This year's celebration will be held on Friday, January 27th at 6pm, doors open at 5:30pm, at Steamers on the Dock. Special features for this year's event include poetry readings, Highland dancing and the attendance of a direct descendant of Robert Burns himself, Leela McLarrin. Tickets $30 at Steamers and the Arts Council, for info and tickets call 225-2211.

Monthly Grind, Saturday, January 28th, 7pm at the Saxman Tribal house. Live local talent, dessert and coffee, all for just $5 per adult, and $1 for kids. Buy a ticket, bring a homemade dessert and get a refund.

Mad Hatter Tea Party at the Ketchikan Public Library. January 28th, at 3 PM downstairs in the Annex. Prepare for fun and zaniness for all!!!

Friday Night Insight Programs at the SE Alaska Discovery Center: Every Friday night, 7 - 8pm.

January 27: "Observations from Liberia's Rainforest" presented by Ken Pearson, Law Enforcement Officer with the US Forest Service.
The Bookstore will be open each night.

The 20th Annual Wearable Art Show Flashback will once again showcase wearable art pieces from artists both near and far. Showing on February 3rd, 4th and 5th, this Ketchikan success story is unforgettable and wild. Don't miss this opportunity to see these artists shine, and FLASH you with their ideas of grandeur. Tickets on sale now at TBC, Soho Coho, Madison Hardware, McPherson Music and the Arts Council or by phone at 225-2211. Don't wait, tickets go fast!


Ongoing attractions:

Story time at the Library continues regularly throughout the year on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 10:30am. After some playtime, the librarian reads stories, sings songs, does finger plays and shows a short film beginning around 10:40 am. This program is appropriate for infants through pre-school age children.

How the Ink Feels on display. This exhibit features a collection of letterpress broadsides illuminating poetry and prose by distinguished American writers, on display through January 25th. Featured at the Mainstay Gallery at 716 Totem Way. The Mainstay Gallery is sponsored by the Arts Council. For more information on this traveling exhibit, stop by or call 225-2211.

Raucous: Everything Raven by Evon Zerbetz will be on display at the Tongass Historical Museum through January 29, 2006. Call 225-5600 for more information. Winter Hours are Wednesday - Friday, 1:00 - 5:00 PM Saturday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Sunday, 1:00 - 4:00 PM.


Upcoming auditions, contests, artist opportunities, etc:

Opportunities to serve at the Arts Council! The Mainstay Gallery committee is looking for new members. Please contact the new Mainstay Gallery Chair Marilyn Lee at 225-8156 or for more information on how to contribute to this committee.

Sam Pitcher Music Scholarship applications are now being accepted. Awards of up to $1000 will be provided to a Ketchikan Youth(s) in grades 7- 12 for use at a summer music program. Awards will be paid directly to the program in the name of the applicant. Awards will be based on the applicant's musical ability, goals, motivation and, to a lesser extent, financial need. It is the applicant's responsibility to research programs and provide requested information to the selection committee. Applications must be completed and submitted by Wednesday, February 1st, 2006 at 5pm to the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council at 716 Totem Way. Call 225-2211 for more info.

Call for Quilts for Quilting in the Rain XV Quilt Show. Pick up an entry form at Silver Thimble or Rainforest Crafts. Entries due by Feb. 3rd, 2006 at Silver Thimble or Rainforest Crafts. No late entries accepted. Call either store for more information.

Calling all writers: interested in getting together to write and talk about your writing with others? Call Elizabeth Flom to get something started or get involved, 247-1313.

Call for Plays for 2006 Play Lab: The Last Frontier Theatre Conference Play Lab is looking for writers to submit plays to be presented in the Play Lab. Submissions must be received by February 1, 2006. For more information and submission requirements visit their website at or email the Conference Coordinator at

Artist in Residence: Denali National Park and Preserve is seeking applications from visual artists for the 2006 Artist-in-Residence Program. Entries will be accepted with postmarks dated November 15, 2005 through January 31, 2006. Application information is available on the park website at or by contacting the Murie Science and Learning Center at (907) 683-9532.

Alaska Positive 2006 celebrates 36 years with its 2006 show. The statewide juried photographic exhibition encourages the practice of photography as an art form in Alaska. Deadline for entries to the Alaska State Museum in Juneau is Monday, February 13th, 2006 at 3:30pm. For more information and registration forms, send and email to or call (907)465-2901.

Call for Artists for the Mainstay Gallery's 2006-2007 gallery season: Artists are invited to submit proposals for solo or group exhibitions of their work. Curators are invited to submit proposals to curate group exhibits based on themes or genres. (Recent seasons include Young at Art- a youth art exhibit and The Illustrated word.) The Mainstay Gallery is sponsored by the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council. If you wish to submit a proposal but need help or have questions, please call the arts council to request a portfolio consultation. If you wish to be considered for an exhibit, please stop by the Arts Council to pick up information or call for more information 225-2211. Deadline to submit is 5pm, Friday, February 24th, 2006.

Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Project Awards: Deadline for applications March 1st, 2006.
Alaska Artists are being asked to submit applications for individual project awards. Grants are up to $5000 for emerging, mid-career, or mature artists to accomplish specific, short-term projects that have a clear benefit to the artist and the development of his/her work. Info and applications can be found at at Apply or by calling toll free in Alaska (877) 366-2700.

ASCA Grant application Due dates are quarterly, the next being March 1st. All small grants applications are available online at

Solo Exhibitions for the Alaska State Museum are now being accepted from Alaska artists. Deadline for receipt of submissions is March 8, 2006. For more information and registration guidelines visit

Attention all Artists: Call for Public Art through the Anchorage Museum of history and art. All needed information for this and other opportunities can be found at


Meetings and Gatherings:

The Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council Board of Directors meets the third Tuesday of every month at 6pm at the Mainstay Gallery, 716 Totem Way.

Rainy Day Quilters meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month, at 6:45pm, at Holy Name.


Coming attractions:

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Author Pam Houston

Author Pam Houston will have a presentation and book signing at the Ketchikan Public Library on Thursday February 9th at 7 p.m. Houston is the author of many books including "Cowboys Are My Weakness", "Sight Hound", and "Walking the Cat". This event is sponsored by the Library, with books provided by Parnassus Books. For more information contact the Library at 225-3331.

Singing Quilter shares stories. Kathy Miller and John Bunge will sing songs, share stories and show quilts illuminating their stories on February 10th. More details to come soon.

Rainy Day Quilter's presents Quilting In the Rain XV, February 11th from 10am - 8pm and 12th from 12pm - 4pm at the Plaza. Free admission and a Quilt raffle. Call The Silver Thimble or Rainforest Crafts for more information.

KRBD African Dinner and Dance! On Saturday, February 11th, the latest KRBD fundraiser will make its way to the Ted Ferry Civic Center. An African themed five course dinner is on the menu, with dancing to follow. The doors open at 6:30pm with dinner and dancing from 7pm -12am. Those who just want to dance can arrive at 9:30pm for a $5 fee at the door. Tickets for dinner and dancing are $25 at KRBD, 225-9655.

Sweet Second Saturdays dance and dessert, Saturday, February 11th, at the Crow's Nest. $5 at the door, no experience necessary, live caller and instruction provided, music starts at 7:30pm.

Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council Annual Meeting: February 17th at the Pioneer Hall for new, current and renewing members of the Arts Council to gather and take care of business and celebrate the arts. Refreshments and music will begin at 6:30, with hors d'ouerves by Chef Tim. Call to order will be at 7pm. Awards will be given to the Volunteer of the year, and the Business of the Year. Call the Arts council for more info, 225-2211.

Fundraising Auction sponsored by the Ketchikan Outdoor Recreation and Trails Coalition (Trails Coalition) and Leask Users Coalition will be held on Friday, February 17, 2006 at the Ted Ferry Civic Center at 6:00 pm.
Local musicians, free drinks, ours devours and door prizes await you! To donate to or volunteer for the auction, contact Laura Baker at 617-4310.

Monthly Grind, Saturday, February 18th, 7pm at the Saxman Tribal house. Live local talent, dessert and coffee, all for just $5 per adult, and $1 for kids. Buy a ticket, bring a homemade dessert and get a refund.

Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir performs February 26th. This Grammy-nominated group will showcase African music as well as spirituals, gospel, soul, and contemporary pieces on the Kayhi Stage at 7:30pm. Tickets are now available at the Arts Council or by phone at 225-2211.


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