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Arts This Week


January 19, 2007

Ketchikan, Alaska - This week in Ketchikan, the Friday Night Insight Program at the Southeast Discovery Center presents Experiences of Glacier Bay National Park. Pat Schmidt will present pictures and her impressions of her experiences as a summer Interpretive Park Ranger at Glacier Bay National Park, on January 19th from 7-8:00 pm at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. All shows are free and open to the public.

Funday at the Museum arrives again with ocean-themed art and science activities for kids of all ages. Happening Saturday, January 20th 10:00 AM - Noon at the Tongass Historical Museum. Call the Museum for more info, 225-5600.

The Mad Hatter Tea Party is in its seventh year and all are invited to attend! Crafts and refreshments for the entire family are available starting at 3pm on January 20 in the children's library. There will be prizes for the most beautiful hat, most unusual hat and most comical hat. For more information call 225-0370.

January Monthly Grind:
Saturday, January 20, 7pm in 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.

Nutcrackers Display ends soon. Enjoy a fabulous display of dozens of nutcrackers from the collection of Bonnie Jacksch's through mid- January in the children's library, 225-0370.

Call for Artists for the 2007 Wearable Art Show Out of Line.
Still waiting for that brilliant idea to hit you? Well, there is not much more time to wait. The deadline for artists under 18 years old is Wed, Jan. 17 by 5pm, deadline for artists 18 and over, Wed, Jan 24 by 5pm. Information and registration forms are available at or call 225-2211 for more info and tickets.

On Sale Now!

Robert Burns Night tickets are on sale now at Steamer's and the Arts Council. Ketchikan's 7th Annual Celebration will kick off at 5:30pm on Friday, January 26, 2007. Call 225-2211 for more information.

Annual Jazz & Cabaret Festival.
Tickets for the Jan. 26, 27, and 28 performances are on sale now through the First City Players. Call 225-4792.

Out of Line the 21st Annual Wearable Art Show tickets are on sale now. Shows will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 1, 2 and 3. Call 225-2211 for more information or tickets.
Workshops & Classes:

Jazz & Cabaret vocal and instrumental workshops with Anne Phillips, Bob Kindred, Paul Meyers and Matt Perri begin January 15. Available workshops include Cabaret Vocals I, II and III, Jazz Instrumental Ensemble, Electric Blues Guitar, Jazz & Gospel Choir and Jazz 'n Salad. Register with First City Players now through January 12 at 716 Totem Way or call 225-4792.

Just for Kids!!! ActOut Winter Theatre classes begin February 10, 2007. Hey kids ages 5 and up, come play in theatrical ways with First City Players. Make all the world a stage with Creative Dramatics for ages 5-6, Beginning Drama for ages 7-8, Intermediate Drama for ages 9 and up, and the ActOut Performance Company for ages 10 and up. Auditions for the Performance Company will be held on Saturday, Feb 3 at 1pm & 3pm at the Plaza, all other classes are open enrollment, but class space is limited to sign up early!!! Call First City Players at 225-4792 for more information and to sign up.

The 23rd Annual Sitka Symposium is currently taking registrations for the June 21st -26th symposium "On the Edge: The Necessity of Beauty." The Sitka Symposium is a gathering that aims to put both written and oral traditions to the service of ideas. This year's symposium features faculty from all over the country including Tom Jay, Barbara Ras, Scott Russell Sanders and Rina Swentzell. Full registration before May 1, is $350, after May 1, $375. Other options are available for specific activities such as the Solstice Dinner Cruise and partial attendance. Book Early for this opportunity to come together to explore the complex ideas and questions of the theme. Register by mail or phone, (907) 747-3794, PO Box 2420, Sitka, AK 99835. Email with questions or concerns, <> .

Bigfoot Pottery Studio is Moving to the old Physical Graffiti building, downstairs. Classes and the studios will be available again soon. Call Erik at 617-2378 for more information. Check here for class availability then, too.

Classes at the Totem Heritage Center: Register for fall classes at the Heritage Center online, by phone, mail or in person, Monday ­ Friday, 8am ­ 5pm 225-5900,

Classes offered - Spring:

  • Mixed Level Ravens tail weaving with Evelyn Vanderhoop,
  • Intro to NWC Carving with Fred Trout,
  • Coiled Basketry with Carol Douglas,
  • Mold Making for Carvers with Steven Jackson, Cedar Bark Weaving Intermediate &
  • Advanced with Diane Douglas-Willard,
  • Doll Making: NWC Form with Mary Anne Frank.

Beading, Knitting, and other fabric art sessions are ongoing throughout the year at The Bead and Yarn Shoppe located in Salmon Landing Market. 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.

Coming Soon:

Friday Night Insight Programs at the Southeast Discovery Center every Friday night from 7-8pm.
January 26: Forest Service Landscape Architecture. Matt Boisseau hopes to help the audience for this show discover the scenic variety classes of the Tongass National Rainforest. All shows are free and open to the public.

Annual Robert Burns Night Celebration. Celebrate the poetry and life of Scotland's foremost poet, and gather with your Old Bar Harbor Caledonia Society friends on Jan. 26 at 6:00pm at Steamer's Restaurant. The doors will open at 5:30 for cocktails and haggis. Tickets are available now at Steamer's, the Arts Council, and through members of OBHCS: $15 under 12 yrs., $30 adults.

Mural unveiling at UAS Ketchikan Campus on Friday, January 26 at 6:00pm. The Mural: History, Function and Execution class under the direction of Mary Ida Henrikson created a three paneled mural that will be unveiled in the UAS Library. Refreshments will be served to celebrate this one-of-a-kind work of art created by UAS students. Call UAS Ketchikan Campus at 228-4567 for more information.

Alaska Writer John Straley
will speak at 6pm on January 27 at the Ketchikan Public Library. John's first book "The Woman Who Married a Bear" won the Shamus Award for Best First Mystery in 1993. Since then, John has won acclaim all over the world for such books as "The Curious Eat Themselves," "Angels Will Not Care," and his latest, "Cold Water Burning." A book signing will follow with books provided by Parnassus Books. Call 225-3331.

An Evening of Jazz and Cabaret
with Anne Phillips, Bob Kindred, Paul Meyers and Matt Perri and your friends and neighbors on January 26th, 27th and 28th, 2007 at the Ted Ferry Civic Center. These performances are the culmination of two week long workshops with wonderful professional jazz musicians from New York City. Bonus events with the visiting musicians will include Dixie Land Jazz Sunday Champagne Brunch on January 21 and Jazz 'n Salad sing along lunches with Anne Phillips. Sponsored by First City Players, call for more information and tickets at 225-4792 or order tickets online at <> .

Out of Line the 21st Annual Wearable Art Show will once again be an once-in-a-lifetime event that should not be missed. Local and regional artists come together to showcase art adorned by the body which is always interesting sometimes "out of line". Tickets are available now from the Arts Council and starting December 15 will be available at Tongass Business Center, Soho Coho, Madison Hardware and McPherson Music. Gala shows are Friday, Feb. 2 and Saturday, Feb.3 and the all ages welcome show is Thursday, Feb. 1. Call 225-2211 for tickets and more information.

Ongoing attractions:

Been There, Bought That: art from off the rock debuted at the Mainstay Gallery on Friday, Jan. 5. This fun exhibit features works collected by Ketchikan patrons from destinations outside of Ketchikan. Cultures and media will abound ­ see works from Bali to Boston complete with background tales of the meaning of the piece or why it was purchased. Been There, Bought That will be on display through Friday, January 26.

Shaping Desire
is on display now at the Tongass Historical Museum. Ketchikan-raised ceramic artist Carla Potter returned to her old hometown with a show featuring her latest work at the museum. Potter's award-winning ceramics reflect themes drawn from a lifetime spent near the tidal zone. Her show will be on display through February 4, 2007. The museum is open from 1-5pm, Wed- Fri, 10am-4pm Sat and 1-4 pm on Sun. For more information call the museum at 225-5900.

Presbyterian Church gallery features Alaskan Native Art. This month's art show at the Ketchikan Presbyterian Church features seven pieces of Alaskan Native art. It can be viewed at the Presbyterian Church, 2711 Second Avenue, between now and February 18. The show may be seen on Sunday mornings at the church, or on weekdays by calling for an appointment A public viewing of the show will be held at 5 p.m. on February 16, just prior to the church's presentation of The Gospel of Mark, an oral story presentation by Timothy Coombes which is part of The Festival of the North. For an appointment or more information call the church at 225-3619.

Little Red Snapperhood Visits the Seattle Aquarium. Local artist Evon Zerbetz's sea creatures are mingling with the real thing at the Seattle Aquarium this winter. The exhibit is based on Evon's linocuts from "Little Red Snapperhood", written by Neil Gilbertson. The Seattle Aquarium features many of the sea creatures found in the book: including the main characters: rockfish and wolf eel, plus jellyfish, pipefish and more. The exhibit opened October 29, 2006 and runs through early January. Visit for more info.

Read, Vote and Win! Readers in grades 4-12 can participate in the Young Reader's Choice Award contest by voting for their favorite books from the list of nominees over the holiday season and through to Spring. Everyone who votes will be eligible to win one of several Waldenbooks gift cards. Teens can also participate in the Teen Readers Sweepstakes until the end of February and win one of several iTunes gift cards and a chance at national prizes which include free books and author visits. Pick up official ballots and more information in the children's library, or call 225-0370.

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.

Upcoming auditions, contests, artist opportunities, etc:

Auditions for ActOut Performance Company's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Saturday, Feb. 3 at 1pm & 3pm at the Plaza. Open to students ages 10-16 years old. Rehearsals will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, Feb 10- April 7 in the afternoons. Class size is limited, call 225-4792 for more information and to sign up for audition times.

Rehearsals begin for The Ketchikan Community Chorus! They will be concurrently rehearsing for "Steppin' Out 2007" a March 24th concert featuring the pop-song medley "Made in The USA" and for Haydn's "Mass in D Minor" (Nelson Mass) scheduled for performance October 20/21. Singers of all experiences welcome. The chorus meets every Tuesday night from 7-9pm at the Presbyterian Church, "Made in the USA" from 7-8, Haydn from 8-9pm. For more information call the arts council 225-2211.

Venue for musicians at St. John's Episcopal Church: Members of St. John's are offering the use of the sanctuary for rehearsal and performance space during non-service times. Please contact the church office for availability at 225-3680.

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.

Mainstay Gallery 2007- 2008 season Call to Artists. The Mainstay Gallery Committee invites artists and curators working in all media to submit exhibit proposals for the next gallery season. Proposals are due by 5pm, Friday, Feb. 23. A full Call to Artists including guidelines is available at the Arts Council office and online at <> . If you would like assistance or input on your proposal, consultations are available. Call Lacey at 225-2211 or email at <> to arrange a time to discuss your proposal ideas and design.

ArtAbility Call to Artists. In cooperation with several community groups, the Mainstay Gallery invites artists working in all media to participate in an artful expression of living with disability or as someone who has had further experience with loved ones and friends with disabilities. ArtAbility: unique gifts, different perspectives will be on display throughout March 2007. Entries must be received and registered by Friday, Feb. 16 at the Mainstay Gallery. A full cal to artists and further information is available at the Arts Council office and at

2007 State-Fish Art Contest call for entries. Students across the United States in grades 4-12 have the opportunity to win recognition and prizes while learning about state-fish species and aquatic habitats. The State-Fish Art Contest uses art to spark the imagination of youth while providing lessons about fisheries conservation. Among other prizes, one "gallery-quality" winning entry will be used as the design for the 2007 Art of Conservation Stamp. Proceeds from the sale of the State-Fish Art conservation stamp are used to support fisheries conservation and education projects nationwide. Detailed information is available at <> and entries must be postmarked by March 31, 2007. Winners will be announced May Day, May 1, 2007
Poster Designers needed for 33rd Annual Alaska Folk Festival. The Alaska Folk Festival Board of Directors is seeking a poster design for the 33rd Festival, held April 9-15, 2007 in Juneau, AK. Poster designs should reflect the spirit of the Festival, is easily reproduced, eye catching and camera ready. Please submit your entries to PO Box 91748, Juneau, AK 99802. Visit <> for more information.

Annual Hummingbird Festival Juried Art Show calling for art for the April 13th opening reception at the Ketchikan Visitor's Bureau. Work inspired by spring migratory birds of SE Alaska is due by 5pm on April 4th at the Ketchikan Visitor's Bureau, 131 Front Street, Ketchikan, AK 99901. Cash prizes will be awarded. A full list of eligible birds and guidelines is available by contacting Leslie Swada at 907-228-6247 or <> .
Coming attractions:
Local author Captain William M. Hopkins
will speak and sign his new book "Wrangell Narrows, Alaska" at 6:30pm on Monday, Feb. 12, 2007. For more information call 225-3331.

Biblical and Sacred Storyteller Tim Coombs visits Ketchikan's Presbyterian Church. He will be presenting the Gospel of Mark on Friday, Feb. 16 from 7-9pm at the church, and will hold a workshop "Storytelling 101" on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 9am-12pm. The Gospel of Mark is free and open to the public, the workshop is $40. Watch stories come to life and learn how to use this creative art-form for faith, oral history or community storytelling. Call 225-3619 for more information and to register, or visit the website <> .

Coming to Petersburg, the French-Canadian group Granderangment plays and dances on Sunday, February 18 at 7pm. Dance and fiddle workshops will be held at 1pm that afternoon, with the concert following in Wright Auditorium in Petersburg. Tickets and more information are available from Dan Sullivan at (907)772-4090 at the Petersburg Art Council.

Author Nancy White Carlstrom makes a rare library appearance beginning at 6pm on February 26. Ms. Carlstrom is one of the most beloved picture book writers in the country with over 50 books written including the classics "Jessie Bear, What Will You Wear," "Happy Birthday, Jesse Bear," "Raven and River," and "Does God Know How to Tie Shoes." A book signing will follow with books provided by Parnassus Books. More information is available at 225-0370.

Terra Nova
presented by First City Players chills a theatre near you. Ted Tally's award-winning play comes to life on the Kayhi stage March 2, 3, 8 and 9, 2007. In late 1911, five Englishmen and five Norwegians raced to be first to the South Pole. Both parties reached the pole. Only the Norwegians went home. This is the story of the Englishmen. Call 225-4792 for more info and ticket info.

Torch Nights presents Samarabalouf! in concert Saturday, March 10 at 7:30pm in the Kayhi Auditorium. This delightfully crazy music trio hails from France and plays original music in the spirit of world famous Gypsy jazz star Django Reinhardt. They combine diverse musical influences to deliver one-of-a-kind dynamic live performances sprinkled with humor and fun for all ages. Don't miss this event! Call the arts council for more information, 225-2211 or visit our website

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.

First City Toastmasters meet Thursdays at noon at 640 Park Ave.

Ketchikan Community Chorus meets every Tuesday starting January 9th from 7-9pm at the Presbyterian Church. Call 247-2356 for more information.

Ketchikan Community Concert Band meets every Monday starting January 29th from 7-9pm at McPherson Music. Call 225-3650 to reserve your space or for more information.

Book Talk on KRBD Ketchikan each Thursday evening from 6:30-7pm at 105.9. Listen to news about the library, books, and book reviews.


Source of News:

Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council


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