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The Arts This Week


February 07, 2007
Wednesday AM

Ketchikan, Alaska - This week in Ketchikan the Quilting in the Rain XVI Quilt Show will be held at the Plaza February, 10 and 11, 2007. Rainy Day Quilters' present their annual quilt show featuring new and antique quilts, big and small quilts, fancy and plain quilts as well. This year's show will be dedicated to the memory of Sandy DeCorcey. Saturday, Feb. 10, 10am-8pm, and Sunday, Feb. 11 12pm-4pm. Raffles will take place and fun will be had by all.

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Quilting in the Rain XVI



jpg Sweet Second Saturdays Dance

jpg The StARTled Salmon

Sweet Second Saturdays dance and dessert will have a special Valentine's Day twist on Saturday, February 10. Roger Nelson will lead a special night of waltz, waltz, waltz for you and that special someone. Also, calling all crooners to strut your stuff that night. Love is in the air and those special songs are wanted for this special dance. Sheet music and donations are greatly appreciated. Sponsored by Squares and Contras, for more info call the Arts Council at 225-2211.

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.

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.

Call to artists for public art, "Urban Trees," for the Port of San Diego. The Public Art Program for the Port of San Diego is seeking artists to participate in its fourth "Urban Trees" temporary sculpture exhibit. The port will provide the chosen artists with a 6" diameter, 12-15 foot high steel or aluminum pole to serve as the "trunk" for the Urban Tree. Proposals with a 3-D model are due to the Port of San Diego by 5pm, February 8, 2007. Call (619)686-7246 or visit their website for a full prospectus.

Workshops & Classes:

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,

Sitka Fine Arts Camp is now Open for Registration! Nationally recognized, multi-disciplinary Sitka Fine Arts Camp provides excellence in arts education to Alaska's youth and is now open for registration. Middle School Session for students going into grades 6-9 is scheduled from June 17 through June 30. High School Session for students going into grades 10-12 is scheduled from July 1 to July 15. Last year over 400 students from 30 communities throughout Alaska and beyond attended. Space is limited! To preview the camp or to register online, visit: or call (907) 747-3085 for more information.

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:

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

February Monthly Grind: Saturday, February 17, 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.

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.

Ongoing attractions:

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.

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.

Jam to Gospel/ Bluegrass music with Shannon Spring every Thursday night at 7pm at the stARTled Salmon Ketchikan Arts Hatchery in the Salmon Landing Market. Sponsored by Squared and Contras, call 225-2211 for more info.

Jazz Jammin' at the Salmon, hosted by Austin Hays, come jam the night away at the kiosk at Salmon landing, the stARTled salmon Ketchikan Arts Hatchery, starting at 7pm every Friday night. Call the Arts Council for more info, 225-2211.

Rehearsals 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.

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 Five Women Wearing the Same Dress will take place on February 20, 21 & 22, 2007 at 6:30pm the Plaza. This adult-themed comedy calls for five women and one man, aged 20 to mid-thirties. Directed by Sherri Henrickson and sponsored by First City Players, perusal scripts are available, 225-4792.

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.

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 call to artists and further information is available at the Arts Council office and at

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.

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

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:

March 2nd is Read Across American Day and the library will celebrate the 50th Birthday of "The Cat in the Hat" beginning at 10:30am. Enjoy guest readers, crafts and cake. Learn more at or call the library 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.


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