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The Arts This Week


February 23, 2007
Friday AM

Ketchikan, Alaska - KTB's An Evening of Dance featuring the Ketchikan Theatre Ballet's Junior and Senior Company Dancers will take place on the Kayhi Stage on Thursday, Feb. 22 and Friday, Feb. 23, 7:30pm. Tickets are now on sale, call 225-9311 for more info or tickets by phone.

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.

Author Nancy White Carlstrom makes a rare library appearance beginning at 6pm on Monday, 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.

On Sale Now!

KTB's An Evening of Dance will be on Thursday, Feb. 22 and Friday, Feb. 23 at Kayhi, tickets are now on sale at the KTB offices, McPherson Music, Seaside Trading, and the Arts Council, call 225-9311 for more info or tickets by phone.

will be playing on the Kayhi stage Saturday, March 10 and tickets are now on sale at the Arts Council, Soho Coho, Tongass Business Center, Madison Hardware and McPherson Music or call 225-2211 for tickets by phone.

Workshops & Classes:

Make and Take Ukrainian Easter Eggs with instructor Faith L. Duncan. Rainforest Crafts is hosting this workshop on Saturday, March 10 from 11am-3pm. Use authentic materials, which are included, to make a wonderful gift to take home. The only cost is $10-$25 per egg. Registration is available for artists 12 and older; under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Call 247-2738 to register early!

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 has moved to the old Physical Graffiti building, downstairs. Classes and the studios are available again. Call Erik at 617-2378 for more information and to register for classes.

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 still being offered - Spring:

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.

Sewing, Quilting and other fabric art sessions are available through Rainforest Crafts. For more info and to register call Rainforest Crafts at 247-2738.

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:

Art Opening at the Mainstay Gallery: ArtAbility: Unique Gifts, Different Perspectives features art from artists with disabilities, their families and caregivers, and others impacted by disability. On display through March 30, the opening reception on Friday, March 2 from 5-7pm will host visiting artists from POW, Juneau and beyond. Refreshments will be served and first viewings will be available. the Mainstay Gallery is sponsored by the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council, call 225-2211 or visit for more info.

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 <> .

Sweet Second Saturdays dance and dessert will be held at St. John Episcopal Church on Saturday, March 10. Live music by Paddy's Leather Breeches will start at 7pm. Bring a dessert, free to the public, donations are welcome. Enter through the side door in the parking lot. For more info call 225-2211.

Art of the Passion of Christ, a lecture narrated by local artist Mary Ida Henrikson will be featured on Thursday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m at the Ketchikan Presbyterian Church. The presentation will feature slides of historical paintings featuring Lenten and Holy Week themes, including the last supper, arrest and trial, scourging, and crucifixion. Henrikson will narrate the presentation with information regarding each piece's uniqueness. Located at 2711 2nd Ave, the Presbyterian Church welcomes all to this special presentation. Please note the change of date from the 27th of Feb. Call the church at 225-3619 for more information.

Ongoing attractions:

Tongass Historical Museum features Back to the Fifties featuring more Ketchikan Photos by Paulu Saari is on display from February 16 through April 8. Back by popular demand, Saari's work highlights life in Ketchikan during the 1950s. Call the museum for more information at 225-5600.

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 Squares 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:

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.

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

Art Potpourri 2007 at the Anchorage Museum at the Rasmuson Center happens June 15- August 15 and they are calling for artists to submit entries. Alaska artists, authors, craftspersons, illustrators and food vendors are all encouraged to apply by 6pm on Wed., April 4. Entries can be mailed to Anchorage Museum Shop, Attn: Georgia Blue, 121 West 7th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501. More information is available from Georgia at (907)343-6195 or email at <> .

Cordova Historical Society and Museum put on Fish Follies, 2007. In celebration of Cordova's Fisheries Heritage, the Museum will host a juried national art show. Open to all artists 18+ working in all media, the show's theme is anything fishy; oceans, water, fishing or seafood related. Entries must be postmarked by April 25, First Class USPS only. For a full prospectus, stop by the Arts Council at 716 Totem Way, email the museum at <> or call (907)424-6665.

Coming attractions:

Steppin' Out '07 returns to the Ted Ferry Civic Center on Saturday, March 24th. The Ketchikan Community Chorus and Lush Life present an evening of Jazz favorites and "Made In America", an American Pop medley featuring your friends and neighbors. The fun begins at 7:30pm, tickets will go on sale in March and will be available at the door. Call 225-2211 for more information.

Torch Nights Performing Art Series presents Ball In The House, an a cappella guys group with amazing and exciting sounds. They will be combining lush harmonies and innovative styles on Friday, April 20 at 7:30pm on the Kayhi Auditorium stage. Boston Globe states, "Ball In The House has everything you would expect to find in a successful pop/rock band the one thing it doesn't have is instruments." This show is sure please audiences of all ages. For tickets and more information visit or call 225-2211.

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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