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Arts This Week In Ketchikan


March 07, 2006

Ketchikan, Alaska - This week in Ketchikan enjoy Ballroom dancing at the Rec Center! Join Instructor Jerry Pierce for dancing and lessons on March 10th at the Rec Center from 7 -9pm nights. A suggested donation of $5 will be accepted at the door.

Chaps! It's 1944 and Tex Riley and America's favorite singing cowboys are late for a special broadcast, and things go terribly awry. Don't miss your opportunity to watch the drama and hilarity unfold at Cape Fox Lodge on March 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th. Call Cape Fox for tickets 225-8001, and call FCP for more info 225-4792.


Celebrate National Women's History Month with UAS Ketchikan in their Film and Conversation Series. Friday, March 10th features "Esther Shea: The Bear Stands Up", and Friday, March 24th features "Hearts & Hands: The Influence of Women and Quilts on American Society". Bring your lunch and they will provide dessert in the UAS Ketchikan Campus Library from 12pm -1pm. Call 225-4722 for more info or questions.

Friday Night Insight Programs at the SE Alaska Discovery Center: Every Friday night, 7 - 8pm. The Bookstore will be open each night.

March 10th - Interpretative Cultural Tour of the Discovery Center, with Merle Hawkins. If you've never been through our exhibits here at the Discovery Center, or even if you have, and want to gain some new insights into our displays, then this program is for you. Merle Hawkins, a Haida Native and Tribal Council Vice President of KIC, has worked with us for the past 9 seasons. Join her as she guides you through the Center, and relates her expansive cultural and traditional knowledge.

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

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Sweet Second Saturdays
March Folk Dance
March 11, 2006

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Author Sharone Maldaver will be at the Ketchikan Public Library on Monday, March 13th at 7pm. Maldaver will give a presentation on her book "Menopower: A loving guide to your menopause years and beyond", and will be available to sign as well. Call 225-3331 for more information.


On Sale Now!

Chaps! tickets on sale now at Cape Fox Lodge. Shows are March 10, 11, 17 and 18. Call 225-8001 for tickets, 225-4792 for more info.

"Bed sheets" is awe-inspiring, tantalizing and a little bit naughty. Tickets are on sale now at UAS offices, the Arts Council and McPherson Music, $15 ad, $10 st/srs. Call 228-4511 for more information.

2005-2006 Inside Passages on Sale at the Arts Council! This annually printed literary publication features art and writing by local and regional authors, just $7!!! Stop by the Arts Council or call us to reserve your copy now, 225-2211.


Workshops & Classes:

Get Ready for Spring with a Velvet-embossed scarf! Instructor Faith L. Duncan will provide luxurious velvet and stamps for participants of all skill levels to create an easily made gift. This workshop will take place on March 14, from 5:30pm to 8pm at Rainforest Crafts, $10 per person, please call 247-2738 to register in advance.

Ceramics Classes available: classes available in 4 and 8 week periods through Big Foot Pottery Studios. Enrollment is open and ongoing. Wheelwork classes and studio time available for all skill levels, ages, and interests. Call Erik at 617-2378 for more information and to register.

Totem Heritage Center Native Arts Studies Program Classes:

  • Cedar Bark Weaving: Rattletop and Clam baskets, March 20 - 31
  • Advanced NWC Design NWC Carving Portrait Masks, April 24 - May 5
  • Spruce Root Gathering Trip with Delores Churchill April 19-26 in the Queen Charlotte Islands.

Register by phone (907-225-5900), online, by fax (907-225-5901) or in person at 621 Deermount. Totem Heritage Center Winter Hours thru May 1st Monday - Friday, 1:00 - 5:00 PM.

Sitka Fine Art Camp 2006 is accepting registrations for this year's camp. Join Middle School and High School students from around Alaska and the lower 48 in an exciting creative experience. Classes range from drawing and painting, to film animation and photography, to hip-hop dance and mask theatre. Middle School sessions run June 18 - July 1: High School from July 2 - July 16. Space is limited so don't wait. Mail a completed registration to: Sitka Fine Arts Camp, PO Box 3086, Sitka, AK 99835, or register online at

Make and Take Ukrainian Easter eggs on Saturday, April 1st, from 11am to 3pm at Rainforest Crafts. Faith L. Duncan will provide instruction using authentic materials to make a wonderful gift. $10 - $25 per egg, children 12 and over must be accompanied by an adult. Please register in advance by calling 247-2738.

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. Classes will begin soon. 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:

Opening Reception for Musings: the Soul of Landscape on April 7th, by 44local artist James Mix. Refreshments and mingling from 5-7 pm at the Mainstay Gallery, 716 Totem Way. The exhibit continues through April 28th. The Mainstay Gallery is sponsored by the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council. Call 225-2211 for more information.

Friday Night Insight Programs at the SE Alaska Discovery Center: Every Friday night, 7 - 8pm. The Bookstore will be open each night.

March 24th - "Scenes of Mt. Aspiring Region of New Zealand's Southern Alps" Bill Standlely will present a slide show showcasing his trips to the Mt. Aspiring region of New Zealand's Southern Alps.

March 31st - "History in Rocks The Geology of Ketchikan" Naturalist Julie Rowe will guide guests through the geologic history of the Ketchikan Area.

March 17th - "A Children's Museum in Ketchikan?" Dawn Rauwolf will be presenting and interactive program about this innovative idea for Ketchikan.

Monthly Grind, Saturday, March 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.

FUNDAY at the Museum will be held on Saturday, March 18th from 10:00 AM - Noon in the Main Gallery. This event will include fun with toys introduced and/or popular in the 1950s for the younger set. Call 225-5600 for more info.

UAS Sponsors Bed Sheets, featuring poetry by local authors Evon Zerbetz and Erin Hollowell and has been adapted for the stage by director Taylor McKenna. Prepare for drama that looks at the past and future of Ketchikan and what it means for the identity of our small town. Bed Sheets is awe-inspiring, tantalizing and a little bit naughty, rated "R" for adult themes and language. Presented at the Saxman Tribal House on March 24th and 25th at 8:00pm, with interactive discussion to follow. Seating is limited and tickets are available at the UAS offices, the Arts Council, and McPherson Music, $15 for adults, $10 for students/ seniors, call 228-4511 for more info.


Ongoing attractions:

"On the Waters of Revillagigedo" features photography by local photographer Michael Keye Schuler. On display through March 31st at the Mainstay Gallery, 716 Totem Way. The Mainstay is sponsored by the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council.

Boom Town: Ketchikan in the 1950s: on display at the Tongass Historical Museum through April 16. Exhibit features photographs by Paulu Saari taken in Ketchikan throughout the 1950s. Open Wed-Fri 1-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, and Sunday 1-4pm. Call 225-5900 for more information.

Drop-In Chess at the Library goes from 4-5pm every Wednesday. Drop-in anytime to learn from scratch or fine tune your skills. Call the Library for more info, 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:

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.

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

Call for Art by Alaskan Artists for Kenai Peninsula Youth Facility, 405 Marathon Road, Kenai, AK 99611. The Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) is soliciting artwork for the recently constructed Kenai Peninsula Youth Facility. The selected artwork will be located in three separate areas: vestibule, dayroom and resident wing. Submissions must be received in the office by 4pm Friday, March 31, 2006. SEND SUBMISSION TO: Alaska State Council on the Arts, PERCENT-FOR-ART, 411 West 4th Avenue, Suite 1E, Anchorage, AK 99501-2343. For more information or questions contact Andrea Noble, ASCA 907-269-6605 or toll free 1-888-278-7424 or

BBAF T-shirt Design Contest: $500 Prize. The design must incorporate the words "Blueberry Arts Festival 2006, Ketchikan, Alaska". You may submit a camera-ready design, or a sketch of your design accompanied by samples of your completed work. Slides or photos are acceptable. If you submit a sketch, you must be willing to complete the design by April 28. Deliver or mail your entry to the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council, 716 Totem Way, Ketchikan, AK 99901. If you would like your entry returned, please enclose a SASE with sufficient postage. Winner will be announced in the May newsletter. Deadline April 3rd, 2006.

2006 Fish Follies at the Cordova Historical Museum expands its annual celebration of Cordova's Fisheries Heritage by hosting a juried national art show. Open to all artists 18 and over working in all media to create pieces that are all about fish, oceans, water, fishing, or seafood. Entries are due April 15, 2006, for more information contact the museum at (907) 424-6665 or email at

Rasmuson Foundation Announces Communications Internship Opportunity. The Rasmuson Foundation seeks a dynamic and proactive individual to join their team as a Communications Intern. Qualified students receiving their degree in spring of 2006 are encouraged to submit a cover letter, including a statement detailing personal philanthropic involvement, a writing sample, resume and three (3) references by May 1, 2006 to: Rasmuson Foundation, Attn: Chief Administrative Officer, 301 W Northern Lights Blvd, Ste 400, Anchorage, AK 99503, e-mail: or Fax: 907-297-2770.

Anchorage Museum of History & Art Crafts Weekend 2006 will be held Nov. 24th, 25th, and 26th at the Museum. This is a juried craft show open to artists who are residents of Alaska. Selection of works will be based on the submission of up to five quality slides or digital images that best represent the artist's current work. Deadline for submissions is May 5, 2006, visit for more info or to register.

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

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.



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