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Arts This Week


April 20, 2006

Ketchikan, Alaska - The Monthly Grind is scheduled for Saturday, April 22nd at 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.

There are two Friday Night Insight Programs scheduled this weekend at the SE Alaska Discovery Center from 7 - 8pm:

  • April 21st - Invasive Plants in Ketchikan: Nip them in the bud! Pam Fletcher, Invasive Species Coordinator for the Tongass National Forest will discuss the invasive species found in Ketchikan.
  • April 22nd- *Saturday* Video Presentation and Q&A with Terry Fifield to celebrate Alaska Archeology Month. The Bookstore will be open both days .

Call for Art for the University of Alaska Fairbanks: UAF announces a request for artists' proposals for works of art to be installed at the Bristol Bay Campus (BBC) facility in Dillingham, Alaska. The main south lobby of the building is the location for the new art work. The deadline for proposals is April 21, 2006, with a budget of $14,000 maximum. For more information visit the AKSCA website

Totem Heritage Center Native Arts Studies Program Classes: Advanced Northwest Coast Design: April 23 - May 6, Sunday, 1:00 - 4 PM Tuesday, Thursday, 6:00 - 9:00 PM Saturday, May 6, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Register by phone (907-225-5900), online (, by fax (907-225-5901) or in person at 621 Deermount.

On Sale Now!

Arsenic and Old Lace tickets now on sale at First City Players, call 225-4792.

Ketchikan Community Concert Band tickets for the May 5th concert, Man In the Ice on sale now at the Arts Council, McPherson Music or from band members. Call 225-3650 for tickets and info.

Mother's Day Quilt Raffle tickets on sale anytime from the Visitor's Bureau, Rainforest Crafts, Silver Basin and WISH, $10 each. Drawing held May 12th.

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:

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:

  • Advanced Northwest Coast Design: April 23 - May 6, Sunday, 1:00 - 4 PM Tuesday, Thursday, 6:00 - 9:00 PM Saturday, May 6, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM,
  • 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

The 22nd Sitka Symposium is titled Radial Compassion: Across the Great Divides, and runs July 16 -- 22, 2006. Symposium leaders for this year are Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, Rabia Terri Harris, Micheline Aharonian Marcom, Soto Zen Priest Alan Senauke and Sandy Tolan. Full Registration and options, and partial attendance are available for enrollment. A nonrefundable deposit will hold your place in the full Symposium, balance of fees due June 15, 2006. Space is limited so register early. For registration information and questions call (907) 747-3794 or email at A program of The Island Institute.
Experimental Aqueous Media Workshop - September 11-15, 2006 join Susan Cowan and Lee Baughman of for a week-long, watermedia, intensive at the First Lutheran Church. Workshop Price: $595 Two seasoned instructors for the price of one! E-mail or

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.

Coming Soon:

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

  • April 28th - The Nature of Wilderness: Using photos and other visuals, Susan Bliss Jenkins, lead Wilderness Kayak Ranger, will highlight the differences and similarities of three unique Wilderness Areas in the US.
    The Bookstore will be open.

¢Arsenic and Old Lace is one of the most entertaining and enduring comedies in American theatre. The misadventures of the Brewster sisters offer hilarious fun for the whole family. This First City Players production will be shown on the Kayhi stage on April 27, 28, and 29, 2006. Tickets and information available from First City Players, 225-4792.

Author/illustrator Teri Sloat will do a slide show presentation and book signing at 7pm on May 2nd at the Ketchikan Public Library. Her books include "The Eye of the Needle," "There was an old Lady Who Swallowed a Trout" and "Dance on a Sealskin." Learn more about Teri and her many books at Books will be provided by Parnassus Books.

Celebration of the Sea Art Walk, simultaneous openings and receptions in local downtown galleries. From 5 - 8pm on Friday, May 5th. For more information contact the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council at 225-2211.

Opening Reception for UAS art students on May 5th from 5-8pm at the Mainstay Gallery. Art students and teachers from the UAS Ketchikan Campus will be showing work from their classes. Exhibit will be on through May 26th. The Mainstay is sponsored by the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council, call for more info 225-2211.

Our Town: The Life and Times of Ketchikan opens May 5, 2006 with a reception from 5-7pm at the Tongass Historical Museum. This exhibit will be on display through September 30, 2006. Call the museum for more information, 225-5600.

Ketchikan Community Concert Band in concert presents Man in the Ice by Otto M. Schwarz, on Friday, May 5th at 7:30pm in the Kayhi Auditorium. Tickets at McPherson Music, the Arts Council, from band members or at the door. $5 for adults, $1 for kids under 18. For more info call McPherson Music at 225-3650.

Saturday Market is a Celebration of the Sea on May 6th. This market is themed as a Marine Swap, bring your old stuff and swap it for "new" stuff. It's a flea market for all you boaters! Saturday, May 6th from 9am - 2pm. For booth information call 225-7000.

Ketchikan Community Chorus in concert May 6th and 7th at the Presbyterian Church, 2711 2nd Ave. "Of Words and Music" is a belated celebration of National poetry month featuring "Frostiana", the poetry of Robert Frost set to music by Randall Thompson and involves both the full chorus as well as smaller vocal groupings. Saturday, 7:30 PM, and Sunday, 3:00 PM, tickets $13 adults, $10 students K-12 and seniors Available at KAAHC, McPherson Music and at the door.

Ongoing attractions:

Alaska's Hummingbird Festival in its 11th year is celebrating the return of migratory birds to Alaska. Events will be held all throughout the month of April, including the Juried Art Show reception, beading classes with Nancy Tietje plus many more activities. Call the Hummingbird Festival Headquarters for more information, 228-6220.

Musings: the Soul of Landscape on display April 7th - 28th, featuring work by local artist James Mix at the Mainstay Gallery, 716 Totem Way. James works mostly with acrylic paint with some watercolor and oil mixed in, and highlights the natural world as interpreted by the artist. The Mainstay Gallery is sponsored by the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council. Call 225-2211 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.

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

Inside Passages, Ketchikan's literary magazine, is entering its seventeenth year of publication. Editors are looking for poems (100 lines, maximum), short stories and essays (up to 2500 words), and artwork suitable for grayscale reproduction. Please submit your work in the body of an email message (to or on a CD. Hard copies mailed in will be accepted as well. Publication will be in November. Those selected for publication will receive one copy of Inside Passages. Additional volumes available to participants at a discount. Inside Passages is published annually by the Writers Forum, which is a program of the Arts Council. Requirements: A self-addressed stamped envelope for notification letters, as well as your name, address, phone number, title(s) of your work, and a 4-line biography must be included in submissions. Submissions must be received by September 15th, by 5pm to the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council, re: Inside Passages, or mail entries to 716 Totem Way, Ketchikan, AK 99901, Attn: Inside Passages. Call (907)225-2211 for more info.

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:

Mother's Day Quilt Raffle: Buy a raffle ticket to win a handcrafted quilt made by Jeanne Sande to benefit Women in Safe Homes, only $10.00. The drawing will be held May 12th, need not be present to win. Tickets available from the Visitor's Bureau, Rainforest Crafts, Silver Basin and WISH.

Sweet Second Saturdays dance and dessert, last one of the season on Saturday, May 13th at 7:00pm at the Crow's Nest. Live music and caller provided, no experience necessary. $5 at the door. Fun for the whole family.

Monthly Grind, Saturday, May 20th, 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.

The Kayhi Drama Club proudly presents: Your Fish is Dead Under the direction of Gus Nollmeyer, this mystery comedy is filled with handcuffs and laughs. It's the tale of two old fishermen who decide to spend the day fishing in the park when things get confusing, crazy, and down right hysterical. Join us and see if Detective Stash can figure out why Farley Larson might murder his life long fishing buddy. Check back soon for a new show time sometime in May.

The Sitka Music Festival is celebrating 35 years of music. This year's festival will be held June 2 - 23rd. Eight evening concerts, free brown bag concerts and a boat party concert are just a few activities for this year's event. For tickets and more information contact the festival directly at (907) 277-4852, or email at



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