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The Arts This Week


April 04, 2007

Ketchikan, Alaska - This week in Ketchikan Me, Myself and I, a self portrait show in the Mainstay Gallery opens Friday, April 6. As perhaps man's most intimate and pure display of consciousness, self-portraiture reveals the artist as he sees himself, as he wants to be seen, how he studies himself, and as the simple signature which states "I lived", lingering long after the artist has passed. Refreshments and first viewings will be from 5-7pm. The Mainstay Gallery is sponsored by the Arts Council. Call 225-2211 for more information.

Evening of Dancing & Dessert will feature ballroom dancing for all. Bring your favorite dessert and your taste for good music and ballroom dancing. Come show your best Waltz, Foxtrot, Swing and other ballroom dances on Saturday, April 7 starting at 7pm at the North Tongass Community Club across from Refuge Cove State Park on the South end of Sunset Drive. The cost is $10/ person, BYOB, wear your best Ginger Rogers or Fred Astaire outfits! Call the arts council for more info, 225-2211.

Presbyterian Church Presents New Lenten Art Show: A new collection of art with Lenten themes is now on display at the Ketchikan Presbyterian Church. The six pieces in the collection were all created in the 20th century; one represents a mid-century traditional Jesus, one represents a depiction of a medieval Jesus, one is a modern wheat weaving, and three are strikingly modern. This show will be on display through Easter and is available for viewing on Sundays or by appointment with the church, 225-3619.

Annual Hummingbird Festival Juried Art Show calling for art for the April 13th, 5-7pm 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

First City Players and ActOUT Youth Theatre Program invites you to join the Pevensie siblings - Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter- as they enter the mysterious and magical world of Narnia in the production of C.S. Lewis' timeless classic, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, adapted by Joseph Robinette. Tickets are available at the FCP office or call 225-4792, $15 ad, $10 srs, college, military, $5 st thru 12th gr.

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

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.

Call for t-shirt designs for the 2007 Blueberry Arts Festival logo and t-shirt. The Blueberry t-shirt has become a beloved and collected item and this is your chance to create the design. Camera-ready designs should be into the Arts Council by 5pm on Wednesday, April 11 (NOTE the deadline has been extended), sketches are accepted along with examples of completed works. Final designs must be in by April 30. Call the Arts Council for more information, 225-2211 or visit

Call for artists for 1% for Art Project in Matanuska: The Mat-Su Borough School District, working with the Municipality of Anchorage is requesting concept proposals for artwork to be commissioned for the interior of the new Houston High School. The total budget is $125,000 and a full prospectus is available at the Arts Council office, or email Jocelyn Young, Curator of Public Art at <> . Proposals must be received by 4pm, April 3, 2007 to the 1% for Art Program, Houston High School, c/o Municipality of Anchorage, 632 West 6th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501.

On Sale Now!

ActOUT Performance Company presents The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe on Friday and Saturday, April 6 & 7 at Kahyi, 7pm. Tickets are on sale now from FCP, 225-4792, $15 Ad, $10 srs., college & military, $5 st. thru 12th grade, visit

Ball in the House Tickets Now on Sale! Performing Friday, April 20th, tickets are available at Soho Coho, Tongass Business Center, McPherson Music, Madison Hardware, the Arts Council and at the door! Also available by phone at 225-2211, more info at <> or

Tickets on Sale for 5 Women Wearing the Same Dress First City Players presents their spring show Fridays and Saturdays, April 27 & 28 and May 4 & 5, 2007. Tickets on sale now at FCP offices, 225-4792 or online at <> . This show will be held in the new black box theatre space in the Plaza.

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.

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

Classes still being offered - Spring: Cedar Bark Weaving Intermediate & Advanced with Diane Douglas-Willard, Doll Making: NWC Form with Mary Anne Frank.

Bigfoot Pottery Studio is in the old Physical Graffiti building, downstairs. Classes and the studios are available at various times. Call Erik at 617-2378 for more information and to register for classes.

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:

The Friends of the Ketchikan Public Library will have their annual meeting and "Evening of Chocolate" beginning at 6:30pm on Tuesday, April 10. All are welcome to attend. Call Judith Anglin at 225-3331 for more information.

Kayhi Music presents Two concerts for spring from the Kayhi Music Department. On April 10, the jazz ensemble, jazz choir, solo performers and small ensembles will be showcased on the Kayhi Auditorium. April 17 is the next concert featuring the music from the wind ensemble, symphonic band and the concert choir. Come out to see these young artists perform. Call the High School for times and more information, 225-9815.

National Library Week will be celebrated with guest speakers for Storyhour at the Library. During the week of April 17, local residents will be guest readers for infants through preschool-age children. Call the library for more information, 225-0370.

Family Night at the Library.
The Association for the Education of Young Children- Southeast Alaska (AEYC), KTOO, and the Ketchikan Public Library present April's "Family Night" on Thursday, April 19 at 5:30pm. The theme this month is Bob the Builder. There is a 100 ticket limit for this event and free tickets are available in advance from the children's library after the first of the month. Call 225-0370 for tickets and 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, with a special performance by the Kayhi Jazz and Concert Choirs. 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.

First Book presents the First Annual Read-O-Rama at Houghtaling School gym from 1pm-4pm on Saturday, April 21. First Book helps provide a first book all their own to children who may not have one. There will be crafts, popcorn, and stories for kids of all ages. Call the Library for more information, 225-0370.


Ongoing attractions:

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.

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.

Call for Galleries for the Celebration of the Sea Art Walk. Galleries and art related businesses in downtown are invited to participate in this annual event on Friday, May 5. Please contact the Arts Council by April 20, call 225-2211 or email to

Call for Volunteers for the Hummingbird Festival Juried Art Show. The SE Alaska Discovery Center is looking for volunteers to staff the Juried Art Show as well as sell art, and take down the show at the end. The opening is April 13 from 5-7pm, and the show will be open every day except Sunday for two weeks. Clean up will happen on Sunday, April 29 for a few hours. Call Leslie Swada at the Discovery Center, 228-6247 or the Arts Council, 225-2211, to sign up or for more info.

Call to Artists for Piñatas! PATCHWorks is calling artists working in all media to design and decorate piñatas for their Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and Fundraiser. The piñatas will be sold and/or auctioned to raise money for PATCHWorks. Piñatas are due on Friday, April 20th at 5256 N. Tongass Hwy. If you have questions or need help contact Karen Eakes at 225-4350 or Dawn Rauwolf at 247-6443 or <> .

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.

Crafts Weekend 2007 at the Anchorage Museum at the Rasmuson Center will be held November 23, 24 & 25, 2007. This is a juried crafts show open to Alaskan artists, working in all forms of fine crafts. Submissions are now being accepted through May 31, 2007 by 6pm, this is not a postmark date. Full submission details are available at the Arts Council or call Georgia Blue at (907)343-6195. Mail completed entries to: Anchorage Museum Shop, attn: Georgia Blue, 121 West 7th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501.


Coming attractions:

Friday Night Insights at the SE Discovery Center:

April 21st: DragonflyTV-Alaska Premier Party: Last August two of Ketchikan's very own actresses starred in the temperate rainforest segment of the DragonflyTV-Alaska program.

April 24th Ketchikan Public Art Works (KPAW) Public Meeting: KPAW would like to establish a public art program for Ketchikan and to successfully do so they need public involvement and support. Julie Rowe will discuss KPAW's goals and invites the public to participate in the master planning process. Tonight is KPAW's big public kick-off and your opportunity to support public art in Ketchikan.

FCP presents 5 Women Wearing the Same Dress at the new black box theatre space in the plaza. Author Alan Ball (American Beauty) has created a masterful and hilarious comedy about five bridesmaids hiding out from a snooty Knoxville wedding reception. Playing Friday and Saturdays, April 27 & 28 and May 4 & 5, this play contains adult language and material, parental discretion is advised. For ticket information call First City Players at 225-4792, or online at .

Booksigning during Celebration of the Sea. Local Author Captain William B. Hopkins will sign books from 5-7pm during the Celebration of the Sea Artwalk on Friday, May 4. He has a new book of sea stories hot off the presses in time for the evening, in addition to his overview of "Wrangell Narrows, Alaska." Call the Library for more information, 225-3331.

KTB's Spring Gala once again presents all of their dancers on the Kayhi Auditorium stage. The youngest dancers will perform on Saturday afternoon, while the older dancers present on Friday and Saturday evenings. Shows will be on Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12, 2007. Call Ketchikan Theater Ballet for more information. Tickets will be on sale toward the end of April.

Ketchikan Community Concert Band spring concert pops up on Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 7pm. Tickets will be available at McPherson Music, from Band members and at the door. This family friendly concert will be sure to please all audiences. Call McPherson's at 225-3650 for more info and tickets.

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 111 Stedman Suite 101.

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 105.3. Listen to news about the library, books, and book reviews.


Source of News:

Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council


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