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This Week in Ketchikan


April 20, 2009

Ketchikan, Alaska - This week in Ketchikan, on Friday, April 24th, 7-8pm at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, Birding in the heart of Nowhere Alaska, Gravina Island will be presented by Andy Piston of the ADF&G. Get in on the final Birding Friday Night Insight! Andy will discuss spring bird migration in the Ketchikan area, with a special emphasis on the birds seen this time of year on Gravina Island. For each species of bird mentioned, he will talk about where they are coming from, where they are heading, and what they are doing on Gravina Island. For more info, call 228-6221.


Birding Insight Field Series #4: Birding on Gravina Island with Andy Piston, ADF&G. This is your chance to see, hear and learn the birds commonly seen on Gravina Island. Meet up on the 7:15 Airport Ferry. Bring binoculars, water, and wear layers, and get outside to learn and have fun! For more information call 228-6221.


Visiting Artist Program: Painting Birds for Beginners with Maida Kelly. Parents and their children 8 years and up will learn the basics of watercolor painting using colorful birds for inspiration. Join in on this family art activity on Saturday, April 25th, from 10am-12pm at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. There is no participation fee, but reservations are required. Contact the Discovery Center at 228-6220.

Bird Wonders with Faith Duncan. Pre-School children and their parents will enjoy this interactive program about birds! Fly to the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center from 1-3pm on Saturday, April 25th. Call 228-6220.


Hummingbird Coloring Competition! The coloring sheets along with rules will be distributed at each elementary school, or you can pick them up at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 4pm. The competition begins on Monday, April 6th, and ends on Saturday, April 25th at 4pm.


The Pied Piper, Presented by First City Players and ActOut! This Spring's ActOut performance will feature two productions, a Ketchikan version of "The Pied Piper" and a musical, "The Great Grey Ghost of Old Spook Lane." First City Players presents an original play by Keith Smith with story ideas from the ActOut Performance Company. Everyone knows the story of the Pied Piper, the town of Hamlin overtaken by rats, and how the mystical piper arrives and rids the town of the rodents, but the mayor of Hamlin refuses to pay him so the piper steals the children of the town? Right, we've all known that story since we were children. So the First City Players ActOut performance company decided to turn this story on its head and tell it from the Rat's perspective! This is the Pied Piper like you've never seen it before. Join us at 7:00pm on April 24 & 25 at the Saxman Tribal House for this charming original play performed by Ketchikan's talented youth company. Tickets are $15 for Adults, $12 for Seniors and Military, and $5 for Kids! Call FCP at 225-4792 for info and tickets.

Alternative Health Meeting. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, April 23rd, focusing on the topic: Eat Your Way to Good Health (2), and introducing the subject of antioxidants. If you have any specific questions regarding this topic, or if you want to know about the antioxidant value of a certain food, please contact Elise Burger at 247-2236 before the meeting, or for more information.

Baby Love- Celebrating the Art and Craft of Babies, Birth and Mothers On Display! Ketchikan embraces babies like no other community. Time and time again they are welcomed by loving hands with handmade treasures- quilts, sweaters, baby books, furniture, jewelry, portraits, hats, cut paper silhouettes, belly casts and more. The Baby Love exhibit displays the best handcrafted items in the area that reflect the joy of motherhood and new life from birth to age two. All displayed items were hand-crafted for a mother or child, and many are family heirlooms. Baby Love is on display for the month of April- Friday, April 24th is your last chance to see it! Call 225-2211 for more information.


50 for 50 at the Arctic Bar! Three judges will do what it takes to select the Arctic Bar's signature drink to commemorate 50 years of Alaskan Statehood! Do you have an original drink recipe that will make our tasters think ALASKA??? Bar-tenders, mix-masters, and alcohol artists- get shakin and stirrin'! Should the judges find your masterpiece the most delicious, the most Alaskan, the best named, not only will you have unlimited bragging rights, your concoction will be served at the Arctic bar until the end of the year! Call Paula 225-4709 to sign up, and to check for your ingredients! The contest is at the Arctic Bar on Saturday, April 25th starting at 3pm.

Coming attractions:

Celebration of the Sea Art Walk. Celebration of the Sea Art Walk is on Friday, May 1st from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Celebrate art in Ketchikan, and the coming of spring at the Celebration of the Sea Art Walk! Visit over a dozen downtown galleries on the first Friday of May to enjoy new exhibits by local artists, including our own Mainstay Gallery reception for Sarah Asper-Smith's "A Collective Animal Kingdom". Start at any participating business and enjoy an evening stroll with refreshments and fabulous art, all in celebration of the sea! This annual event is sponsored by the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council. Call 225-2211 or visit <> for more information. Pick up a map at any location, and you're on your way!

A Collective Animal Kingdom. The Mainstay Gallery's May exhibit features the work of Sarah Asper- Smith, an incredible designer with a knack for composition and a wonderful palette- and a great sense of humor. The show features fine art prints of the herds, schools, gaggles and parades of the animal world- plus tons of other goodies like t-shirts, note cards, and tote bags. Did you know that a group of jellyfish is called a "smack?" A group of crows is called a "murder?" There's an animal and its grouping for every letter of the alphabet! Join us for the free opening reception on Friday, May 1st, from 5-7pm at the Mainstay Gallery, 716 Totem Way. Call 225-2211 for more info!

Our Town: The Life & Times of Ketchikan. The Tongass Historical Museum's summer exhibit will open with a free reception on Friday, May 1st from 5-7pm. The vibrant history of Alaska's "First City" will delight locals and visitors alike! Hundreds of vintage photographs and artifacts will tell the story of the people, places, events and industries that have shaped our community, From its earliest days to the twenty-first century. For more information, call 225-5900

Birds Making Words- New Works by Evon Zerbetz! The Soho Coho Gallery displays Evon's colorful new linocuts on wood panel "tablets" starting on Friday, May 1st with a free opening reception from 5-8pm. This series of small new original works was inspired by a legend about the invention of Chinese writing being derived from observations of bird tracks in sand. The series continues her exploration of printing on material other than paper, a style that was first introduced in the work she did for her 67 x 7 foot in the library at Schoenbar middle school last autumn. The display will also include pieces from the "Raucous" exhibit that have never been displayed in Ketchikan. Birds Making Words will be featured at Soho Coho through May 30th, and opens as part of the Celebration of the Sea! For more information, call Soho Coho at 225-5954.

Story Craft for Celebration of the Sea! The Ketchikan Public Library has a special Story Craft from 5-6pm on Friday, May 1st in the Children's Library to Celebrate the Sea! Families can hear stories about the ocean and make rainbow fish and sea stars. Free and open to the public, no registration required.

Silk Painting Workshop. The Art to Wear Committee is sponsoring a silk painting workshop in April or May. Want to learn to paint silk??? Make sure you contact Jean Bartos to let her know of your interest. Call 225-9296 in the evenings to find out more about this opportunity!

Upcoming Opportunities: calls, auditions, contests, artist opportunities, etc:

New String Ensemble in Ketchikan!!! Heidi Nelson is organizing a string ensemble! Want to play? There are two classes per month, and all skill levels of string players are welcome! Rehearsals are at the Cape Fox Market Place, and will start up at 3:00pm on Sunday, April 19th, followed by Sunday, April 26th. E-mail Heidi for more information and to sign up: <> . There is a monthly per student fee.

Tessarae: The Art of Mosaic, Call for Artists. 2nd City Council Art Gallery and Performance Space announces a national Call for Artists for Tessarae: The Art of Mosaic. Mosaic is an ancient medium and "Tesserae" are the small pieces used to make up a mosaic, the tiny bits that create the larger picture. We invite mosaic artists from around the country to share their work as a window into this popular art form. The exhibition will be a dialogue between artists working in all media of mosaic: tile, glass, broken crockery, ceramic, polymer clay, mixed-media, and more! The exhibition itself becomes the Mosaic. It reflects the diverse ways in which this exciting medium is used for artistic expression, creativity and growth. This juried exhibition is open to all mosaic artists. Mosaic media only. No video and film accepted. Photos of mosaic installations, murals, or architectural applications are not accepted. The exhibition runs from June 27th to August 5th, 2009. Deadline for entries is Sunday, May 10th, 2009. Cash awards of $500, $300, $200, and $100, plus the infamous eye opener award. For a prospectus or more information, please email Cheryl at 2nd <> or visit <> .

Calling Youth Artists for Alaskan Art for KYI's Youth Auction! Ketchikan Youth Initiatives is seeking artwork made by youth artists in their teens and twenties, for a Youth Art Auction on June 6th, 5:30pm, at the Plaza Mall. Artists earn 25% of the winning bid on their work. Art should be centered on the theme of "Alaska" to celebrate our state's 50th anniversary. All types of artwork are welcome, free matting donated by local businesses. The deadline for Submissions is May 1st. Call 225-2250 or email <> for information.

Calling all Artists for 100x100! The Arts Council is seeking 100 works of art for the first show in our new Gallery Space! We want 100 works of art to sell for $100 each. We are seeking work in any media- newly created as well as previously-created works. The deadline for entries is Monday, June 22nd, 4:30pm at 716 Totem Way. The 100x100 gallery show and Arts Council fundraiser will have an opening reception on Friday, July 3rd, and will be part of the Grand Opening Celebration! This will be a fantastic event, with hors d'oeuvres, a no-host bar, and art, of course! A great time, and a great cause. Help the arts grow in Ketchikan by donating your work of art! Call 225-2211 for more info!

Attention All Native Artists! "Our" Living Legends Gallery is currently seeking vendors, artists, and instructors! Consignments are now being accepted: You set the Price of your work, with 20% of purchase price retained by the gallery. This shared artist space is now looking for creative people who can teach others to make their native crafts quickly and easily for a fee. Lots of opportunities are now available at 331 Stedman Street. Call for available space even if you just need a place to work on your project! Call Alice at (907) 225-5558.

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.

Teen Advisory Group Seeking Crafts Teachers! This summer, T.A.G. will offer crafts for teens through Get Creative at the Library, and they want YOU to lead! Do you have a great craft idea that teens would love to try? What artistic skill can you pass along to the youth of Ketchikan? If you are able to put together a craft project for the Teen Advisory Group this coming summer, please contact Kelly Johnson at 225-3331.

Sitka Fine Arts Camp Registration. Registration for the 2009 Sitka Fine Arts Camp is now open on a first-come, first-served basis. The camp offers over 60 classes per session in music, dance, theatre, visual arts, writing, and Alaskan Native Arts. The camp includes two sessions for different student age groups: The Middle School Camp, for students entering grades 6-9 runs from Sunday, June 14th through Saturday, June 27th, and the High School Camp, for students entering grades 9-12 runs from Sunday, June 28th through Sunday, July 12th. Online registration is available through the camp website at <> . Registration is also available via the camp office at (907) 747-3085.

Need Studio Space??? If you are interested in renting space to work and create, an opportunity may be on its way! A local building owner is interested in constructing artist's space, approximately 2,000 square feet of studio floor for local artists to use- think of the potential! Please let us know of your interest. Call 225-2211!

Ongoing attractions:

Alaska Hummingbird Festival, 2009!!! Let's welcome our migratory birds back to Alaska! Don't miss the Alaska Hummingbird Festival Juried Art Show, at the Ketchikan Visitor's Bureau. The show features artwork in any medium by Alaskan artists, all inspired by migratory birds! The Hummingbird Festival has a great schedule of Free Programs for the whole family! Programs start on Thursday, April 2nd and continue through the end of April. Learn the basics of Birding, attend the Birding Insight Field Series, Visiting Artist Program, Family Craft Activities, enter the Hummingbird Coloring Competition, Make a ceramic wall tile, trivet or vase, see live birds from the Southeast Alaska Wildlife Center, learn to draw birds, make mosaic garden stones there's a whole lot of fun and lots to learn! Contact the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center for the full schedule of events- 228-6220, or stop by to pick up a calendar!

Thursday Food and Flicks! The Ketchikan Coffee Company and the New York Hotel will show films every Thursday starting at 6pm. The Café will be open from 5-9:30pm serving up delicious food, specialty coffee beverages, draft and bottled beer and wine! Feed your body and your mind! Call 247-BEAN for more info!

Friday Night Insights. Every Friday, beginning in November, the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center hosts a lecture or discussion on a wide range of topics from guest presenters. Programs begin at 7:00 pm every Friday and are open to the public free of charge in the Discovery Center Theater. For more information on specific programs, call 228-6220.

Figure Drawing! A new figure drawing group will meet the second Tuesday of every month for two hours of drawing the human form from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Art Room (205) at Schoenbar Middle School. This is a great chance to communicate with other artists in the community and practice your skills! Models will be clothed. Each member will agree to sign up for one month. During their month they can model or pay for another model. All ages are encouraged to participate! The first session is October 14th, 2008. Questions? Contact Angel Williams at 225-4471!

Storyhour at the Library continues regularly throughout the year on 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. Different story themes each week! This program is appropriate for infants through pre-school age children. Please note that there will be no Storyhour on Tuesdays until further notice. Call 225-0370 for more information.

Jam to Gospel/ Bluegrass music every Thursday night at 7:30pm at the stARTled Salmon in the Cape Fox Market Place, 500 Mission Street #5. Sponsored by Squares and Contras, call 225-2211 for more info.

Live Music Every Friday at the New York Café. Stop by for an evening of bluegrass jams every Friday of the winter months from 6pm to midnight. Light dinners and appetizers served from 5pm-9pm. Bring your instrument and join in the music making or just come to listen. For more info, call 225-0246.

Speakeasy. Enjoy music and an author/writer reading or presentation on the third Friday of the month! Music starts at 6:00pm, and an author presents from 6:30-7:30pm at the UAS Ketchikan Campus Library. Speakeasy is scheduled for January 23rd, February 20th, March 27th, and April 17th. See you there!

The Monthly Grind. The Monthly Grind provides a chance for us to enjoy local talent at a friendly venue every third Saturday at 7pm at Saxman Tribal House, September through May. Tickets are available at Soho Coho, McPherson Music and TBC. Bring a homemade dessert for a refund. Contact Tom LeCompte 617-0769 or Peggy Hovik at 617-5081 for more information.

Sweet Second Saturdays: Dances will be held every second Saturday of the month at 7pm in the Schoenbar Commons. Donations of $5 will be accepted for those 16 and older.

Workshops & Classes:

Art Classes available now. Sign up for three week sessions learning Calligraphy, Cooking, Beginning Sewing, Beginning Quilting, Painting and Drawing. For information on costs, times, ages and locations, call Trudy at 225-0401 or 617-2748.

Bigfoot Pottery Studios at 325 Bawden, lower. Drop-In Pottery is on Wednesdays 3-5pm and 6-8pm, and Saturdays 10-12pm, and 1-3pm. Come in and play with some clay! Classes and Birthday Parties are available. Call Erik or Leif at 225-POTS for more information.

Beading, Knitting, and other fabric art sessions are ongoing throughout the year at The Bead and Yarn Shoppe located in Salmon Landing Market. Call Cheri Pyles 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 for the beginner to more experienced quilters, available at varying times. Please call the Quilt Shop for more information and registration at 225-5422.

Meetings and Gatherings:

Ketchikan Community Concert Band meets every Monday at McPherson Music from 7-9pm. Call 225-3650 for more info.

Rainy Day Recorders meet every Tuesday at 6:30 pm. For information, contact MJ Turek at 225-2592.

Ketchikan Community Chorus meets every Tuesday from 7-9pm at the Presbyterian Church. Call 247-2356 for more information.

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 the Presbyterian Church, 2711 2nd Ave. Come practice your public speaking, guests are welcome! Call 225-3519 for more info.

Yarn Bee. One Sunday each month in the adult library from 1-3 pm. Each session will begin with a short presentation about new knitting, crochet and craft books at the library, then participants will be free to socialize and work on projects. Refreshments will be served. Call 225-0370 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.










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