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The Arts This Week


May 17, 2006

Ketchikan, Alaska - The Monthly Grind is scheduled for Saturday, May 20th, 7pm at the Saxman Tribal house. The last show of the season will feature many local bands, as well as other 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.


On Sale Now!

Inside Passages Ketchikan's literary publication is on sale now at the Arts Council. Just $7 dollars, stop by or call to reserve your copy today, 225-2211.

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Singer/ Songwriter/ Producer Sara Hickman
performs in Ketchikan, June 30th at the Kayhi auditorium.
Photo by Todd V. Wolfson


Coming Soon:

Singer/ Songwriter/ Producer Sara Hickman performs in Ketchikan, June 30th at the Kayhi auditorium. Please call the Library at 225-3331 for more information. Photo by Todd V. Wolfson

The Rubber Band performs their farewell performance on the Kayhi stage, Friday May 26. This local teenage band takes the stage at 7pm, doors at 6:30. Admission is free, donations gladly accepted. CDs on sale as well. Call 225-9815 for info.

Opening reception for Ketchikan artist Beth Antonsen and Friends on Friday June 2nd from 5-7pm at the Mainstay Gallery. No Artist is an Island features various styles, media and artists. The Mainstay Gallery is sponsored by the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council, 716 Totem Way.

Haida Descendant Dancers perform at Totem Bight on every second Friday of the month through September. The next performance will be Friday, June 9th at 6:30. Come see the Haida Descendant Dancers dance in traditional regalia while singing songs, telling stories, and drumming. Performances begin at 6:30 in the Totem Bight Clan House. Performances are free and open to the public. Call 247-8574 for more information. Co-sponsored by Alaska State Parks and the Alaska Natural History Association.

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 this month.


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.

Plein Air Workshop in Juneau hosted by the painting group Plein Rein, a group focusing on plein air works in all types of visual media. Visiting artist Larry Seiler will be teaching the second annual summer plein air painting workshop on July 8-12, 2006 and July 14 - 16. Larry is a versatile instructor and the workshop is open to oil, acrylic, pastel, & watercolor painters, visit his website for registration information and more at Interested painters can also contact Jim Heumann in the evenings at 907-586-1146.

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.


Ongoing attractions:

Pedagogued features artwork by students, faculty and staff from the UAS Ketchikan campus on display now at the Mainstay Gallery, 716 Totem Way, below Yoga Haven through the red double doors. Display on through May 26th.

Our Town: The Life and Times of Ketchikan, the museum's annual display, on now through September 30th at the Tongass Historical Museum, 629 Dock Street.

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:

Auditions for The Fish Pirate's Daughter. Come join the cast of The Fish Pirates Daughter, a First City Players production, now in its 40th year of running. An original Ketchikan melodrama. Roles available for both men and women. Auditions are being held at the First Lutheran Church on Tues., May 23rd and Thurs. May 25th beginning at 6:30pm. Call the First City Players at 225-4792 for more information.

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.

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

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

Gigglefeet grant applications are available from the Arts Council at 716 Totem Way. This is for access grants to help dancers and choreographers obtain funds for costume design and materials, set design, lighting, music and babysitting for Gigglefeet 2006. Deadline for applications is Friday, June 16th, 2006 at 5pm to the Arts Council. Deadline for dance pieces is July 21st. Registration forms due at the First City Players. Please cal 225-2211 for more information.

Calling all artists to submit proposals for the Fawn Mountain Percent For Art project. Proposals are due Wednesday, June 28th by 5pm to the Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council, 716 Totem Way. Visit the KAAHC website or the Alaska State Council on the Arts website for the full proposal prospectus, or

Blueberry Arts Festival booth registration: The Blueberry Arts Festival will be held August 5th at the State building in downtown. 2005 festival booth holders have until June 16th to reclaim their booths or request a change. New booth holder registration begins at 10 am on June 21st and ends July 21st or until space runs out. To register or for more information call the Arts Council at (907)225-2211 or stop by at 716 Totem Way, double red doors.

Volunteer for the Southeast Alaska State Fair needed in Ketchikan. The SE AK State Fair will be happening July 27-30 in Haines, Alaska. A volunteer is needed in Ketchikan to put up posters and be a contact person for Ketchikan area residents. All of Southeast Alaska can and should be represented at the fair, and you can help Ketchikan be a strong part. Call Frances Field at (907) 766-2476 for more information and/or to volunteer. Ketchikan needs you!

Call for Bands: Calling all bands interested in the Battle of the Bands competition and show on August 5th at the Blueberry Arts Festival. Cash prizes available, call the arts council for more information, 225-2211. Please register by July 26th, space is limited.

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: Please include your name, address, phone number, title(s) of your work, and a 4-line biography 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:

Author Sam Hickman will visit the library on Friday, June 30th. Call 225-3331 for more information.

Much Ado About Nothing on June 23rd, 24th, 30th and July 1st at Point Higgins Elementary School has all of the outdoor summer theatre experience of those nice weather locations. This production will be outside, in case of inclement weather dress appropriately and bring a seat. Sponsored by First City Players, for information call 225-4792.


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