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Ketchikan Arts This Week
June 26 - July 3, 2006


June 27, 2006

Ketchikan, Alaska - This week in Ketchikan singer, songwriter and producer Sara Hickman performs in Ketchikan, June 30th at 7 pm in the Kayhi auditorium. Sara Hickman is an award winning singer/songwriter with a wide range of guitar and vocal music. Her show will be a family friendly show that is sure to please audiences of all ages. Tickets are now available at Matty's World and the Library, $10 adult $8 for kids 12 and under. Please call the Library at 225-3331 for more information. Sponsored by the Ketchikan Public Library.

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

Canada Day Ceilidh featuring fiddler Laurie Hart will be a night of folk dancing and secret chef's desserts to raise money for Paddys Leather Breeches' Ireland trip. The festivities will run 7-10:30pm at the Coast Guard Base Crow's Nest on Canada Day, July 1, 2006. Tickets are on sale now at McPherson Music, Silver Basin and the Arts Council. Sponsored by Sweet Second Saturdays.

Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing will take you back to a Shakespearean Summer with a festival feel. Bring a picnic and come early to enjoy period games, food, and music before the show. Rain or shine, this production will go on, in case of inclement weather the show will take place inside, warm weather is not guaranteed, but a good time is. The final two shows will be July 1, 2, Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 5pm. The box office will open 11/2 hr. before the start of the performance. Sponsored by First City Players, for information and tickets call 225-4792.

Ladies' Song Circle. Come sing Carter Family old-timey songs emphasizing harmony and rounds on Friday, June 30 at the Sugar Hill Dance Hall (16 miles North Tongass) from 6:30-9:00pm. Singers do not need to know how to read music. All are welcome that enjoy singing and can easily catch onto verses. Space is somewhat limited. Please call Sher Schwartz at 617-4387 to sing up.

No Artist is an Island on display now at the Mainstay Gallery. Beth Antonsen and friends features various styles, media and artists. This exhibit will be on display through Friday, June 30. The Mainstay Gallery is sponsored by the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council, 716 Totem Way, 225-2211

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

Come dress up a truck for the 4th! Volunteers are needed for the Arts Community's 4th of July Float. This year's decoration idea is to carry and display painted umbrellas on a truck full of arts people. Come on down to help spruce up the truck on Saturday, July 1st from 10am - 2pm-ish starting at the Mainstay Gallery at 716 Totem Way. Please call the Arts Council at 225-2211 if you are interested, love to have you!


On Sale Now!

Sara Hickman tickets on sale now at Maddy's World and the Library. Call 225-0370 for more information and tickets. All proceeds will benefit the new library.

"Much Ado About Nothing" tickets for the final two performances on sale now at First City Players 225-4792.

Pre-order your 2006 Blueberry Arts Festival T-Shirt now at the arts council. Child and adult sizes available. Call 225-2211, stop by at 716 Totem Way or visit for a pre-order form. Don't wait, they go fast!

Canada Day Ceilidh on sale now at McPherson Music, Silver Basin and the Arts Council. July 1, 2006 at the Crow's Nest, sponsored by Sweet Second Saturdays.

9th Annual Gigglefeet Dance Festival tickets on sale Friday, June 30, 2006 at the Arts Council, 225-2211.

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.


Workshops & Classes:

Mini Camp for budding visual artists! The Arts Council is sponsoring visual art camp for the youngest artists in town. If you are 6 or 7 years old, you are invited to come make masks, paintings, fabric art and more! Camp will be held at Holy Name School and will run July 10-20, Monday thru Thursday in the mornings from 9am-10:30am. Space is limited so call the Arts Council at 225-2211 or stop by at 716 Totem Way to register by July 7th at 5pm.

ArtsCool Summer Theatre and Dance Camp: First City Players and Ketchikan Theatre Ballet are now accepting registrations through July 14 for this summer's camp. Running July 17- August 11, with camp shows on August 11 and 12. For ages 8-16, including a movement and advanced movement/theatre camp in the mornings and an afternoon theatre camp performing Disney's Aladdin, Jr. Call 225-4792 or 225-9311 or visit for more info.

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.

Holy Name School Summer Adventures offers classes in all different areas of fun and creativity this summer. Many different classes taught by Holy Name School teachers will be happening including cooking, arts & crafts, painting, games, math games and more. Call the church office for more information and to register 225-2570. Summer Adventures runs July 10-20 and August 7-17, Monday through Thursday, all day or half day programs are available. Space is limited so don't wait, register by July 7 to ensure your choice of classes.

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 musical workshops. Middle School sessions are on now: High School sessions 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 featuring talks, readings and workshops, is titled Radical 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 sessions are now happening at The Bead and Yarn Shoppe located in Salmon Landing Market. 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:

The Arts Community on Parade! The Arts Council is sponsoring a float in the 4th of July Parade. Come out and join the fun, support your arts community on parade. For more information call the Arts Council at 225-2211.

Kid's 4th of July Parade. On Tues., July 4th, parents and kids are welcome to meet at the pink Federal building at 10:30am for registration to begin the 11am parade. Children walk from the Federal Building to the Lion's Club booth at Tongass Dock. Come dressed in your patriotic best! Prizes awarded for Best in Show for 6 and over, five and under, and team best in show. Call Big Brothers Big Sisters for more info at 247-3350.

Opening Reception for Ketchikan artist Diane Burton, with her show, From Tongass to the Arctic in Oil will transpire Friday, July 7 from 5-7pm at the Mainstay Gallery. This display will be shown through Friday, July 28, 2006. The Mainstay Gallery is sponsored by the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council, for more info call 225-2211.

The Fish Pirate's Daughter is Ketchikan's original musical melodrama. A First City Players production, Fish Pirate's is back for its 42nd season. Performances will take place on July 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th and 29th. For more information call First City Players at 225-4792.


Ongoing attractions:

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

Point Higgins Library Is Open June 13 through August 10. Call the Library at 225-3331 for more information.

Former Ketchikan Vista Volunteer Amos Hopkins hikes the Appalachian Trail for the arts. On the East Coast, the Appalachian Trail is 2,175 miles long running from Maine to Georgia and takes approximately 6 months to hike. Amos and his girlfriend Katy left on May 19th and expect to finish around the end of October/ early November. They are hiking this trail to raise money for the Raymond Thunder-Sky Scholarship, and for the Bluegrass Music Trail Project, Find out more or how to donate to these causes at the websites.

Drop-In Chess for kids 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:

Call to Artists for commissioned pieces for three buildings within the Anchorage Municipality. Project budgets vary with each building and begin at $150,000. Each project has a different deadline; the next is June 27, 2006. Go to for full project calls or email Jocelyn Young at

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 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.

Call to artists to submit works for the 2006 Blueberry Arts Festival Juried Art Show. Artists in all media are encouraged to submit up to two pieces in two and/or three dimensions and must be ready to be displayed. More information and exact criteria for submissions is available at the arts council 225-2211, and Download a form from our website and bring it in, or stop on by to fill it out in our office at 716 Totem Way. Deadline for submissions is 5pm, Monday, July 31st.

Call to artists to submit found and readymade art for Re-Find, an open-call exhibit at The Mainstay Gallery throughout the month of September 2006. Artists 16 years an older working in all media are encouraged to submit a maximum of 2 pieces. The complete call with guidelines is available at as well as a registration form. Deadline for submissions is by 5pm, Tuesday, August 29th. Call 225-2211 for more info.

ASCA Grant application due dates are ongoing, with many due on a quarterly basis. The next round for career opportunity grants, master artist and apprentice grants, community arts development and workshop grants is due September 1st. All 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: Please include your name, address, phone number, title(s) of your work, and a 4-line biography in submissions. Download a registration form and find out more on the Arts Council website, Submissions must be received by September 15th, by 5pm to the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council, in the body of an email to re: Inside Passages, or mail hard copy 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:

24th Annual Teddy Bear Picnic at the library marches on July 15. Bring your teddy bear and have a blast. Call the Library for more information at 225-0370.

An evening with storyteller Joy Steiner happens at the Library on August 1st. Call the Library for more information 225-3331.

The 2006 Blueberry Arts Festival Saturday, August 5th from 10am-5pm at the State Building in downtown Ketchikan is an event you don't want to miss. Artist booths, food and game booths, slug races and weigh-ins and the feisty Battle of the Bands competition are just a few of the highlights for this annual hometown event. Visit the arts council website at for more information.

Disney's Aladdin, Jr. featuring the theatre and movement students from the ARTSCool camp will show on the Kayhi stage Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12. Aladdin, Jr. is one of Disney's best loved shows, don't miss it. Sponsored by ARTSCool, a collaboration between First City Players and the Ketchikan Theatre Ballet. Call 225-4792 for tickets and more information.



Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council


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