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The Arts This Week
July 25, 2006 - August 01, 2006

July 26, 2006
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jpg Storyteller Joy Steiner

Storyteller Joy Steiner

Ketchikan, Alaska - An evening with storyteller Joy Steiner happens at the Library on August 1st. Joy Steiner turns language into a celebration. Meet silly tricksters from around the world. Hear about the lively adventures of small brave heroes. Remember the gentle contagious power of kindness. Join in the fun of the rhythm and the rhyme. Joy's Isoka flute will tickle your ears. Her voice and expressions will make you smile. Come celebrate storytelling. Listen to stories with Joy! Call the Library for more information 225-3331.

Shakespeare Workshops: Acting Shakespeare workshop with Ketchikan raised Ty Hewitt will explore the meaning in the works of Shakespeare through acting. This workshop runs July 25, August 1, and August 8 from 7-10pm at the Creek Side Meeting Center (formerly the Wellness Center) at 640 Park Ave. The fee for all three workshops is $50, and actors 15 yrs. and older with or without experience are welcome. Contact the First City Players to sign up or for more info: 225-4792.

Lighting Workshops. Learn about dance lighting design and basic lighting instrumentation by a visiting professional Lighting Designer. Lighting Design 101 takes place Wed. July 26 and Thurs. July 27 from 6-9pm in the Kayhi Auditorium. These workshops are free and open to the public. Call the Arts Council for more information at 225-2211. Sponsored by the Arts Council with generous support from the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

Summer Family Films featured at the Library every Wednesday in July at 3pm. The final viewing will be on Wednesday, July 26th with "Homeward Bound". Join the fun with Family film afternoons.

The Fish Pirate's Daughter, Ketchikan's original musical melodrama plays again for its final weekend this Friday and Saturday, July 28th and 29th at the Ted Ferry Civic Center with an All-You-Can-Eat crab feed starting at 7:30pm. A First City Players production, Fish Pirate's is back for its 40th season. For more information call First City Players at 225-4792. Sponsored by SE Sea Pilots Association, SE Stevedoring and First City Players.

Blueberry booths still available! From now until July 28th or until space is filled, those interested in holding a booth for the 2006 Blueberry Arts Festival can register by phone at 225-2211, in person at 716 Totem Way, or download a form online to fax to 225-4330 at Don't wait these booths spaces will not last.

From the Tongass to the Arctic in Oil, on display at the Mainstay Gallery through July 28th, 2006, features oil paintings by local artist Diane Burton. The Mainstay Gallery is open Monday- Friday, 10am-6pm located at 716 Totem Way.

Dance! Dance! Dance! Every Friday night from 7-9pm is your opportunity to cut a rug with your fellow dancers. Enjoy salsa or ballroom at various locations around town. Call Tina Mander at 617-1284 for exact location information.

Brian Straw, the Stack Brothers and Chris Corrao in concert Sunday, July 30th at 7pm, at That One Place at the New York Hotel. The kitchen will be closed, but the bar will be open, $5 at the door. This show is open to all ages, a guaranteed good time!


On Sale Now!

The 40th Fish Pirate's Daughter tickets are now on sale at First City Players, 716 Totem Way or by phone 225-4792.

2006 Blueberry Arts Festival T-shirts on sale now at the Arts Council, call 225-2211 or stop by 716 Totem Way for yours today. Don't wait or you may miss out. Youth: Sh Sleeve $10, Lg Sleeve $15 Adult: Sh sleeve $15, Lg Sleeve $20. Buy a 2006 and get $5 off any past year's Blueberry Shirt, while supplies last.

2006 Blueberry Arts Festival Postcards. Send a note to family or a long lost friend and show them what you have been up to or what the Blueberry Arts Festival is all about by sending them the newly designed Blueberry postcard. Just $1.00 ea or 6 for $5.00! Only while supplies last!

9th Annual Gigglefeet Dance Festival tickets on sale NOW at Soho Coho, TBC, Madison, McPherson and the Arts Council, or by phone 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:

Lighting Workshops. Learn about dance lighting design and basic lighting instrumentation by a visiting professional Lighting Designer. Lighting Design 101 takes place Wed. July 26 and Thurs. July 27 from 6-9pm in the Kayhi Auditorium. Basic Lighting Instrumentation takes place Mon. July 31 and Tues. Aug. 1 from 6-9pm in the Kayhi Auditorium. These workshops are free and open to the public. Call the Arts Council for more information at 225-2211. Sponsored by the Arts Council with generous support from the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

Stage Combat Workshop. Stage combat workshop with Ketchikan raised Ty Hewitt. Ty is a Society of American Fight Directors Certified Stage Combatant. This workshop will explore unarmed stage combat- how slaps, falls, punches and more happen onstage safely. Taking place August 9 from 7-10pm at the Creek Side Meeting Center (formerly the Wellness Center) at 640 Park Ave. The fee for this single workshop is $25 through the First City Players: 225-4792. Actors 15 yrs. and older are welcome.

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 one more class this summer. Painting Pandemonium lets students play with paint. Learn how to mix an infinite number of colors with the three primary colors and black and white. Open to those entering Kindergarten through 7th grade. Call the church office for more information and to register 225-2570. Summer Adventures will hold its last session on August 7-17, Monday through Thursday, 9am-11am. Space is limited so don't wait, register by August 4th to ensure your space.

Classes at the Totem Heritage Center: Registration for fall classes at the Heritage Center runs July 31 - August 4. Register online, by phone, mail or in person, Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm 225-5900, .Classes offered - Fall: Intro to NWC Design with Fred Trout, Intro to Power Tools with Paul Potter, Cedar Bark Weaving Intermediate & Advanced with Diane Douglas-Willard, Carver's Toolmaking & NWC Project Design with Steve Brown, Beginning Cedar Bark Weaving with Holly Churchill, Drawing for Carvers with Donald Varnell. Spring: Mixed Level Ravens tail Weaving with Evelyn Vanderhoop, Intro to NWC Carving with Fred Trout, Coiled Basketry with Carol Douglas, Mold Making for Carvers with Steven Jackson, Cedar Bark Weaving Intermediate & Advanced with Diane Douglas-Willard, Doll Making: NWC Form with Mary Anne Frank.

Experimental Aqueous Media Workshop - September 11-15, 2006 join Susan Cowan and Lee Baughman of for a week-long, watermedia intensive workshop at First Lutheran Church. Workshop Price: $595 Two seasoned instructors for the price of one! Email or to register or 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 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:

Pet and Doll Parade! Kick off the 2006 Blueberry Arts Festival by marching in the pet and doll parade Friday, August 4th at 2:00 PM! Please meet at 1:45 PM to line up in the parking lot on Main Street (across from the police station). Children will receive a popsicle at the end of the parade. Registration not required; dress in blueberry theme if you would like. Pets must be on leash or otherwise contained. Call Big Brothers Big Sisters at 247-3350 with questions.

Best Blueberry Dish Contest open to all! Do you have a good old blueberry dish which is popular at all the happenin' potlucks? Or maybe you have a new recipe you would like to try out? Then the Blueberry Arts Festival Best Blueberry Dish Contest is for you. Bring your culinary delights to the Mainstay Gallery by 3pm on Friday, August 4th to be a part of this annual event. Prizes given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, and all entries will be served at the Juried Art Show opening from 5-7pm on Friday. The Mainstay Gallery is located at 716 Totem Way.

2006 Blueberry Arts Festival Juried Art Show, Friday, August 4th, 5-7pm at the Mainstay Gallery. Local artists working in various media will be showcased as well as local culinary artists with their blueberry dishes out for all to taste. Don't miss this spectacular sweet blue event. Sponsored by the Arts Council, 716 Totem Way.

9th Annual Gigglefeet Dance Festival shimmies, shakes, taps and quakes its way onto the Kayhi stage on Friday, August 4th and Sunday, August 6th. Both performances will begin at 7:30pm with local and regional dancers and choreographers showing off their stuff in this local festival event. Sponsored by First City Players, Ketchikan Theatre Ballet and the Arts Council. For tickets and more information call 225-2211.

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.


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 Opens June 13 through August 10. Call the Library at 225-0370 for more information.

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.

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.


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.

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.

Auditions for fall musical Oliver! The First City Players will be holding auditions for the fall musical Oliver, running November 3, 4, 10, 11, and 12 at Kayhi. Auditions will be held August 28, 29, and 30. Roles are available for 19 men and boys, 8 women, and large chorus of men, women, and children. Interested actors must call the First City Players to arrange an audition date and time, 225-4792.

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.

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 August 1, 2006. Go to for full project calls or email Jocelyn Young at

Call to artists to submit proposals for solo exhibitions with the Anchorage Museum of History and Art for the years 2007-2010. Open to all resident Alaska artists who have not had a solo exhibition at the Museum within the last four years, and open to work in all media. Deadline for proposals is 5pm on August 18, 2006. For a full prospectus and application go to and click on opportunities for Artists.

Call to artists for Earth, Fire and Fibre XXVI: Alaskan resident artists working in bone/ivory, glass, clay, stone, skin/gut, wood, fibre, metal or plastic are invited to submit slides for this exhibit through the Anchorage Museum of History and Art. Slides are due August 31, 2006 to the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. A full prospectus is online at

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:

Xaada Tak'anlang Haida Descendant Dancers: Once a month throughout the summer, the Haida Descendant Dancers will perform at the Totem Bight Clan House in the Totem Bight State Historical Park. The next dance will be Friday, August 11th from 6:30-7:30pm. Admission is free to the public and coffee and cookies may be served. Co-sponsored by Alaska State Parks and Alaska Natural History Association.

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.

McDonald's is hosting a Multicultural Fair August 12th in the Plaza from 10am - 8pm. They are looking for artists, performers and chefs to proudly present their dance, song, fashion, art and food at the fair. For booth space or performance times contact Jeff Williams at Mc Donald's at 225-1704 or email him at

Opening reception for Re-Find, an open call show featuring found art, or pieces made from found objects. Refreshments will be served from 5-7pm on Friday, September 1st, 2006 at the Mainstay Gallery. The Mainstay Gallery is sponsored by the Arts Council, 225-2211, 716 Totem Way.


Source of News:

Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council


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