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Arts This Week


August 30, 2006

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

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 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

Salsa Dance! Professional salsa dancer Amauri Fernandez will teach salsa to dancers of all abilities every Friday night from 7-9pm at the Rec Center. A $5 suggested donation is accepted, no experience or partner necessary.


On Sale Now!

2006 Blueberry Arts Festival T-shirts still on sale at the Arts Council, call 225-2211 or stop by 716 Totem Way for yours today. Youth: Sh Sleeve $10, Lg Sleeve $15 Adult: Sh sleeve $15, Lg Sleeve $20.

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!

Torch Nights 2006-2007 Season Ticket Subscriptions. Subscribe to a full season of seven wonderful events to reserve your seats at all Kayhi events and for the Wearable Art Show and save up to 35% with a current membership compared to single ticket purchases. Get a family or friends pack and save the most! Flex Pass subscriptions are also available. Last year's ticket holders have until September 15 to reclaim their reserved seats. Buy your subscription by 5pm on September 29 and enter to win a refund!!! Call 225-2211 for more info or stop by our office at 716 Totem Way.


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.

Ladies Song Circle. Join local singers and musicians in this ladies song circle singing hymns, gospel, traditional old time, and rounds. Held at the Sugar Hill Dance Hall, 16129 N. Tongass Hwy. (just before the First Waterfall Bridge, on your left going north) from 6:30 - 9pm Friday, September 15th. Songs are led, no experience necessary, light food and beverage provided. Please RSVP to Sher Schwartz by Sept. 13 at 617-4387.

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

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

Classes offered:


  • 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.


  • 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.

UAS Art Classes for Fall 2006: Register by phone at 228-4511 or 1-800-550-6177.

  • Drawing with Dave Rubin, T & Th 6-8:30pm
  • Digital Camera Photography with George Schaub and Tim Schroeder,
  • Web-Based; Introductory Batik with Adell Bruns, M & W 6-8:30pm;
  • History of World Art II with Gena Chastain, M & W 6-7:20pm;
  • NWC Basketry with Delores Churchill, M-F 6-9pm at the Totem Heritage Center;
  • The Mural: History, Function & Execution, Artist Studio with Mary Henrikson, Sat 10am-1pm.

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:

Ketchikan Community Chorus starts up again on September 5 at the Presbyterian Church. Singers of all ages are invited to join the Chorus at 7pm every Tuesday night to get ready for Steppin'Out 2007 and the Christmas Invitational Concert. All voices are welcome to have fun making beautiful music. For more information call Steve Kinney at 247-2356.

Sweet Second Saturdays dance and dessert twirls and steps into action again on Saturday, September 9th at the Crow's Nest on the Coast Guard Base. Music begins at 6:30pm, dancing at 7:30pm. $5 at the door, no experience or partner necessary. Live music and caller provided.

Deadline for Local Literary Magazine: The last day to submit writings and/or black and white art suitable for reproduction for inclusion in Inside Passages 2006-2007 edition is coming soon. Submissions are due by 5pm on September 15th to the Arts Council at 716 Totem Way, or See the full list of criteria below. Call 225-2211 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.

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:

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.

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 digital versions of your work on CD or hard copy entries to 716 Totem Way, Ketchikan, AK 99901, Attn: Inside Passages. Call (907)225-2211 for more info.

Call to Artists for backdrop design. The Ketchikan Theatre Ballet is looking to commission an artist to design and paint a 50 x 25' muslin backdrop for Act I, "The Party Scene" of The Nutcracker. The backdrop will premiere at KTB's December 2006 performance. Proposals can be mailed to the Ketchikan Theatre Ballet at PO Box 6118, Ketchikan, AK 99901 or dropped off at 420 Mission Street, across from the Coliseum movie theatre. Proposals are due Sept. 15, 2006. Call Marguerite Auger at 225-9311 with questions.

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


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 640 Park Ave.


Coming attractions:

Ladies Song Circle. Sing hymns, gospels, traditional old time, and rounds at the Sugar Hill Dance Hall from 6:30 - 9pm on Sept. 15th. Songs are led, no experience necessary. Light food and beverage, RSVP by Sept. 13 to Sher Schwartz at 617-4387.

The 2006-2007 Monthly Grind Season Kicks off on September 16 at the Saxman tribal house. Live local talent, dessert and coffee all for just $5 per adult, $1 for kids. Buy a ticket, bring a homemade dessert and get a refund.

The Ketchikan Community Concert Band plays into high gear for the fall starting on Monday, September 25 from 7-9pm at McPherson Music. They will rehearse very Monday night in the fall to get ready for the Fall Concert on December 10. Call 225-3650 to register and for more information.

Torch Nights Performing Arts Series presents Cheryl Wheeler in concert. Singer/songwriter Cheryl Wheeler graces the Kayhi stage in the first of many fine performances for the 2006-2007 Torch Nights season. A brilliant and hilarious storyteller, Wheeler invites the audience of all ages to find their own lives reflected in the sweet spaces of her songs. She will be performing Sunday, October 22, 2006 at 7:30pm in the Kayhi Auditorium. Call 225-2211 for more information and/or to purchase a season ticket. Tickets will be available in October at TBC, Soho Coho, Madison Hardware, McPherson music and the Arts Council.



Source of News:

Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council


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