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Arts This Week


September 19, 2006

Ketchikan, Alaska - The Friday Night Insights programs begin again on September 22 with "Guard Island: Then and Now" at the SE AK Discovery Center with presenter Chris Waugh. Life on Guard Island from 1952 - 1953 will be highlighted for this talk. 7-8pm at 50 Main Street.

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.

The 2006 Winter Arts Faire is just around the corner. Start the 2006 holiday shopping bonanza out right with the 2006 Winter Arts Faire, November 24 and 25 at the Ted Ferry Civic Center. Booth holders from the 2005 faire can reclaim their booth space starting September 22 through October 18. To register or for more information call the Arts council at 225-2211 or stop by the website,


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. 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.

Play Time 2006-2007 Season Ticket Subscriptions are on sale now from First City Players. Five great shows are included with your season ticket as well as reserved seating at all Kayhi shows. Save up to 34% off with your current membership. Buy early to ensure the best seats. Call 225-4792 to purchase your ticket today!


Workshops & Classes:

Bigfoot Pottery Studio is Moving to the old Physical Graffiti building, downstairs. Classes and the studios will be available again in November. Call Erik at 617-2378 for more information. Check here for class availability then, too.

Salsa Workshop and Dances: Professional Salsa dancer Amouri Fernandez will conduct a Salsa workshop on Wednesday, October 4th from 7:30-9pm with a dance and more lessons to follow on Saturday, October 7th from 7-9pm. Both sessions will be at the Rec Center.

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 - Fall:

  • 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.

  • Digital Camera Photography with George Schaub and Tim Schroeder, Web-Based;
  • 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:

Friends Craft Night: Help make quilted stars to benefit the new library building fund from 6:00-7:30pm, September 26. All supplies are provided and no experience is necessary. Call 225-3331 for more information.

Something Interesting to Look At featuring the works of Joe Piston opens Friday, October 6 from 5-7pm at the Mainstay Gallery. Joe works with brightly colored acrylics on large canvasses that are sure to catch the eye of gallery patrons. Come on down to enjoy refreshments and meet the artist at the Mainstay Gallery, 716 Totem Way. The Mainstay Gallery is sponsored by the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council, 225-2211.

Friends of the Library Booksale: It's time for the annual Friends of the Ketchikan Public Library Book Sale at the Plaza Mall. Help support your public Library on October 7 & 8, hours are 9-5 on Saturday and Noon-4 on Sunday. Call 225-3331 for more information.


Ongoing attractions:

Re-Find: Found and Ready Made Art, on display through September 30th, 2006 at the Mainstay Gallery. This open call exhibit features one of a kind art by local and regional artists featuring shells, rocks, silverware and more. The Mainstay Gallery is sponsored by the Arts Council, 225-2211, 716 Totem Way.

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.

Call to Artists to submit proposals for the Floyd Dryden Middle School Courtyard. Exterior art is being sought by the City and Borough of Juneau. Proposals are due October 16 by 2pm to the City and Borough of Juneau Purchasing Division, 155 South Seward Street, Juneau, AK 99801. Contact Tina Brown, Contract Specialist for the City and Borough of Juneau Engineering Department; email,, phone, 907-586-0878 or fax 907-586-0897 for more information and a full prospectus.

Proposals wanted for solo or collaborative art exhibits for Grant Hall & Carr Gottstein Galleries at Alaska Pacific University. Artists are asked to submit proposals with ten 35mm slides of current art work completed within the last three years, exhibit proposal, current resume and a SASE for return of slides. Mail packages to Jannah Atkins, Curator of Exhibits, Alaska Pacific University, President's Office, 4101 University Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508, postmarked by November 10, 2006.

ASCA Grant application due dates are ongoing, with many due on a quarterly basis. The next due date for the next round of arts education initiative, individual and organization grants is December 1st. All grant 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.

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

Ketchikan Community Concert Band meets every Monday from 7-9pm at McPherson Music. Call 225-3650 to reserve your space or for more information.

Book Talk on KRBD Ketchikan each Thursday evening from 6:30-7pm at 105.9. Listen to news about the library, books, and book reviews.


Coming attractions:

Sweet Second Saturdays October Folk dance will take place on Saturday, October 14 at the Crow's Nest. $5 at the door, doors open at 6:30, music starts at 7:30pm. No experience necessary, live caller and help is provided.

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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