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This Week In Ketchikan


November 02, 2009

Ketchikan, Alaska - This week in Ketchikan, come out to the Main Street Gallery on Friday, November 6th from 5-7pm for the opening reception of a new show by Janine Gibbons! "India Color" is a solo show of acrylic paintings and jewelry with vibrant colors, gold foil and Indian influences created by local business owner, Ketchikan Borough Assembly Member, and artist Janine Gibbons. See large scale acrylic paintings on wood in rich colors. Strong lines show edges, and are filled with fields of color, reminiscent of stained glass or encaustic. Her palette shows her interest in Indian colors, and her compositions often focus on shape, symmetry and pattern. Plus beautiful original jewelry. See you at 330 Main Street for First Friday!


Calling all Collectors: the Tongass Historical Museum is Requesting Works of Art from Private Collections to be included in the winter exhibit Off the Wall: Ketchikan Art from Private Collections. High quality artworks in any medium, created by a Ketchikan artist (past or present) or relating to Ketchikan, will be considered for inclusion in the exhibit. Contact the museum staff by Monday, November 2nd by 5pm at 225-5900 or send an email to to let us know if you would like to lend.

Owl Story and Craft. The Ketchikan Public Library celebrates First Friday in Ketchikan with a fun activity for families! From 5-6pm on Friday, November 6th enjoy Owl Stories for kids and a "Hoot Owl" craft at the Ketchikan Public Library.


The Wizard of Oz. Tickets are on sale now for First City Player's presentation of the Wizard of Oz! An exciting story, charming characters, wonderful songs and characters flying above the stage! Our fall musical has it all. Adapted from L. Frank Baum's classic American fairy tale, the Wizard of Oz lifts young Dorothy Gale from Kansas and into her dreams of life over the rainbow. With her beloved dog, Toto, she drops into Oz and finds the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion for a thrilling adventure of self-discovery. Courage, heart and smarts sustain our heroes as they fight the tyrannical Wicked Witch of the West. The stage musical, adapted from the historic 1939 MGM film, features delightful songs by Harold Arien and Yip Harburg. You'll enjoy "Over the Rainbow," "Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead," "If I Only had a Brain," and "We're Off to See the Wizard," among other familiar tunes. Don't miss your chance to take a theatrical walk down the yellow brick road! Shows are November 5, 6, 7, at 7:30pm at Kayhi Auditorium, with a family matinee on November 8th at 2:30pm. Call First City Players at 225-4792 for tickets and info!

FRIDAY NIGHT INSIGHTS. Friday Night Insights are free one hour long programs for all ages from 7:00pm to 8:00pm at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. Guest speakers give presentations covering a variety of topics on the natural and cultural history of Alaska. Friday Night Insights start in November, with Mary Kowalczyk, Priscilla Schulte, and John Autrey presenting "The Preservation of Totem Bight: History and Future" on Friday, November 6th.

Funday at the Museum! The Tongass Historical Museum presents Funday at the Museum on Saturday, November 7th from 10am to 2pm. Join the Museum for a fun and exciting day exploring lighthouses with art and science activities! Create your own lighthouse, learn to tie knots, build a compass, and have a boat race! This family activity is FREE!

FRESH Films showing of "for my Father." See great First Run Entertainment Selections Here: FRESH Films presents "for my Father" on Sunday, November 8, starting on 3:00pm at the Ketchikan Public Library. "Terek, a Palestinian forced on a suicide mission in Tel Aviv to redeem his father's honor, is given a second chance when the fuse on his explosive fails to detonate. View this award winning film for free!

Alaska Salmon Culture Techniques Class. The University of Alaska Southeast Fisheries Technology Program is offering a 2-credit special topics class, to be held in Sitka November 9-13. Sign up to learn about the importance of salmon in the lives of Alaskan residents past and present, the complete life history of Pacific salmon, the role of salmon hatcheries in Alaska's fisheries, basic salmon hatcheries in Alaska's fisheries, basic salmon hatchery methods commonly practiced in Alaska, how fisheries scientists evaluate the impact of salmon hatchery production. There will be 3 pre-lectures for students offered visa the internet using live, interactive Elluminate software, followed by hands-on lab sessions in Sitka. Students will be provided an overview of salmon culture techniques commonly used in Southeast Alaskan salmon enhancement facilities and have an opportunity to practice these techniques under the guidance of Assistant Professor of fisheries Technology Jim Seeland. Mr. Seeland has over 25 years of salmon production experience in Southeast Alaska. This course is being offered in partnership with Jan Straley at UAS Sitka, NSRAA (Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association) and SSSC (Sitka Sound Science Center). For more information about the course, contact Jim Seeland at 907-738-1190 or <> , or Barbara Morgan at 907-228 4546 or .

New Fall Class Schedule for the Totem Heritage Center Native Studies Program. Time to sign up for learning Native Arts! Take Introduction to Power Tools, Intermediate Northwest Coast Carving: Masks, Intermediate and Advanced Cedar Bark Weaving, Introduction to Northwest Coast Design and Carving, and Cedar Bark Weaving. Classes start up in September, so be sure to sign up! For more information, visit To register, call 225-5900, or stop by the Totem Heritage Center at 629 Dock Street.


Coming attractions:

Felted Star Craft. Help the Friends of the Library by learning to needle-felt and make stars for the Friends' Library Fundraiser. Join in on Thursday, November 12th from 4-6pm, and on Tuesday, November 24th from 6-8pm downstairs in the Library Annex.

The Return of Tribute. On Saturday, November 14th, Tribute is returning to inflict the 1st rock concert in the Ketchikan Coliseum. Live Beatles music! Show starts at 1:00pm, tickets are available now- $15 each at the Coliseum theater.

BUOY BALL! It's the Second Annual Buoy Ball on Saturday, November 14th, 7:30pm at the Ted Ferry Civic Center! Buoy your spirits and dance the night away Grab your favorite dance partner, don your steppin' shoes, and comb your beard! Need to polish up your swing steps? Take Buoy Ball dance classes with local and visiting instructors to prepare for the magical night! Try fox trots, waltzes, rumbas, tangos, or free-style! Join us for a fun night of fabulous raffle prizes, food, a no-host bar, contests, and more dancing than should be legal! Black Tie Optional, XTRATUFs Acceptable, Hawaiian Shirts Questionable! Call the Arts Council at 225-2211 for tickets and info.

Ray Troll Slideshow. The Ketchikan Public Library presents "Further Adventures in Scientific Surrealism," a slideshow of new works by Ray Troll. Enjoy exciting new images on November 18th, 6:30pm at the Ted Ferry Civic Center.

WINTER ARTS FAIRE!!! The annual Winter Arts Faire is on November 27th and 28th at the Ted Ferry Civic Center from 11am to 6pm, a fun chance for the community to holiday shop for original creations! This is a family-friendly event, with visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, a kids craft room, and food booths. Join us for holiday fun and a chance to check off everyone on your gift list! Call 225-2211 for more information.

Upcoming Opportunities: calls, auditions, contests, artist opportunities, etc:

1% for Art Call for Concepts. Calling for interior artwork for the Fred and Sara Machetanz Elementary school in Wasilla. Three sites within the school are available: the entrance wall with a budget of $10,000, the multi-purpose room walls are budgeted at $100,000, and the library window above the door budgeted at $15,000. For an application or additional information, go to and go to the Artist Opportunities link. Call (907) 343-6473 or email . Deadline for applications is November 30, 2009 by 4:00pm.

Fish and Game Photo Contest. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game Sport Fish Division is conducting a photo contest. The winning photo will appear on the cover of the 2010 Southeast Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations booklet. To be considered for the contest the primary person in the photo must be under age 18 and the photo must have been taken in Southeast Alaska. Photos can be e-mailed to <> or mailed to Sportfish Photo Contest, 802 Third St. Douglas Alaska, 99824. Entries must be received no later than 5 pm on December 10, 2009. For more information call 907-465-4270.

Sam Pitcher Music Scholarship. The application for this year's scholarships for youth musicians is now available! This scholarship was established to honor the memory of Seming "Sam" Pitcher, a gifted young man who was active in the various music programs available in Ketchikan, active in several groups and ensembles, and who played an impressive number of instruments. Awards of up to $1,000 will be provided to a Ketchikan youth(s) in grades 7-12 for use at a summer music program. Awards will be paid directly to the program in the name of the applicant. Awards will be based on the applicant's musical ability, goals, and motivation. It is the applicant's responsibility to research programs and provide requested information to the selection committee. Be sure you complete the application form, submit a minimum of two reference forms with at least one completed by a music educator, and if you are selected as a finalist, you may be contacted regarding an audition in January. Get an application online at, from McPherson's Music, or stop by the Arts Council at 330 Main Street. Talk to your music teacher about this amazing opportunity! Deadline for applications is January 1st, 2010.

Band Instrument Scholarship Opportunity! Ketchikan Community Concert Band would like to announce a new scholarship program for beginning band students! The program provides instruments and lessons for students who want to learn to play a band instrument but don't have the financial means. The instruments will be donated by community members, refurbished by McPherson's Music, and distributed by music teachers in consultation with classroom teachers. The lessons will be provided by McPherson's Music using scholarship funds and given on the recommendation of band teachers on a case by case basis. This is where you come in, KCCB musicians and community members!!! : Do you have band instruments that are not being used? You can make a tax-deductable donation of a band instrument to KCCB and help a child learn to play! We are especially interested in flutes, clarinets, trumpets, trombones and baritones. Please contact McPherson Music if you have any questions. 225-3650.

Calling All Videographers! KPU invites videographers of all skill levels to submit videos of their creation to air on the new KPU Channel 611. From documentaries, to musical performances, local events, and humorous skits all submissions are welcome. After watching the videos, you can go to and vote for your favorite! Each month the most popular video wins a great prize!

ARTFULLY ATTIRED, the successor of the 2008 ART TO WEAR show, will be held October 9, 2010. The event will showcase handmade fashions, jewelry, and accessories, and will include a boutique and a runway fashion show. In a nutshell, there will be a jury process, submissions must be original and of high quality, and we hope for a broad spectrum of entries. Full details will be available in late November, 2009. Please share this information with friends who might be interested. For more information, email Jean Bartos at <> or Jackie Keizer at

String Ensemble in Ketchikan!!! Heidi Nelson is organizing a string ensemble! Want to play? There are two classes per month, and all skill levels of string players are welcome! Rehearsals are at the Cape Fox Market Place. E-mail Heidi for more information and to sign up: <> . There is a monthly per student fee.

Attention All Native Artists! "Our" Living Legends Gallery is currently seeking vendors, artists, and instructors! Consignments are now being accepted: You set the Price of your work, with 20% of purchase price retained by the gallery. This shared artist space is now looking for creative people who can teach others to make their native crafts quickly and easily for a fee. Lots of opportunities are now available at 331 Stedman Street. Call for available space even if you just need a place to work on your project! Call Alice at (907) 225-2266.

Venue for musicians at St. John's Episcopal Church: Members of St. John's are offering the use of the sanctuary for rehearsal and performance space during non-service times. Please contact the church office for availability at 225-3680.

Need Studio Space??? If you are interested in renting space to work and create, an opportunity may be on its way! A local building owner is interested in constructing artist's space, approximately 2,000 square feet of studio floor for local artists to use- think of the potential! Please let us know of your interest. Call 225-2211!

Ongoing attractions:

Torch Nights Season Tickets! We've got everything from African, to Blues, to folk, to Wearable, to vaudeville to keep the winter season bright! The Arts Council's Torch Nights Season is now available, don't miss your chance to save big and reserve your seats for this year's line-up! The next event of the Special Events Subscription is the Buoy Ball on Saturday, November 14th!!!!! For more information, contact the Arts Council at 225-2211, or visit . Season brochures are available online, or stop by 330 Main Street!

Scattered Sunshine Trombone Choir! There's a new musical group in town! They've been rehearsing for a few months at McPherson Music on Thursday nights getting ready to start performing at the schools and other local venues. Ketchikan, welcome the new Trombone Choir! Members are Stan Aegerter, Ralph Beardsworth, Rob Holston, Wayne Houtcooper, Eddie Snodderly, Don Struthers, Roy McPherson and Tina McPherson bringing us a little sunshine! Contact McPherson Music for more information.

Totem Entertainment presents Chapter 6, and Chapter 4 & 5 Albums- Now Available! The Southside Totems have cd's for sale at RadioShack, South Tongass Service, Everyday Alaskan Gifts, Our Living Legends, and House of Haida support local musicians!!! To find out more, visit, or .

Tidal Echoes now Available! The 2009 edition of the University of Alaska Southeast Literary & Arts Journal, Tidal Echoes, has just been released. This is the seventh edition of the journal and this year it features pieces by Ketchikan residents Rod Landis, UAS Ketchikan Associate Professor of English; The Reverend George Pasley, poet; and Mary Ida Henrikson, artist and UAS Ketchikan Adjunct Assistant Professor. Be sure to get your copy of this annual showcase of writers and artists of Southeast Alaska at the UAS Ketchikan Campus bookstore, 2600 Seventh Avenue, and at Parnassus Books, 5 Creek Street Upstairs.

Jam to Gospel/ Bluegrass music every Thursday night at 7:30pm at the stARTled Salmon in the Cape Fox Market Place, 500 Mission Street #5. Sponsored by Squares and Contras, call 225-2211 for more info.

Live Music Every Friday at the New York Café. Stop by for an evening of bluegrass jams every Friday of the winter months from 6pm to midnight. Light dinners and appetizers served from 5pm-9pm. Bring your instrument and join in the music making or just come to listen. For more info, call 225-0246.

FRIDAY NIGHT INSIGHTS. Friday Night Insights are free one hour long programs for all ages from 7:00pm to 8:00pm at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. Guest speakers give presentations covering a variety of topics on the natural and cultural history of Alaska. Friday Night Insights start in November, with Mary Kowalczyk, Priscilla Schulte, and John Autrey presenting "The Preservation of Totem Bight: History and Future" on Friday, November 6th.

Sweet Second Saturdays: Dances will be held every second Saturday of the month at 7pm in the Schoenbar Commons. Donations of $5 will be accepted for those 16 and older.

Workshops & Classes:

Art Classes available now. Sign up for three week sessions learning Calligraphy, Cooking, Beginning Sewing, Beginning Quilting, Painting and Drawing. For information on costs, times, ages and locations, call Trudy at 225-0401 or 617-2748.

Bigfoot Pottery Studios at 325 Bawden, lower. Drop-In Pottery is on Saturdays 10-12pm, and 1-3pm. Come in and play with some clay! Classes and Birthday Parties are available. Call Erik or Leif at 225-POTS for more information.

Beading, Knitting, and other fabric art sessions are ongoing throughout the year at The Point, 25 Jefferson Way. Call Cheri Pyles at 225-2858 for more information.

Sewing, Quilting and other fabric art sessions are available through Rainforest Crafts. For more info and to register call Rainforest Crafts at 247-2738.

Quilting classes: The Silver Thimble Quilt Shop is hosting a variety of quilting classes for the beginner to more experienced quilters, available at varying times. Please call the Quilt Shop for more information and registration at 225-5422.

Meetings and Gatherings:

Ketchikan Community Concert Band meets every Monday at McPherson Music from 7-8:30pm. Call 225-3650 for more info.

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

The Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council Board of Directors meets the third Tuesday of every month at 6pm at the Main Street Gallery, 330 Main Street!!!

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 the Presbyterian Church, 2711 2nd Ave. Come practice your public speaking, guests are welcome! Call 225-3519 for more info.

Yarn Bee. One Sunday each month in the adult library from 1-3 pm. Each session will begin with a short presentation about new knitting, crochet and craft books at the library, then participants will be free to socialize and work on projects. Refreshments will be served. Call 225-0370 for more information.

Book Talk on KRBD Ketchikan each Thursday evening from 6:30-7pm at 105.3. Listen to news about the library, books, and book reviews.


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Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council


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