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Winter Art Walk
By Marie L Monyak


December 05, 2005

Ketchikan, Alaska - Parking in the downtown area was scarce on the evening of Friday, December 2nd for the annual Winter Art Walk, which was coordinated by the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council.  Difficulty in finding a parking space proved to be an indicator of a very successful event.  Local men and women, bundled in layers of wool, fur and down, didn't appear bothered by the frigid cold nor the parking challenges.

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Ray Troll: "The man of mystery behind the art" was a direct quote from him.
Photograph by Marie L. Monyak

Over thirteen galleries, museums and shops stayed open late to accommodate the cheerful holiday shoppers.  Hot beverages to ward off the chill flowed freely, accompanied by hors d'oeuvres and a wide variety of homemade, mouthwatering desserts. 
The Mainstay Gallery is sponsoring "Art Feeds the Spirit of the Holidays", a food drive to benefit several local charities.  Eric Sivertsen utilized some of the boxed and canned goods to create an artful display of a bridge.  Could it have been the Golden Gate Bridge, or perhaps one more recently in the news?

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Girls shopping in front of the Wishing Whale are: Charlotte Glover, Jeanne Sande,
Nancy Tietje, Judy Shoup, Andrea Rusch and Biz Robins.
Photograph by Marie L. Monyak

Lou Anechiarico, the operations manager for Mainstay Gallery said; "The Art Walk is a celebration of community, it gives people something to do at a time when it's mostly dark and raining."  Anechiarico also stated; "It's a wonderful opportunity for the local artists to have their work seen, as well as a chance for people to do their holiday shopping after work when stores would normally be closed."

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Dick and Margo Miller at Scanlon's standing next to his painting "Old Friends".
Photograph by Marie L. Monyak

Many of the shops had one or more featured artists present to answer questions or sign autographs.  Just to mention a few; artist Dick Miller and his lovely wife Margo graced Scanlon Gallery with a showing of his work.   The man of mystery behind the art; Ray Troll, was busy autographing books at the Soho Coho.  And at the Tongass Historical Museum, Evon Zerbetz was available to discuss her exhibit; Raucous!  Everything Raven.

Every shop along the way had their own unique agenda, but you could find one thing in common no matter where you stopped; local folks being themselves, chatting, visiting, renewing old friendships and enjoying a night out on the town.



 Marie Monyak is a freelance writer living in Ketchikan, Alaska.
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