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The Arts This Week


December 05, 2006
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Ketchikan, Alaska - This week in Ketchikan auditions for Terra Nova will be held on December 5 and 6 at 6pm in the First Lutheran Church Annex. Performances will be the first two weekends in March. Roles for 6 men and one woman, perusal scripts are available at the First City Players office, 225-4792. This show will be directed by Elizabeth Nelson.

The 2006 Sam Pitcher Memorial Concert "An Evening of Jazz and Blues" will be held on Thursday, December 7 at 7pm in the Kayhi Auditorium. This concert will feature the youth jazz ensembles from Ketchikan and will serve as a fundraiser for the Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship. For more information call McPherson Music at 225-3650.

Friday Night Insights at the Discovery Center Friday nights from 7-8pm:
December 8:
"The Gold Miner's Widow: Travel to Treasure". Come met Maggie Cantonwire, widow of the Klondike, created and portrayed by Kosia Oshiro.

Wearable Art Show Grant Deadlines.
Grants are available through the Arts Council's Wearable Art Show committee to assist wearable artists in participating in the 21st Annual Wearable Art Show on Feb. 1, 2, and 3, 2007. Supply grants to obtain materials for your creation, as well as travel/shipping grants to assist artists in shipping their creations or traveling to Ketchikan are available in awards of a maximum of $150 ­ there are a limited number of grants available. Applications are available online and at the Arts Council and are due by 5pm, Friday Dec. 8, 2006. Call 225-2211 for more info.

American Masterpieces: Art for Alaskans, now showing at the Mainstay Gallery, 716 Totem Way. This exciting state-touring exhibit features contemporary works by Alaskan artists, working in a variety of media, from the Alaska Contemporary Art Bank of the Alaska State Council on the Arts. This exhibit will be on display through Friday Dec. 8. Attention teachers and educators: This exhibit has great fieldtrip potential for art and history classes. Please contact Lacey Gilbo at 225-2211 for more information on structuring your visit. Sponsored by the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rasmuson Foundation.

Call to Artists for the 2006 Wearable Art Show. Get ready for Wearable's 21st year, running Feb. 1, 2, and 3, 2006 at the Ted Ferry Civic Center. This year's theme is Out of Line. The Arts Council invites all artists to strut their stuff and create some wild wearable pieces for the performances. Adult entries must be registered by 5pm, Wed., Jan. 24, student/child entries by 5pm, Wed., Jan. 17, and classroom entries by 5pm, Friday, Dec. 8, 2006. Registration forms are available online and at our office. Supply and Travel/Shipping grants are also available. Call 225-2211 for more info.

First Lutheran Choir performs on Saturday, December 9 at 2pm. Following the Christmas Bazaar, the First Lutheran Church Choir will present Christmas music in the Sanctuary upstairs in the church. This concert is free and open to the public. Call 225-3010 for more information.

Ketchikan Community Concert Band
presents "A Winter Patchwork" in concert Sunday, December 10, 3pm at the Kayhi Auditorium. This concert at the high school auditorium will feature holiday music and more. Be sure to show your support for your friends and neighbors playing with this 60+ member ensemble by joining them on December 10. Call McPherson music for more information at 225-3650.

On Sale Now!

The Ketchikan Community Concert Band "A Winter Patchwork" tickets are on sale now at McPherson Music, the Arts Council, from band members and at the door. Call 225-3650 for more information.

Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas tickets now on sale for the Saturday night dance January 13th and the Sunday, January 14th concert. Workshops are available for the dance as well. Call the arts council to sign up and to get tickets 225-2211. Tickets will be available at outlets by December 15.

Out of Line the 21st Annual Wearable Art Show tickets are on sale now. Shows will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 1, 2 and 3. Call 225-2211 for more information or tickets.

Tickets make great gifts!
The Arts Council is now selling tickets to the remaining Torch Nights season, just in time for the holidays! Stop by the Arts Council to pick up tickets for your family and loved ones for Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, the 21st Annual Wearable Art Show, Samarabalouf!, and Ball in the House.

Play Time 2006-2007 Season Ticket Subscriptions are still available now from First City Players. Four 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 this month. Call Erik at 617-2378 for more information. Check here for class availability then, too.

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 - 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.

Zydeco Dance Workshops: Zydeco style dance workshops will be offered January 11 and 12 in preparation for the Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas Torch Nights performance on January 13 at the Ted Ferry Civic Center. Beginning workshops will be at 6:00pm and 7:30pm on Thursday, Jan. 11 and again at 6:00pm on Friday, Jan. 12 for about an hour. An advanced workshop will be offered at 7:30pm on Friday, January 12. Space is limited and workshops are $10 each ­ get 3 people signed up and the 4th person is free! Call the Arts Council at 225-2211 to sign up. Tickets for the Jan. 13 (Ted Ferry dance) and 14 (Kayhi concert) are on sale now.

Jazz vocal and instrumental workshops and performance with Anne Phillips, Bob Kindred, Paul Meyers and Matt Perri beginning January 15. Register with First City Players starting December 11 at 225-4792.

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:

Friday Night Insights at the Discovery Center Friday nights from 7-8pm:
December 15:
"Avalanche Awareness and Safety". Angela Coleman will offer a basic overview of avalanche awareness and safety including tools to use in the back country in winter. For more information call the Discovery Center at 228-6220.

December Monthly Grind: Saturday, December 16, 7pm in the Saxman Tribal House. Live local talent, dessert and coffee, all for just $5 per adult and $1 for kids. Buy a ticket, bring a homemade dessert and get a refund.

Movie Matinees at the Library have a holiday theme this December. On December 16 and 23, the Library will be hosting matinee movies at 3pm. On the 16th, "Holiday Cartoon Classics" will play, and on the 23rd, the movie will be "Polar Express". Call 225-0370 for more info.

Christmas Invitational Concert with the Ketchikan Community Chorus will be on Sunday, December 17 at 7pm at the Presbyterian Church. Tickets will be on sale at the Arts Council and McPherson Music beginning December 1 for this holiday concert. Call 247-2356 for more information.

Ladies Song Circle presents a holiday event! Sing-Along by Sher Schwartz and guest musicians to sing some of your favorite Christmas songs! This is a Holiday High Tea and Song Circle on Sunday, December 17th at 3:00-4:30 p.m. This is the Sunday before Christmas Eve. Call Sher Schwartz to register and for more information 617-4387.

Save the Date for "Worship in Song: Christmas, 2006" a musical celebration of the season featuring contemporary and traditional Christmas music at the Metlakatla Town Hall. Presenting the musical talents of Metlakatla musicians, coordinated and produced by Lindarae Shearer. This performance will be on Saturday, December 23, 2006. Times and more specifics will be arriving shortly. Please check back.

Ongoing attractions:

Shaping Desire is on display now at the Tongass Historical Museum. Ketchikan-raised ceramic artist Carla Potter returned to her old hometown with a show featuring her latest work at the museum. Potter's award-winning ceramics reflect themes drawn from a lifetime spent near the tidal zone. Her show will be on display through February 4, 2007. The museum is open from 1-5pm, Wed- Fri, 10am-4pm Sat and 1-4 pm on Sun. For more information call the museum at 225-5900.

Little Red Snapperhood Visits the Seattle Aquarium. Local artist Evon Zerbetz's sea creatures are mingling with the real thing at the Seattle Aquarium this winter. The exhibit is based on Evon's linocuts from "Little Red Snapperhood", written by Neil Gilbertson. The Seattle Aquarium features many of the sea creatures found in the book: including the main characters: rockfish and wolf eel, plus jellyfish, pipefish and more. The exhibit opened October 29, 2006 and runs through early January. Visit

New Works by Marilyn Lee will be featured at Soho Coho Gallery. Marilyn's watercolor works have a magical way of capturing that one moment in time that defines a once-in-a-lifetime feeling or event. Her exhibit in its entirety will be on display through December 3, some still available through Christmas. For more information call Soho Coho at 225-5954.

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:

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.

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.

A Short Story Contest sponsored by Radical Arts for Women is open to women living in Alaska. The fiction pieces must be between 250 and 5,000 words and contain some lesbian content. The grand prize is $500. The deadline has been extended to Dec. 15. Mail entries, no electronic submissions accepted, to Radical Arts for Women Short Story Contest, PO Box 244436, Anchorage AK 99524-4436. There is no entry fee. For more information, e-mail

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 <> .

Mainstay Gallery 2007- 2008 season Call to Artists. The Mainstay Gallery Committee invites artists and curators working in all media to submit exhibit proposals for the next gallery season. Proposals are due by 5pm, Friday, Feb. 23. A full Call to Artists including guidelines is available at the Arts Council office and online at <> . If you would like assistance or input on your proposal, consultations are available. Call Lacey at 225-2211 or email at <> to arrange a time to discuss your proposal ideas and design.

ArtAbility Call to Artists. In cooperation with several community groups, the Mainstay Gallery invites artists working in all media to participate in an artful expression of living with disability or as someone who has had further experience with loved ones and friends with disabilities. ArtAbility: unique gifts, different perspectives will be on display throughout March 2007. Entries must be received and registered by Friday, Feb. 16 at the Mainstay Gallery. A full cal to artists and further information is available at the Arts Council office and at

Poster Designers needed for 33rd Annual Alaska Folk Festival. The Alaska Folk Festival Board of Directors is seeking a poster design for the 33rd Festival, held April 9-15, 2007 in Juneau, AK. Poster designs should reflect the spirit of the Festival, is easily reproduced, eye catching and camera ready. Please submit your entries to PO Box 91748, Juneau, AK 99802. Visit <> for more information.

Annual Hummingbird Festival Juried Art Show calling for art for the April 13th opening reception at the Ketchikan Visitor's Bureau. Work inspired by Spring migratory birds of SE Alaska is due by 5pm on April 4th at the Ketchikan Visitor's Bureau, 131 Front Street, Ketchikan, AK 99901. Cash prizes will be awarded. A full list of eligible birds and guidelines is available by contacting Leslie Swada at 907-228-6247 or <> .

Coming attractions:

An Evening of Jazz and Cabaret with Anne Phillips, Bob Kindred, Paul Meyers and Matt Perri and your friends and neighbors on January 26th, 27th and 28th, 2007 at the Ted Ferry Civic Center. These performances are the culmination of two week long workshops with wonderful professional jazz musicians from New York City. Bonus events with the visiting musicians will include Dixie Land Jazz Sunday Champagne Brunch on January 21 and Jazz 'n Salad sing along lunches with Anne Phillips. Sponsored by First City Players, call for more information and tickets at 225-4792 or order tickets online at <> .

January Monthly Grind: Saturday, January 20, 7pm in the Saxman Tribal House. Live local talent, dessert and coffee, all for just $5 per adult and $1 for kids. Buy a ticket, bring a homemade dessert and get a refund.

Out of Line the 21st Annual Wearable Art Show will once again be an once-in-a-lifetime event that should not be missed. Local and regional artists come together to showcase art adorned by the body which is always interesting sometimes "out of line". Tickets are available now from the Arts Council and starting December 15 will be available at Tongass Business Center, Soho Coho, Madison Hardware and McPherson Music. Gala shows are Friday, Feb. 2 and Saturday, Feb.3 and the all ages welcome show is Thursday, Feb. 1. Call 225-2211 for tickets and more information.

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.



Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council


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