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The Arts This Week


December 05, 2007
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Ketchikan, Alaska - This week in Ketchikan the Winter Art Walk will take place on Friday, December 7th, from 5:00-8:00pm. Come visit Ketchikan's downtown galleries, each featuring exhibitions, refreshments, and plenty of holiday cheer! New art! Tasty treats! Don't forget to stop by the Arts Council for a map of participating galleries and businesses. The Arts Council's annual food drive is on - when you bring in two cans of food, enter to win a pair of tickets to the Wearable Arts Show. Call 225-2211 for more information.

Ketchikan Theatre Ballet presents The Nutcracker. This year's performance of the classic winter ballet will be Dec. 7th at 7:30pm and Dec. 8th at 2:00pm at the Ketchikan High School Auditorium. Buy tickets for the whole family by contacting or visiting Ketchikan Theatre Ballet at 225-9311, 400 Mission St., Suite 205, or the Arts Council at 225-2211

A Tradition of Service: The History of KPU. The fascinating story of Ketchikan Public Utilities, including achievements, disasters, and workaday activities of KPU employees, will be told in a new exhibit at the Tongass Historical Museum. The show will run from December 7th, 2007, through February 15th, 2008. Opening reception will be Friday, December 7th. For more information, call 225-5600.

"Paddling Revilla Island," Friday Night Insight Program at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. What does it take to complete a kayak trip around Revilla Island? Alec Dickenson has been guiding kayak tours for eight years in southeast Alaska and he is going to tell us exactly what it takes! Alec's discussion will include the planning, preparation and essential kayaking equipment needed for this adventurous voyage. Come to the Discovery Center, 50 Main Street, at 7pm on Friday, December 7th to participate. Call 228-6220 for more information.

Nutcracker Collection.
Stop by the Children's Library to see a wonderful Nutcracker Collection of local resident Bonnie Jacksch and the annual display of holiday books during the Winter Art Walk, Friday, December 7th, from 5-8pm. Call 225-0370 for more information.

MJ Turek's Southeast Shore Scenes,
Plein Air Watercolors. MJ Turek will show watercolor paintings at Chinook and Company during the holidays. The show opens December 7th during the Winter Art Walk.

Ongoing attractions:

Storyhour at the Library continues regularly throughout the year on 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. Different story themes each week! This program is appropriate for infants through pre-school age children. Please note that there will be no Storyhour on Tuesdays until further notice. Call 225-0370 for more information.

Speakeasy: A Monthly Event at Parnassus Books.
This is an opportunity to read aloud your own work, or a passage, poem or story written by your favorite author. Join us at Parnassus the last Friday night of each month at 7pm for music by the Rainy Day Recorders. Readings will begin at 7:30pm, refreshments will be served. Sponsored by University of Alaska Southeast and Parnassus Books. Contact Rod Landis at 228-4547 or Maggie Freitag at 225-7690 for more information.

Jam to Gospel/ Bluegrass music every Thursday night at 7pm at the stARTled Salmon Ketchikan Arts Hatchery in the Salmon Landing Market. Sponsored by Squares and Contras, call 225-2211 for more info.

Bluegrass 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.

Jazz Jammin' at the Salmon, hosted by Austin Hays, come jam the night away at the stARTled salmon Ketchikan Arts Hatchery, starting at 7pm every Friday night. Call the Arts Council for more info, 225-2211

Saturday is Open Mic Night at Wired Alaska Internet Café. From 7-10pm every Saturday, come out to the Internet Café between the Police Station and the tunnel on Grant. Call 225-6119 for more information.

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.

Monthly Grind at the Tribal House. The Monthly Grind provides a chance for us to enjoy local talent at a friendly venue every third Saturday at 7pm, September through May. Tickets are available at Soho Coho, McPherson Music and TBC. Bring a homemade dessert for a refund. Contact Tom LeCompte 617-0769 or Peggy Hovik 617-5081 for more info.

Workshops & Classes:

Homemaking Arts Classes available now. Sign up for two to three week sessions learning Calligraphy, Needlework, Sewing, and Quilting. Ages, dates, locations and times vary. Call Trudy at 225-0401 or 617-2748.

Bigfoot Pottery Studio is in the old Physical Graffiti building, downstairs. Classes and the studios are again available at various times. Call Erik at 617-2378 for more information and to register for classes.

Beading, Knitting, and other fabric art sessions are ongoing throughout the year at The Bead and Yarn Shoppe located in Salmon Landing Market. 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 from 7-9pm at McPherson Music. Call 225-3650 to reserve your space or for more information.

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 Mainstay Gallery, 716 Totem Way. Next Meeting is January 22nd! There are OPEN seats on the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council Board. Please call or email to get an application to be on the best Board of Directors we know!!!! 225-2211,
The Arts Council will not be open Saturday's for the remainder of 2007, as there will be no exhibit in the gallery. Beginning January 5th, 2008, we will continue to be open the first three Saturdays of the month.

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 Creekside Meeting Center, 640 Park Ave. Come practice your public speaking, guests are welcome!

Yarn Bee. One Sunday each month in the adult library from 1-3 pm. (December 23rd). 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. Refreshements 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.

Coming attractions:

An Evening of Jazz and Blues, The
Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship Concert. Come hear the Kayhi Jazz Ensemble, Discovery Jazz Club, Windjammers Jazz Club, and Soundwaves Jazz Club on Thursday, December 13th, 2007 at 7:00 pm, at Kayhi Auditorium. Proceeds will benefit the Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The Nightmare Before Christmas Party. The library Teen Advisory Group (TAG) hosts the "Nightmare Before Christmas" Party for community teens from 7-11:30 pm on Friday, December 14th in the children's library (KPL). Call Kelly Johnson for more information.

"Managing the Ketchikan Commercial Salmon Fisheries"
Friday Night Insight Program at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. Scott Walker a Management Biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will explain how the purse seine, gillnet and troll commercial fisheries operate under the Pacific Salmon Treaty. Find out where the commercial fishing takes place and how many fish are caught in the Ketchikan area. Come to the Discovery Center, 50 Main Street, on Friday, December 14th at 7pm to participate. Call 228-6220 for more information.

Holiday Band Concert performed by the Ketchikan Community Concert Band.
On Sunday, December 16th at 3:00 pm, come tap your toes to a holiday concert at Kayhi Auditorium. Tickets are $10.00 for adults, age 18 and under are free. Tickets are available at McPherson Music, Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council, Parnassus Books and at the door.

AEYC Family Night
. Come to the library for food, fun, and free books on Thursday, December 20th at 5:30 pm. Space is limited so free tickets must be picked up in advance at the library. The theme this month is healthy food and fund exercise ideas from Chef Tim of Cape Fox Lodge. Call 225-0370 for more information.

"Cruisin the Fossil Freeway"
Friday Night Insight Program at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. Local artist Ray Troll and paleontologist Dr. Kirk Johnson spent seven years working on their new book, Cruisin' the Fossil Freeway, an "epoch" tale of a scientist and an artist on the ultimate 5,000 mile paleo-road trip. The two will show slides from their journeys to the best of the fossil-filled pre-historic west. You'll even learn how to spot dinosaur tracks while driving at 65 miles an hour! Come to the Discovery Center, 50 Main Street, on Friday, December 21st at 7pm to participate! Call 228-6220 for more information.

Pre-School Christmas Party at the Library.
Families can enjoy songs, stories, sweet treats and a visit from Santa at our annual Pre-School Christmas Party beginning at 10:30 am on Friday, December 21st at the Ketchikan Public Library. Call 225-0370 for more information.

Kids Craft Returns
. Saturday, December 22nd at the Ketchikan Public Library, children of all ages can create printed wrapping paper with paint and print makers such as sponges, potatoes and found objects starting at 3:00 pm. Call 225-0370 for more information.

Bead, Knit, Read, Snooze Cruise.
Join a group of beaders and knitters for a round-trip winter cruise aboard the Alaska Marine Highway's MV Malaspina. Leave Ketchikan December 23rd at 12:45 pm and return December 26th at 3:30pm. Three days aboard with stops at Wrangell, Peterburg, Juneau, Sitka, Haines and Skagway as you learn new techniques, share ideas, take naps. Meet other beaders from Willamette Valley in Oregon. For information, call Mary Treiber at 225-2963 or e-mail her at <> .

New Year's Hats at Story Craft. Children of all ages can have fun making New Year's Hats during Story Craft beginning at 10:30 am on Thursday, December 27th, at the Ketchikan Public Library. This event features songs, stories, a short film and a craft. No registration is necessary. Call 225-0370 for more information.

On Sale Now

Inside Passages ON SALE NOW! This year's publication, a project of the Ketchikan Writer's Forum, is a showcase of poetry, short stories, and artwork created by local writers and artists, as well as several creative talents from the States. You may discover the work of someone you know! Stop by the Arts Council, 716 Totem Way, to pick up your copy. For more information, call 225-2211.

2007-2008 Torch Nights Performing Arts Series Season Tickets on Sale Now!! Subscribe to the rest of the season and you can save up to 35% (Arts Council Members save the most!). This year's remaining events include: Opposites Attract: 22nd Annual Wearable Art Show, Turtle Island String Quartet (string jazz quartet), John Gorka & Susan Werner (contemporary American folk), Marionetas de la Esquina (Mexican puppet company performs Emil and the Magic Cow), and The 11th Annual Gigglefeet Dance Festival. Brochures are available at the Arts Council, 716 Totem Way, 225-2211.

First City Players: 2007-2008 Season Tickets Available Now. Buy tickets for an incredible season of performances, including Thorton Wilder's "The Skin of Our Teeth," James Henry's "Angels of Lemnos," and Christopher Durang's "Miss Witherspoon," to list only a few. Save money by purchasing season seats, and don't forget to sign up for Membership. Get the "Play Time" brochure at First City Players, 2417 Tongass Ave, Suite 218, or pick one up at the Arts Council, 713 Totem Way. For more information, call 225-4792, or email <>

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

Opposites Attract: The 22nd Annual Wearable Art Show Call to Artists- Grant Applications are Due Friday, December 7th. Applications for entries in this year's runway show are now available at the Arts Council. Completed applications are due January 23rd, 2008 at 5:00pm for Adult artists, and January 16th, 2008 at 5:00pm for student artists. Grants are available for supplies and shipping, and are due Friday, December 7th, 2007 at 5:00pm. You must turn in a completed Call for Artists with your grant application to be included for consideration. For more information, call the Arts Council at 225-2211.

"The Skin of Our Teeth" Auditions, First City Players. First City Players announces auditions for its upcoming production of Thorton Wilder's "The Skin of Our Teeth." This large-cast, Pulitzer Prize winning comedy offers parts for people of all shapes and sizes, including that of a dinosaur and a wooly mammoth. To audition, show up at the First City Players office at the Plaza, upstairs above Radio Shack, on Thursday, December 13th at 6pm, Friday December 14th at 7pm, or Saturday December 15th at 10 am. The Skin of Our Teeth will open at Kayhi Auditorium on March 7th. The Rehearsal schedule will be very light until after the Jazz & Cabaret Festival at the end of January. Call First City Players at 225-4792 for more information.

The Anchorage Museum seeks Submissions. The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center seeks artist submissions for the All Alaska Juried Show XXXII. Prospectus available November 15th, Deadline for digital entries is January 1st, 2008, Notification will be on February 1st, 2008, and Deadline for submission of artwork is February 26th, 2008. Artwork will be juried February 27th, 2008. The exhibit opens with a public reception 1-3pm on Sunday, April 20th, 2008. For more information and applications, visit

Seeking Artists, Writers, and Poets for UAS's Tidal Echoes. UAS seeks submissions for a literary and arts journal published in April 2008. Submissions are open to all Southeast Alaska residents, and are due January 10th, 2008. This year's feature artist will be Ray Troll, and the featured writer is Nora Daunhauer. For submission guidelines, visit <> . For more information, contact Emily Wall at (907) 796-6113 or e-mail <> .

Wearable Art Extravaganza. The Juneau Arts and Humanities council is seeking submissions for "Mechanical Marvels," Runway Show and Silent Auction. Applications are due January 15th, 2008. Artists of all ages using any media are encouraged to enter, theme is not mandatory, and applications require an entry fee of $25 and includes one regular ticket to the performance of your choice. Shows are Saturday, February 9, 2008 at 8pm, and Sunday, February 10th, 2008 at 3pm. For more information, contact the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council at (907) 586-2148. Send submissions to 350 Whittier St. Suite 101, Juneau AK 99801.

Opposites Attract: The 22nd Annual Wearable Art Show Call to Artists. Applications for entries in this year's runway show are now available at the Arts Council. Completed applications are due January 23rd, 2008 at 5:00pm for Adult artists, and January 16th, 2008 at 5:00pm for student artists. Grants are available for supplies and shipping, and are due Friday, December 7th, 2007 at 5:00pm. For more information, call the Arts Council at 225-2211.

Sam Pitcher Music Scholarship: "Providing opportunities for Ketchikan youth to attend summer music programs" 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. Awards of up to $1,000 will be provided to a Ketchikan youths 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, and are based on the applicant's musical ability, goals, motivation and to a lesser extent, financial need. It is the applicant's responsibility to research and provide requested information to the selection committee. Send in a completed application, a minimum of two reference forms (one completed by a music instructor!) to Sam Pitcher Music Scholarship c/o KAAHC, 716 Totem Way, due February 15th, 2008. Finalists must audition in February. Call 225-2211 for more information.

KAAHC Board of Directors looking for NEW BOARD MEMBERS! The Board of Directors of the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council is now looking for interested applicants to join our Board. Applicants should have non-profit fundraising experience with a bent towards philanthropy. New Board members will be voted on at the Arts Council annual meeting in Thursday, February 15th. Come be part of the arts in Ketchikan! For more information and to get an application, please call the arts council at 225-2211 or email

Global Art Project for Peace, 8th Biennial Exchange. Create a work of art expressing your vision of global peace and goodwill to exchange with another person or group. Works are displayed in the hometown of each participant both before and after exchange. This is a great experience for classrooms as well as individuals. Registration deadline is February 29th, 2008, and the exchange lasts from March-April 2008. Call (520) 628-8353 or visit <> for more information, or come pick up a brochure at the Arts Council

1st Ever Art to Wear Fashion Show: From Tip to Toe. Curators Jean Bartos and Jackie Keizer invite designers creating art to wear in any media to submit an application for participation. Art to wear entries may include garments, jewelry and accessories such as hats, scarves, shoes, belts, handbags, or other imaginative accents. Completed entry forms must be received at the Mainstay Gallery Friday March 14, 2008 by 5pm. The Fashion Show will take place at the Plaza Mall from 6-8pm, Saturday, April 26, 2008. Works from the Fashion Show will also be displayed at the Mainstay Gallery for the May exhibit. An opening reception will be held at the gallery from 5-8pm, Friday, May 2, 2008. More information to be posted soon at <> . Call Jean Bartos 225-9296 or Jackie Keizer 225-8848 for more information.

Alaska Hummingbird Festival Juried Art Show, Call for Artists. The Ketchikan Visitor's Bureau is seeking art submissions for a juried show of work inspired by migratory birds of Alaska. Artwork must be inspired by the Spring Migratory Bird List, original artwork cannot have been previously exhibited in Ketchikan, entries are open to all Alaskan artists working in any media, with a maximum of two entries per person. Deadline for entries is Friday, March 28, 2008 at 5pm at the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau, 131 Front Street. Entry forms are available through the Ketchikan Visitor's Bureau and at the Arts Council. For more information and criteria, contact Leslie Swada at 228-6247 or <>

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.


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Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council


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