"The Arts of the Sailor" - Louis Bartos   Celebration of the Sea Art Walk
 The Defibulators Concert  
Blueberry Arts Festival 2017 Logo Reveal
Summer Story Slam •  Member of the Month  Artist of the Month
New/Renewing Members  Fun Art Fact

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The Arts of the Sailor
Curated by Louie Bartos 

May 5-26, 2017

Main Street Gallery
A multimedia invitational exhibit showcasing nautical artistry—very fancy knot work, covered bottles, picture frames, knotted needle cases, lanyards, bell rope, and more. Curated by sailmaker Louie Bartos.
Friday, May 5, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm @ Main Street Gallery
Thursday, May 11, 7:00 pm @ Main Street Gallery
Louie Bartos will discuss the artistry of knotwork used in traditional sailing paraphernalia of yesteryear.
Main Street Gallery exhibits and artist presentations are always free and open to the public!


Celebration of the Sea Art Walk

Friday, May 5, 2017
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Celebrate art and the start of a new season at the Arts Council’s 17th Annual Celebration of the Sea Art Walk!  Enjoy new art pieces by local artists, music, refreshments, and fun! Start at any participating location, and enjoy a wonderful spring evening of art and live music by The Defibulators!
Blessing of the Fleet
Alaska Fish House dock, 5:15 p.m.
Come watch the blessing by First City Ministries from the dock and then enjoy appetizers at the Alaska Fish House. Fish provided by E.C. Phillips.
Live Music at The New York Cafe
207 Stedman Steet
OceansAlaska & Fat Stan’s Oyster Bar
Salmon Landing, 6:00-9:30pm (or ‘til they’re gone!)
Alaska grown oysters enjoyed raw, paired with Conor’s special sauce, or hot off the barbecue! This is a fundraiser for OceansAlaska mariculture programs. 
Alaska Eagle Arts Gallery – #5 Creek
New works in paper by Marvin Oliver!
Arctic Spirit Gallery – 318 Mission
New pieces by Donald Varnell.
Blasphemous Bill’s – 100 Main
A great selection of Made In Alaska products! Jewelry, birch cooking utensils, pet products, soaps and lotions, food products and more. Serving refreshments. 10% off Art Walk Special.
The Captain’s Lady – #28 Creek
Grand Opening! Whimsical nautical and nature-inspired pieces. Featuring new local artist Brittany Youngblood with miniature pointillism paintings; Painter Grace Wolf; and special visiting jewelry artist Christie Karow.
The Cedar Chest – 329 Stedman
Affordable unique Alaskan art on wood, metal and stretched canvas.
Chinook and Company – 307 Stedman
Featuring Alaska Rug Company, Robert & Anita Shane’s beautiful nautical work with recycled rope. Check out the new Salmon Sisters designs in outdoor wear and gift art, as well as a few new Janine Gibbons nautically inspired canvas prints. Stop by for delicious salmon samples and more surprises! 10% off Art Walk Special (excludes commissioned art).
Crazy Wolf Studio – 633 Mission
New artwork from Ken Decker and other Alaskan artists! Refreshments served!
The Happy Gypsy – 320 Bawden, Suite #213
Grand Opening Celebration! Featuring jewelry by Jennie’s Jewels, beads, Thai silver, clothes, paper products, and other artisanal goods. Refreshments will be served.
Ketchikan Dry Goods – 219 Stedman
Brand new t-shirts from Wakanda River made exclusively for KDG, and as always lovely designs from Janine Gibbons, Whale It Be, Christie Karow, Brian Elliot, and brand new Alaskan-made products. Snacks/adult refreshments.
Ketchikan Theatre Ballet – 400 Mission, #205
A SNEAK PEEK at the 2017 Spring Gala performances starting at 6:00pm!
Ketchikan Wellness Coalition – 602 Dock, #108
Featuring “Golden Lines” from “Writing Our Stories: Finding Hope and Wholeness In Our Lives” by Biz Robbins; Mask exhibit from artist Carmel Anderson’s workshop “My Mask, My Meaning”, with a mask-making activity for children. Writer Mark Kaufer and KWC staff Joy Davis.
Maiden Voyage – 706 Water
Featuring Linnie’s Mosaics and Lena’s Steampunk Creations. PLUS antique and vintage collectibles.
Parnassus Books – 105 Stedman
Woodwork by Daniel Shull and jewelry made from or inspired by books!
Scanlon Gallery – 318 Mission
Featuring Marine watercolor artist Brenda Schwartz, new releases and original paintings available. Silversmith George Estrella, one-of-a-kind pieces.
Simply Bella By The Sea – 300 Spruce Mill Way-
Lots of new by-the-sea treasures, LaDonna Gunderson cookbooks, AK. Starfish apparel, Best Weight Guide Service apparel, mermaids, starfish, anchors, whales and octopus goods galore!
Starboard Frames and Gifts – 407 Dock Street
New nautical-themed art by Tom Crestodina, woodturnings by Dale Clark and introducing native jewelry by Jennifer Younger of Sitka. Local art, photography and hand-crafted gifts and jewelry. Refreshments of course.
Soho Coho Gallery – #5 Creek
Aquatic Aquatints: new Limited Etchings by Ray Troll. PLUS new t-shirts and work by gallery artists. Refreshments will be served.
StudioK – 411B Mission
It’s Studio K’s 10th Anniversary in Ketchikan Celebration! Be part of this fun retrospective! Wine, appetizers and door prizes.
Tongass Historical Museum – 629 Dock
“Upholding Balance: Celebrating 40 years of the Native Arts Studies Program”, an exploration of modern Northwest Coast design from 1900 to the present. The Tongass Historical Museum will also be hosting the Ketchikan Community Foundation’s annual grant award ceremony at 6:30 pm.


Torch Nights Concert!

Friday, May 5, 2017, 
8:00 pm
Great Alaskan Lumberjack Arena
The Defibulators blend bluegrass, country, indie honky-tonk, and rockabilly into a gear-grinding roots sound that you won’t want to miss! These accomplished musicians combine traditional country with infectious energy and an irreverent rock and roll attitude to create total country chaos and one heck of a good time!
The Defibulators will perform LIVE at the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Arena on Friday, May 5th at 8:00pm following the Celebration of the Sea Art Walk. Tickets for The Defibulators concert on May 5th are available at the Arts Council; family ticket prices available. 225-2211 or online here!


2017 Blueberry Arts Festival Logo Design

Congratulations to Nathan Shields for his winning design for this year's Blueberry Arts Festival logo! Nathan grew up in Ketchikan, had a booth at the festival a couple of times, and has a special place in his heart for blueberries and slugs. (Don't we all?!)
The logo will be used on all 2017 Blueberry Arts Festival materials, including the much-loved annual Blueberry Arts Festival t-shirts! 
Interested in pre-ordering Blueberry Arts Festival shirts?
Become a member and enjoy the perk of not waiting in line for your shirts, plus you'll be supporting all the work the Arts Council does to make the arts accessible to everyone in our community! 
Already an Arts Council Member? Look for your t-shirt order form in the mail very soon!


Saturday Morning ART = smART

Registration is now open
for June smART classes!!

Classes run Saturdays, June 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and July 1st .

3rd through 6th - 9:00 am to 11:00 am
7th through 9th - 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Artist Loren McCue is kicking off summer with Wearable smART!! Wearable art teaches design, form, function and engineering plus, it looks really COOL!!! Loren will use a variety of materials and upcycled odds and ends! See the potential for art in everything!

Call the Arts Council at 225-2211  

Class is $110.00 dollars per student with discounts for multiple students and for family torch night benefits card holder!
Financial assistance may also be available.

Sign up now get smART make Art! 


Hot Slam in the Summer!

Stories at Latitude 56 - Story Slam will continue through the summer!

Wednesday, May 10

Our March Story Slam was was so well attended and so much fun we decided to keep the momentum going through the summer.  

Your invited to an evening of cocktails and stories told by you, your friends or your neighbors. Take to the stage and tell a short, theme-related story (with a loosely enforced 5 minute time limit) for the joy of listening, for the triumph of performing, or for the catharsis of letting your story take flight. No preparation necessary; a good time guaranteed.

Our Stories at Latitude 56 series has brought us some amazing stories from people in our community. Summer Slam gives us an opportunity to share stories and hear from some of our "seasonals" friends as well. In the fall we will continue Stories at Latitude 56 and "Story Slam" will get a name change, so we have to get all the "slam" puns in while we still can!!


Member of the Month: Jack Finnegan

Talk to Jack Finnegan for any amount of time and it's evident that he belongs here. He will tell you that he is lucky to have answered Ketchikan's call, but it must be said that we are lucky he answered. 

Jack came to Ketchikan in 2013 from another island town, New York City. After losing everything in a high stakes cribbage game, Jack wandered the damp Ktown streets with only a #2 Ticonderoga pencil, a pocket sized notebook, and a can of Bush's baked beans. Jack took to the stage, to the sea, and to the page, trading his Metro Card for a fishing license, and made Ketchikan home. 
This season Jack has worked as mentor and curator for Stories at Latitude 56, we do not question his methods for extracting such fine tales from our friends and neighbors but we do suspect there is a lot of tickling. 

Thank you Jack for a great season and for keeping us in the vacinity of Latitude 56.


Artist of the Month: Merle Hawkins

 Haida artist, Merle Hawkins shares her rich cultural heritage with every Devils Club bead she includes in her handcrafted art jewelry. Her works combine the sacred and medicinal Devils Club with a variety of other materials to make necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. In the summer Merle can be found sharing her process and her traditions and customs with Ketchikan’s summer visitors on an Allen Marine boat or at the Blueberry Arts Festival.

See more of Merle's art and many of Ketchikan's great artists at Ketchikan Art Lives Here website. 

Artists are invited to create a profile and upload artwork to the artist registry. Contact the Arts Council for more information.



The generous support of the Members of the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council help make the programs of the organization possible. Plus they are, really cool. If you would like to become a member of the Arts Council and automatically become really, really cool, please give us a call at 225-2211. Or click HERE!

If you know any of the new and renewing members listed below, please give them a hug and say thank you!!

A Cheechako's Home/Floyd McClellan, Alaska Eagle Arts Gallery/Marvin Oliver and Brigette Ellis, Barbara Bigelow and Dick Smith, Megan Beattie, Classic Tours/Lois Munch, Creekside Family Health Clinic/John and Lani Hill,  Kari DeFreest, Fish Creek Company/Hamilton Gelhar, Mary Ida Henrikson, Studio K/Anna Matta, Keshia Del Mar Jewelry/Keshia Pinault, Maiden Voyage/Mykael Effenberger, Callie Marriott, Don Mitchel, Otter Creek Partners/ML Dahl, Parnassus Books and Gifts/Charlotte Glover, Tatsuda's IGA/Katherine and Bill Tatsuda, Kay Taylor, The Captain's Lady/Jamie Palmer, and The Happy Gypsy/Jennie Hamilton.




The square knot or reef knot was known as the Knot of Hercules by ancient Greeks and it was considered to be particularly useful in healing. If a wound was bandaged with a bandage tied with this knot is was thought to heal faster.
Sailors were a superstitious lot, to begin with so it is not uncommon to find superstitions based on the sea. One of these is found in several instances which say that a series of knots tied in a specific manner could control the winds
(a useful commodity for sailors). Typically it would be that three knots were tied and that the untying would release the winds. Untying one would produce a moderate wind, the second a bit more potent, and the third a hurricane.