Artists of Ketchikan Invitational Exhibit •  Elders in Arts
Summer Story Slam  Blueberry Arts Festival 2017
Gigglefeet Dance Festival • Member of the Month  Artist of the Month
New/Renewing Members  Fun Art Fact

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Artists of Ketchikan
An Invitational Exhibit 

June 1-July 27, 2018
Main Street Gallery

The Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council and the Main Street Gallery Committee set aside the months of June and July for the annual Artists of Ketchikan Invitational Exhibit. This will be the second year for this invitational exhibit, offering an introduction to the amazing and varied artists of our community to our summer visitors.

Featuring artwork by Carmel Anderson, Hall Anderson, Rhonda Green, Jim Guenther, Mary Ida Henrikson, Norman Jackson, Danelle Landis, Terry Leberman, Maida Kelley, Sandy Shepard, Nancy Tietje, Steven Villano, Felix Wong, Evon Zerbetz, and more!
Main Street Gallery exhibits and artist presentations are always free and open to the public!


Here and Now
LivingArts: Elders in Arts

In May, KAAAHC wrapped up its final Elders in Arts project, funded by a grant from the Ketchikan Wellness Coalition, Here and Now. Seniors in our community were given disposable cameras and asked to photo document the beauty of their world. Local photographer Kelsey McNeil worked with them to curate the final sixteen images chosen to display.

The project was created to celebrate beauty found in the daily lives of the elders in our community. We have been given the opportunity to look through a lens that is rich in life experience and well-versed in the unfolding of time. The selected images represent our seniors' unique perspective, the "Here and Now".

A special thank you to ALL our photographers, to the Rendezvous Day Center, Peace Health Long Term Care, and Ketchikan Pioneer Home and to Kelsey McNeil.

Want to see all the photographs? Visit the photo album on our Facebook page!


Sum Sum Summertime Summertime Summertime

Wednesday, June 14
7:00 pm The Fish House

Hosted by Jack Finnegan
Theme: Outside, Looking In 

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. 


The Arts Council’s
42nd Annual
Blueberry Arts Festival

is coming! 

Festivities kick off Friday, August 4 with the Pet and Doll parade, Blueberry Dish contest, Art Show opening, and the Gigglefeet Dance Festival. Saturday, August 5 features over 140 booths with new art, delicious food, and contests for all ages. The Festival wraps up Sunday, August 6 with the poetry slam, Gigglefeet Dance Festival, and the Handmade Human-Powered Blueberry Boat Race. Want to be part of the fun? Check out these different ways you can participate: 

2017 Blueberry Arts Festival Art Show
Deadline: Monday, July 31, by 5:00 pm

Exhibit your masterpieces in the Blueberry Arts Festival Art Show, an open call exhibit in conjunction with the Blueberry Arts Festival. Open to artists of all ages working in any medium! Awards given for 1st-3rd Place Adult, Honorable Mention, 1st Place Youth, and People’s Choice. Exhibit runs August 5-26, 2016.

Best Blueberry Dish Contest
Friday, August 4 by 3:00 pm!

Give Ketchikan a taste of your best blueberry dish! Bring your delicious blueberry concoction to the Main Street Gallery at 330 Main by 3:00 pm to share with gallery visitors and the panel of judges! All dishes–sweet or savory–must include blueberries in some way.

Handmade Human-Powered Blueberry Boat Race
Sunday, August 6, 2017 at Thomas Basin

Be part of the 3rd annual Handmade Human-Powered Blueberry Boat Race! Create a human-powered boat and race it for fame and glory! Prizes for Most Creative and Fastest in both adult and youth categories, with a special Most Likely To Sink prize as well.

And don’t forget! Plan ahead for the Blueberry Beard and Mustache Competition! For those of you that are facial hair challenged (ladies, this includes you), a prize for Most Creative Faux Facial Hair will be awarded!


Gigglefeet Dance Festival

Deadline to apply: Friday, July 14
The Gigglefeet Dance Festival is a community celebration of dance co-sponsored by the First City Players, Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council, and Ketchikan Theatre Ballet. The mission of the Festival is to strengthen the dance community by:

• Providing performance opportunities for both emerging and established dancers, choreographers, and technical theatre personnel in the greater Ketchikan area;

• Providing a venue for the works of adult dancers and choreographers;

• Providing a supportive environment for a diversity of dance forms, including works that are provocative and challenging;

• Encouraging participation and appreciation of dance, for artists and audiences alike, by presenting a broad variety of dance forms.

Are you a dancer or choreographer that would like to participate in the Gigglefeet Dance Festival? Click here for application info!


Member of the Month:
Nissa Dash

Nissa sometimes seems to be everywhere all at once, and anywhere she is creativity is bursting from her. Nissa's contribution to Ketchikan is evident in the schools where she is a substitute teacher, on the windows of local shops and on the sets of First City Players performances, just to start the list. She always has a smile and a kind word and is always excited to learn more, create more and be involved. 

The Art's Council thanks you Nissa for being a wonderful, creative and vibrant human being!!! 


Artist of the Month:
Mitch Seaver

Mitch Seaver is an unassuming guy. He hides his creativity behind attorney clothing – but at heart, the arts council knows he is an exceptional photographer!  We know this by the wild hair and the wicked wit, and because we've seen his photography! Mitch captures Alaska’s natural beauty, ruggedness, and power in his images.

Take a minute and enjoy Mitch Seaver's work on Ketchikan’s Artist Registry at  www.KetchikanArtLivesHere.org. From there you can find many more of Ketchikan’s artists – follow the links to websites, or head to local merchants who carry their works! Ketchikan Art Lives HERE!!!! 

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!!

Roxanne Bauer, Cecilia Bautista, Diny Capland, Ann Carlson, Jack and Bev Davies,
Jess, Ross, Ezra & Winnie Davila, Faith L. Duncan, Frank and Grace Hasibar, Deb Laws, Amber Levinson, Allegra Machado, Maida Kelley-Marksheffel, Jodi and Bob Marshall, Carlos Martinez, Stephen Merritt, Kana Mettler, Edermin Paule, Cherry and RK Rice, Heidi Roberts, Jim Sarvela and Marla Peters, Jeannie Schultz, Sandy Shepard, Joanna Shields, Erik Sivertsen, Charlotte Tanner, Holly Temple, Carolyn and Terry Thompson, Ray and Michelle Troll, Bekah Vandermay, Pat Willett, Alaska Laser Maid, Bigfoot Pottery, Friends of the Library, Ketchikan Baha'i Community, Ketchikan Community Concert Band, Ketchikan Killer Whales Swim Club, Ketchikan Rainforest Rollergirls, One Good Turn, PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, Soho Coho,
Timber & Marine Supply, Women of the Moose, and Women in Safe Homes



The rate of growth for all the hair on the body is approximately one-half inch per month. Some people think that facial hair grows faster, but that's an illusion created by the fact that facial hair (for men) is usually shaved to the skin and the growth of it is really noticeable. Some people's hair grows faster, and some slower, but one-half inch per month is the average. 

Stop shaving now and get the stubble ready for the Beard and Mustache competition during the 2017 Blueberry Arts Festival.