Artists of Ketchikan Invitational Exhibit • Blueberry Arts Festival 2017 • Gigglefeet Dance Festival • Summer Story Slam   Member 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!


42nd Annual Blueberry Arts Festival

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 26th Annual Richard Brautigan, Lillian Ference, and Dick Whittaker Memorial Trout Fishing in America Poetry, Gigglefeet Dance Festival, and the Handmade Human-Powered Blueberry Boat Race. Want to be part of the fun?

2017 Blueberry Arts Festival Art Show

Deadline: Monday, July 31, by 5:00 pm

Exhibit your masterpieces in the Blueberry Arts Festival Art Show. Open to artists of all ages working in any medium! Awards given for Adult 1st-3rd Place and, Honorable Mention, Youth 1st Place, Honorable Mention and People’s Choice. Exhibit runs August 5-26, 2017.

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 by 3:00 pm for judging and get a chance to taste the competition during the opening of out Blueberry Arts Exhibit. All dishes–sweet or savory – must include blueberries in some way.

Mainstage Spotlight! Youth Performers!

Saturday, August 5, 11:00 am-5:00 pm

This year the mainstage is showcasing youth musicians! Any and all genres - ages K through young adult! This is a great chance to play for a crowd. WE WANT YOU! 
Contact the Arts Council to book a spot. 
Sets should be about 3 to 4 songs.
Call 225-2211 or email CameoM@ketchikarts.org 

Blueberry Beard and Mustache Competition!

Saturday, August 5, Mike's Elbow Room

Nothing says dedication and "I'm ok with a milk mustache" like a full bushy beard! Get paid for that dedication at the annual Beard and Mustache Competition! The best and most bedazzled beards take home some great prizes! And for the ladies (and babyfaced gents), a prize for Most Creative Faux Facial Hair will also be awarded!

Handmade Human-Powered Blueberry Boat Race

Sunday, August 6, 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 prize for Most Likely To Sink.


Gigglefeet Dance Festival

Deadline to apply: Friday, July 14
Are you a dancer or choreographer that would like to participate in the Gigglefeet Dance Festival? Click here for application info!
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. 



Wednesday, July 12

Hosted by Jack Finnegan
Theme: What are you, a Chicken?

You're 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. 


Member of the Month:
Susan Heisler

For many reasons, we have chosen Susan Heisler as the July Member of the Month. She is an adamant Wearable artist and advocate. She encourages all of her co-workers to participate in the many arts opportunities around town and she stands up for Ketchikan artists. But I was struck as I listened to a friend tell me the story below, as to how important it is for everyone to continue to see the rich collection of public art that surrounds us in Ketchikan. Sometimes it’s easy to take for granted the beauty of our natural surroundings and the rich artistry of our community. But Susan never does.

“While prospective jurors awaited being called into the courtroom, Susan engaged the group with a story about each of the portraits hanging in the jurors’ room, talking about each artist and pointing out something special in each piece that made it unique to the judge it portrayed. Additionally, she spoke about a portrait of Mildred Henrikson. Susan’s art talk had the verve and passion of an art docent in a museum bringing the works alive.

I liked that she is such a passionate steward of this wonderful collection of art and that she nudges others to SEE and enjoy it.” —Anonymous Juror

Susan, thank you so much for your creative energy and your passion. You are one of the people that helps to make Ketchikan such an extraordinary place to live. 

 - Kathleen 



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!!

Stanley Aegerter, Rosemarie Bergeron, Litzi Botello, Janet Brand, Erika Brown, 
Harold and Susan Carson, Lynn Clay, Eric and Johanna Collins, Jason and Christy Evison, Melissa Fackler, Brittany Green, Jacqueline Hansen, Peter Jacob, 
Michelle Keasal, Dominique and Cade King, Kim and Sheila Kleinschmidt, 
Linda Kreider, Deborah Langford, Julie Lekwauwa, Debby Lorton, Jaylyn Merrill, 
Selynna Parks, Karen Pitcher, Kathy Ramirez, Asha Rasler, Paulette and Ray Shull, Council Member Bob Sivertsen, Peter, Molly & the Strait Family, Barbara Strote,
Grace Tallman, Debbie Watier, Eliza Wintzer, Brittany Youngblood, DORK Designs, 
First Lutheran Church, Ketchikan Charter School, Ketchikan Democrats, 
Ketchikan Volunteer Fire Department, Ketchikan Wellness Coalition, 
Ketchikan Youth Initiatives, Rotary Interact, and The Asylum.



National Pick Blueberries Day is
Monday, July 10

Native to North America, blueberries are delicious, healthy and nutritious. Over 90% of all blueberries are grown in North America. The U.S. is the world’s largest producer of blueberries. In 2012, the U.S. harvested total: 564.4 million pounds of cultivated and wild blueberries. Some North American indigenous tribes called them "Star Berries' due to the blossom end of the berry resembling a five-pointed star. 

Blueberries contain the highest level of antioxidant of all fruits and vegetables. They are high in fiber, too. These little berries can have a huge, positive impact on your health. Medicinal benefits include improved memory and brain health, fights or helps to control, Alzheimers, certain cancers, promote heart health, and much more. You can use blueberry juice for persistent coughs, and for good eyesight.

National Pick Blueberries Day is the perfect time to start preparing for the 42nd Annual Blueberry Arts Festival, Aug. 4-6.

Mark your calendars, tie a ribbon around your finger, put a post-it note on your forehead...We won't let you forget!