August 2017 NEWSLETTER 

Blueberry Arts Festival Exhibit • Blueberry Arts Festival 2017 • Ukuleles  El Dia de los Muertos Open Call  New/Renewing Members  Member of the Month  Fun Art Fact 

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Blueberry Arts Festival Exhibit 

August 4 - 25, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, August 4, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Main Street Gallery

The annual Blueberry Arts Festival Exhibit is an open call exhibit open to youth and adults working at any level of experience in any medium. The exhibit is always a surprising and ecclectic mix of art. This exhibit is a great opportunity for artists to see their art hanging in a gallery and for many a stepping stone to applying for a solo or curated gallery show. We have a great time hanging this show, and this year, like every year, our panel of super secret judges will have their work cut out for them chosing the prize winners in our only judged show of the year. Come, be inspired, and see what our creative community has been up to. 

Main Street Gallery exhibits and artist presentations are always free and open to the public!


This Weekend! 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 features over 150 booths with handcrafted art, delicious food, and contests for all ages. The Festival wraps up Sunday with the Handmade Human-Powered Blueberry Boat Race and the 26th Annual Richard Brautigan, Lillian Ference, and Dick Whittaker Memorial Trout Fishing in America Poetry Slam and Lowtide Limerick Contest, and closing night of Gigglefeet.

Full Schedule of events:


2:00pm BLUEBERRY PET & DOLL PARADE, Meet at Grant & Main parking lot, end at the Fire Station. Sponsored by Community Connections Early Learning Program. Cookies provided by Wells Fargo and the Ketchikan Volunteer Fire Department,book gifts provided by the Ketchikan Public Library
3:00pm BEST BLUEBERRY DISH CONTEST deadline, Main Street Gallery, 330 Main St.
Dishes served at the Blueberry Art Festival Exhibit Gallery opening
7:30pm 19TH ANNUAL GIGGLEFEET DANCE FESTIVAL, Kayhi Auditorium, Contact 225-4792/ for tickets


8:00am FUN RUN REGISTRATION OPENS, in front of Police Station, Grant & Main St.
9:00am FUN RUN, 1-mile children’s run, (12 & under) and 5K walkers
9:30am FUN RUN, 5K and 10K, Fun Runs presented by the Ketchikan Running Club
9:30am SLUG WEIGH IN, Big Slug Contest (ages 12 & under) Methodist Church parking lot
10am–5:00pm ARTIST & FOOD BOOTHS, GAMES & T-SHIRT SALES OPEN, Main St. from Pine to Dock
10am–5:00pm BLUEBERRY ART EXHIBIT ON DISPLAY, Main Street Gallery, 330 Main St.
10:30am SLUG RACE, (ages 12 & under) Methodist Church parking lot
11:00pm COMMUNITY ART PROJECTS, Look for interactive art happening at the Festival and make your mark!
11:30am PIE-EATING CONTEST, (all ages!) Methodist Church parking lot. Pies provided by Tatsuda’s IGA
12:30–5:00pm MAINSTAGE EXTRAVAGANZA, Methodist Church parking lot, Youth music spotlight, LIVE performances by talented young artists, and an all request MORE! Sponsored by KPU
3:00pm GREAT BLUEBERRY BALL ROLL, Main St., Presented by the Ketchikan Youth Court
4:00pm BLUEBERRY BEARD & MUSTACHE CONTEST, Mike’s Elbow Room, Presented by Mike’s Elbow Room
6:00-8:00pm CHARR’S ANNUAL COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER BEER FESTIVAL, Great Alaskan Lumberjack Arena (21+ only)


IN AMERICA POETRY SLAM and LOW TIDE LIMERICK CONTEST! New York Cafe, Sponsored by Soho Coho, Parnassus Books, Chinook & Co., and the New York Cafe
7:30pm 19TH ANNUAL GIGGLEFEET DANCE FESTIVAL, Kayhi Auditorium, Contact 225-4792/ for tickets


Ukulele Lessons and Concert by Cinda and Ron Johnson

Friday, August 11, 2017 

Visiting musicians Cinda and Ron Johnson are offering a series of ukulele classes held at the Main Street Gallery in the morning and afternoon and then finishing up the day with a strum along and concert at the Point Cafe in the afternoon. 

Beginning class – 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Intermediate class – 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Private lessons by request.

Happy Hour Social – 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Ukulele Concert – 6:30 pm to 7:30pm at the Point Cafe.

Contact Kathy Paulson for more information. 


El Dia de los Muertos
Open Call Exhibit at the Main Street Gallery

Deadline for Artwork:  Monday, October 2, 5:00pm
Exhibit: October 6-27, 2017


The Main Street Gallery’s El Dia de los Muertos exhibit, is an open call exhibit for artists in both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional media.
We invite YOU to be a part of the exhibit adapting traditional themes, honoring death or mortality in your own creative way, in a way that honors the Holiday and celebrates your loved ones, through artistic expression.

El Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) is a holiday originating in Mexico and celebrated annually on November 1. El Dia de los Muertos celebrates the lives of the deceased with festivals and lively celebrations—food, drink, parties and activities the dead enjoyed in life. It recognizes death as a natural part of the human experience, and on this holiday the dead are also a part of the community, ceremonially awakened from their eternal sleep to share in the celebration with their loved ones.

ELIGIBILITY:  Submissions must be original, creative, one of a kind artwork, not previously displayed in Ketchikan. All artwork must be designed and executed by the exhibiting artist; collaborative pieces may be submitted. Commercial articles may be modified, assembled or embellished to create an original work of art. Enter up to 3 pieces. 


QUESTIONS: Please call or e-mail Marni at or 225.2211.


Member of the Month:
Andy Zink

Andy Zinc is a cool guy. He's an active member of our Program Development Committee and earns the coveted Member of the Month spot for being the man on the scene in helping bring our Community Art Projects to life. He came to my rescue last year by building a huge easle to hold the "Common Threads" piece, and this year was all too happy to make my dream of catapulting paint a reality. He built three of the catapults we will be using for the Community Arts Project this weekend.
Oh my goodness... I just realized he's Handy Andy!!! (sorry dude, it had to be done). Thank you so much for your help and your sense of humor!!! 


Photo unapologetically stolen from Facebook.



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!!

Piper Acteson, Phyllis Besaw, Lance Bifoss, Melva Broad, Katlyn Brooks, Ashley Bush, Janis Carney, Glen Fazakerley, Mike Gates, Janine Gibbons, Krystle Gomez,
Luke Harrington, Denise Haslam, Faith Marie Horner, Danelle and David Landis, Charles and Patti Mackey, Amy Magg, Andrew Mikkelson, Devin O'Brien, Melissa A. O'Bryan,
Lori Orlowski, Phaedra Painter, Anonymous*, Samantha Rees, Connie Renninger, 
Jeanne Sande, Tiago Segundo, Frankiejay W Seludo, Aimee Shull, Tory Shultz,
David Singer, Lisa Truitt, Naona Wallin, Sherrie Wick, Kathleen and David Wiechelman, Angel Williams, Sharyl Yeisley, Alaska Escrow & Title Insurance Agency, Inc., 
Arctic Chiropractic, Girl Scouts of Alaska - Ketchikan Girl Scouts, Filipino Community Club of Ketchikan, Fish From Trish, Kaejo's Creations, Ketchikan Nurses Association,
Ketchikan Gymnastics Club and the USCG Chief Petty Officers Association.




There are 2 types of blueberries grown in the USA – highbush and wild (lowbush). The highbush berries are big and pretty and served mostly fresh. Wild blueberries are smaller and mostly used in food preparation (blueberry muffin, anyone?)

Blueberry consumption (and production) has tripled since 1995. Back then, the average American ate 1 pound of blueberries a year. In 2017, we will surpass 3 pounds per capita.

Blueberries are only blue on the outside, the flesh is actually green. The blue color of the berries’ skin comes from anthocyanins, a set of powerful antioxidants that may hep reduce the risk of cancer.

Blueberries are an amazing snack. Not only do they taste great, they are very low in calories – just 80 calories for a 1-cup serving.

Blueberries are nutrition powerhouses. A serving has 25% of the recommended daily value for vitamin C and manganese, as well as 4 grams of fiber (15% of the daily recommendation).

Mark your calendars, tie a ribbon around your finger, put a post-it note on your forehead. THE 42nd Annual Blueberry Arts Festival is just days away!!!!