* Winter Arts Faire * Winter Art Walk *
*Art Ornaments and Cards Show *
* Next Artist Development Workshop *
* Pick.Click.Give * End of Year Giving *
* Year of the Artist! *Art Opportunities *

Click here for the Calendar December 2010



It’s here! Winter Arts Faire is this Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving- November 26 and 27 – from 11am to 6pm at the Ted Ferry Civic Center AND –new this year- Cape Fox Lodge.
Thanks to our sponsor, First Bank!

The Winter Arts Faire is holiday fun for the whole family! Check off your entire gift list with new creations from over 70 local artisans! Kids are welcome in the Craft Room and don’t forget to have your family’s holiday portrait taken by Shooting Starr Studio!

Handcrafted treasures at the Winter Arts Faire include: pottery, handcrafted jewelry of all kinds, original watercolors, prints, hand-dyed wonders, velvet creations, jams, jellies, wood bowls, vases, hand painted stoneware, handmade paper, sewn and quilted items of every imaginable sort, ornaments, masks, recycled metal art, hair bows, Tsimshian style carving knives, rugs, pine needle basketry, wreaths, blankets, pet items, hand printed shirts, cards, clothing, photography, handcrafted bags from Tanzania and more…truly something for everyone on Santa’s list! Click here for a Winter Arts Faire booth list, 2010!

Stop by and see us at the Ticket box office- we’ve got tickets for the Arts Council’s “Wearable Art Show” (your first chance to get them!), Torch Nights Season Passes, First City Players’ Playtime Season as well as “An Evening of Jazz and Cabaret,” tickets for all the holiday performances including Ketchikan Theatre Ballet’s “Nutcracker”, Ketchikan Community Concert Band’s “Festive Holiday Concert”, Ketchikan Community Choir’s “Winter’s Light”, Ketchikan Medieval and Renaissance Society’s “Midwinter Medieval Feast, and more! Tickets make great gifts!


Winter Art Walk

Friday, December 3, 5-8pm

Bundle up, join your friends, and head out for an evening of new gallery exhibits, shop displays, events, refreshments, and celebrate the season! Pick up a map and list of events at any participating location, and stop in at your favorite galleries and shops, open late for you to enjoy and to shop! Here’s a sneak peak at the map: Winter Art Walk list, 2010

Don’t miss the Tongass Historical Museum’s opening reception for Still Rainin’ Still Dreamin’: Hall Anderson’s Ketchikan from 5-7pm. The exhibit features works from more than 25 years of black and white photography of Ketchikan. (PLUS after the reception join Hall for a “Hall Anderson Book Signing Celebration” held at the Arctic Bar – and the Arctic is going NON-SMOKING for this celebration!) The Presbyterian Church is featuring “No More Pain,” an art exhibit featuring poetry and photography by young Ketchikan artists. Plus there’s a new “All Men’s Show” at The Point, and much more!

Enjoy art and shopping, and you still have time for Ketchikan Theatre Ballet’s Nutcracker performance! It’s a holiday tradition beautifully performed by Ketchikan dancers on Friday, December 3 at 7:30pm and Saturday, December 4 at 2pm. Tickets available at KTB, the Arts Council, and McPherson Music.


Art Ornaments and Cards

On Display December 3-17 at the Main Street Gallery

Opening Reception during the Winter Art Walk

December 3rd, 5 to 8pm, Main Street Gallery

Original watercolor by Kana Mettler

The December exhibit at the Main Street Gallery is an open call exhibit featuring holiday-inspired one-of-a-kind fine art ornaments and cards created in any medium. Local artists have made hand-crafted one-of-a-kind ornaments and cards, taking the familiar trimmings of the holidays to a whole new level! The gallery is filled with unique creations in any medium, lovingly handmade artistic masterpieces that celebrate the season! And we gave them even more artistic liberty- “card” could be interpreted to mean tapestry or painting, or “ornament” could mean wreath or garland or mobile or… We can’t wait to see what creations come in!

Usually, when you purchase artwork from the Main Street Gallery, you have to wait until the show closes to take home your new masterpiece. As an extra holiday treat, we offer you instant gratification! You can take home any cards or ornaments from the show at the time of purchase- that way you can send them off to arrive on time “with love from Ketchikan,” or you could enjoy it in your own home for the entire month!

Want another reason to feel good at the show? Any purchase you make supports local artists and the Arts Council! This is a fundraiser for the KAAHC, and another opportunity for all artists to participate and contribute. We appreciate the generous gift of time and resources of our local artists, who are splitting all sales 50% with the Arts Council. Ornaments and cards start at $20 each, and can go up from there. You are sure to find a treasure!

Want to contribute? Deadline for entries: 5pm Tuesday, November 30 at the Main Street Gallery.

Click here for the Call to Artist Art Ornaments Description,
and fill out the entry list!


Artist Development Workshops at the Main Street Gallery

Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council is now offering Annual Artist Development Workshops. This season we’re focusing on Artist Portfolios –your key to art opportunities in Alaska and beyond! Sign up for the next workshop on Wednesday, December 8 from 6:00-7:30pm at the Main Street Gallery.

Individual Classes $75 each. Call the Arts Council at 225-2211 to sign up!

Photographing Your Artwork- December 8, 2010 6:00-7:30pm
Pictures are worth a thousand words, ESPECIALLY when it comes to art. Join local photographer and marketing consultant Marvin Scott for an evening seminar to focus on photographing artwork of various mediums. This class is intended to give artists basic knowledge to help achieve higher quality images representing your artwork. Subjects to be covered will include basic lighting, optimal camera settings and how to process your images using a free image editing software. This class is great for most any artistic medium and is for all artist needing to be represented with better images.

Marvin is also offering a sign-up to photograph your artwork for you. Inquire about rates and time slots!



The Pick.Click.Give. program is an opportunity for Alaskans to donate all or a portion of their annual Permanent Fund Dividend to their favorite not-for-profit organization. The Arts Council, as an Alaskan non-profit, has had the opportunity to participate in this program for the last two years. The first year over $750 was donated to the organization from 13 donors. In 2010 donations doubled and $1475 was donated from 24 donors. The Arts Council would like to give everyone who participated in the program heartfelt thanks for your generosity. And to those of you that donated to the Arts Council, please know that your donation has made a difference in keeping the arts strong in Ketchikan!

Unfortunately, because of a costly requirement of the program, the Arts Council will not be able to participate in the Pick.Click.Give. program in 2011. If you would like further information on the requirements of an organization to participate – or not participate – in the program, please call us here at the Arts Council and we would be happy to get your questions answered!

In the meantime – please take advantage of the Pick.Click.Give. program to help non-profits in Alaska prosper!!!!


End of Year Giving

Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council as a non-profit organization has three ways to raise funds:

1. Donations (including individual donations, memberships and major donors)

2. Grants and Corporate Sponsorship (Wells Fargo sponsors the Wearable Art Show, First Bank sponsors the Winter Arts Faire, Diversified Investments sponsors the Main Street Gallery, GCI sponsors the Blueberry Arts Festival Battle of the Bands, Community Connections and the Friends of the Library sponsor the Blueberry Arts Festival Pet and Doll Parade and ConocoPhillips and Royal Celebrity Cruises sponsor the Blueberry Arts Festival)

3. Earned income (ticket sales, booth sales and t-shirts sales).

Ideally, each of these categories makes up about 33% of the total income for the organization. So if one source of funding is lagging (like the 25% cut to our City Grant in 2010 and the potential additional 10% cut in 2011!!) then the other sources have farther to go to make up the difference. Why am I telling you this, you might ask? Well, because we must make up the difference in the loss of City grant funds in the past year, and one of the crucial ways that you can help do that is with an End of Year gift. And right now is when that happens! We will be sending you a letter next week along with a self addressed, return envelope asking for your donation. OR if it is easier for you, you can make your donation on-line. Your support helps to keep programming like the Main Street Gallery, the Winter Arts Faire, the Blueberry Arts Festival, the Torch Nights Performing Arts series, the Artist Development classes, the Wearable Art Show, the Art Walks and much more thriving throughout the year. The Arts Council focuses on our community and how to help make Ketchikan an extraordinary place to live. Please take a moment to contribute to the arts in Ketchikan and to the Arts Council!!


Year of the Artist

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough made an initiative to name 2011 “The Year of the Artist”. The Borough has the foresight to recognize that an economic development plan may seek to develop new industry, but also builds on what already exists. Ketchikan is known for its richness of arts. We are building on this strength. The Ketchikan Arts Council’s portion of the initiative will be to create an Artist Registry, an online database of the artist ( of ALL varieties).


The Artist Registry is a data bank that will connect artists with each other, the community, the state, potential residents, and visitors to our community. Additionally, a rich art community is a draw to recruit employees, making an environment friendly for growth and business. The registry will first appear as a new interactive website to showcase, feature and network all the wonderful artists Ketchikan has to offer. This extensive catalog will also be translated into a print version at a later date.


We picture diverse users who might include: tourists using the registry to preview artwork and cultural opportunities for their upcoming trip to Ketchikan; fair organizers in Petersburg looking for a band for an event; a potential employee of Ketchikan General Hospital looking at what art activities would be available for her children if she relocated her family to Ketchikan to take a job; the tourist now searching for a gallery to make a purchase of a piece they saw on their trip and regret not purchasing, a gallery looking for painters to invite to a curated exhibit; a new mechanic might review the registry to see if there was a local artist that could design a logo for his business.


Are you actively working, producing, showing, or applying for opportunities in your field? Would you have something to offer if someone called you and asked to see your work, wanted to book a gig with your band or dance troupe, wanted to include one of your poems in a journal, or wanted to commission you to make a piece of jewelry or a drum? If your answer is yes, you should be in Ketchikan’s Artist Registry!

Within the next couple of weeks the registry will be online, ready for you to use. Please stay in touch with the Arts Council through email, phone or on Facebook to learn more!


Art Opportunities

Nothing like making artwork to get you through the long dark winter! There’s lots of opportunities for artists in the coming months, so here’s some early warning to help you plan! We can’t wait to see what you make!

Sam Pitcher Music Scholarship. The Sam Pitcher Music Scholarship application is now available! Awards of up to $1,000 will be provided to 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. Awards will be based on the applicant’s musical ability, goals, and motivation. It is the applicant’s responsibility to research programs and provide requested information to the selection committee. To apply, students must submit a complete application, a minimum of two reference forms from adults not related to you one of which is a music educator, and if selected as a finalist, you may be asked to audition. Deadline for applications is January 1, 2011. To get an application, stop by the Arts Council or McPherson Music.

Heart on My Sleeve, An Invitational Valentine Show curated by Halli Kenoyer. You are invited to participate in the 2011 Valentine show in January, a sequel to the much loved Sweet & Sour Hearts Show in 2009. Artists can create original artwork in any medium that is a valentine gift or memento. This theme is open to interpretation: whether sweet, cruel, joyful, sad, inspired by happily ever after or heartbreak. RSVP if you want to participate by e-mailing Halli at hkeynoyer@yahoo.com. Heart art is due January 3, 2011 at the Main Street Gallery. Heart on My Sleeve will be on display January 7-28, 2011 at the Arts Council’s Main Street Gallery. Click here for the Heart on My Sleeve Call to Artists PDF.

Wearable Art Show Call to Artists. We want you to be in Ketchikan’s famous runway extravaganza! Artists create wearable wonders in any medium, they are then modeled on the runway to music in four incredible performances on February 3-5, 2011. This is one of the Arts Council’s best loved and most imitated events- and it’s all because of the amazing talent in our community. This year’s theme is “ART-i-cu-late,” how you interpret it is all up to you! Will you use duct tape, wire, foam, fabric…? you get the idea! Artists must submit an entry form, which includes descriptions of the piece(s) as well as a drawing or photo of your work. Click here to get the WEARABLE ART SHOW CALL TO ARTISTS for more details! Deadline for entries is Monday, January 17, 2011 at the Arts Council. For more info, visit www.ketchikanarts.org, or call 225-2211.

Artability: Further Explorations CALL TO ARTISTS. Community Connections, SAIL, Ketchikan School District, and the Arts Council are teaming up to create a gallery show envisioned as a forum to discuss the experience of living with disability in Southern Southeast communities. Artwork from people with disabilities, their families and caregivers, and others impacted by disability will serve as a catalyst for understanding and valuing diversity in our society. Artwork in any medium is welcome, up to two entries per person. Please make sure your pieces are ready to hang, or for three-dimensional entries, ready for display. Deadline for entries is Monday, February 21 at the Main Street Gallery. This exhibit will be on display from March 4 through March 25, 2011. Click here for the Artability 2011 Call for Artistis.

Alaska Hummingbird Festival Juried Art Show. The Forest Service is seeking artwork created in any medium inspired by the Spring Migratory Bird List! Enter to win cash prizes in both Adult and Youth categories, with the top award given to adult best of show at $500. Deadline for entries is Friday, March 25, 2011 at the Ketchikan Visitor’s Bureau. Artwork will be displayed at the Ketchikan visitors Bureau from April 1-15, 2011. Artwork must include birds, avian habitat and/or migratory bird patterns from the official list. 2011 is also the United Nations International Year of Forests, a global celebration of forests for people. Artists are encouraged to reflect upon the role of the Tongass National Forest as habitat for international migratory birds and as a home for people. Artwork must be recent, original and not previously exhibited in Ketchikan. Open to Alaskan artists, maximum two entries per person. All two-dimensional entries must be framed and ready to hang, all three-dimensional entries must be ready for display. Complete an entry form, and label artwork submissions. Click here for the full Hummingbird Festival Call to Artists 2011, contact Leslie Swada at 228-6247 for more info.


Member of the Month: First Bank

First Bank takes their visionary level membership seriously as they truly are visionaries in making art accessible to the entire community! This is a business that is investing in arts accessibility by sponsoring our Winter Arts Faire, helping First City Players offer $5 tickets for youth and most recently, hosting the release of Community Connections’ 2011 Calendar with an art exhibit of calendar artwork past and present. We applaud First Bank for their vision and dedication to the arts!


Employee of the Month: Ann

Seeing as how no one else will take the time to write this very important portion of the Arts Council newsletter, I am awarding the honor of Employee of the month to myself. Ann. While I fought hard to receive this award for three years, my sense of accomplishment is incredibly diminished by the fact that I am simply giving it to myself. I guess I’ll take what I can get. I believe my efforts at selecting the proper cheeses for my lunch, donning my gold lamay (how do you spell that I wonder?) cape while making graphic design pieces for the Arts Council, or putting holes in the wall to hang our wonderful Gallery Shows, demonstrate my worth as an employee is indisputable. Therefore, I have made myself an Employee of the Month certificate, which I will hang proudly on the wall by my desk. Yeah me!!!!!