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Ketchikan Arts

Arts Council Newsletter, November 2010

November 3rd, 2010

* Alaskan Bestiary, exhibit by Danelle Landis *
* Winter Arts Faire * Art Ornaments and Cards Call to Artists *
* Artist Development Workshops * Sam Pitcher Scholarship *
* Wearable Artists Making Waves *
* Member of the Month: Evon Zerbetz * Employee of the Month *

Click here for the November Calendar


Alaskan Bestiary

Paintings by Danelle Landis

On Display at the Main Street Gallery, November 5-26, 2010

Alaskan Bestiary is a solo exhibit of paintings by Danelle Landis, inspired by Native Alaskan animal stories. Her works are bright, dynamic interpretations of the traditional tales of our area, made even more vivid and vibrant by their large scale and bright colors. Composition, color and brushstrokes create a strong sense of movement; the pieces are charged with energy and emotion. Their size envelopes you in the story, you become an active participant. A gallery full of Danelle’s works will most certainly be “a full-body experience.”

Danelle focuses on the characters of the animals. They are epic figures engaged in powerful and historic acts. The central piece “Nawk,” depicts the giant octopus attacking a Tlingit village, crimson tentacles circling, cold eye looking out at the viewer, the brave blue dog standing its ground with teeth bared. Although we cannot readily make out the shapes or outlines of the village under siege, as we feel ourselves under the gaze of the powerful tentacled monster, the dog, despite a tensed body and fangs, snarling and barking you can almost hear, feels to be on our side protecting us. We hope the dog can protect us and drive it away. Danelle’s compositions and powerful palette submerge you in the story, heighten the sense of action, dynamic tension, urgency and feeling. Her depictions of other myths such as “Raven Discovers Humankind,” “The Woman and the Woodworm,” and “How the Frogs Honored the Dead” are equally charged with action and feeling. Her works are able to provoke primal human responses to ancient mythology. While Danelle creates these active works, she is also very directly physically and emotionally engaged.

“The sensual joy I get while painting- the electricity galloping along my nerves when two colors come together at the edges, feeling the slick, creamy stroke humming through the brush, the tips whispering across the sharkskin canvas, solving the puzzle of my visions- leads me to this final reward of sharing my solution with other people.”

Join us for the opening reception of “Alaskan Bestiary” on Friday, November 5, 5-7pm at the Main Street Gallery. Free and open to the public, refreshments will be served.


Gallery Presentation

Friday, November 12, 5-6pm
Main Street Gallery

Every piece in Danelle Landis’s exhibit “Alaskan Bestiary” is based on a different traditional Native Alaskan story. Learn more about the beautiful tales of animals that make up the fabric of our local culture, and are the inspiration for Danelle’s dynamic pieces. Hear from the artist about how those myths are transformed into images and her techniques for bringing them alive! Join us for a gallery presentation and gallery walk-through with the artist on Friday, November 12, 5-6pm!



Booths are all filled and we’re getting into the holiday spirit! The Winter Arts Faire is the 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!

Contact Anita at 225.2211 if you’re interested in volunteering at the Winter Arts Faire. Santa can always use a few good elves to help at the ticket booth, the Kid’s craft room or with set-up.


Art Ornaments and Cards

Original watercolor by Kana Mettler

The December Main Street Gallery show, with its grand opening at the Winter Art Walk on December 3rd, features artwork inspired by the holidays, created by YOU!

“Art Ornaments and Cards” is an Open Call exhibit featuring holiday-inspired one-of-a-kind fine art ornaments created in any medium. We invite you to take the familiar holiday cards and ornaments of the season to a whole new level! We want your unique creations in any medium to take the holidays out of the department store and back into the realm of lovingly handmade artistic masterpieces!

Each item must have a price of $20 or more- it can be either a single piece, or a packet or group of items. Artists can create works in any medium, and are free to interpret “ornament” or “card” creatively. It can be a wall-hanging, a mobile, anything you can dream up! This is a holiday fundraiser for the Arts Council and Main Street Gallery- sales will be split 50-50 with the artist.

Works will be displayed in the gallery space for the opening reception- ornaments and cards can be taken home at the time of purchase!

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 one Workshop, or get the full package and SAVE! It’s not too late to sign up-the second workshop is this month, and you STILL save money by signing up!

Individual Classes $75 each/$150 for All Three workshops plus the Final Portfolio Share

1. Opportunities for Artists- October 26, 6-7:30pm
Learn about grants for artists, 1% for Art, Public Art, Gallery exhibits, and other opportunities in Ketchikan and across the State! Presented by representatives from Alaska State Council of the Arts, Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council, and Ketchikan Public Art Works. For those of you who attended this session- the ASCA representative will reschedule. We will notify you soon!

2. Portfolio Slam- November (date/time tba SOON!)
To take advantage of all the opportunities available to artists, you need to have your portfolio polished and ready to send out! A panel of experts from the Rasmuson Foundation, the Tongass Historical Museum, and non-profit Arts organizations will review your images, resume, and artist’s statement and give you suggestions and pointers to help you be competitive.

3. 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 for having your work photographed for you. Inquire about rates and time slots!

* Portfolio Share- (for those who signed up for all Workshops) – January 12, 2011
Share your newly reworked and refined portfolio at the Main Street Gallery at an evening celebration! See what everyone has accomplished, exchange ideas, and we’re also inviting local gallery owners! You have one last chance to gather and give feedback! Enjoy discussion, refreshments, your fellow participants, and your new portfolio!


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.

Click here for the 2011 Application


Local Wearable Artists Making Waves

Jean Bartos Wins Weaving Award!

Jean Bartos’ dress, “Diamonds” from the 2010 Wearable Arts Show has been featured in two other juried runway events. The first was in “Walk in Beauty” at the Handweaver’s Guild of America convention in July in Taos, NM.

The second was “Uncommon Threads”, a fashion show organized by the Fine Line Creative Arts Center of Saint Charles, Illinois. Her dress received the People’s Choice Award.

Here’s the link for Uncommon Threads: http://www.macklinphoto.com/2010fashion/SundayShow/index.htm . Photos are on pages 28 – 32.
For HGA’s Walk in Beauty”: http://digital.watkinsprinting.com/publication/?i=41576.


Diane Palmer’s Sandy’s Circus

It’s about time we updated you on Diane Palmer’s Wearable Art Show piece that made the trip to the New Zealand World of Wearable Art. Sandy was modified, carefully packaged, had difficult travel arrangements and a long trip, but he made it all the way south. But that’s not the end of it! While he wasn’t juried into the actual performance, “Sandy’s Circus” has been invited to stay on in NZ for a year on display. Congratulations to Diane Palmer for being the first Ketchikan Artist to submit work to WOW. WOW!!!!!!!!!!


Member of the Month: Evon Zerbetz

This month we honor Evon Zerbetz. We could have chosen many different months to do so: she serves on the Gallery Committee, she has helped hang the packed-with-art-of-all-kinds Blueberry Juried Art Show many many times, as well as the epic 100 x 100 exhibit, she is one of our continual “go-to” resources and helps us navigate and understand many programs and application processes for artists, new requirements in the field, and most recently, presented as part of the Artist Development Workshop “Opportunities for Artists.” She did an incredible job speaking from the professional artist’s perspective, about portfolios, existing grant and gallery opportunities, using “Call For Entry (Cafe)” to apply for calls, and so much more. Evon made this workshop valuable, informative and relevant, and we benefited from her knowledge as much as the participants! So now what is Evon up to??? Not only is she an incredible artist who gives generously of her time and knowledge, she also knows how to boogie! Evon is creating a great opportunity for dancers in Ketchikan to get together and move, and for people to learn new steps and new genres- Boombal Dance Hall starts up this month on November 6th from 7-10pm. Begin with a mini swing dance lesson at 7pm for beginners, followed by mixed dance music for social dancing!


What’s Boombal Dance Hall???

It’s your chance to get together with fellow dancers in Ketchikan- social dancing including swing, waltz, salsa, two-step, zydeco, tango… don’t know one of those? Never fear! There’s a mini lesson at the beginning to get you going! The first Boombal Dance Hall on November 6, 7-10pm at the Main Street Gallery starts off with swing- the basic steps and frame for partner dancing. Stay up-to-date by joining “Boombal Dance Hall” on Facebook! Just $5 at the door!

Check out the poster:

Boombal Dance Hall


Employee of the Month: R2D2 Junior

He’s loyal. He’s diligent. He’s always there for you. He does exactly what you tell him to. He’s clearly not human (or canine)… he’s a machine. We’re pretty much smitten with our new copier who copies, staples, folds, scans, can’t make waffles, but that’s okay. We love him anyway. Calamity- have some dignity. You’re gonna have to give up the crown to the very best copier around.


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