* Blueberry Arts Festival * Blueberry T-Shirts *
* Blueberry Arts Festival Juried Art Show * Battle of the Bands *
* Arts Raffle * Member of the Month *
* Fun Fact * New and Renewing Members *

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Blueberry Arts Festival 2011!

Design by Cara Murray

Design by Cara Murray

This Blueberry Arts Festival marks 36 years of  fun- live music at the Battle of the Bands, booths packed with art, food, games, crafts and more, dance on the dock, art exhibit, trivia contest, poetry slam, balloons, Gigglefeet performances, blueberries, beards, and of course the famous slug races and pie-eating contests, and more great stuff to do than we can list here! Check out the 2011 Blueberry Arts Festival Schedule The Blueberry Arts Festival is a program of the Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council. For more info, visit KetchikanArts.org or call 225-2211

August 5-7 in the heart of downtown: centered on Main Street and the State Office Parking Lot and Methodist Church. See you downtown for three days of fun!

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They’re Heeeeere! We LOVE this Year’s Blueberry T-Shirt Design!

While Calamity Jane may not be excited about wearing the new Blueberry Arts Festival t-shirt, we’re hoping the rest of you will love this design by Cara Murray! We have short & long-sleeve shirts in regular adult, ladies and kids sizes in a lovely navy blue! Available here at the Arts Council (330 Main)

OR get yours at the Blueberry Arts Festival, at the Arts Council Booth starting at 10:00am on Saturday, August 6! Get there early, though, because we always run out fast!

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Blueberry Arts Festival Juried Art Show

Blueberry Arts Festival Juried Art Show. Jump start your Blueberry Arts Festival weekend with the Juried Art Show opening!  The free public reception will be held at the Main Street Gallery at 330 Main Street from 5-7 pm on Friday, August 5th.  All artists of any age or experience, any medium submit up to two works of art for display during the annual Blueberry Arts Festival Juried Art Show! The result is an impressive and inclusive showcase of the visual arts in Ketchikan, created by your friends and neighbors! Cash and gift certificate prizes are awarded for the top three entries, as well as youth best in show, chosen by a panel of judges- but make sure you vote for this year’s Peoples Choice when you come on opening night! It’s also your chance to sample the dishes from the Best Blueberry Dish Contest. A treat for the eyes and the taste buds!

Blueberry Arts Festival Best Blueberry Dish Contest. Is your art more along the edible kind?  Test Ketchikan’s taste buds with an entry for the Best Blueberry Dish! Bring your yummy blueberry concoction to the Main Street Gallery at 330 Main by 3 pm on Friday, August 5th to share with gallery visitors and the panel of judges!  Enter to win fabulous prizes from some of your favorite local businesses. For more information call the Arts Council at 225-2211 or visit KetchikanArts.org.

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Check out this year’s Battle of the Bands Line-Up! Let the Battle Begin!

12:15   Ahh!
12:30  For Ellie After Surgery
12:45  Wompa Skin Boots
1:00     Scattered Sunshine Trombone Choir
1:15     Gracecase
1:30     Without Wilhelm
1:45     Southside Totems
2:00     Maybe We’re Dead
2:15     Buck Up Little Kamper
2:30    Peter Jacob
2:45    The Go Ahead
3:00    Intermission: Great Blueberry Roll
3:30    Instrumental Gold
3:45    River People
4:00    Cabaret Band
4:30    Raffle Ticket Drawing
4:45    Battle of the Bands Winners Announced!

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Arts Council Raffle

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Member of the Month: Victoria Lord

1986 was Victoria Lord’s first year as the Executive Director of the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council.  During her tenure Victoria was instrumental in the FIRST Annual Wearable Art Show – keeping it going and making it to grow.  She began the Winter Arts Faire and the Main Street Gallery is in existence because of her.  WOW. Not too shabby…

Most recently Victoria has been working hard as the project manager for the Year of the Artist in 2011.  Her goal as project manager is to compile the many artists of Ketchikan (visual, musical, theatrical, literary, digital) into an online, searchable collection available to our 1 million annual cruise ship visitors, to the rest of Alaska and to the lower 48. People across the globe will be able to use the site to research, study and admire the artistry that lives here.  The collection will provide its viewers with many images of the artists’ works (or sound bites or video clips) as well as purchasing opportunities, and other gallery showings.  With this online collection, Ketchikan’s artists will be put in the forefront of the area’s marketing and planning, further highlighting the impact and importance of Ketchikan’s creative industry.  But that’s not all – in July Victoria curated the Year of the Artist Invitation Exhibit, featuring almost 50 artists living in our community.  The show was highly attended throughout the entire month and we got to see many never before seen pieces from an impressive gathering of artists we were very honored to host. And she did it at an impressive speed- the show was scheduled as a replacement, and was put together in record time! Thank you so much Victoria for being a champion of the ARTS in Ketchikan for years past and into the future.  Plus, we like having you here in the office with us!!!!! All Hail Queen Victoria!

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Employee of the Month

We haven’t included this section of the Newsletter for quite a long time, but we couldn’t miss this chance to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of the newest Arts Council employee. Last week when I came in at 8am to start my day, I was shocked to see Giant Golden Slug Thing in my chair, already hard at work. This kind of commitment to getting the job done, even if it means starting your day before most people have had their first cup of coffee or even working through the entire night, is truly commendable. THANK YOU Giant Golden Slug Thing.

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Fun Fact

Artistically talented but academically at-risk 4th, 5th, and 6th grade urban students used more self-regulatory behaviors during classes in which the arts were integrated into the lesson. Self-regulatory behaviors include paying attention, persevering, problem-solving, self-initiating, asking questions, taking positive risks, cooperating, using feedback and being prepared. Source: Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development, 2002, p. 64
study: Using Art Processes to Enhance Academic Self-Regulation

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New and Renewing Members

Ann Carlson
Barbara and Alan Bailey
Dale and Sandra Ireland
Gary Werner
Haley Waddington
Harriett Edwards
Hunter and Deb Davis
Jeremy Barry
Johanna and Eric Collins
John Warnock
Judy Thornberry and Jay Farrell
Karen and Dave Pitcher
Ketchikan CHARR
Marian Doyle
Marla Judson
Mary Kowalczyk and Rudy Saccomanno
Merle Hawkins
Michael R. L. Kern
Nathan Grambau
Paul and Susan Perry
Rainforest Crafts
Sara G. Brogdon
Schmolck Mechanical Contractors
Sherrie Wick
Spring Moon
Terry Leberman