Arts Council Newsletter- October 2011

September 30th, 2011

Spin Cycle * Careless Lovers

Angie and the Car Wrecks Halloween Bash

Member of the Month * Fun Fact

New and Renewing Members

Click here for the October Calendar


Spin Cycle

Lance Bifoss displays his bright, psychedelic pop art-inspired paintings for the month of October- artwork with a spin!

Lance Bifoss draws inspiration from everything from music to wildlife to women. He draws from an amazing mental library of literature, movies, books, musicians, pop culture and even ancient symbols for the focus of his paintings. The references are fun to catch, and his wide array of images take on life and energy in their spinning settings.

Lance’s painting style is almost machine clean and hard-edged in rendering the main subjects, but is contrasted with swirling spattered backgrounds created by natural forces. The resulting works play on the interaction between the two, either blending or contrasting in a way that builds his message. His piece “Road Rage” is a perfect example of his ability to use the interplay of the two painting methods- the central figure is carefully painted, but is morphed and distorted as if caught in the spin. Cartoon hands grip a swirl of paint that denotes a steering wheel in motion- there is no denying that this has the full feel of being overwhelmed by rage while on the road. The piece brings Ralph Stedman to mind, whose use of spattered ink combined with hard graphic lines created the overwhelming sense of fear and loss of control in the illustrations of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” Lance ’s painting method allows him to depict both motion and emotion. His figures and subjects appear iconic, emanating a spinning force, and his colors are electric.

Please join us for the free opening reception for “Spin Cycle” on Friday, October 7, 5-7pm at the Main Street Gallery.


The Careless Lovers

the FIRST Torch Nights performance of the Season!!!

We’re starting off the season with style! YOU are invited to a Swingin’ Speakeasy of a show

with live music by the Careless Lovers!

Saturday, October 8, 7:30pm (Doors open at 7:00) at Ted Ferry Civic Center, 21+

Get your tickets HERE, or give us a ring at 225-2211. Remember, Season Passholders get $5 off!

Shake a leg and relive a little bit of Ketchikan history- back to an era of hot jazz, wild women, and booze brought in through trapdoors in the floors! Creek Street still stands from the days of prohibition, and many of its historic buildings still have hatches in the flooring where brave and thirsty folks brought bootlegged booze up the creek in boats. They handed it up to patrons of swinging night clubs like Dolly’s. Miners, fishermen, loggers and townspeople gathered to carouse, drink and visit the clapboard bordellos built along the boardwalk while music floated out over the water. Let’s turn back the clock for a night of revelry that earned Ketchikan its infamy, just up the hill from where our founders whooped it up in the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s- and this time, you don’t have to bring your hooch hidden in a flask!

We’re setting the mood with the music of the era: The Careless Lovers play hoppin’ live swing! The band is assembled from a group of swing dancer-musicians, inspired by the streets and clubs of New Orleans, New York City, and anywhere that hot jazz combos have been laying down swinging rhythms past and present. They play a mix of traditional jazz, blues, and swing era tunes and styles, and it goes together like a wink and a smile. The Careless Lovers are fresh, bright and a little bit brash- this band comes on like gangbusters! Their sound has a sweet nostalgia and surprising sass. They’ll charm you then elbow you in the ribs. They’re bouncing and full of energy, and play infectiously danceable rhythms that will have you out on the floor- or at least jumping in your seat.

AND these guys can dance! Don’t miss your chance to learn some new swing dancing moves with a dance class with the band before the show!

Put on your threads, turn the twister to the slammer, grab your squeeze and join us for a Swingin’ Speakeasy! No-host bar for those in the know, dance floor down if you want to jump and jive!

Check out this music video!

what a riot!!!

careless lovers on myspace


It’s not too late to save on the full line-up if you get yours before October 8! Get a reserved-seat ticket to the Wearable Art Show on the night of your choice, and get $5 off when you purchase any other Torch Nights performance tickets!

Advertise with the Arts Council!

Support the arts AND advertise your business in the Torch Nights programs. Reasonable rates gets your ad in every concert program, Wearable and the Blueberry Arts Festival guide!

Big huge HUGE thank-you’s to the Inn at Creek Street for sponsoring this event,

and to Grace Freeman for the slick poster design!


Angie and the Car Wrecks Halloween Bash!

Saturday, October 29, 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30) at Ted Ferry Civic Center. 21+

Get your tickets here! Season Passholders $5 off!

The Arts Council and KRBD invite you to a rockabilly riot of a Halloween Bash! Live music by Angie and the Car Wrecks, costume and dance contests (prizes!!!), no-host bar, refreshments, and a DJ playing on into the night… Angie and the Car Wrecks are rockabilly bordering on psychobilly, a little the soundtrack if Elvis starred in a zombie movie. We know you’ll be on the dance floor getting your boogie on.

“Stationed in the (second) wettest circle of he**, a rockabilly band has surfaced. WA is where we reside, but in the style of the older, finer things is where we really live. We are trying to bring back the raw style of rockabilly: blazing guitar and strong upright bass. We also dabble in old-school country.”

The Car Wrecks’ main influences are the pioneers of classic rockabilly music, most of them featured on the Sun label in the 1950’s: Carl Perkins, Billy Lee Riley, Elvis, and of course Johnny Cash. Other influences include Hank Williams Sr., Loretta Lynn, Waylon Jennings, and more recently, the Chop Tops and the Reverend Horton Heat. Together they bring you an exciting blend of country, rockabilly, psychobilly and surf music and they look darn good doing it! (Almost as good as you in your spookiest!)

Angie and the Car Wrecks on Myspace

w/ lots of music to check out! oh yeah and zombies.


Artist Development Workshops

Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council offers Annual Artist Development Workshops at the Main Street Gallery. This season, we’re focusing on Getting Your Artwork Online! Only one class in the series left! Classes $75 each. Contact the Arts Council at 225.2211 to sign-up!

4. Call For Entry, (CaFE)- October 11, 2011 6:00-7:30pm

The CAFE system allows you to create and maintain an online portfolio that can be used to apply for a wide array of

opportunities. This is an important tool for artists that gives you access to apply for RFPs, exhibit and grant opportunities across the country, and that allows you to efficiently send customized electronic applications. A local artist will show the steps she takes to apply for an RFP and send an application in the system. Bring your laptop, if you have one, and plan to get registered in the CAFE system in the last half hour.


Member of the Month

Tom LeCompte

Each month we get to pick someone from the community that has made a big impact on the arts in the community. This month we pick Tom LeCompte. Tom trys to play it low key – but in reality he does all sorts of things for the creative community here. He is on the Board the First City Players – most recently helping to bring the Performing Arts Center to fruition in the old Fireside building – he is one of the folks that helps to bring the Monthly Grind to us on the third Saturday of every month from September through May. AND – in September, Tom helped to orchestrate a sold out concert for the To The Point Band at the Main Street Gallery featuring Ketchikan’s summer guest artist Rodelio “Del” Vidal and Dave Rubin, Stan Felsman, Terry O’Hara, Ken Arriola, Bob Bloom, AND Tom. You can also find Tom singing down at the Hole in the Wall on a summer night – or wherever else there might be a promptu gathering of musicians. The Arts Council would like to thank Tom for his dedication to the arts of Ketchikan, his energy in preserving the historical information of the organizations, and his commitment to the extraordinary value of the cultural infrastructure the arts provide for Ketchikan.


by Maida Marksheffel

Winter Arts Faire

Friday, November 25 & Saturday, November 26 (Thanksgiving weekend)

11am – 6pm @ Ted Ferry Civic Center & Cape Fox Lodge

Click here for the Winter Arts Faire application! Last year’s vendors have until October 7th to reclaim their booth spaces.


Fun Fact

According to research and surveys of arts events attendance in the United States, an average estimate of attendance at events is about 1% of the community. For Ketchikan that would mean we should expect about 130 people at each event…. According to OUR calculations Ketchikan EXCEEDS that number on a regular basis. In fact it seems the sure-fire way to get ONLY 1% of the population of Ketchikan to an event, is to have your event at a venue that can only hold 130 people or less! In 2010 Arts Council events were attended by 18,890 people (Yep – some of you go to more than one event annually – but we count you everytime!). Thanks to everyone that goes to arts events in Ketchikan!! We are an ARTS town!!!


New & Renewing Members

Thank you to all these new and renewing members from September! Membership is critical to helping the Arts Council meet our mission of creating and promoting opportunities for all community members to experience the arts! Not a member? Join today at or visit us at the Main Street Gallery!

Alaska Car Rental

Allen Marine Tours

Arctic Bar & Liquor Store

Black Bear Inn

Bridget Norton

Charlie and Judy Arteaga

Chinook and Company

David Gray

Deborah Hayden

Devin and Wendy Miller

Fish Creek Company

George Shaffer, DMD

Good Coffee Company

H’Art & Soul/MJ Cadle and Dave Jensen

Island Pharmacy

Jason and Christy Evison

Jennifer and Dan Castle

Jim Sarvela and Marla Peters

John Beck

Judy and Larry Roush

Lana and Earle Palmer

Linda Hall

Madison Lumber & Hardware

Mark Hanzlik

Marna and Mike Cessnun

Maureen Crosby

Norma and Kent Halvorsen

PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center

R&M Engineering – Ketchikan, Inc

Sandra Anderson

Scott and Beth Brandt-Erichsen

Vanessa Head

William and Xiao Nan Tatsuda

Woodwright Construction

Yolanda Dell