* Art Encore! Auction * Hula! * Annual Meeting *
* Year of the Artist * Blueberry T-Shirt Design *
* Voices of the Wilderness * Member of the Month: Karen Brand *
* Employee of the Month *

Click here fore the March Calendar

Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council invites YOU to a

Fine Art Auction & Mortgage Burning

Saturday, March 5
Ted Ferry Civic Center

6:30pm – Silent Auction & Hors d’ oeuvres
7:30pm – English Auction of Collection

$30 per person – Click here for Tickets
or at the Main Street Gallery and at the Door

No-Host Beer & Wine
Live Music by Lushlife
Champagne & Truffles at Evening’s End

In July of 2008, the Arts Council purchased its permanent home at 330 Main Street. We began renovations to transform the church into a gallery and office space, and in August of 2009, we had our first show opening! We are now in our second season of exhibits in the beautiful new building, and we’re still delighted to be here! Not to brag, but Ketchikan is now home to one of the best galleries in the state! We are very thankful to the many organizations and individuals who gave in order to make it possible. After over two years in our new location, we are appealing to the community to help us pay off the last of our debt- we are so close to complete ownership of the Main Street Gallery!If we are able to raise the final $10,000, we can retire our debt and burn our mortgage!

With your help, we’re going to make that final payment in style- with an evening of art! Please join us for an auction of over 100 pieces of artwork created in a wide range of media, a huge spectrum of styles and subjects, that have been donated by your art collecting friends and neighbors. Get a beautiful new piece for your home, and support the Arts Council’s new home!

Click here to preview featured pieces in the auction!



March 31, 7:30pm at Saxman Tribal House

Aloha Ketchikan! Has the cold, wet, gray winter lasted too long? Turn up the heat and add bright color to your night with some hip-shaking hula! See traditional hula of Hawaii, with its graceful movements emphasizing the hips and hands, fast-paced Tahitian dances with tall headdresses and colorful grass skirts, and Maori poi balls of New Zealand, spun to create patterns and tell stories. We’re bringing both kane and wahini dancers (male and female) to perform a wide array of dances showcasing Hawaii’s rich heritage and traditions, and the audience will have the chance to join in the fun! Hula tells the story of Hawaii’s people- we’ll see and experience the arts of a tropical moku (island) here on our own!

YouKnowYouWannaHula! It’s your chance to learn to move to the island rhythms and dance the hula! Before the performance, on Wednesday, March 30, come to the Main Street Gallery for a hula class- you get to try one of the world’s most sensual dances! Move your hips to the sway of Hawaiian rhythm, try out those face-paced Tahitian dances, learn to spin poi! The hula crew of Bright Entertainment will have you warmed up and shaking your hips- Wikiwiki, a’ole pilikia!

Latenight Luau! Bust out those Hawaiian shirts, cocunut bras and grass skirts- the fun doesn’t end with the show- head to the tropics for a Luau after party following the performance!

Click here for Hula Tickets, or call the Arts Council at 225-2211!


Annual Meeting

We’re lining up this year’s Annual Meeting- time to reflect on 2010, and to look ahead to a whole new year! Planning, pot lucking, and fun! All members are welcome to attend, and if you’re not a current member, you are welcome to sign up when you come! It’s been a great year for the Arts Council- a tremendous series of performances, gallery exhibits, new programming, and more! We want to celebrate our accomplishments and growth, and look ahead to challenges we will address in 2011.

Join us at the Main Street Gallery on Saturday, April 2 for a pot luck and planning! More info coming soon!
Time TBA- we’ll post it on KetchikanArts.org


Year of the Artist

Every year is “Year of the Artist in Ketchikan! However, the Ketchikan Borough Assembly recognizes the impact the arts have on every aspect of life in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough — improving the economy, enriching civic life, and driving tourism. A year-long celebration kicked off the week of January 17 when the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly proclaimed 2011 as the “Year of the Artist” in Ketchikan. The Borough has funded two wonderful projects that will showcase Ketchikan’s rich cultural resources and the artists that make Ketchikan their home.

ONLINE DIRECTORY: The first project, facilitated by the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council, is on online directory of Ketchikan artists, arts organizations, public art collections, and cultural facilities. The online “Artist Registry” is an integral part of the online directory. This new interactive website will feature a data bank that connects artists with each other, the community, the state, potential residents, and visitors to our community. In the next month Ketchikan artists, representatives of arts groups, and cultural facility managers will be asked to begin the process of submitting information and digital images online.

ARTS GUIDE: The second project, coordinated through the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau, is a printed Ketchikan Arts Guide. The Guide will be built upon the information acquired through the online directory process. A handsome bound publication, it is intended as a hands-on reference tool that may be used visitors and locals alike.

FACEBOOK: To keep up with all that is happening during the “Year of the Artist” like our new facebook page: 2011 Year of the Artist – Ketchikan, Alaska. The page will highlight the busy lives of Ketchikan artists, what is new in Ketchikan art scene, local arts groups, and upcoming cultural events.

Please email any questions, thoughts, and/or ‘art gossip’ leads that may be of interest to our facebook fans to Victoria Lord at victoria@ketchikanarts.org. Facebook ideas and information will be verified and published on the 2011 Year of the Artist News Feed.


Blueberry Art Festival T-Shirt and Logo Design Call to Artists!

$500 and fame and glory for the winning design!

Click here for the BBAF 2011 T-Shirt Call


Voices of the Wilderness

Calling for Artists to participate in Residencies in the Ketchikan-Misty Fiords District
for five to nine days!
(In the July through August timeframe).

Artists and art professionals working in any medium, visual, (two and three dimensional, photographers, sculptors, painters), as well as audio (musicians, singers, composers), filmmakers (video/digital), and writers (poets, fiction, essays, storytellers) are welcome to apply for a residency in the Misty Fiords National Monument Wilderness to gain inspiration for making new artwork! As an artist in residence in the spectacular 2.2 million-acre wilderness area, you will experience this landscape like few others. Traveling alongside a ranger, you’ll kayak the calm fiords and camp along shorelines. Your job is to be inspired! The Forest Service will provide food, transportation to and from the field, and most camping and kayaking gear. The participant is expected to donate one piece of artwork to the Forest Service for use in publicizing the values of the public lands, and should representative of the Tongass National Forest. Artwork must be delivered within three months of the residency. Artists are also expected to provide one public presentation within six months of completing their residency, such as a slide lecture, demonstration, or workshop that publicizes the program and connects the community to its public lands. To apply, complete an application and submit art samples. Click here for the full Voices of the Wilderness Call to Artists, Click here for the Voices of the Wilderness Application.


Member of the Month: Karen Brand

Karen, we look back with relief and a little bit of shame at the first Wearable this staff lived through (maybe that’s not the right way to put it, the first Wearable this staff put on?) Why? because we didn’t really know what the Wearable Art Show was. We’d seen pictures, we’d heard some stories, people tried to explain in lots of different ways, but really, you have to experience it to know what it’s all about. So here we were, brand new, and let’s face it – scared out of our minds – about this four-show sold-out extravaganza with over 150 artists and models, food, bars, a set, music to line-up, (okay I’m starting to hyperventilate here so I’ll get to the point)- we wouldn’t have ever made it if it weren’t for Karen. She not only talked us off of ledges (you notice “ledges” is plural…?), she knew what we were supposed to be doing… and when, and most importantly, she was absolutely certain it WAS NOT time to panic. As the Wearable Art Show Committee Chair, she was a fearless leader, a therapist, the voice of reason, slave labor, friend, and more than we can list. Karen, we are sad to lose your smarts, your zen, your humor in the realm of Wearable Art Show Planning, but wish you incredible happiness in your endeavors off the rock. Thanks for a ton of time, great memories, a rapid education, and your patience. XOXOXOXOXO!


Employee of the Month: Our Board

So, in an unusual move, the Arts Council staff has selected the Arts Council Board of Directors as Employee of the Month. At first blush you may think, “huh….” But let me explain – when we sat down at the end of 2010 and looked at our income – and considered the further cuts from our city grant – the Board identified our construction loan as a very good target to reduce our expenses. Then, when the staff got that glassy-eyed-oh-jeepers-we-can’t-do-anything-more-or-our-heads-will-explode look in our eyes, the Board stepped right up to the plate and said, “We’ll do it!!!” and they did. Art, Encore! was conceived as a way for our community to celebrate our artists by purchasing art from local collections, a way to raise funds to retire the remaining construction debt for the building, and at the end of the evening, a celebration of the arts of Ketchikan.

Thank you so much to the Board of the Arts Council, for your guidance, your energy, your commitment, your inspiration and your ability to lead an organization that makes such a big difference in our community!


Thanks to these new & renewing members (January & February 2011)!

Southeast Alaska Prosthetics & Orthotics
Tongass School of Arts and Sciences
Starboard Frames & Gifts
Alaska Seaplane Tours
Family Air
Rocky Pass Rainforest Gifts
Tara Anthes and Christian Hamlat
Barbara Bigelow and Dick Smith
Susan Christensen
Delores Churchill
Terese Connolly
Dale and Su Curtis
Elizabeth Einset
Patrick Enright
Anne Fitzgerald
Kathy and Mary Flora
Lindley Gifford and Sue Crocker
Lacey Gilbo and Clark Simpson
K.N. Goodrich
Silvia Greuter
Chrissey Halvorsen
John Harrington
Ernestine Henderson
Jerry and Sunni Holland
Martha Jacobson
Jan Jorgensen
Gretchen Klein
Patricia Krantz
Len and Judy Laurance
Marilyn and Jack Lee
Kale Lesko
Victoria Lord
Gail Matz
Anita, Cole and Hannah Maxwell
Melody McAllister
Leanna McMinn
Tina and Roy McPherson
Nancy and Don Mitchel
Barbara Morgan
Sydney Olsen
Christal Rose
Ivy Rose
Schellie Saddoris
David Smith and Melissa Withers
Charlotte Tanner
Deb Turnbull
Jackie Tyson
Rebecca and Dave Valentine
Jill Walker
Deb Watier
Ronald Whitton