Team Alaska’s ‘Deadliest Catch: Calamari's Revenge, the Kraken’ won the Kids Choice award at the 22nd annual Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships in Colo. The carvers were at work this week on a 'Year of the Dragon' piece for the Buckwheat Ski Classic aid station. Pete Lucchetti

Thodos Dance Chicago coming to Skagway
The Skagway Arts Council is very proud to announce the presentation of its largest event undertaking in many years, the professional contemporary dance troupe, Thodos Dance Chicago. "Breathtakingly athletic," "powerfully beautiful," performing "vibrant choreography" are among the many critical accolades that Thodos Dance Chicago has received. This ensemble includes well-rounded artists who teach, choreograph, and perform, enabling them to bring contemporary dance to a wider audience with an appealing style incorporating a variety of dance forms created and performed with an innovative flair.
The Company's highly unique mission of inspiring expression and reaching young minds through dance education, creation and performance has established Thodos Dance Chicago as an innovative presence in american Contemporary dance.
For more information, visit www.thodosdancechicago.org.
This unique concert to the public will begin at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 1 (no fooling) at the Skagway School. Child care will be provided in the library, donations will be accepted for the provider. Admission will be $20 per person, $18 for members, $10 for students and seniors 65 and older, and family discounts will be available at the door. An opportunity to meet and greet the performers will be held at the Bombay Room of the Red Onion Saloon on Broadway following the performance on Sunday.
In addition, the Thodos dancers and choreographers will also be presenting interactive dance workshops at the Skagway School on Monday afternoon, April 2. Contact Dottie at 983-2248 for more information.

Artists and musicians wanted for the following two events!

The fourth annual Spring Show of Winter Art Work will be held on April 20-21 at the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.
Visual artists of all ages, both amateur and professional, are encouraged to submit artwork for this event. If you are a painter, soap maker, photographer, writer, poet, origami maker, glass artist, sketcher, collage maker, flower arranger, jeweler, carver, or any other kind of artist, we would love to show your work!
That includes all of you who participated in the many SAC arts workshops over the winter, so we expect to see a lot of ukuleles.
Submission forms can be picked up from the Skagway Public Library, Glacier Smoothies or printed from our website. It is free to submit, gets you exposure if you plan to sell your work, and also provides an outlet to show what you have created and an opportunity to receive encouragement from other artists and event attendees! Forms will be accepted until Friday, April 13. Questions please call Rain at 612-0157.

The 26th Annual International Folk Festival is scheduled for Friday, April 20 at the First Presbyterian Church. It kicks off with a Potluck/Meet and Greet the Artists in the Fellowship Hall of the church at 5 p.m. where you can interact with the performing artists and also be one of the first to tour the Spring Show of Winter Work exhibit.
Folk Festival music starts at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. To reserve a spot to perform, call Donna at 983-3222 by April 18 or check our website for a form. – SAC

Trail program names artists in residence

The international Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency program has announced its two resident artists for the year 2012.
“We are pleased to announce that this year’s artists are Corrie Francis Parks from Big Sky, Montana and Jay White from Bowen Island, British Columbia.,” a press release said.
Parks will be the first artist on the trail, starting in late June. She is an animator, artist and photographer. Her animation emphasizes the integration of digital and traditional mediums: working with sand, paint on glass, cut-outs and hand-drawn mediums. For more information on Corrie Francis Parks visit: www.corriefrancis.com
White, who will be starting his residency mid-July, is a painter and award-winning animator living on Bowen Island, near Vancouver, B.C.. His last animated short film, Boar Attack, won many Best Animated Short awards at festivals internationally, and was on the long list for Academy Award nomination 2009. His latest animated short, The Perfect Detonator, is showing at major film and animation festivals worldwide. For more information on Jay White visit: gogomax49.com.
This year’s residency will entail a two-week journey on the Chilkoot Trail following in the footsteps of the stampeders from Dyea, Alaska to Bennett Lake, British Columbia, according to press release.
The Artist Residency was developed by the Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site (Parks Canada), Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (U.S. National Park Service), Yukon Arts Centre and the Skagway Arts Council to help connect people to national parks and national historic sites through art. This program will increase the awareness of the Chilkoot Trail, both nationally and internationally, inspiring people to learn more about our protected areas.