Indigo Piano Trio Concert and ‘Meet-the-Artists’ Social

The Arts Council invites you to begin your New Year’s Eve celebration early by enjoying some tantalizing appetizers while mingling with 3 talented musicians direct from Yale University. 
Join us at 6:00 pm on New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31 for appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages at the Skagway School where you can meet and talk with members of the Indigo Piano Trio. 
At 6:30 you will experience the gorgeous melodies produced by local solo harpist Katie Miller Klug followed by a truly eclectic concert presented by the Indigo Piano Trio at 7:00 pm. 
The Trio is comprised of Yale students Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (a Sitka High School alumnus) on cello, Matthew Griffith on clarinet, and Richard Kahn on piano; and their program will include pieces ranging from Bach and Brahms to Radiohead, Artie Shaw and Lady Gaga.  Admission for the entire evening will be only $10 for adults ($2 discount for SAC members), or $5 for students/seniors (65 and up).  Refreshments will be provided by the Arts Council but you are welcome to bring your favorite appetizer to share. 
Call Dottie at 983-2248 for more information.  Don’t miss this wonderful wrap-up of the Arts Council’s most successful year 2011!!! — SAC

Arts and Crafts Workshops
Start the New Year by participating in the Arts Council’s first arts and craft workshop, Quilting and Sewing Projects led by Carol Borg and Billi Clem on Saturday, January 14, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 4p.m. 
Participants will create quilt squares that will be built into either a tote bag or a Valentine heart table runner. 
A list of materials to bring to the workshop will be available after January 2, 2012 on the SAC website or at the Russian Tailor downtown. 
If you need to borrow a sewing machine for the workshop, contact Kathy Wassman at 983-3650 to reserve one. Admission is $5 ($2 discount for SAC members) and the location is yet to be confirmed. 
Other workshops being planned to keep you busy through the winter and early spring include the Art of Sushi, drum making, ukulele making, earring making, drawing, New York bagel making, calligraphy, ukulele playing, pottery, hard and soft covered journal making, and more glass classes. 
Call Donna Griffard at 983-3222 if these or other classes interest you. Watch the SAC website and local bulletin boards for more details. —SAC

Chilkoot Trail to be host of artist-in-residence program next summer

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park and three other regional associations are looking for two artists, one American and one Canadian, to participate in the Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program: The Artist’s Journey.
KGRNHP Educational Specialist Amanda McCutcheon said in past years, the park had an artist-in-residence program, and they wanted to do something similar again.
In 2011 Parks Canada hosted an artist-in-residence at Lindeman, and the Skagway teenagers who participated in the park’s Chillkoot Trail hike got to experience the program first hand.
“It was kind of cool for all of us to have a chance to paint at the end of the trip and express how we felt about our journey,” said McCutcheon, who was a chaperone on the trip.
Because Parks Canada won’t be able do the program in the same way because of upcoming construction, McCutcheon said it approached KGRNHP with a partnership that would host artists on the trail.
Instead of one artist being stationary for his or her time on the trail, two artists will be moving through the whole trail and sharing their art with visitors and hikers, McCutcheon said.
For this program, KGRNHP will be partnering with the Skagway Arts Council, Parks Canada and Yukon Arts Centre.
Yukon Arts Centre will be providing $1,000 to each artist as an honorarium, and Parks Canada will provide $300 for food and supplies for the trip.
Each artist will do a presentation in Skagway to introduce themselves and their art, and will do the same in Whitehorse when they reach the end of their journey.
Along the trail, they will hold open houses, which will be advertised in town and along the trail.
“We want this to be open to everyone,” McCutcheon said. “This program will be an exceptional way to reach people and a wonderful cultural experience for our visitors.
Though the organizations will try to select different time periods for them to be heard, in order to provide interaction over a long period of time and reach more people, the times may overlap a little. – KE