Ice Castles on the Green, December 13!
Colony Christmas is an old fashioned three-day celebration of Christmas past and present in Palmer that features horse-drawn sleigh rides, reindeer, gingerbread houses, and holiday carolers. As part of the celebration, on Saturday, December 13, 2014 the Valley Arts Alliance will be producing their 7th Annual Ice Castles on the Green!
Ice Castles on the Green consists of unique winter ice sculptures created by some of the Valley’s best artists. Our sculptures will be constructed behind the Dahlia Street Market on the Palmer Green, the area in Palmer also known as the “quad” or “square” located between the Borough Office, the Colony Inn, and the Dahlia Street Market.
The Dahlia Street Market was built in the mid-1930’s as the colony’s Trading Post and Post Office. Palmer’s Mayor DeLena Johnson and her husband Steve purchased the abandoned building a few years ago and restored it to glory. Now it hosts the Palmer City Alehouse (where everyone is invited in for a “warm up” on Saturday afternoon during the Ice Castles on the Green).
Our centerpiece this year will be an ice sculpture based on the glass pyramids at the Louvre in Paris. We have other remarkable ice sculptures lined up, but we’re always looking for other talented artists to help us create unique ice sculptures at Ice Castles on the Green! So bring your own ice, in any shape or form, and help us build! For inspiration, please visit our website ValleyArtsAlliance.com/Archives.
Most of the ice sculpting will occur from 2 to 4pm, but visit us any time and watch the ice sculptures take shape! So join us (and join in) on December 13 as we create another wonderful Ice Castles on the Green!
VAA partners with Valley Performing Arts!
The Valley Performing Arts will be producing “The Story of Velveteen Rabbit” at the Machetanz Theatre, 251 West Swanson in Wasilla, from November 28 to December 21, 2014.
Like a favorite stuffed animal from childhood, this delightful musical will touch your heart and remain forever in your sweet memories. The magic begins as the toy cabinet comes to life when the lights go out in the nursery. Timothy Lion, Train Engine, Skin Horse, Model Boat and Velveteen Rabbit all spring to life with actors representing the “spirit” of each toy in their entertaining and touching interactions onstage. With narration by the grandfatherly Skin Horse Spirit, you’ll laugh and cry along with the characters — especially the Rabbit Spirit, who learns about love when he gains the affection of the young boy. Andrew and Rabbit are inseparable until the boy comes down with scarlet fever, and the doctor proclaims that the germ-ridden toy must be destroyed. Luckily, Rabbit escapes and finds himself among the wild rabbits and the beautiful nursery magic fairy. With a Victorian flavor, this fun and heart-warming musical creatively captures the magic of the original story about a stuffed animal made real by a child’s love.
Friday and Saturday evenings at 7pm, Sunday matinees at 2pm. For more info, see their website or phone the Box Office at 373-0195.
In the lobby of the Machetanz Theatre is the Valley Arts Alliance showcase that displays locally crafted original artwork by Valley Arts Alliance members.
For the next several weeks, our showcase will contain "Twist or(ange) Sister / Twister Sister Orange", another original tarp and tape creation by Niki Pease that first appeared at the 2014 VAA Wearable Art and Runway Fashion Show. Just imagine Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz landing in Alaska, instead of Oz, and being greeted by the quirky half-sister of the Good Witch, Glenda.
New displays at the Machetanz Theatre are being planned, so that we can provide VPA theatre guests with an opportunity to view our local community artists. Just another example of the Valley Arts Alliance bringing the community together through the arts!
What is "Second Saturday"?
On one day each month—the “Second Saturday” here in the Valley—we are encouraging local art galleries, restaurants, and retail businesses to join in with local and regional artists, sculptors, musicians, and food masters for a festive day of art and entertainment.
This concept has been adopted in a variety of locations throughout America, and provides a festive atmosphere for visitors to plan a day on the town and browse the many participating stores and venues. A bookstore could schedule a book signing; a coffee shop could schedule a poetry reading; a gallery could have an artist demonstrate; or a retail establishment could provide space for a musician to play. All on the same day of the month—the Second Saturday.
The Valley Arts Alliance is coordinating the "Second Saturday" project. Just email us if you are willing to participate and we will attempt to match up artists and venues. For a complete list of participating Second Saturday venues, please sign up for our newsletter. It’s that easy! Join us in supporting the arts in our community, and in helping to make our art community grow.