The 8th Annual "Going to the Dogs" Art Exhibit!
The Iditarod Dog Sled Race starts March 1, and in keeping with the spirit of The Last Great Race on Earth, the Valley Arts Alliance has asked local artists to create unique dog-themed artwork—paintings, photographs, sculpture, fiber arts, etc. This artwork will be displayed at the Dorothy G. Page Museum in Wasilla through Match 28, 2014.
The Iditarod Trail, as originally planned in 1908, started in Seward and ended in Nome. In the first decade of the 20th Century, thousands of gold-seekers traveled this route to the Iditarod goldfields, and gold-carrying sled dog teams became a regular sight on the trail. But by the 1920’s the stampede for gold was over, and the construction of new rail lines resulted in the Iditarod Trail falling into disuse.
In 1967, during the 100th anniversary of America's purchase of Alaska from Russia, Dorothy Page, the namesake of the Wasilla museum, and Joe Redington Sr. decided to help revive and reenergize the sport of mushing in Alaska. The Iditarod trail seemed ideal for a spectacular dog race to wake Alaskans up to what mushers and their dogs had done for Alaska.
In the years since that first 50-mile centennial race the Iditarod has grown into Alaska's greatest sporting spectacle, the 1049 mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from Anchorage to Nome known around the world as the Last Great Race on Earth.
So to commemorate not only those canine athletes of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, but all “dogs with a heart”, let’s make March a “DOG-gone” month of art!
VAA partners with Valley Performing Arts!
The Valley Performing Arts will be producing the classic “Pollyanna” at the Machetanz Theatre, 251 West Swanson in Wasilla, from February 14 through March 9, 2014. This is the delightful, classic tale of the greatest optimist of all time: Pollyanna. It’s the story about a little girl’s faith in a promise that her father made: that you can find something good about anything that happens. Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows start at 8pm; and Sunday shows start 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 the entry “All Decked Out” by Ginny Lawton. It was modeled by Ginny Lawton, Kate Lawton, Pat Gakin, Audrey Kelley, and Michelle Spiegel-Freeman in the 2013 VAA Wearable Art and Runway Fashion Show.
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.