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Next Meeting April 5 Thursday

Our weekly Thursday @ 11 meeting will be at Sophia's Cafe, 9191 E Frontage Road, P-W Hwy.

Recent Photos: 2018 Wearable Art
April 14 Second Saturday

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May 12 Second Saturday

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June 9 Second Saturday

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June 23 Saturday

ART ON FIRE. The 11th annual Valley Arts Alliance Art on Fire Iron Pour Art Fest will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2018 in Wasilla. The Valley will be buzzing with artists from across the country, as they gather to cast unique iron sculptures, create Raku pottery, and engage in other similar “fiery” events.

In the weeks preceding this event, Pat Garley will be offering workshops in metal casting and mold making at his studio in Palmer. For more information on these workshops, call Pat at 441- 6728. These workshops will be concluded at the VAA Art on Fire Iron Pour Art Fest, when these molds are poured with liquid iron from the fiery cupola.

The VAA Art on Fire Iron Pour Art Fest will be held at the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry, located at 3800 W. Museum Drive (near the airport) in Wasilla, from 10am until 5pm on Saturday, June 23. The ticket price is $10, with children under 12 admitted free. For more information, visit our archive pages.

Wearable Art Show! February 17, 2018

The Valley Arts Alliance is proud to host our 12th annual VAA Wearable Art & Runway Fashion Show at the Palmer Depot on February 17, 2018. This year we will present two identical performances—a matinee at 3pm and an evening performance at 7pm.

Wearable Art refers to hand crafted and one of a kind pieces of artwork designed to be worn by the human body as an artistic expression. Using their knowledge of color, fabric and non-traditional materials, artists create unique, wearable garments which they (or their models) wear while parading down an authentic “fashion runway”, accompanied by narration and music.

This year we’re using the theme “Parallel Universe” for staging the show, and we’re encouraging artists to use the same theme for their creative inspiration. To view exciting scenes from years past, visit our Wearable Art archives pages.

To become a part of the 12th annual VAA Wearable Art & Runway Fashion Show, download our application package, which contains the 2018 Entry Form, along with criteria, guidelines, and tips to make your entry a smashing success! Then return the completed application to us by Friday, February 9, 2018. Due to the overwhelming success of this show, we must limit entries to the first 25, so we urge you to submit your completed application early.

The ticket price is $15 per person for each performance. For the 3pm Matinee ONLY, children 12 years old and under will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets are on sale now—in Palmer at Fireside Books and Non-Essentials, in Wasilla at My House / Gathering Grounds, and in Big Lake at Top Drawer. Unsold tickets will be available at the door.

The 12th annual Valley Arts Alliance Wearable Art & Runway Fashion Show will be an exquisite evening of art and entertainment, in what has become a well-loved winter tradition in our Valley. Don’t miss this opportunity to support the arts in the Valley!

VAA partners with Valley Performing Arts!

The Valley Performing Arts will be producing “The Odd Couple (Female Version)” at the Machetanz Theatre, 251 West Swanson in Wasilla, from January 12th to 28th, 2018.

Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon’s hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Costazuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same.

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 "2017 A Fishing Odyssey" from the 2017 VAA Wearable Art and Runway Fashion Show. This entry was designed, created, and modeled by Colleen Wake.

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.