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Next Meeting July 24 Thursday

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

Recent Photos: Sutton Public Library Art Exhibit
August 9 Second Saturday

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October 11 Second Saturday

Coming to you October 11 from the historic MATI gallery next to Wasilla International Airport, the third season premier of The Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show!

The Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show is the Valley Arts Alliance rendition of a live radio broadcast from the golden age of radio, with skits, music, and dance acts, similar to the popular Prairie Home Companion radio show on NPR featuring Garrison Keillor.

Alaska Home Companion will feature interesting stories by Alaskans about the best, the worst, and the silliest of everyday living in Alaska. See exciting scenes from last year's episode at the 2013 AK Home Companion archive page.

If you missed our call for auditions, and you have a story or act you would like to share with us, please contact Carmen (at) ValleyArtsAlliance (dot) com now.

The Valley Arts Alliance will be producing The Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show, at 7pm Saturday, October 11, 2014, at the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry, 3800 W. Museum Drive in Wasilla. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door. A cash bar will be open during the event.

November 8 Second Saturday

Coming to you November 8 from the beautiful Sutton Public Library and Community Resource Center, a special Sutton edition of The Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show!

The Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show is the Valley Arts Alliance rendition of a live radio broadcast from the golden age of radio, with skits, music, and dance acts, similar to the popular Prairie Home Companion radio show on NPR featuring Garrison Keillor.

Alaska Home Companion will feature interesting stories by Alaskans about the best, the worst, and the silliest of everyday living in Alaska.

If you missed our call for auditions, and you have a story or act you would like to share with us, please contact Carmen (at) ValleyArtsAlliance (dot) com now.

The Valley Arts Alliance will be producing The Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show, at 7pm Saturday, November 8, 2014, at the Sutton Public Library, 11301 N. Chickaloon Way in Sutton. The suggested donation is $15.

Art on display at the Sutton Public Library!

Librarian Nancy Bartels recently invited the Valley Arts Alliance to display art at the Sutton Public Library and Community Resource Center.

There are over 20 art pieces on display, created by Val Barber, Sandra Cook, Pat Garley, Dennis Jensen & Mary Tilly, Niki Pease, Kim Strickland, Carmen Summerfield, Judy & Peter Vars, and Colleen Wake.

These art pieces were created at Valley Arts Alliance events, such as the Wearable Art & Runway Fashion Show, the Raku Pottery Party, Art on Fire Iron Pour Art Fest, and the One-Tree Art Project.

But the biggest “Art Piece” is the building itself.

The Sutton Public Library and Community Resource Center was perfectly designed to fit into the surroundings of the Alpine Historical Park. Architects Alaska based their design on a coal washing facility that was in the area in the 1920’s. The project encompassed over ten years of planning and fund raising, with the grand opening on June 15, 2012.

We are so impressed with the building that we will hold a Sutton episode of this year’s Alaska Home Companion at the Sutton Public Library on November 8, as well as the Wasilla episode at the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry on October 11.

You owe it to yourself to visit this amazing library. The Sutton Public Library and Community Resource Center is located at 11301 N. Chickaloon Way in Sutton, and their hours are 11 to 8 on Tuesday & Thursdays, 10 to7 on Wednesday & Friday, and 11 to 4 on Saturday.

VAA partners with Valley Performing Arts!

The Valley Performing Arts will be producing “Anastasia” at the Machetanz Theatre, 251 West Swanson in Wasilla, from September 5th to 28th, 2014.

Discovered as an amnesiac in a Berlin asylum, Anya is swept into a scheme to exploit the “heritage” of 10 million pounds being held in trust for any surviving heirs of the Romanoff dynasty. As the conspiracy prospers, Anya is coached to success but for one last test: the Imperial Grand Empress is alive and her acceptance is essential. This classic was made into a film which featured an Oscar-winning performance by Ingrid Bergman who starred as "Anya", the last surviving daughter of Czar Nicholas II of Russia.

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 artistic pottery by Sandra Cook, Karen Lopez, and Carmen Summerfield.

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.