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Next Meeting Oct 31 Thursday

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

Art Meeting Oct 31 Thursday

Our weekly Thursday @ 1 Art Meets Recycling Get-Together will be at VCRS Recycling Center, 9465 E. Chanlyut Circle, Palmer.

Recent Photos: Art on Fire 2019
Nov 3 Sunday

The Palmer episode of the Valley Arts Alliance Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show! will be broadcast at 3pm Sunday, November 3, 2019, at the Alaska Veterans & Pioneers Home in Palmer.

Since this is an abbreviated show, tickets are free!

The Alaska Veterans & Pioneers Home is located at 250 East Fireweed in Palmer.

AK Home Companion Sat Oct 12 in Wasilla!

Would you like to hear stories about the best, the worst, and the silliest of everyday living in Alaska?

Coming to you Saturday, October 12, from the historic Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry (MATI) next to Wasilla International Airport, the 2019 Premier Episode of The Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show!

MATI is our favorite Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry, and 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.

For those of you who haven’t seen or heard one of our episodes, The Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show! features interesting stories by Alaskans about the best, the worst, and the silliest of everyday living in Alaska. In previous episodes, we heard from The Roving Reporter, Mom and Louie, and Guy d’North, as well as news from Lake Willowa, Mukluk Radio, and Coffee Talk.

The 2019 season is our seventh year producing The Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show!, and we will continue with new music and dance acts, occasional impersonations of local celebrities, and will be occasionally broadcast live by Radio Free Palmer 89.5 FM. Visit their website at www.radiofreepalmer.org for a live stream or podcast.

So mark your calendar! The Wasilla episode of the Valley Arts Alliance Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show! will be broadcast at 7pm Saturday, October 12, 2019, at the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry in Wasilla. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door. A cash bar will be open during the event.

To see exciting scenes of these episodes, visit our Archive Pages!

VAA partners with Valley Performing Arts!

The Valley Performing Arts will be producing “The Haunting of Hill Housel” from October 18 to Novebmer 3, 2019.

Cut off from the outside world by its remote location and shunned by all who know its forbidding and sinister reputation, Hill House has remained empty and silent except for the daily visits of its grumbling caretaker, Mrs. Dudley. Its isolation is broken by the arrival of Dr. Montague, an investigator of supernatural phenomena who has been granted a short lease by the present owner. His mission is to delve into the morbid history of the house and to come to grips with the occult forces that have made it uninhabitable for many years. He is joined by three others, all unacquainted, but all having their particular reasons for accepting Dr. Montague’s invitation to share his Hill House sojourn. Their visit begins with jovial informality, but their sensibilities are soon jolted by strange and eerie occurrences. As they struggle to disguise their mounting fears they are joined by Dr. Montague’s wife and a friend, who have come to Hill House for purposes of their own. They too are absorbed by the supernatural, but their approach is via direct communication with the departed spirits—a type of psychic research which is regarded fearfully by Dr. Montague and which, as subsequent events bear out, brings on a crisis in which the evil forces of Hill House are goaded to a new and, for one of those present, fatal fury..

Performances will be at the Fred & Sara Machetanz Theatre at 251 West Swanson in Wasilla.

For more info, see their website or phone the Box Office at 373-0195.

In the lobby of the Fred & Sara 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 headpieces from previous years Wearable Art and Runway Fashion Show. Next year's event will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the Palmer Depot. The headpieces on display were made by Dianne Boyd and Colleen Wake.

New displays at the Fred & Sara 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!

Art Meets Recycling

The Valley Community for Recycling Solutions (let’s call them VCRS) has graciously allowed us the use of their community classroom each Thursday, from 1 to 3pm.

If you love to paint, sculpt, and create, and want to get together with other artistic people, this is the place for you. This invitation is extended to anyone, or any age, interested in Art, and Recycling. And best of all, it’s FREE.

For more information, come to our weekly Thursday @ 11 meeting at Sophia's Café. The VAA and VCRS have been partnering for over 10 years. Our annual Wearable Art and Runway Fashion Show has many outfits made entirely out of recycled materials.

So join us on Thursdays at the VCRS! They are located at 9465 E. Chanlyut Circle (49th State Street, on the P-W Hwy).

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.