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Next Meeting Feb 11 Thursday

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

Recent Photos: Alaska Home Companion - Willow 2016
February 13 Second Saturday

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February 20 Saturday

Join us for the 10th Annual VAA Wearable Art and Runway Fashion Show at the Palmer Depot. Celebrating our 10th, or “Diamond” Anniversary, this year’s theme is Diamond Decadence!

We will be producing two shows this year, a 3pm Matinee and the 7pm Evening Show. Tickets are $15 for each, and for the 3pm Matinee ONLY, Children under 12 years will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

To enter your creation, DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION and apply before Friday February 12, 2016. See exciting scenes from last year’s show at our 2015 Wearable Art Archive Page.

March 12 Second Saturday

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April 9 Second Saturday

Check out the latest Second Saturday events! We publish a Newsletter listing the planned events on the Thursday evening prior to Second Saturday.
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Wearable Art's 10th Anniversary, Feb 20!

The Valley Arts Alliance is proud to host their 10th annual VAA Wearable Art & Runway Fashion Show at the Palmer Depot on February 20, 2016. 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 (our 10th anniversary, or Diamond anniversary) we’re using the theme “Diamond Decadence” 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 2015 or Wearable Art 2014 archives pages.

To become a part of the 10th annual VAA Wearable Art & Runway Fashion Show, download our Application Package, which contains the 2016 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 12, 2016. 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 the Town Square Art Gallery, and in Big Lake at Top Drawer. We expect both shows to sell out, so please purchase your tickets early.

The 10th 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 “Anne of Avonlea” at the Machetanz Theatre, 251 West Swanson in Wasilla, from February 19th to March 13th, 2016.

Anne of Avonlea is the enchanting sequel to L.M. Montgomery’s immortal classic Anne of Green Gables and brings to the stage the continuing adventures of one of literature’s most endearing characters, Anne Shirley.

From her first days as a young schoolteacher to her departure for Redmond College, the play abounds with such familiar names as Marilla Cuthbert, Rachel Lynde, Diana Barry and Gilbert Blythe. There are many new characters as well, including the cantankerous neighbor, Mr. Harrison (and his parrot!), the mysterious Miss Lavendar, the irrepressible twins, Davey and Dora, and Anne’s lively, most loveable, and high-spirited students.

We also see flashbacks of Anne’s early life and how she came to live at Green Gables.  All ages will enjoy this wonderful story of Anne with an “e” as she grows up and warms our hearts all over again.

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 Poly Pioneer Peakimono, another tarp and tape original by Niki Pease that was featured in the 2015 VAA Wearable Art & 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.