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Next Meeting March 26 Thursday

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

Recent Photos: 2015 Alaska Home Companion at Big Lake / Houston
March 14 Second Saturday

Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show! The Season 4 Premier Episode of the VAA Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show! will be held at 7pm on March 14 at Lockhart & Erskine’s Top Drawer, located in the Meodowood Mall at the corner of Pars Hwy and Big Lake Road in Big Lake.

Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show!, is a rendition of a live radio broadcast from the golden age of Alaskan radio, with skits, music, and dance acts, similar to the popular Prairie Home Companion radio show on NPR. See exciting scenes from last year’s episodes at the Alaksa Home Companion—Wasilla and Alaska Home Companion—Sutton archive pages.

Tickets are $15 each, and are available at the door.

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April 11 Second Saturday

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June 27 Saturday

Art on Fire Iron Pour Art Fest! The 8th Annual VAA Art on Fire Iron Pour Art Fest will be held from 10am until 5pm at the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry, 3800 Museum Drive (near the airport) in Wasilla.

Come watch hot liquid iron being poured, bars of red-hot steel being forged, hand-made pieces of popttery taking on a beautiful glaze in flames, and glass being transformed by a hot flame. See exciting scenes from last year’s event on our VAA Art on Fire archive page.

Tickets are $10 each, and are available at the door. (children 12 and under are FREE)

VAA Wearable Art Show, February 21!

The Valley Arts Alliance is proud to host their 9th annual VAA Wearable Art & Runway Fashion Show at the Palmer Depot on February 21, 2015.

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 “Ice Breaker!” 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 2014 archives page.

To become a part of the 9th annual VAA Wearable Art & Runway Fashion Show, download our APPLICATION PACKAGE, which contains the 2015 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 13, 2015.

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 9th 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 “South Pacific” at the Machetanz Theatre, 251 West Swanson in Wasilla, from March 20 to April 19, 2015.

Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile's proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he's fallen in love out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a dangerous mission, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices.

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 art by Sandra Cook, Margret Hugi-Lewis, 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.