Next Meeting April 24 Thursday

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

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May 10 Second Saturday

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May 31 Saturday

RAKU POTTERY PARTY. Again this year, the VAA will be conducting a Raku Pottery Party. This year it will be held at Arctic Fires Bronze in Palmer, starting at 2pm. So stay tuned!

June 21 Saturday

ART ON FIRE. The7th annual Valley Arts Alliance Art on Fire Iron Pour Art Fest will be held on Saturday, June 21, 2014 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 21. 

The ticket price is $10, with children under 12 admitted free. For more information, visit the 2013 Art on Fire archive page.

The 6th Annual "Raku Pottery Party" on May 31!

On Saturday afternoon, May 31, the Valley Arts Alliance will conduct our 6th Annual Raku Pottery Party at Pat Garley's Arctic Fires Bronze in Palmer, Alaska. Although we describe it as a “party”, this is an informal workshop conducted by VAA artist Sandra Cook.

The creation of Raku pottery requires both heat and smoke to create the unique patterns and designs. Sandra will provide each participant with two vessels or pots of fired and unglazed ceramic ware, known as bisque. The participants then decorate their vessel with a variety of glazes, and the vessels are then fired in one of Sandra’s special Raku kilns.

After firing for approximately 30 minutes, the “red hot” vessel is placed inside a metal can full of combustible materials, such as newspapers, and the metal can is sealed. As the fire consumes the oxygen within the can, it also draws the oxygen out of the vessel and its glaze. This process, called post fire reduction, is responsible for the unique Raku look, with colors that are completely unpredictable.

The workshop fee is $50 (payable at the door) and is expected to last about 4 hours. Seating is limited, so please reply to “Carmen (at) ValleyArtsAlliance (dot) com” to reserve your place. And remember, at the conclusion of the workshop, all the participants will be able to take their unique creations home!

So join in and join us at Arctic Fires Bronze, located at 15615 East Outer Springer Loop in Palmer, starting at 2pm on Saturday, May 31.

VAA partners with Valley Performing Arts!

The Valley Performing Arts will be producing the classic “The Marvelous Wonderettes” at the Machetanz Theatre, 251 West Swanson in Wasilla, from March 28 to April 20, 2014.

Be transported to the 1958 Springfield High School prom and meet the Wonderettes - four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts and voices to match. Join these young women at their ten-year high school reunion to find out what changes have occurred in each of their lives.  A fun musical journey to learn about their lives, loves, heartaches and triumphs accompanied by the girls performing classic '50's and '60s' pop songs.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows start at 8pm; and Sunday shows start 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.