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Next Meeting this Thursday

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

Art Meeting this Thursday

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

Recent Photos: Alaska Home Companion Wasilla 2022!
Nov 27 Sunday

The Valley Arts Alliance is proud to host the Willow edition of the Alaska Home Companion, at the Willow Community Center (WACO) located at Mile 69 Parks Highway, at 2pm on Sunday, November 27.

This event is FREE. For more information, visit our archive pages.

AK Home Companion, Willow, Sun Nov 27!

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

Coming to you Sunday, November 27, from the Willow Community Center (WACO), located at Mile 69 on the Parks Highway, the 2022 Willow Episode of The Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show!

WACO is your friendly community center in Willow, 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, and music, 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, Guy d’North, Lucy and Desi in the Butte, the Sommelier, as well as news from Lake Willowa, Mukluk Radio, and Coffee Talk.

The 2022 season is our ninth year producing The Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show!, and we will continue with new music and skits, occasional impersonations of local celebrities, and will be occasionally broadcast live by Radio Free Palmer on 89.5 FM.

So mark your calendar! The Willow episode of the Valley Arts Alliance Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show! will be broadcast live at 2pm Sunday, November 27, 2022, at the Willow Community Center (WACO). This event is FREE, thanks to the sponsorship of the Willow Library.

To see exciting scenes of these episodes, visit our Archive Pages at www.ValleyArtsAlliance.com.

VAA partners with Valley Performing Arts!

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 pottery from Birch Grove Studios. Birch Grove Studios is a three-generation family owned and operated, Alaskan studio that was founded in 1976 by Dennis McKenzie and Vickie Cole. It is currently run by David and Mara McKenzie-Cole who live in Big Lake with their two daughters, Alia and Tayla. For more information, visit their website BirchGroveStudios.com.

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!

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

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.