Next Meeting April 8 Thursday

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

Art Meeting April 8 Thursday

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

Recent Photos: Wearable Art!
June 26 Saturday


Join us at the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry in Wasilla for the 14th Art on Fire Iron Pour Art Fest! Come watch hot liquid iron being poured, bars of red-hot steel being forged, hand-made pieces of pottery taking on a beautiful glaze in flames, and glass being transformed by a hot flame.

All at the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry in Wasilla from noon to 5pm this June! Admission is $10, children 12 and under are Free! 

Stay tuned!

2021 Wearable Art Show Special!

The Valley Arts Alliance is proud to host our 15th annual VAA Wearable Art & Runway Fashion Show at the Palmer Depot on Friday, February 19, from 2 until 8 pm, and Saturday, February 20 from 10 am until 8 pm, 2021.

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.

This year, and ONLY this year due to the current Covid problems, we’ll have more than 30 Wearable Art creations on static display (no live models) representing a 15 year retrospective of Wearable Art and Runway Fashion Shows.

Also, for this year ONLY, we must comply with the current guidelines for group gatherings at the Palmer Depot. This means that only a limited number of people will be permitted inside the Palmer Depot at one time, face masks are required while inside, as well as maintaining safe 6-foot distancing from others.

To achieve these requirements, the front doors of the Palmer Depot will be opened when there is space for viewers (when the doors are closed, just remain in your car for the Depot to clear some). The viewing path inside is well marked, one-way and single file, and viewers must exit through the back door (this is designed to allow everyone to maintain their safe 6-foot distancing from others.

Admission for this retrospective is free, but we ask for a $5 donation per adult to help us defray our costs.

The 15th annual Valley Arts Alliance Wearable Art & Runway Fashion Show has always been an exquisite evening of art and entertainment, which has become a well-loved winter tradition in our Valley. We hope to keep this tradition alive in these dark days of Covid, so please stop by and admire these creations up close. 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 “An Enemy of the People” from January 10 to January 26, 2020.

American playwright Arthur Miller’s provocative and surprisingly timely adaptation of Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen’s incendiary drama about a reluctant whistleblower whose valiant efforts to warn his fellow citizens about a threat to their health result in his being branded as a pariah. A small Norwegian town has just begun to win fame and wealth through its medicinal spring waters. Dr. Stockmann, resident physician in charge, discovers that the waters are poisoned. On receiving proof of this, he immediately reports to his associates. When his brother, the mayor, conspires with local politicians and the newspaper to suppress the story, Stockmann appeals to the public – only to be shouted down and reviled as “an enemy of the people”. Ibsen’s explosive play reveals his distrust of politicians and the blindly held prejudices of the ‘solid majority’..

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 contains the 2018 entry from our Wearable Art and Runway Fashion Show. This year's event will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the Palmer Depot. The creation on display was another spectacular T-N-T (Tarp-N-Tape) Creation by Niki Pease. This Pea-Chick–instead of Peacock–is un-paralled in our universe! It is also an unflappable, “emotional support bird” for the creator of this outfit..

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.