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Community Concert
When: Sunday, May 8th at 4pm
Cost: Free
Denali Arts Council's Music Academy String Program will present their traditional spring concert. This is a performance by string players of all ages. Desperate Measures, the beginning adult orchestra, and the Rhythm and Red Shoes Orchestra will also perform several pieces, one featuring flute solos. This is a free family event. It is on Mother's Day so bring your moms, grandmothers, aunts, and great grandmothers. For more information you may contact Music Academy director Sandy Shoulders at 733-3050.

Memorial Film Screening - Portrait of a Legend: Talkeetna's Cliff Hudson
When: Saturday, May 14th at 1pm, doors open at 12:30pm
Cost: Free admission
In memory of Cliff Hudson and as part of the Alaska Airmens Memorial Day fly-in in honor of Cliff, DAC is showing the film, Portrait of a Legend: Talkeetna's Cliff Hudson.  This is an hour long movie produced by Stagg Productions. The presentation "5 Things Not to Do" will be given by local pilot Don Lee before the film. This free event is open to everyone. Hosted by Denali Arts Council.

Second Saturday Art Show and Reception: "Rough" by Keren Lowell
When:  Saturday, May 14th 4-7pm
Cost: Free
In observance of fiber arts month, Keren Lowell exhibits Rough. This fresh collection of work brings a non-traditional sensibility to the world of textiles and fiber art. Lowell is interested in both the vulnerability and ruggedness of cloth. She uses rags, sacks, towels and vintage textiles in her work, calling attention to their imperfections by felting, knitting, stitching and weaving back into worn areas. Lowell teaches at UAA in the art department and is the Fiber Program Coordinator. She has lived in Alaska since 1994, teaching and making art the whole time. Show will be on display at the North Wall Gallery until early June.

Call to Artists: TAG Fiber Arts show Second Saturday in May
When: Saturday, May 14th 4-7pm
Cost: Free 
This Second Saturday Talkeetna Artists Guild show will celebrate fiber art techniques and styles. After the success of past years focusing on fiber arts for the month of May, we would like to continue with this tradition. Do you quilt, paint on silk, felt, knit, crochet, batik, work with repurposed fiber materials or any of the myriad practices that makes this such a unique art form? Space is limited as the group show is upstairs only. Contact DAC to sign up at if you would like to participate or help with this event. Let DAC staff know if you would like to get involved in other TAG projects. Thanks!   

Sunday Afternoon Play Readings
When: Sunday, April 17th, 24th, May 1st, 15th and 22nd 4-6pm
Cost: Free
The concept is to test-drive plays for future productions, to read some literature aloud to each other, and to keep theatre alive and vital in Talkeetna. Denali Drama will provide Soup and Bread for anyone who sticks around through the reading of the first act (that includes readers).  If you'd like to read a part and have copy of the script early, call Joe Page at 733-1060 or just drop by Sunday and be prepared to read on the spot. Reading schedule:  April 17 "The Snow Queen", April 26 "Lone Star" and "Laundry & Bourbon", May 1 "Almost Maine", May 15 "Of Mice and Men",
May 22 "The Fourth Wall". Hosted by Denali Drama.

Spring Piano Recital
When: Sunday, May 29th at 3pm
Cost: Free
Deborah Windhams piano students put on their annual Spring Piano Recital for the community. Come support your friends, family and neighbors as they play a mixed program of pop, jazz and classical.  Spend a fun afternoon at this free family event. For questions or more information, contact Deborah Windham at 733-1421.  Hosted by Music Academy. 

Circus Camp: Spend Your Summer Clowning Around!
When: Tue-Fri May 31 - June 3,
Mon-Fri June 6-10, 13-17 & Mon-Sat 20-25 
9am-4:30pm (3 age groups meet different times)
Cost: $75 per child
Circus Mites (ages 5&6): Mon-Sat June 20-25 9-11am, $20 per child
Due to the popularity of the program and wanting to offer participants more time to learn circus arts, Green Light Circus has extended their summer camp to four weeks for kids ages 7 and up during the month of June. Circus Mites is a program which offers the same circus arts for a younger crowd ages 5 & 6. Circus Mites classes are for one week only and participants will be in the performances as well.  All of the same favorites will be offered to all ages such as aerial (Spanish Web & trapeze), juggling, clowning, acrobatics, silks, unicycles and maybe even a few surprises! Not only is participating in circus practice fun, but it is great exercise. These skills help teach concentration, coordination and self esteem which follow youth well into their future. Space is limited. Read Complete Camp Information.  Registration opens March 1st and closes April 30th.  Download a registration formForms are also available at the Talkeetna Post Office and the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar during office hours M-F 10am-2pm. For questions contact program director Mary Farina at 733-2673 or 355-4699. Hosted by Green Light Circus.  Payment must be included when you turn in your registration form.

Volunteer Day
When: Last Wednesday of every month.
This month will be on Wednesday, 25th,  4-6pm
Cost: Free
Are you interested in getting involved and meeting people while making a worthwhile contribution to your community? Denali Arts Council is organizing a new time for volunteers to get together the last Wednesday of every month at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar to complete a variety of volunteer tasks. Duties depend on the talent that takes part; however jobs can range from administration and helping with mailings to set construction and general repairs. Light refreshments and snacks will be served. We thank all our volunteers!  Please RSVP if you plan to attend by calling 733-7929 or email Emily at

Art Show and Reception: Down to Earth- from Rags to Rugs by Diane Ziegner
When: Show will be on display at the North Wall Gallery until early May. 
Cost: Free
In celebration of Earth Day month, Talkeetna Artists Guild features local artist Diane Ziegner who weaves with repurposed fabric to create her unique rag rugs. Diane began weaving in the early 1980s while attending college in Maine. Several years ago, she acquired a beautiful cherry floor loom and her weaving energy was rekindled. She operates her business, The Rugged Weaver, from her home studio in Talkeetna, Alaska. Weaving with rags is a traditional art form that uses a weft composed of recycled materials such as clothing, sheets, curtains, etc.  Diane aspires to create works that are colorful and practical. 

Strings Lessons

When: Violin, Viola, Cello Lessons: can be arranged with instructor

Advanced Orchestra: Thursdays 6-7pm (ongoing)
Cost: Private Lesson $25 for 1/2 hour; Advanced Orchestra $10 (orchestra is free, $10 is for music)
Violin, viola and cello lessons can be arranged with the instructor.  There is also an Advanced Orchestra; it is open to new folks joining.  String instruments are available for rent from the Music Academy.  For more information you may call Instructor Sandy Shoulders at 733-3050 or email Sandy at

How to Make Love Like an AlaskanSleepless in Soldotna 
When: Sundays Wednesdays, June September at 6pm, doors open at 5:30pm
Cost: $25
Presented by Talkeetnas own Denali Drama, this hilarious sketch and improv comedy celebrates the myriad absurdities of love and romanceAlaska style. An ode to the joys and heartbreaks of local courtships. How to Make Love Like an Alaskan invites its audience to peel off the layers as we examine whats sexy in Americas most bundled up state. This is one truly Alaskan experience youll never forget. Beer and wine available.


Board Meetings
The DAC board meets on the second Monday of each month at 6pm.  These meetings are always open to the public.  They are usually held at the Talkeetna Public Library; listen to KTNA Talkeetna for location.  If you have questions or would like to be on the agenda, contact us.



Denali Arts Council
PO BOX 404
Talkeetna, AK 99676
907 733-7929
FAX 907 733-7939

Denali Arts Council is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. EIN 92-0083375