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4/29/2013
Art walk starts Friday evening

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The 13th annual Celebration of the Sea Art Walk begins at 5 p.m. on Friday.

In addition to special openings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday for the string of Ketchikan businesses from Stedman Street to The Plaza mall trading in the art community, several events are scheduled at the end of the week.

A?discussion with artists on their newest public art pieces in town begins at 5 p.m. at the Ketchikan Public Library. A new event for the art walk, the discussion will follow the process of creating the art from conception to completion, said Kathleen Light, executive director of the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council.

The blessing of Ketchikan’s fishing fleet by First City Ministries begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Alaska Fish House dock.

A public art bus tour begins at the public library 6 p.m., and will visit pieces by Dave Rubin, Stephen Jackson and conclude with a preview of the newest public art piece intended for Creek Street, "Yeltatzie’s Salmon," by Terry Pyles.

Screenings of "Ketchikan: The Timber Years" and "Ketchikan: The Bush Pilots" begin at 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. The films are products of a Ketchikan Visitors Bureau project to showcase Ketchikan’s history and culture.

The visitors bureau will host a wine tasting at 6:30 p.m. at the new visitors center on the Berth II dock.

The Cut Plug Original Theater Festival begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Saxman Tribal House. The First City Players festival is a collection of 10-minute performances written by locals.

On Saturday, the International Pilotbread Festival begins at 10 a.m. and lasts until 5 p.m. at The Plaza, and includes pilot bread recipe and limerick contests, art booths, games and music.

The Main Street Gallery’s May show, "You Inspire Me," features a 1 p.m. presentation from artists Sandy Shepard and Becki Trachsel Hasedahl, who will discuss the artistic process.

The art walk also features downtown, Water Street and The Plaza art shops.