With its isolated location, long winters and inclination toward nonstop rainfall, Ketchikan can be challenging for folks who might prefer a sunny metropolis with all the amenities — say, San Diego or Miami.
But we know that Ketchikan’s unique situation has long encouraged creative ways to enhance local life. And Ketchikan residents have ingeniously risen to the challenge.
For example, consider these two locally generated arts highlights of the non-sunny season. The Monthly Grind is a terrific showplace for local musicians and other performers at the Saxman Tribal House. And how about the spectacular visual enterprise that is the annual Wearable Arts Show produced by the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council?
These homegrown events consistently provide avenues to enjoy the creativity of our friends and neighbors, and they’re among many other opportunities here that help make Ketchikan a great community.
We expected that, in our current circumstance, it wouldn’t be long before some of that ingenuity would surface again.
And it has at the KAAHC Main Street Gallery. The current situation had the potential to interrupt the gallery’s longstanding feature of a new exhibit every month during much of the year. But rather than halting a planned exhibit of work by local photographer Brooke Ratzat, they’ve worked together and with others to create a virtual way that people can experience Ratzat’s art without being physically present in the gallery itself.
That’s excellent, and we hope people near and far make use of the opportunity once the exhibit opens on April 3.
Ketchikan being Ketchikan, we’re looking forward to hearing how other locals are proceeding in the days ahead. There’s a history here of not only making things work, but of finding ways to make things extraordinary.