Greater Sitka Arts Council to host annual Spring Art Walk on Friday, April 6

The Greater Sitka Arts Council will host its annual Spring Art Walk from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, April 6, at several businesses in downtown Sitka.

The free art walk will give people a chance to see new art work and visit with your neighbors. Don’t forget to pick up a passport and get it stamped at each participating business to possibly win a gift certificate for $100 to a local business.

Here are highlights from some of the participating businesses:

  • Baranof Elementary School, 305 Baranof St — Creative works by Baranof students including holiday ornaments available for purchase.
  • Southeast Alaska Career Center, 205 Baranof Street, between Pacific High School and Baranof School — Works by student artists from Blatchley Middle School, Sitka Native Education Program Culture Class and Sitka High School.
  • Sitka Rose Gallery, 419 Lincoln St. — Old and new wood engravings and original blocks by Eric Bealer from Pelican.
  • Keith Greba / Water Colors of Alaska, 407 Lincoln St. (Bayview Building) — Unique and original Alaskan artwork by Keith Greba.
  • Goldsmith Gallery, 407 Lincoln St # 100 (Bayview Building) — Get first dibs on new jewelry lines and works by local artists.
  • North Sisters Crepe and Juice Co., 327 Seward St #2 — Collaborative performance piece featuring creative movement by Kasey Davis, two-dimensional illustration by Sarah Lawrie, and video presentation by Stephen Lawrie. Featured showtimes occurring at 6 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:00 pm, and 8:00 pm. Open reception beforehand from 5 to 6 pm.
  • Cabin Fever Gallery and Gifts, 321 Lincoln St. — Works including jewelry, cards, prints and original watercolors by artists Grace Harang, Kay McCarty, Kelly Goeden, Sandy Greba and Tracie Harang.
  • Artists Cove Gallery, 241 Lincoln St. — New wire-wrapped jewelry by Linda Wilson, jewelry by Katia Olivova, engraving by Pete Esquiro and Jennifer Younger, metal clay by JoElla Swanson, wood carving by Mark Sixbey, paintings by Libby Stortz and beading by Laura Kaltenstein, Fran Hartman and Cat Lieser.
  • Abby’s Reflection Apparel & Quiltworks, 231 Lincoln St. — Quilt making kits, new digitally printed quilting panels including images of Alaskan bear, eagles and wolves, Sitka Cancer Survivors’ Society 2018 raffle quilt and Bonnie Richards of SCSS featuring raffle tickets and connected prizes [raffle proceeds to benefit SCSS mini grant program]. Kathi Goddard, of Out On a Whim, offers new spring retro merchandise in her vintage collectible section within the store.
  • Island Artists Gallery, 205 B Lincoln St. — Featured works by artist Cara Murray and music by Summerfall. Additional highlights include beaded jewelry by Cass Pook, painted drums and beaded raven tail jewelry by Helen Mercado, wooden bowls by Zach LaPerriere, and tiled pieces and paintings on wood by Amy Sweeney.
  • Old Harbor Books, 201 Lincoln St. — “Fiber Friends: A Fiber Arts Exhibit.” A collection of weavings and textiles by local artisans using materials including wool, silk, and upcycled flannel sheets.
  • Backdoor Cafe, 104 Barracks St. — Limited edition hand printed block prints by Juneau artist Christine Kleinhenz.
  • Sitka Conservation Society, 201 Lincoln Street, Room 4 (Above Old Harbor Books) — Collection of local art including a preview of the award winning film, The Salmon Forest. Copies of the film will be available for purchase as well as SCS t-shirts, hoodies and bags. Parade of the Species costume creation activity offered from 5 to 7 pm.
  • Sitka Pioneers Home, 120 Katlian St. — Creative works by Pioneers Home residents.
  • Robertson’s Art Gallery and Custom Framing, 128 Lincoln St. — Works by Tom Crestodina, Rie Mumoz, Barbara Lavallee and Zach LaPerriere.
  • Sitka Flowers & The Chocolate Moose, 104 Lincoln St. — Jewelry by Jennifer Younger, floral wall backdrop and flower bouquets by Angela Ketah, and delicious chocolate and wine offerings.
  • City and Borough of Sitka William Stortz Gallery, 100 Lincoln St. — ‘Editorial Illustrations’, collection of acrylic paintings by D. Bennion.
  • BEAK Restaurant, 2 Lincoln St, Suite A — Original songs and covers by singer/songwriter and Sitka Winter Fellow Julia Carnes [two sets at 5:30-6:00 and 6:45-7:15]. Ceramics for sale by contemporary artist Liz Zacher. Photography for sale by local artist Bethany Sonsini Goodrich.
  • Mean Queen, 205 Harbor Dr., Downstairs — Kayak Shed Studios shares their latest photography collection in the venue’s lower level.

More galleries and artists may be added later. This event is sponsored by the Greater Sitka Arts Council, Alaska Airlines, the City and Borough of Sitka, and SEARHC. For more information, contact

Sitka Girl Scout Troop 4140 launches safety survey over Halibut Point Road-Peterson Street intersection


HPRPetersonIntersectionLookingNorthThe Sitka Girl Scout Troop 4140 recently launched an intersection safety survey for the Halibut Point Road-Peterson Street intersection near McDonald’s.

This particular intersection is on one of Sitka’s busiest roads (Halibut Point Road, aka HPR), and Peterson Street is on a hill that leads to three different schools (Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School, Sitka High School, and The SEER School). In January 2015, it also was the site of a pickup truck-bicycle collision that resulted in then-15-year-old Cody Bergman being medevacked to Seattle with serious injuries.

In March 2015, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT) posted safety flags for the intersection (and another intersection in front of Blatchley Middle School), but many residents in Sitka want to see more, such as a stop light, lower speed limits, or better pedestrian-crossing markers.

“We are hoping to get some feedback from Sitkans so we can give DOT a push to review the safety of that intersection,” the troop wrote in an email (which didn’t identify the writer). “Obviously budgets are tight, but safety should be a priority.”

The safety survey asks people if they have any stories or experiences they want to contribute. Comments can be left in boxes at the Highliner Coffee Shop or Backdoor Cafe, emailed to, or submitted on the troop’s website. The comments will be compiled and forwarded to the Alaska DOT for review.