Petersburg Arts Council – Summer 2016 Update

Centennial Sculpture

Everything Begins With a Dream

Here are a few things going with the Petersburg Arts Council during the summer of 2016.

Sculpture Ceremony

First, on July 2 (Saturday) at 5 p.m., the Centennial Sculpture (pictured above) at Buschman Park will be formally unveiled. The public is invited, and a special invitation is extended to those who were part of the various committees and groups that made this possible. A thank you to every member who through the years has contributed to the Arts Council. Your contributions make this and other works of art, both visual and performing, available to the rest of Petersburg. 

The Market Fundraiser

Next, the Arts Council will have a table at the July 19 (Tuesday) The Market which will take place at the Sons of Norway from 4 to 7 p.m. This will be a fundraising activity at which we hope to offer baked goods in exchange for donations. If you are able to contribute items for the sale and/or be present during some of the time at the table, please let us know. 

Alaska Airlines Raffle

You may have seen the display at Rexall Drugs window announcing an Alaska Airlines ticket raffle benefitting the Arts Council. It is going on right now through September 11. Tickets are $10 each and have a maximum of 500 to be sold. They can be purchased at Rexall Drugs and at Lee’s Clothing. Board members also have books, so you can purchase through them as well. There will be tickets available during our Market bake sale. Drawing for the tickets will take place during the Rainforest Festival. 

Next Season

Looking forward past the summer, here is a preview of a few things to come. In September Chris Proctor will be returning to perform a solo-guitar concert. He will also be presenting a guitar workshop. Our annual membership drive takes place in October. We would like to have another holiday party and fundraiser event. The Petersburg Live! in partnership with the High School went well this past season, so that’s something we would like to have again. We expect to bring in a spoken word artist, Shane Koyczan, in April. 

It’s also been some time since an official annual meeting with board elections has been held. If you have an interest in serving on the Arts Council Board, please contact Mark Kubo. 

We wish all of you a great summer. 


The Dustbowl Revival in Concert – May 9


Petersburg Arts Council Presents The Dustbowl Revival

“Dustbowl reaches across the entire country for inspiration, brewing up a unique sound influenced by Dixieland jazz, Delta blues, New Orleans swing, East Coast bluegrass, and various points in between…[and] rolls those genres into something cohesive, often using traditional songs and old hymns as jumping-off points for the band’s own material.” AMERICAN SONGWRITER 

Bluegrass. Swing. Hot jazz. Pre-war blues. Southern soul. New Orleans funk. The Dustbowl Revival is what you could call an American roots orchestra with eight full-time members — and they play it all, mashing the sounds of traditional American music into a genre-hopping, time-bending dance party that coaxes new fire out of familiar coal. This isn’t a throwback band. It’s a celebration of the sounds that have kept America moving for more than a century, performed with all the flair of a medicine show and rooted in the sweat and swagger of a juke joint song swap.

Performing in Petersburg
at the Wright Auditorium
Monday, May 9, 2016
7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Tickets available in advance at Lee’s Clothing
And at the door

Band web site:
Their music at

The Middle of Everywhere by WONDERHEADS


Coming Saturday, March 19

7 p.m. – at the Wright Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices (advance sales at Lee’s Clothing)

  • $20 General Admission
  • $10 Students and Seniors


What do you get when you mash together Pixar, Maurice Sendak and Doctor Who? A time and space bending adventure by mask imagineers the WONDERHEADS, that’s what.

When two unlikely strangers discover a mysterious device at a bus stop, they are whisked away on a cosmic journey through time and space…but will they claim their place in the universe and find their way home?

The Middle of Everywhere is performed in full-face mask, a form so magical it will delight the child in you, whether you’re eight or eighty. Wordless and whimsical, it has been described by audiences as watching a living cartoon, or live-action Pixar.

Called “a captivating, wordless journey of physical theatre” by the Edmonton Journal, this unparalleled piece of physical theatre will transport you along with Winston and Penny on a fantastical journey that must be seen to be believed!

The Middle of Everywhere is recommended for ages 6 – adult.

WH Cover-reduced

Mask Performance Workshop – Friday, March 18

FREE mask performance workshop will be held by WONDERHEADS crew on Friday from 1 p.m. at the Auditorium. There is room for up to 25 participants, middle school age and older. Call 650-7210 to guarantee a spot.

If you are in a drama group – school, community (Mummers), or others – this is an opportunity to learn and practice performing on-stage using masks.

westaf_logo_transparent-480x193This presentation of WONDERHEADS is funded in part through a grant made available by WESTAF in coordination with the National Endowment for the Arts.


Petersburg Live! – February 24


Announcing the Petersburg Arts Council and the PHS Artfesters are bringing their forces together to put on a great evening of entertainment of local talents! And a spread of desserts to silent auction.


Feb. 24th (Wednesday) in the Wright Auditorium 7-9pm.


“Petersburg Live” a local TALENT show being put on by some of PHS young artists traveling to Skagway for Artfest and PAC is seeking performers! Talents from song, trick, dance, recite, perform are invited.


Sign-Ups for Performers, Helpers, and Dessert Items

This will be a fundraiser for artfest travel and fees AND a fundraiser for the Petersburg Arts Council. The contact person is Ashley Lohr, email:

Lijie the Music Maker – January 7

LIJIE red shirt

Coming to Petersburg at the Wright Auditorium

Thursday, January 7, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Advance tickets available at Lee’s Clothing – $12
At the door – $15

Lijie has dubbed her music “Ai-pop” (Ai means Love in Chinese), her influences ranging from John Williams, to Fiona Apple and John Mayer. An electric-guitarist and pianist, Lijie has performed on Fox 25 Boston and Seattle’s King 5 New Day Show. She has traveled throughout the world to sing her heart out, following her passion: music.

Find sample music and videos at
Lijie’s Official Web Site –

Photos – “A Feast of Small Things”

Petersburg Arts Council thanks Dianne and Charlie Christensen for their generous hosting of this year’s holiday member party.

Thank you to the artists who provided art, to each person who was part of the planning and set up, to all who provided needed items, and to everyone who came and participated in the festivities.

Here are a few images from the evening: a table appetizers; wine, shrubs, and punch; small pieces of canvas art that were sold via “white elephant exchange”; musical interludes; and more.

A Feast of Small Things

Holiday Membership Party and Mini-Art Fundraiser


Friday, December 4, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
1409 South Nordic Drive

New and returning members welcome!

Please bring your favorite wine and appetizer to share.

Shrubs will be provided for you to mix with seltzer water (we supply)
and/or spirits (you supply). There will be musical interludes,
“mini” activities, and a “tiny” art auction.

If you have mini-canvas pieces to turn in,
fully dried pieces may be turned at Rexall Drugs.
Otherwise please turn in to Lisa.


For more information, contact:

Diane Christensen … 772-9315
Lisa Schramek … 518-1129