The Kodiak Arts Council is kicking off its 50th anniversary celebration with a community art walk, portrait show and musical, all in one night.

Six local businesses are participating in this month’s first Friday art walk tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. The art walks have been growing with participation from businesses and community members.

“With the visual arts component, we’ve had such a great community response,” said Arts Council executive director Katie Oliver.

Kodiak College will be hosting a “Rarefied Light” contemporary photography show in the Campus Center Building. The Frame Shop will give a behind the scenes look at framing, screen printing and graphic design.

Harborside Fly-By will feature its artist of the month, photographer Sylwia Ok, and give tours of the downstairs coffee roastery.

The Baranov Museum will display artwork by local artist Natasha Zahn Pristas, and the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center will display local art by Jacqueline Madsen, Liz Mitchell and Kodiak High School students.

The Arts Council recommends ending the walk at the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium where the Arts Council will be holding a community portraiture show to honor Gerald C. Wilson.

The show titled “Oneself” will feature more than 30 portrait submissions from artists and students in the Kodiak community.

“I opened it up to self portraits and portraits of others just to try to come up with as many as we could,” said Kate Helligso, program coordinator for the Arts Council. “The idea was to get as many Kodiak faces in the display cases as possible.”

The Arts Council will also rededicate the auditorium to Gerald C. Wilson by hanging his portrait in the auditorium foyer.

“It’s just a community event to honor Gerry’s rehanging,” Helligso said.

The portrait show goes hand in hand with the opening of the musical “Man of La Mancha,” directed by Jenny Stevens. The portrait show will only stay up through the weekend.

“There seems to be a lot of themes in ‘Man of La Mancha’ about identity, so we’re tying that to the portrait show,” Helligso said.

“Man of La Mancha” is a musical based on the literary classic “Don Quixote.” The play-within-a-play focuses on Miguel de Cervantes, the author, who is imprisoned by the Spanish Inquisition. While in prison, he tells the tale of a knight, Don Quixote, to his fellow prisoners.

Tickets to the musical are $17 for students or children, $22 for seniors and $27 for adults. They can be purchased online at or at the auditorium box office before the show. The show on Friday and Saturday starts at 7 p.m., and the Sunday matinee starts at 3 p.m.

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