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Act. Write. Paint. Create.

Register for Orange City Arts winter-spring classes. Find your class HERE.

ORANGE CITY — Read and travel the stories of our place. Grab a friend and try your hand at drawing or painting. Write your memoir or a short drama, or create your own self-published magaZine. Do improv. Create edible works of art. Play with your food.

Or do it all, under the guidance of artists teaching classes sponsored by Orange City Arts. Classes offered follow. Or go here.

IMG_4352 summer class 2015• IMPROV WITH NWC’s BLACK V. Middle-schoolers: learn to improvise with the creative college kids from Black V! Old Factory. Feb. 24 and Mar. 2.

• SIPPIN’ & SKETCHIN’. High-schoolers & adults: learn the nuts & bolts of drawing with artist Alissa Sinclimprov class IMG_1438air… while sipping cider or hot chocolate at the Northwestern College Korver Art Center. Mar. 22, 29 and Apr. 5.

• SIOUXLAND 102. Read the stories of our neighborhood and see the places. Jim Schaap returns by popular demand, for another series in the history and culture of this part of the world. Mar. 29, Apr. 26, May 31, June 28, July 26.

• PAINTING… UNCORKED! Enjoy a night of painting and good wine at Sfumato Pizza, with Rein Vanderhill. Come away with a beautiful acrylic painting. Feb. 29.siouxland 102 pix of Books B

• BEGINNING PAINTING… FOR KIDS! Paint & sip your way to a work of art on canvas, with artist Alissa Sinclair, at Old Factory. Shirley Temples included! Grades K-1 and 2-4. Mar. 19.

• MEMOIR: WRITING YOUR STORIES. Write about your life experiences, with inspiration by Barbara Turnwall: Orange City Town Hall. Apr. 4-28. Monday & Thursday afternoons.the art of frosting class ?? 11949451_10153415765880020_5488788525738116855_n

• THE ART OF FROSTING. Decorate Easter-themed cookies, under the guidance of the artists at A Piece of Cake in Le Mars, Michelle and Sam Bomgaars. Mar. 22, 23 or 26.

• ZINE MAKING. Create a self-published photocopied magaZine with Iowa artists Rachel Buse and Rob Stephens. Free workshop for high schoolers and up. Barn at Blue Mountain. Apr. 2.

• WOMEN’S WRITING FOR PERFORMANCE. Learn traditional elements and use personal experience to explore dramatic writing, taught by Lisa Schlesinger. Free. Women: college-age and up. Barn at Blue Mountain. Apr. 2.

• PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD. Matt Drissell paints with cake mix and lemonade, bomb pops and jello. Learn the history of painting and explore his unusual process. Grades 5-8 and 9-12. Old Factory. Mar. 19.IMG_7028 guided painting uncorked fall 2015

Advance registration and payment are required. Register a week in advance for reduced fee.  For more information, call 707-4885 or email orangecityartsIA@gmail.com.

Orange City Arts awarded grant

The Orange City Arts Council is among organizations in 13 communities who were awarded grants from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs — totaling more than $160,000.

Twenty-nine artists and organizations were awarded grants to sustain “culturally vibrant” communities in the state, according to Mary Cownie, director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

Orange City Arts was awarded a $2500 stability grant to hire two consultants in early 2016, to assist in the development and execution of a fundraising plan integrated into current strategic priorities.

Stability grants, which help organizations achieve fiscal stability by instituting best practices in strategic planning and management, are funded through the Iowa Cultural Trust. The grant program is administered by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

IMG_0219 nutcracker rehearsalPictured above are Rachel Te Grootenhuis and Ardene Huisman, participating in a guided painting class taught by Rein Vanderhill. Pictured to the right are young dancers rehearsing for The Nutcracker.

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The United States of Arts…

In collaboration with the Iowa Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts looks at the arts and culture of Iowa. The project is called The United States of Arts.

Orange City Arts happenings are included briefly in the NEA video below…  beginning at minute 1:19. Featured are three short clips taken in Orange City: Moon Hooch and Omaha Street Percussion at Onstage Orange City 2015, and Shanren from China, performing in a local school as part of Arts Midwest World Fest in January 2015.

Since the beginning of 2015, the National Endowment for the Arts has been gathering stories from the general public and grantees, elected officials and agency directors, artists and art lovers across the country about the importance of art in their lives and their communities. You can find the stories in text, audio, or video formats. Check it out here.

 

ARTS on Central!

ORANGE CITY — Arts on Central. It’s the brainchild of Orange City Arts, and is set for Wednesday, August 26 from 5 to 9pm in downtown Orange City.artsOn Arts on Central logo cropped

Orange City Arts is pleased to announce that it has received an Art Project grant for Arts on Central, from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

IMG_5372 Kat & Dog arts on centralPart of Central Avenue will be blocked off for the summer’s final Onstage Orange City event. “We’ll fill the streets and businesses with artists, musicians, kids’ activities, workshops, food and more,” said Elsa Kooiker, event planner along with Janine Calsbeek of Orange City Arts.

IMG_6362 Lisa Laird summer suites largeKooiker, Calsbeek and the Arts on Central planning committee have found a variety of visual and performing artists… including Mary Jane Davidson of Sioux City, who paints on silk (below right); musicians Kathy Vaughn and Scott Amsberry — “Kat and Dog” (upper left); ventriloquist Lisa Laird (upper right); chalk artist Bradley Smith; artist Emilee Berry (above), and many more. Several of the artists will offer mini workshops, so the public can participate. Visual artists will have work for sale.

The evening also includes a live mannequin contest. Food will be available for purchase, with the Dutch Heritage Boosters offering half-price poffertjes to college students.

Prizes will be awarded, including people’s choice awards.IMG_2928 Mary Jane Davidson summer suites

The evening ends with a concert by the Twin Cities a cappella group, Six Appeal, at 7:45pm.

In addition to the $4,000 grant from the Iowa Arts Council, sponsors of the Onstage Orange City event are the Van Engelenhoven Agency and Orange City Arts.

Artists and participants in the mannequin contest must register by August 10. Email Elsa: bekooiker@hotmail.com or Janine: ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or get more info/ register at orangecityarts.net/event/arts-on-central .

 

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A tribute to Joyce

I have known Joyce for many years, because I love the arts. As a young married couple, Doug and I appreciated how Joyce and the Orange City Arts Council brought so many wonderful musicians, actors, visual artists, storytellers and others to town… and provided opportunities for local artists to do their art. As a mom with young children, I appreciated those opportunities, plus classes and workshops and Missoula Children’s Theatre for kids. She was visionary, she quietly led the board, she wasn’t afraid to try new things, she worked carefully and tirelessly. She loved the arts, and she realized how the arts bring more understanding, more empathy and more beauty to the world. She directed the OBloemendaal pic 3x4range City Arts Council for 22 years. When she retired, and I was hired to try to fill her shoes, I came to respect Joyce even more.
Thank you, Joyce, for the many ways you touched our part of the world, but especially the legacy of Orange City Arts Council.
With prayers and sympathy from the entire Orange City Arts Council board,
Janine Calsbeek, director, Orange City Arts

Pictured above is Joyce with former Orange City Arts board president, Coleman McAllister, when she was honored following her retirement… at a community band concert in summer 2009.

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Grant for “The Nutcracker”!

The Orange City Arts Council has been selected to receive funding from Arts Midwest Touring Fund! The grant will assist in bringing Ballet Quad Cities and The Nutcracker to Sioux County.

Two performances of The Nutcracker, at the Unity Christian Knight Center in Orange City, will feature Ballet Quad Cities and 45 local young dancers. The performances will be at 1:30 and 7:30pm on Saturday, Dec. 19. In September, Ballet Quad Cities conducted master classes for local dance students, and library workshops at Orange City and Sioux Center: “Dance me a Story.” (Pictured above are children participating with Margaret Huling of Ballet Quad Cities at a workshop at the Orange City Public Library.)

Nutcracker 8 ballet quad citiesThe Ballet Quad Cities December residency will include a school assembly, a lighting design workshop, a talk with the choreographer and a question and answer session.

Arts Midwest Touring Fund is a program of Arts Midwest, based in Minneapolis and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Crane Group and General Mills Foundation. In 2013-2015, Orange City was selected to be the community in Iowa to participate in Arts Midwest World Fest—week-long residencies here featuring four international music ensembles.Nutcracker Ballet Quad Cities 2

Sioux Center Arts Council is joining with Orange City Arts in bringing The Nutcracker to Sioux County. “This is a huge undertaking,” said Janine Calsbeek of Orange City Arts.“We’re excited. Businesses in our communities are stepping up to assist with funding. And of course, we’ve had dozens of people ask about tickets!”

Tickets will be available beginning Wednesday, Nov. 11 at the Orange City Chamber office and Sioux Center City offices, front desk. The tickets are reserved seating, and purchasers are asked to come in person. Advance tickets are $15 adult, $10 student. At the door, tickets are $20 and $15. Please pay in cash or check.

Those interested in participating as corporate sponsors or individual donors may contact Orange City or Sioux Center Arts: orangecityarts.net, ocArts@orangecityiowa.com, 707-4885, siouxcenter.org/arts, arts@siouxcenter.org or 722-0781 x118.

Arts Midwest has been the regional arts organization for nine states for 30 years, working to engage professional artists and promote inter-state touring in dance, music, theatre and other performing arts The 2015 grant to Orange City Arts totals $4,000.

For a list of the local youth dancing with The Nutcracker, click here. 

For more information on The Nutcracker performance in northwest Iowa, click here.

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Orange City & Sioux Center arts councils to cosponsor “The Nutcracker”

ORANGE CITY/ SIOUX CENTER — It’s a winter wonderland. Snowflakes drift onto the stage, over the flowing ballerinas dancing to Tchaikovsky’s famous score. It’s The Nutcracker.

The Nutcracker, performed by Ballet Quad Cities, is coming to the Unity Christian Knight Center stage in Orange City Saturday, December 19, thanks to the Sioux Center Recreation and Arts, along with Orange City Arts.

Ballet Quad Cities will do two performances of the celebrated holiday classic, on December 19.

Thirty-nine local children will be able to participate in the performance with the cast of 20 dancers from Ballet Quad Cities.

The residency with Ballet Quad Cities will also include a school assembly on December 18, featuring the first act of The Nutcracker; plus workshops for elementary children, a master class for dancers, a lighting design workshop for college students, a talk with the choreographer and a question and answer session.

Iowa Public TV has broadcast Ballet Quad Cities performances several times, including their performance of The Nutcracker.

“The magic… is in the exquisite visual feast, bringing this beloved holiday tale to life,” wrote Jonathan Turner of Quad Cities Online in December 2014. “The enchanting dream of The Nutcracker was reimagined again by the wondrous wizards of Ballet Quad Cities.”

Tickets will be available in the fall.

For names of local dancers to participate with Ballet Quad Cities, click here.

For information on September workshops & auditions, click here.

For more information, see balletquadcities.com and http://orangecityarts.net/event/ballet-quad-cities-presents-the-nutcracker/

This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Iowa Arts Council, the Crane Group and General Mills Foundation.

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Orange City’s Got Talent! winners announced

ORANGE CITY – Lauren Plockmeyer, Brande Pals and Silent Valley took the prizes in the fifth annual Orange City’s Got Talent!
The area talent show was held Wednesday, May 27 at Windmill Park in Orange City, the first of this summer’s Wednesday night Onstage Orange City series.
Lauren Plockmeyer of Sioux Center (2nd from left) took the top prize with her vocal rendition of Don’t Forget Me from Smash. Plockmeyer wowed audiences during Tulip Festival earlier this month, playing the lead role in Mary Poppins.
Brande Pals of Orange City (left) sang What I Did for Love from A Chorus Line, and earned the second place award. Her accompanist was Cynthia Pals.
Silent Valley — Carley Wells, cajon; Taylor Simington, vocals; and Jordan Koenck, guitar, of Okoboji Middle School (right) — won third place. They performed Love Lost by The Temper Trap.
The three winners won cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50 respectively.
The other seven acts in the talent show featured Joey Bylsma, Justin Schiltz, Jordan Schiltz, Dean Endrulat, Rachel Jorgensen, Lindsay Kuiper, Michael Howe, Megan Bylsma, Darby Schuiteman and Kayla Vande Zande.
The evening ended with Superchick’s Stand in the Rain performed by the 2014 OC’s Got Talent winner, Sydney Krommendyk, and a Mary Poppins medley by emcees Amanda Haverdink and Lois Estell. Additional entertainment was provided by “the bodyguard,” Jeff McCray.
The Onstage Orange City event was sponsored by State Farm: Matt Weg Agency and Orange City Communications, in conjunction with Orange City Arts.