A tribute to Joyce Bloemendaal

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 Orange 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 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.

Joyce’s obituary

Mark Alsum begins work on third Orange City mural

ORANGE CITY -– The newest mural in Orange City is beginning, thanks to artist Mark Alsum and Orange City Arts.

Alsum, who has painted two other murals in Orange City, is an Alton native who received his bachelor’s in art from Northwestern College. He and his family now live in the Duluth, Minnesota area.

The mural will be on the east side of the First Impact building, west of the Orange City post office. And it will feature backlit yellow-gold tulips, with a blue sky and outlines of tree trunks and branches.

The mural will be dedicated to the memory of Joyce Bloemendaal, who served as executive director of the Orange City Arts Council for 22 years, from 1986 to 2008. She passed away June 18.

The mural is being funded by Orange City Arts and private donors. First Reformed Church — owners of the First Impact building — and Diamond Vogel Paint are also assisting with the cost of the mural. Orange City Arts welcomes contributions. Send to PO Box 202, or drop your contribution in city hall mail slot– attention Orange City Arts.

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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.

 

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 more information, see balletquadcities.com

Onstage Orange City line-up announced for 2015

ORANGE CITY — Kelley Hunt, Moon Hooch and Omaha Street Percussion – they’re all part of the line-up for the sixth season of Onstage Orange City.
The Orange City Arts Council has announced its schedule of shows in Orange City’s Windmill Park for summer 2015.
The series will feature 14 Wednesday nights of entertainment, plus three shows the evenings of Tulip Festival.
Orange City’s own Usual Suspects will perform the Thursday night of Tulip Festival — May 14, followed by Now Serving 7 Friday and Damon Dotson Saturday.
The regular Wednesday evening Onstage series starts May 27, with Orange City’s Got Talent — open to talent from area towns. Those interested in being part of the show must sign up to audition by May 12 at orangecityarts.net/octalent .
Onstage Orange City artists in June, July and August include the Rusty Wright blues band, Tropicante and its popular Latin beats, magician Eric Michaels, and Craig Ebel and the DyVersaCo Polka Band, one of the finest polka bands in the Midwest with one of the country’s youngest drummers.
Moon_Hooch_2240_by_Shervin_LainezMoon Hooch will take the stage June 3 with saxophones and percussion, coming to Orange City after locals heard them on National Public Radio. “There is not a band harder to describe or easier to enjoy than Moon Hooch. They are energetic, joyful, relentless and, best of all, original,” said a quote from the Wall Street Journal.
July 22 brings Omaha Street Percussion, featuring pots, pans and trash cans as their “unorthodox” percussion instruments.Omaha Street Percussion Buckets2014
And local blues favorite Kelley Hunt of Lawrence, Kansas, returns on July 1. She has appeared on Prairie Home Companion six times, and The Onion of Denver said, “Hunt delivers her socially charged lyrics with a voice that’s part powerful gospel yearning and part bawdy soul shouter.”
Kelley Hunt 2Favorites returning again are the Orange City Area Community Band; the SchoolHouse Company theatre troupe; and Festival Latino. The Orange City Public Library is celebrating 100 years with a special night of carnival activities, food and magic July 15. The final event, August 26, will be Arts on Central, featuring local artists and performers filling Central Avenue.
Summer Suites, the Orange City Arts Council’s progressive evening of music, gardens, stories and sweets, will be on June 10. The show will feature duo The Copoetics of Sioux Falls, an area flute choir, a violinist and several working artists… in three backyard gardens. It’s the one ticketed event of the series.
Contributions by local businesses and individuals, with help from the Orange City Arts Council, fund the shows, so they’re free to the public. Most shows will begin at 7:00pm in Orange City’s Windmill Park. Summer Suites begins at 6:30 and Tulip Festival shows at 7:30.
For more information, see orangecityarts.net or contact the Orange City Arts Council at 712-707-6514 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. Onstage Orange City fliers will be inserted in The AdVisor May 5, and will be available at the Arts Council office and various businesses.

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OC Arts Council selected to participate in training program for arts & cultural leaders

ORANGE CITY – The Orange City Arts Council was selected to participate in ArtsLab, a six-month leadership and strategy program designed to ensure that artists and arts organizations in the Midwest have the skills, ideas, and networks needed to flourish. The course, available only to organizations in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa, will explore the concepts of relevancy in the marketplace, leadership growth, financial and resource development, and organizational infrastructure.

ArtsLab is a program of Arts Midwest, a U.S. Regional Arts Organization that fosters connections among artists, organizations, and communities across the Midwest. Through performing, visual, and literary arts and leadership development programs, Arts Midwest is committed to delivering high-quality arts experiences and encouraging new, cross-sector collaborations.

“The Orange City Arts Council is so pleased to participate in ArtsLab,” said Phyllis Van Gelder, Arts Council board president. “This course will give us the opportunity to connect with organizations that face similar issues. We are looking forward to learning from the experts and from our peers in the arts and culture sector. It is a very exciting time for us.”

Van Gelder (left), along with Orange City Arts Council director Janine Calsbeek (below right), will participate in the training program.IMG_Phyllis Van Gelder 9055

David Fraher, president & CEO of Arts Midwest, says, “We are looking forward to working with these organizations and leaders to support their ongoing leadership development. We are already inspired by the important work they are doing in Iowa to engage their communities in the arts and we anticipate that ArtsLab will only foster more exceptional conversations, new approaches, and innovative artistic experiences that make both urban and rural communities stronger and more connected.”

Beginning in April 2015, 22 organizations will participate in retreats and shared learning opportunities:
South Dakota
Aberdeen Area Arts Council
Hill City Area Arts Council
Mathews Opera House
Pierre Players
Sioux Falls Arts Council
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South Dakota Arts Council

North Dakota
The Arts Center
Arts North Dakota
Dakota Prairie Regional Center for the Arts
Dakota West Arts Council
Nelson County Arts Council
North Dakota Council on the Arts
Three Rivers Arts Council
Village Arts

Iowa
ArtHaus, Inc
Grinnell Area Arts Council
Iowa Arts Council
Marshall County Arts & Culture Alliance
Orange City Arts Council
Public Space One
Riverside Theatre

“The Iowa Arts Council is proud to partner with Arts Midwest to bring ArtsLab to Iowa,” said Matthew Harris, Iowa Arts Council Administrator. “Investing in the capacity of Iowa arts organizations is part of our mission and ArtsLab is giving us an opportunity to do that in a collaborative way while fostering a regional network with our peers in the Dakotas.”

Support for ArtsLab is generously provided by Bush Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, F. R. Bigelow Foundation, Mardag Foundation, The Saint Paul Foundation, and the Iowa Arts Council.

ArtsLab was launched in 1999 by six major foundations seeking to learn better approaches to building leadership and management skills in community-based arts organizations. All three cycles of the program have been highly rated by independent evaluators for their positive impact on organizational stability, community engagement, and the development of strong, adaptive leadership.

More information about ArtsLab is available at artslab.artsmidwest.org. Questions about the program may also be directed to Sharon Rodning Bash at sharon@artsmidwest.org.

Pictured above are Orange City Arts Council board members (left to right) Olga Alvarado, Sandie Vant Hof, Jim Schaap, Mark Volkers, Angela Kroeze Visser, Chris White, Phyllis Van Gelder, Emily Stokes and Susan Le Mahieu. Not pictured are Noah Adams, Gail Marincovich, Terry Mouw and Jennifer Sabo.

Winners announced at “Klompen with the Stars”

ORANGE CITY – Orange City’s Klompen with the Stars was a “huge success,” according to producer Vern Eekhoff and Orange City Arts Council director Janine Calsbeek. It brought six duos to the stage of the packed Northwestern College Chapel Saturday, March 21 for a northwest Iowa version of Dancing with the Stars.

The judges and the crowd together selected the winning teams. The winning duo was Lori Hayungs and Thai Hua; runners-up were Dan McCarty and Sarah Wittenberg. Of the almost 500 attendees, 403 people cast votes, via cell phone or paper ballots.

Other dancing teams were Jonny Craig and Marissa Wiese, Jason Alons and Valerie Heaton, Yesenia Cazares and Lee Stover, and Ali Achterhof and Jake Auerbach (pictured above).

The event also featured emcees ABC’s Jenna Rehnstrom and Life 96.5’s Lauren Banik; judges Luanne Christensen, Dan Sikkema, Rebecca Donahue and Jim Schaap; and professional dancers Gordon and Kate Bratt of Mill City Ballroom, St. Paul. IMG_4844 KLOMPEN Kate & Gordon Bratt(right) Show producer was Vern Eekhoff, and committee members were Olga Alvarado, Mark Volkers and Janine Calsbeek. Tech crews were students and staff from Orange City, Sioux Center, Northwestern College and Dordt College.

The event, sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council, raised funds for a new mural in downtown Orange City, the summer Wednesday night outdoor series Onstage Orange City and Ballet Quad Cities presenting The Nutcracker Dec. 19. “It was a great community-building event,” said Calsbeek, “and it makes many other things possible — terrific arts events — in 2015.”

Corporate sponsors of Klompen with the Stars were Diamond Vogel Paint, Orange City Area Health System and Northwestern Bank. Additional sponsors were Cardinal Therapeutic Massage, Hair Clinic, Blue Mountain Culinary Emporium, Northwestern College, Old Factory Coffee Shop, Bella Ruse, State Farm, Celebration Media Services and Woudstra Meat Market.

IMG_3356PHOTO above: Leah Hayungs presents her mom Lori with flowers and a hug following the announcement of the winners of Klompen with the Stars in Orange City Saturday, March 21. Pictured are the dancers (left to right) Ali Achterhof and Jake Auerbach; Sarah Wittenberg and Dan McCarty (runners-up); Yesenia Cazares; emcee Jenna Rehnstrom of KCAU-TV; Yesenia’s dance partner, Lee Stover; Leah and Lori Hayungs, and Lori’s dance partner Thai Hua; backstage emcee Lauren Banik of Life 96.5 Radio; Valerie Heaton and Jason Alons; and Marissa Wiese and Jonny Craig. The event was a fundraiser for the Orange City Arts Council’s upcoming projects — a mural, Onstage OC summer shows in the park, and The Nutcracker, to be performed by Ballet Quad Cities.

PHOTO below: No wooden shoes clomped at this Orange City event, there were just six crowd-pleasing dances, and funds raised for the Orange City Arts Council’s upcoming projects. The competing dance teams March 21 were (left to right) Jonny Craig and Marissa Wiese; Jason Alons and Valerie Heaton; Dan McCarty and Sarah Wittenberg — runners-up; Yesenia Cazares and Lee Stover; Lori Hayungs and Thai Hua — first place winners; and Ali Achterhof and Jake Auerbach. (Photo courtesy of Doug Calsbeek, Sioux County Capital-Democrat)

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Grant awarded to OC Arts Council for January events

ORANGE CITY – The Orange City Arts Council is pleased to announce that it has received a $5,000 Rural Arts Development Grant from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Grant funds will support Shanren, a music ensemble from SW China, and an urban Latin dance theatre troupe from Los Angeles: Contra Tiempo.

The two ensembles will be in the Orange City area in January.

Shanren (pictured below) will share their culture and music with youth and adults in workshops and assemblies for nine schools, coffee house shows, Village Northwest Unlimited, a library workshop and a public performance. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn about the world through the eyes of musicians from rural SW China,” said Janine Calsbeek of the Orange City Arts Council. Shanren will be here Jan 11-16, with the coffee house shows at Fruited Plain Jan. 12 and Old Factory Jan. 13, and the public performance at Unity Knight Center Friday, Jan 16. All shows begin at 7:30pm.

Contra-Tiempo (pictured above) will present “Full Still Hungry,” theatre-dance vignettes about food, consumption and culture. Its opening night was sold out at the Ford Amphitheater in LA. Workshops will also be held – teaching a community-building form of salsa from Cuba. The public performance is Saturday, Jan 31 at 8:00pm at Unity Knight Center.

Both ensembles will bring the community together, said Calsbeek, learning about ethnic heritages, various music styles and dance. She expects that over 1,700 people from Sioux County and beyond to be touched by one or both of these ensembles.

Concerning the grant, Iowa Senator Randy Feenstra said: “It’s great to hear that the Orange City Arts Council received grant funds  from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.  This funding will help support two wonderful performances in Northwest Iowa.  I applaud these efforts of the Orange City Arts Council in writing this grant and creating cultural opportunities for rural Iowans!”

Tickets for Shanren are available at the Dove Bookstore, Orange City Arts Council office at city hall, and Northwestern’s music and theatre departments. Tickets for Contra-Tiempo will be available soon. Cost is $10 adult, $7 student. Group rates are available from Orange City Arts.

In addition to the Iowa Arts Council, the Orange City Arts Council is receiving support for Shanren from Arts Midwest and 88 Chinese Restaurant, and for Contra-Tiempo from Joiner and Zwart Family Dentistry.

For more information, contact 707-4885 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.

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Artists win awards at Orange City art exhibition

ORANGE CITY – Four area artists recently won awards at the juried exhibit, Artists’ Showcase: Orange City Arts Council’s Regional Exhibition. Awards were announced at the closing reception in Orange City November 22.

Betsy Brown of Sergeant Bluff won Best of Show, with her acrylic pour painting, Moving Forward.

Honorable Mention awards went to Timothy J. Arand-McIlrath, Lynae Dadisman, and Emily Stokes.

Arand-McIlrath, of Okoboji, received an award for his sculpture, Button-Bracelet, constructed of red twig dogwood, crocheted yarn, buttons and bracelets.

Dadisman is a Northwestern College student from West Des Moines; her prize-winning work was a charcoal drawing entitled Iris.

Stokes created a linocut/ etching/ collage displayed as an accordion book, entitled Work Ethic. Stokes, of Orange City, teaches in the art department at Northwestern College.

The four award-winners received cash prizes. Jurors were artists Joanne Alberda of Sioux Center and Joan Brower of Orange City.

Twenty-two works by 22 regional artists were part of the exhibit, held at the Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre, in conjunction with the production, The Power and the Glory.  Sponsor of the show was the Orange City Arts Council, in conjunction with Northwestern’s Art and Theatre Departments.

 

Betsy Brown wins “Best of Show”

Betsy Brown of Sergeant Bluff (pictured above) was awarded “Best of show” for her acrylic pour painting, Moving Forward, at the Artists’ Showcase: Orange City Arts Council’s Regional Exhibition. The show, held November 13-22 at the Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre, featured the work of 22 regional artists. 

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Awards given to artists

Honorable mention awards at the Artists’ Showcase: Orange City Arts Council’s Regional Exhibition went to (from left) Timothy J. Arand-McIlrath of Okoboji, Emily Stokes of Orange City and Lynae Dadisman, Northwestern College student from West Des Moines. The exhibit was sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council. 

 

 

“Good grief! Why not?” Donate to OC Arts Council

“Good grief! Why not?” Chances are that Charlie Brown would support the Orange City Arts Council, and might possibly try to convince his dancing friends to do the same. The SchoolHouse Company’s production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown was one of the Orange City Arts Council’s summer shows, part of the Onstage Orange City series. Now the Orange City Arts Council is conducting its annual membership drive.

The Orange City Arts Council began its 2014-2015 membership campaign in late July, and is continuing until October 31.

The Arts Council sponsors Onstage Orange City, Missoula Children’s Theatre and classes in the summer, and now the Beyond Onstage series of music, theatre and dance shows from October through April, beginning with a world class Brazilian group. A classical guitarist will perform in October, an art exhibit is planned for November, and classes for students and adults are in the works.

“It’s hard to keep up with everything!” said Janine Calsbeek, Orange City Arts Council director. The 13-member board is full of ideas, she said, especially related to visual arts and local artists. “The arts teach creativity and problem-solving, they educate us about others and the world, they enhance our quality of life, they bring visitors to town. As the Arts Council’s programming grows, we need more time and funds, so donations are essential.”

Each year, the Arts Council receives approximately 40 to 50 percent of its budget from community donors.

New members who donate $30 or more may choose a gift: a Bella Ruse CD or a sturdy colorful tote bag. Those who contribute $100 or more receive complimentary tickets to select OC Arts Council events, plus gift cards providing discounts on original art by several local artists.

More more information, see orangecityarts.net. Donate online, or write a check to Orange City Arts Council and bring to the city hall or mail to PO Box 202, Orange City IA 51041.