CALL FOR ART: Artist’s Showcase: OC Arts’ Regional Exhibition

Artist’s Showcase:
Orange City Arts’
Regional Exhibition
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Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre Arts Center
Orange City, IA
Exhibit: March 31-April 8, 2017
Submission Deadline: February 24, 2017

THE EXHIBITION
The sixth Artists’ Showcase: Orange City Arts’ Regional Exhibition offers an opportunity for artists to exhibit their work March 31-April 8, 2017 at the Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre Arts Center in Orange City IA, in conjunction with the production of the play Dancing at Lughnasa. Regional artists (from Iowa or within a 350-mile radius of Orange City, IA) are invited to submit work to the juried exhibition.

img_7623-art-exhibit-winners-2016SUBMISSION DEADLINE
February 24, 2017

VENUE
DeWitt Theatre Arts Center, Northwestern College, 809 Albany Ave. SE, Orange City IA 51041

ELIGIBILITY & MEDIA
This exhibit is open to any adult, college or high school-age artist, from Iowa or within a 350-mile radius of Orange City, Iowa. Artwork must be original in concept, composition and execution, and must have been created in the past three years. Artwork may not have been shown previously in an Orange City Arts exhibit. All 2-D and 3-D media will be considered, and must be ready to hang/present. Sawtooth hangers are not allowed. If you have work that you feel need not be framed, please inquire via email to Emily Stokes (emily.stokes@nwcowa.edu).

THEME OF EXHIBITION
No theme. All submissions are welcome.

INSURANCE
Orange City Arts will exercise all reasonable care in handling and hanging the art, and does have limited insurance coverage. However, Orange City Arts assumes no responsibility for damage or loss to works submitted. Insurance is the responsibility of the exhibiting artist.img_7648-art-exhibit-2016

AGREEMENT
Works accepted for exhibition may not be withdrawn prior to the close of the show.
Orange City Arts reserves the right to install the works in any manner deemed necessary for exhibition or security purposes.

SALES & REPRODUCTION
Orange City Arts will finalize any sales of exhibited artwork at a price that is set by the artist. Sales are subject to a 20% commission, so prices should be set accordingly. Works not for sale must be clearly marked “NFS.”
The submission of entries presupposes that the right is granted to photograph accepted works for education and publicity purposes. Otherwise, taking photos of the artwork during the exhibit is prohibited.

img_7650-art-exhibit-2016ENTRY PROCEDURES
Entrants are limited to three entries. Sets, e.g., diptych, may be classified as one entry.
There is no entry fee.
We request digital images only. Submissions for jurying must be quality jpg images – 200 dpi and no larger than 2 MB.
Email the images to orangecityartsIA@gmail.com
The image must be a true representation of the work submitted. Orange City Arts reserves the right to reject work accepted which does not conform to the quality represented by the submission.
With each submission, also include artist’s name, address, email, phone number, title of work, medium, size, and date of production.

A COMPLETED ENTRY CONSISTS OF THE FOLLOWING:
1. jpg image. In email subject line, put: Artist’s Showcase submission
2. artist’s name, address, email, phone number.
3. title of work, medium, size, date of production.img_7592-art-exhibit-2016

SUBMIT ENTRY MATERIALS TO:
Email: orangecityartsIA@gmail.com (in subject line, put: Artist’s Showcase submission)
Contact: Janine Calsbeek, Orange City Arts director
Orange City Arts Council, 125 Central Ave. SE, P.O. Box 202, Orange City IA 51041.
Phone: 712.707.4885
Website: www.orangecityarts.net

NOTIFICATION
Artists will be notified of acceptance by email by March 15, 2017.

LABELING THE ART
Art accepted for the show is to be labelled on a 3×5-inch paper on the upper left corner, backside of the artwork. Include name of artist, title of work, media and sale price or NFS. If your work is a diptych or triptych, please note whether the pieces are to be displayed horizontally or vertically.

THE PRODUCTION: DANCING AT LUGHNASA
The award-winning theatre department at Northwestern College is presenting Dancing at Lughnasa at the DeWitt Theatre Arts Center. By Brian Friel, this poignant and joyful 1930s era Irish drama transports us to the village of Ballybeg during a remarkable summer in which loves seem possible for five colorful spinster sisters. Robert Hubbard is director.

img_7667-art-exhibit-2016RECEPTION
The artists’ reception will be held Saturday, April 8 from 6:00-7:00 p.m., prior to the production of Dancing at Lughnasa. All artists are invited to attend. Jurors will comment and announce awards.

JURORS
The exhibit will be juried by two area artists.

COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS, JURORS’ CHOICES, CASH PRIZES
All artists accepted for exhibition will be given two complimentary tickets to the Northwestern College Theatre Department’s production, Dancing at Lughnasa.
Jurors will select the “best of show” with a $100 cash prize and “honorable mention,” $40 cash prize.
Additional tickets to the Northwestern College Theatre Department’s production, Dancing at Lughnasa, may be ordered by phoning 712-707-7098 or emailing boxoffice@nwciowa.edu. Tickets are $8 adult and $4 student. Production dates are March 31, April 1, 6, and 7 at 7:30pm and April 8 at 2:00 and 7:30pm.img_7664-art-exhibit-2016

TIMELINE
Friday, February 24, 2017: Deadline for submission. All entries must be received via email.
Wednesday, March 15: Acceptance notification emailed to artists.
Wednesday, March 29: 9 a.m. to noon: Art must be hand-delivered to DeWitt Theatre Arts Center, Northwestern College, Orange City. Or prior arrangements may be made to ship or hand-deliver art to arrive by noon on March 29 to Orange City Arts, 125 Central Ave. SE, Orange City IA 51041. Contact Orange City Arts, orangecityartsIA@gmail.com or 712.707.4885.
Friday, March 31: Exhibition opens.
Saturday, April 8: 6:00-7:00 p.m.: Artist reception prior to the production of Dancing at Lughnasa.
Saturday, April 8: Exhibition closes. Artists must pick up their artwork between 9:30-10:30 p.m., unless prior arrangement is made. Contact Orange City Arts Council, orangecityartsIA@gmail.com or 712.707.4885 or 707.6514.

SPONSORS
Orange City Arts is the sponsor of the exhibit, in conjunction with the Northwestern College art and theatre departments.

We appreciate your submission. Please share this Call for Entries with other area artists.

 

They had a place, and their place was here

by Chris White

img_8160-herencia-oc-drums-smallerAll teenagers struggle to find their place. As a teacher, again and again, I see one question lingering on students’ faces: Where do I belong? But for kids who have immigrated to northwest Iowa from Mexico and Guatemala to flee widespread poverty and violence (some with their families, some without), those questions of belonging can be especially daunting.

For two students at Sioux Center High School, their questioimg_7905-herencia-students-smallerns of identity go beyond the usual teenage challenges of finding a place at the lunch table, in the group project, on the team, in the social hierarchy. Instead, theirs go a bit deeper: What family will I stay with tonight? What will people assume about me when they hear me speak Spanish with my friends? And during this election season, what will politicians and classmates say about me and my family when they debate our collective worth?

I was especially excited when our school brought a group of students including these two boys to Orange City Art’s Beyond OnStage event Herencia de Timbiqui, a band from Colombia. If anything else, it would be a break from the hard work of reading and writing in English, a chance to hear world class music in their native Spanish, to hear something that sounded like home.

img_7893-herenica-students-smallerAfter the group returned from the afternoon concert, I ran into these two boys in the library. “How was the concert?”

They beamed with joy. These two boys–who normally look stoic and concentrated, who handle their education with adult maturity because they feel so lucky to have it–were nothing short of giddy. They could not contain their happiness. They went on and on about how awesome the music was and showed me band members’ autographs they got on their arms. They acted, for once, like kids. Like high school students should act. Because for one afternoon, they were not the stranger, the alien. The concert was for them. They belonged, without struggle, and had fun. For an afternoon, they had a place, and their place was here.img_8113-herencia-oc-smaller

Win an original work of ArtRageous art!

img_0299-1-artrageous-oc-painting-dance-smallORANGE CITY — The singing and dancing troupe, ArtRageous, painted 10 huge paintings while performing at Northwestern College in Orange City October 27.

Donate to Orange City Arts $50 or more between July 1 and December 31, and receive a chance to win one of those works of art. Donate here!

Paintings are 6’ x 6’ or 6’ x 4’, on heavyweight paper, said Janine Calsbeek, Orange City Arts director. They are unframed. Images include Martin Luther King, Elvis, Hendrix, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, an eagle with American flag and John Lennon.img_0370-artrageous-oc-painting-small

The winner of the drawing will select the painting of his/ her choice.

One of the teachers of students at the ArtRageous assembly said that she was happy to see her students get on stage with the ArtRageous musicians, said Calsbeek. Hopefully, the teacher said, the ArtRageous show “opened their eyes to how cool the arts are. I already have kids asking if we can go next year!”

img_0092-artrageous-oc-painting-smallCalsbeek continued, “Local supporters make these kind of experiences happen.”

Two other paintings were sold by auction at the ArtRageous event — to attendees from Okoboji and from Alton — with the proceeds going to Orange City Arts.

Donate online here.  Or send a check to Orange City Arts at PO Box 202, Orange City IA 51041. Or drop your check in the city hall mail slot.

Donations to Orange City Arts are tax-deductible.img_0661-artrageous-oc-painting-kids-small

All who donate $50 or more between July 1 and December 31 will be automatically entered in the drawing. Season pass holders for 2016-2017 will also be entered.img_0654-artrageous-oc-full-stage-smallimg_0188-artrageous-lauri-painting-oc-small

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“I will NEVER forget this!”

Jen and I were surprised the other day — 13 tickets ordered for the Herencia concert — from a school principal.
Central Lyon Elementary honored the 11 fifth grade students who auditioned for Opus Honor choir—by treating them to a concert. The show? A big name band from img_7985-herencia-in-oc-mediumColombia — Herencia de Timbiquí— performing in Orange City Oct. 7, sponsored by Orange City Arts.
Eleven kids and two teachers showed up, full of enthusiasm.
They bounced into Unity Knight Center… then the band members followed a few minutes later, with high-fives for all of the kids. Twenty minutes into the concert, every student in row F was still sitting, but definitely moving to the music. By the last 20 minutes, they had joined adults and college kids, dancing in front of the stage.img_8041-herencia-vocalist-willian-medium
“It was unforgettable,” said Central Lyon elementary music teacher, Janelle Flatebo.
What did the 5th graders say?
“It was awesome!”
“Best night of my life!”
“I will NEVER forget this!”
“AMAZING!”
Thanks to you — Central Lyon and OC Arts supporters — for making experiences like this happen!

— Janine Calsbeek, OC Arts director

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This engagement of Herencia de Timbiqui is made possible through Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Other sponsors are Orange City Arts, Staples Foundation, Northwestern College, Sioux Center Arts and Orange City Area Health System.

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Meet the Artist: Yun Shin

Meet the Artist is a series of interviews with the Iowa Arts Council Artist Fellows.

Yun Shin of Orange City is a Korean artist who believes that the process of making is a way of reconstructing relationships and remembering home. Relying on family treasures for inspiration, she reinterprets them by engaging in the intense process with repetitive movement. Labor and time, the very process of making, which is hidden and invested within each object, become the significant part of her work. She has exhibited her work at Woman Made Gallery, Chicago in 2014 and Pen and Brush, New York in 2015. She holds a MFA in studio art at the University of Texas and a BFA degree in craft and material studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. She currently teaches painting, drawing, sculpture, and ceramics at Northwestern College as an assistant professor.

What themes does your work deal with?
I work to approach containment and preservation from an emotive place. I am fascinated by objects that belong to my family members. In learning to live with my emotional past and relationships, I value the physical look and details of each object. I especially appreciate handcrafted objects that my mother crocheted, such as sheets, covers and curtains. Through recreating the objects based on my own personal interpretation, I start to understand the intense process of working alone in contemplation. I transform objects to preserve not only objects but also my memories and relationships.

See more of the interview with Yun here.

Orange City Arts receives grant from Arts Midwest for ArtRageous

ORANGE CITY — ArtRageous is coming to Orange City, with the assistance of Arts Midwest Touring Fund.

It’s an interactive arts and music extravaganza, recommended by CBS: “Go see this show!”

Harrison Ford loves ArtRageous too: “You’re the best!”

Date is Thursday, Oct. 27. Place is the Northwestern College Chapel. Time: 7:00pm.

The Artrageous troupe of a dozen artists, musiciocarts-slide-artragous-1500x430ans, singers and dancers pays tribute to a variety of art forms, pop icons and musical genres, culminating in a gallery of fabulous finished paintings.

It’s a one-of-a-kind experience.

In fact, Orange City Arts has already sold tickets to someone who will drive over three hours to the show, said OC Arts director Janine Calsbeek. Megan Wassom of Mason City is bringing her 12-year-old sister. ArtRageous reminds Wassom of the Blue Man Group, she said.

ArtRageous wowed the board members of Orange City Arts, said Calsbeek, and Arts Midwest Touring Fund caught the vision too.

artrageous-cast-8818-mediumOrange City Arts has been selected to receive a $2,375 grant from Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Iowa Arts Council and the Crane Group.

Arts Midwest Touring Fund engages people in meaningful experiences with professionals in dance, music, theatre and other performing arts forms… emphasizing inter-state touring.

“Arts Midwest is proud to support Orange City Arts and the ArtRageous performance,” said Arts Midwest director David J. Fraher. The show, and the outreach experiences for students, will enhance the quality of life in northwest Iowa, he said, and the grant helps provide meaningful jobs for artists. artrageous-b

Sponsoring the show are Orange City Arts and Northwestern College. Additional support for the educational outreach comes from the Staples Foundation: 2 Million & Change.

Tickets are $15 adult and $10 student, in advance, available online HERE. Or contact 712.707.4885 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. Tickets at the door are $18 and $12. Tickets for Northwestern College students are $5.

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About Arts Midwest: Based in Minneapolis, Arts Midwest is one of six nonprofit regional arts organizations in the United States. Its mission is to promote creativity, nurture cultural leadership, and engage people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives. Since its establishment more than 30 years ago, Arts Midwest has been serving audiences, arts organizations, and artists throughout the nine states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and beyond.

About the National Endowment for the Arts: The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Endowment is the nation’s largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases.

About Orange City Arts: The mission of Orange City Arts is to enrich our community by showcasing artists, facilitating arts education and supporting local creative talent.

Staples Foundation awards grant to Orange City Arts

ORANGE CITY, IA – Orange City Arts has been awarded a $3,500 grant by the Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., through a program called 2 Million & Change. The program allows Staples associates to direct more than $2 million in donations worldwide each year.

Olga Alvarado, Orange City Arts board member and graphic designer at Staples, nominated Orange City Arts for the grant.

The grant will help present educational artistic assemblies and workshops to area students in schools, said Janine Calsbeek, executive director of Orange City Arts. The title of the grant is Beyond Onstage — Enriching Academic Education.

herencia-photo-3“Six exemplary artists are performing here this year,” said Calsbeek. “We’re excited that students will interact with gifted artists from other parts of the world. Artists like these inspire creativity and empathy. One of their gifts to students is the power and beauty of art.”

Artists are listed here:

• Herencia de Timbiquí, a 12-person ensemble, plays traditional music from Colombia— featuring congas, bombo drums, guasá shakers and marimba, plus energetic vocals, trumpet, saxophone, keyboards and guitar. A school assembly and evening concert will be Oct. 6.ocarts-slide-artrageous-1200x545

• ArtRageous presents an interactive multi-media art and music experience Oct. 26 and 27. ArtRageous artists present a music and dance performance while creating several paintings onstage. Workshops include the business of entertainment; branding and marketing; and costuming, choreography and performance.

Cantus press photo 2 large croppedThe ArtRageous workshops are not only educational, but encouraging, said Calsbeek. “These enthusiastic artists say, ‘If we can do it, you can do it too.’”

• Cantus, a premier men’s vocal ensemble from Minneapolis, will present a vocal workshop and concert Feb. 18 and 19.

The Feb. 24 performance features storyteller and playwright Kevin Kling, with his hilarious and tender stories. His storytelling workshop is Feb. 25.ocarts-slide-kevin-kling-1200x545

• Mermaid Theatre from Nova Scotia features innovative puppetry and striking scenic effects with black light, projected images and large puppets. The show March 20 features the stories of Eric Carle. A puppetry workshop will be held that afternoon.

Mermaid Theatre Papa Please get the moon th-ts-papa-monika-cat The week of April 10, Taproot Theatre of Seattle presents bullying-prevention plays in six schools, plus two shows for the general public. Workshops will be held for theatre students. The Taproot residency is a collaboration between Orange City and Sioux Center Arts.

Most of the assemblies, workshops and shows will be held at local schools and colleges.

logo-2millionchange-2-croppedCreated in 2012, the 2 Million & Change program allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit organizations focused on academic education or job skills. In 2015, Staples awarded more than $2.5 million in grants to 875 local organizations.

“For 30 years, Staples associates have been making a difference in their communities around the world,” said John Burke, chief culture officer, Staples, Inc., “We’re thrilled that the 2 Million & Change program lets our associates make an even greater impact on the organizations they are passionate about.”

For more information, visit www.staples.com/community or http://orangecityarts.net/beyond-onstage-2016-2017-season-series/. To inquire about participating in an assembly or workshop, contact Calsbeek at 712-707-4885 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.

Meet the cast of ArtRageous!

 

john-de-wolf-c-1THE CAST

John de Wolf, Bass Player – Bunraku Puppeteer – Stage Manager – Producer John has been a part of holding down the Artrageous troupe since the very beginning, both in the rhythm section & in business. John is one of the three founding members of the Artrageous troupe & both performs & manages the show. He plays bass & handles all of the details that help Artrageous get to each performance.

Larry Dolan, Vocals – Saxophone – Guitar Larry developed his power-house vocal style throughout the 90s, emulating singers such as
Bono & Michael Crawford. He has toured for over two decades with various productions featuring rock ’n roll and broadway. A mainstay of the Artrageous troupe since 1999, Larry resides in Arizona with his wife & three children.hannahharper-1-shotbyana-smaller

Lauri Francis, Painter – Dancer – Singer – Choreographer – Costume Designer Lauri has choreographed & costumed the Artrageous troupe for 20 years. She has choreographed & costumed specialty performances & dances for hundreds of shows worldwide, especially enjoying private performances for Sir Richard Branson & in Paris and Austria. Trained in many dance forms, from jazz to hip hop, Lauri lends her dance flair to the stage. She has a passion for all things dance & loves to get people moving.

jeff-cJarvis Moorehead, Vocalist – Dancer Jarvis’s love for the stage & theater is evident in his performance & his extensive list of accolades. Jarvis has studied classical voice at the prestigious Adelphi University & studied at the Southern Nevada College & The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. Jarvis has been acting, singing, dancing & composing his whole life.

 

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Dani Lenski, Vocalist – Dancer – Puppeteer Dani is a natural match for the Artrageous troupe & has entertained audiences for many
years with her talents as a barbershop singer. You may recognize Dani gracing the silver screen as an actress in several films.

Joey Santiago, Singer – Painter – Percussionist Professional musician & vocalist, Joey has an arts & music degree from The University of New Mexico. Joey can play pretty much every instrument you put in front of him & excels in drums, vocals & percussion. Joey can often be seen with book in hand. He is an avid reader & a Game of Thrones super fan.

Lindsay Santiago, Painter – Vocalist – Dancer Artist & professional photographer Lindsay is a natural fit for the stage. Off stage Lindsay is pursuing a degree in graphic design. Lindsay has a flair for all things artistic from design to photography, from fashion to painting.

 

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Jeff Smith, Painter – Lighting – Mime Jeff has a love of theatrical arts including classical mime. He studied theater, lighting design & mime, & received a scholar-ship in artistic design at the University of New Mexico. He enjoys traveling the
world, baseball & pizza.

Carina Duffy, Singer, Dancer A proud local of the Jersey Shore, Carina is thrilled to join the cast of Artrageous on their adventure throughout the U.S.— spreading art, music & positivity! When not performing, Carina can be found catching up on Netflix, expanding her palate at a unique restaurant, or learning a new instrument!

Hannah Harper, Singer, Comedienne, Keyboard Hannah is an actor & writer living in Los Angeles. She’s crazy excited to be a part of Artrageous & to be traveling all over with the troupe! In her free time, Hannah will almost always have a cup of coffee in hand & will probably ask you to be her friend.

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Jeffrey Dobbins, Painter – Stage Coordinator From a background in architecture, Jeffrey brings a uniquely trained eye to the magic behind Artrageous. After years of touring, his youthful can-do attitude & unceasing positivity have come to personify the Artrageous troupe as a whole.

Jaden Francis, Stage Tech – Painter in Training Jaden, age 11, is currently homeschooling on the road with Artrageous. He is in 6th grade & his favorite subject is social studies. He is a brown (soon to be black!) belt in Taekwondo— his favorite sport. He has a passion for the dramatic flair & has acted in several TV shows. He loves traveling & helping with Artrageous behind the scenes.

Trey Richardson, Stage Tech – Guitar Trey graduated from UNM with a degree in music. He is enjoying the experience of traveling to new places with his Artrageous family. He is also tutoring Jaden in martial arts & is a 2nd degree black belt!