Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs awards grant to Orange City Arts

ORANGE CITY— Three nationally-recognized ensembles — Cantus, Kevin Kling and Mermaid Theatre — will perform in Orange City in February and March. The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and Iowa Arts Council recently announced a grant award to the Orange City Arts Council to support the project.

Orange City Arts is adding several local activities to increase the impact of the performances.

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs grants are being awarded to 22 artists and organizations in 15 Iowa communities.

cantus-press-photo-1-largeCantus, acclaimed as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the U.S.” (Fanfare), will perform their show, “No Greater Love Than This” on Feb. 18 at the Northwestern College Chapel. The show explores music through the eyes of a soldier, focusing on emotions of war: peace, camaraderie, selflessness, honor, loss.

Students from Northwestern College, Unity Christian High and Sioux Center High will join Cantus in performing Biebl’s Ave Maria. Area veterans and their spouses will receive complimentary tickets to the concert. Assisting in the sponsorship are Northwestern College, De Jong Oil, the American Legion of Orange City and the Staples Foundation: $2million & change.

Kevin Kling is part funny guy, part poet and playwright, part wise man. “A treasured figure on the national storytelling circuit, his voice inhabits an unusual space — where a homegrown Minnesota wit meets Dante and Shakespeare,” said Krista Tippet of NPR’s On Being. Born with a disabled left arm, he lost the use of his right one after a motorcycle accident nearly killed him. “He shares his special angle on life’s humor and its ruptures — and why we turn loss into story.”kevin-kling-strawhat

Kling’s storytelling will be featured Feb. 24 at Trinity Reformed Church, and he’ll do a workshop on crafting stories at Old Factory the morning of Feb. 25. In early February, Jim Schaap will do storytelling workshops focusing on Kling’s work, in high school English classes and at public libraries. Assisting in the sponsorship is Northwestern College.

Mermaid Theatre, of Nova Scotia, uses innovate puppetry, striking scenic effects and original music to present storybook favorites by Eric Carle on March 20 at the Unity Knight Center. “It’s a visual feast for viewers of any age.” (Santa Barbara New Press)

mermaid-theatre-very-hungry-caterpillar-th-vhc-orangesThe Orange City Public Library is collaborating by featuring Carle stories during Monday storytimes, with complimentary tickets given to loyal storytime children. Several local art teachers will feature units on Carle-style collage, with an exhibit held prior to the Mermaid Theatre program. A puppetry workshop will be held March 20 for Spalding 7th and 8th grade students, and Lisa Laird will teach a puppetry class featuring fluorescent puppets and black lights. Pockets Full of Fun and the Staples Foundation are assisting with the sponsorship.

The three shows are part of Orange City Arts’ Beyond Onstage series. Advance tickets ($15 adult, $10 student) are available online at orangecityarts.net. Tickets are $18 and $12 at the door.

For additional information, contact 712-707-4885 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.

The Orange City Arts grant is an art project grant of $10,000. Administered by the Iowa Arts Council, art project grants are funded through the Iowa Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Iowa Arts Council is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.iowa-arts-council-dca-logo-2016-b

“We are committed to investing in nea-logo 2016organizations and projects that cultivate creativity, foster economic growth and enhance the cultural identity of local communities across the state,” Iowa Arts Council Administrator Matt Harris said. “I congratulate our grantees and encourage Iowans to participate in and support the arts in Iowa.”

CALL FOR ART: Artist’s Showcase: OC 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
Enter up to 3 original submissions, 2D or 3D. Open to H.S. & up from IA or 350-mile radius of Orange City. No entry fee. Work must be no older than 3 years. Submission details & timeline below. Awards given: for best of show ($100) & honorable mention. ($40).

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.
Images are to be submitted to http://orangecityarts.net/exhibition/ between January 24 and February 24.
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 and title of work. Under “Description,” include medium, size, and date of production.

A COMPLETED ENTRY CONSISTS OF THE FOLLOWING:
1. jpg image.
2. Artist’s name, address, email, phone number, title of work.
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SUBMIT ENTRY MATERIALS TO:   http://orangecityarts.net/exhibition/

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. Dr. 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 local artists Anne Plageman and Doug Burg.

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 submitted online.
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. If necessary, prior arrangements may be made to ship art to arrive by noon on March 29 to Orange City Arts, 125 Central Ave. SE, Orange City IA 51041. Contact Orange City Arts, ocArts@orangecityiowa.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, ocArts@orangecityiowa.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.

 

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 and an eagle with American flag.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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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.

For more information and video, click here.

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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.

Arts on Central: Artist combines children’s art into unified works

ORANGE CITY — It was a hands-on project last summer at Arts on Central in Orange City.

IMG_1084 arts on central (emilee berry project)Emilee Berry, a recent Northwestern College art graduate, provided kids with canvases, plus tools. They painted with combs, plastic forks, fingers, sponges — “everything but paintbrushes,” she said. “I encouraged them to explore.”

Then, after the event last August, Berry unified the 14 children’s acrylic explorations. “I didn’t want to take away from what they did, but bring them together.” She used a pallet knife and eraser to paint with white acrylic paint and gel medium — on top of the colors painted by the kids. She added more texture and dots, “a fun way to give a unified look without hiding what’s behind it.” The finished artworks have a windmill theme. IMG_9995 Emilee berry medium C

The finished creations are being unveiled at Arts on Central — exhibited at Centrum Foto Studio on August 24 and the rest of the week.

Arts on Central 2016 is Wed., Aug. 24 in downtown Orange City. The interactive arts festival is 4:30-7:30, followed by a concert featuring Omaha Street Percussion at 7:30. For more information, contact 707-4885, ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.

For more info about Arts on Central, click HERE.

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Exploring acrylics… Arts on Central

Abby Wallinga experimented with acrylics on canvas at Arts on Central last year— creating a design with a variety of tools — but no paintbrushes. Afterwards, artist Emilee Berry added her touches with white paint, and put together the 14 child-painted canvases into three unified works of art. See them on August 24 at Centrum Foto Studio.

Arts on Central 2015… by Gail Van Grouw

To inquire about participating as a visual artist, performing artist or live mannequin in Arts on Central August 24, 2016, email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.

Where were you on August 26, 2015? I was in Orange City, Iowa attending Arts on Central. Not sure what to expect, I hoped it would be a fun Wednesday night downtown.
What did I experience? Sensory overload, so much to take in! People arriving, trickling in and then: folks of all ages everywhere. A band of middle aged rock ‘n rollers set up on the south end of Central Avenue. On the north end, two blocks over, the street is anchored with a water spray station to cool visitors off. In Windmill Park a little girl is creating giant bubbles next to lush, colorful flowerbeds. It’s a joyful atmosphere of bumping into friends and chatting on the sidewalk.
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There was so much going on that I was overwhelmed. My eyes couldn’t take it all in. My ears heard many kinds music from various directions. Wafting aromas of delicious food mingled around everyone. Everywhere I turned something intriguing was happening. A buzz of excitement and hearing folks say, “Did you see….”
In the midst of it all were Orange City Arts volunteers and staff— ringleaders to this 3 ring circus of art, music and live mannequin displays. They coordinated all this.
arts on central 2015 IMG_5830Children were busy drawing with fat pieces of colored chalk on the street. A chalk artist and crew had started scenes and hopscotch games all over Central Avenue’s smooth light gray concrete street. Scattered near the scenes lay chunks of chalk for anyone to pick up and add their own flair. In one spot I noted the directions: add an animal to the forest. Well, in my opinion, the tree needed a blue bird in a nest. Tan chalk for nest, blue for bird, not quite done, pink for beak. Yes, I added my touch. Another young man drew mushrooms. He was excited because he contributed to the artistic scene.arts on central string quartet 2015 IMG_5774
Next I focus on the music: a string quartet in the courtyard behind the Little White Store. Violin and piano duet inside Holland House. A rousing Irish ballad from the rock group. The boisterous street organ blows notes over the crowd. That large antique organ was also visual overload with so many colors painted on the carved figures. Party vibe of electric guitars. IMG_1153 arts on central accordion playersAn accordion player wearing a beret sitting on a bench in front of the bakery evoked European flair. The young man played songs I’ve never heard before. Boom box blasts dance music and teen age girls laugh and move to it. I wouldn’t call it dancing exactly, mostly goofing around. Adding to the cacophony were voices over the public address system announcing prize winners. Lots of unusual things given away, like locally composed hymns, adult coloring books and Northwestern College theatre tickets.
Looking across the street, a girl I know from church is sitting in a window display doing sign language to music I can’t hear. It makes me pause and smile. Next door another store front has a huge canvas displayed. An oil painting of crab apples in fall comes to life, actually larger than life size, by the brush of a master artist.arts on central 2015 IMG_5821
My neighbor comes up to me and exclaims about a fantastic window display. Thrusting her smartphone at me she shows photos of the kids posing like mannequins. Meanwhile, in front of the tuxedo rental shop, couples are in formal attire and pose as parents of the bride and groom, alongside the happy couple. Later another couple slowly, mechanically clink goblets to celebrate.
In July when I learned about this event, I volunteered to be a judge in the visual arts category. After searching for the headquarters table and finally locating it I took the clipboard with lots of papers on it, read my instructions and looked at each display. I saw photographs from near (Iowa) and far (Italy). I examined quilted wall hangings on a makeshift clothesline, swaying in a slight breeze. I reached out and was scolded, “Do NOT touch.” Quickly I pulled back my hand, feeling like a little girl who was put in her place.
arts on central 2015 IMG_5867Village Northwest Unlimited had a large display of so many beautiful things, I could barely take it all in. The woman there explained items were not for sale, but created by handicapped individuals as part of art therapy. I loved it! In the downtown park next to the big old windmill an extensive display of silk scarves flutter in the breeze under large shade trees. It is a riot of color and the silks mimic butterflies floating above flowers, flowers tumbling over the edges of flowerbeds that are only a few feet away. At an artist’s booth I marveled at a collage of grains. Colored rice, seeds and corn were painstakingly arranged into beautiful scenes. Right beside the art is raw material on a table for budding artists to create with. Later I spot people carrying around their seed creations.arts on central 2015 IMG_5763
Standing next to a simple display is a woman who is giving her art away. The delicate drawings are about 5×7 or 4×6, a convenient size for carrying. She explains she has more than she can use in her scrapbooking hobby. “Go ahead and take one,” she urges each person who walks up.
One particular grouping of paintings caught my eye. This young woman had classic landscapes and farm scenes. However each work had one unusual character in it. Tranquil Americana street scene had a robot walking a dog. Pond with a sea monster peeking above the water. There is a giant bear napping on a barn roof. They were hilarious! Not a typical classy painting to hang above the sofa. She’s an artist with a sense of humor.arts on central 2015 IMG_5881
After I looked at 20 art displays, the time had come to meet with the other two judges. Our favorites were announced as the top three winners.
For those who like their art on a large screen television, short films from the Prairie Grass Film Challenge played at Joe’s TV & Appliance store.
Mother Goose made an appearance with her puppet friend, a colorful dinosaur named Jemima. Under the bank canopy she told stories to kids of all ages. Her helpers included a shy white rabbit and not so shy children. I love the sound of little kids laughing and it echoed all around this group. A magical Humpty Dumpty complained about how his story usually ended. To conclude her show, Mother Goose persuaded her audience to sing Itsy Bitsy Spider.Arts on Central 2015 IMG_5778

Arts on Central took place during the supper hour. To satisfy the hunger of spectators strolling along, the meat market grilled bratwurst and the Little White Store made little Dutch pancakes. Pizza, tacos, Chinese food and more choices tempted taste buds. Some businesses offered free frankfurters, cookies or other treats. In the same way that music overlapped from one area to the next, the aroma of Mexican food blended into Chinese cuisine and all-American hot dogs.
People who attended were having so much fun that the concert in the Windmill Park band shell was a perfect way to end the summer music series. As the sun set on this lovely summer evening audience members Arts on Central 2015 IMG_5803appreciated the talents of the six a cappella singers performing a high energy show. Thank you to Orange City Arts — who made such a fun event come to life.

–by Gail Van Grouw

Photos by Doug & Janine Calsbeek

 

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Artists win awards at Orange City Arts’ Regional Exhibition

ORANGE CITY – Three area artists recently won awards at the juried exhibit, Artists’ Showcase: Orange City Arts’ Regional Exhibition. Awards were announced at the closing reception April 30 at Northwestern College in Orange City.IMG_7600 oc arts exhibit 2016

Timothy J. Arand-McIlrath of Okoboji won Best of Show, with his work of crocheted yarn and printed fabric, entitled Breezy. (pictured below right)

Honorable Mention awards went to Rein Vanderhill and Brian J. Damon.

IMG_7625 Arand-McIlrathVanderhill, of Alton, received an award for his acrylic on canvas, The Color of Plum. (pictured below left)

Damon, of McCook Lake, SD, was honored for his colorized screen print, Just Another Back Story. (pictured below right)

The three award-winners received cash prizes of $100 for best of show and $40 for honorable mention. Jurors were artists Linda Porter of Hospers and Matthew Drissell of Sioux Center.

IMG_7615 oc art exhibit VanderhillTwenty-two additional artists’ works were selected for the exhibit, including works by Randy Clark, Pauline Sensenig, Judy Thompson, Emily Bunch, Michael Vander Schaaf, Kevin Bierbaum, Robert E. Gillespie, Joanne Alberda, Jerry L. Mennenga, Pam Harp, Lynae Dadisman, David Versluis, Margo Vanderhill, Kwan Yong Park, David Lammers, Ya-wen Liu, Emily Stokes, Dabin Jeong, Emilee Berry, Youra Song, Alissa Sinclair and Nancy Becerra-Balbuena. They are from Sioux City, Brookings, Alton, Sioux Center, Sioux Falls, Orange City, and Northwestern College, Dordt College and Buena Vista University.

IMG_7643 oc art exhibit DamonThe exhibit was held at the Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre. Sponsor of the show was Orange City Arts, in conjunction with the Northwestern College Art and Theatre Departments.