Orange City Arts Council names new board members

ORANGE CITY – The Orange City Arts Council named three new board members this week: Becky Kleinwolterink, Teresa Miller, and Mark Volkers, all of Orange City. Kleinwolterink is the former owner of Gallery 110 and a member of the Onstage Orange City committee. Miller is a CPA with Van Bruggen & Vande Vegte, P.C. Volkers teaches digital media and communication at Dordt College.

Retiring board members are Michael Stokes and Judy Thompson.

Continuing board members are Ryan Donahoe, Rebecca Donahue, Lois Estell, Greg Haverdink, Robert Hubbard, Julia Huisman, Peg Juffer, Cheryl Kugler, Richard Sowienski and Sheila Van Den Brink. Haverdink serves as president of the board of directors. Janine Calsbeek is executive director. Ashley Wright is the 2011 summer intern.

The Orange City Arts Council sponsors concerts, theatre, dance, art exhibits and classes, plus the Onstage Orange City series in Windmill Park. Funding for the Arts Council comes – in part – from local contributions, and the Arts Council will conduct its annual phone-a-thon in late June. Donations may be sent anytime to the Arts Council at PO Box 202, Orange City IA 51041 or dropped off at the OC town hall.

Jon Haverdink takes first place in Orange City’s Got Talent!

Jon Haverdink was awarded first place at Orange City's Got Talent! (Photos courtesy of SIoux Co. Capital-Democrat)

ORANGE CITY – Jon Haverdink took first place at Orange City’s Got Talent!, the local talent show sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council. The show was held on a rainy June 9 in the Orange City town hall, in conjunction with the city’s community appreciation meal and the mayor’s announcement of Orange City’s new brand.


Haverdink, of Orange City, performed on the cello, accompanied by Laura Haverdink on keyboard. Second place went to A.J., Collin and David Korver of Eenwieler, the Orange City unicycle club – with their unicycle and juggling act. Third place was awarded to Luke Wohlgemuth of Alton, who sang “If I Were a Rich Man” from Fiddler on the Roof. Prizes were $100, $75 and $50.

David Korver of Eenwieler Unicycle Club.



AJ Korver


Collin Korver




Seven additional acts were featured Thursday evening, including break dancing, a country music vocalist and an original song. Judges were Harlan Van Oort, Patti Thayer and Bruce Muilenburg. The Orange City’s Got Talent committee was Lois Estell, Mike Stokes and Tom and Sharon Foughty. Emcees were Lois Estell and Laird Edman.


Sponsors of the Onstage Orange City event were Iowa State Bank and the Pizza Ranch Restaurant.

Third place: Luke Wohlgemuth. (Photos courtesy of Sioux Co. Capital-Democrat)


“Flora of our Place: Interpretations”: A Call for Entries

“Flora of our Place: Interpretations”

A Call for Entries

Monday, July 25, 2011
Northwestern College Korver Visual Arts Center
Orange City, IA
Submission Deadline: June 30, 2011
Sponsors: Orange City Arts Council & Northwestern Art Department

Regional artists (from within a 300-mile radius of Orange City, IA) are invited to submit work to the juried exhibition, “Flora of our Place: Interpretations.”  As part of Orange City’s annual Summer Suites—an outdoor event featuring entertainment, art, and food—the exhibition seeks artists’ works that interpret our natural world. Jurors will select the works that best display both facility and conceptual cohesiveness as applied to the exhibition’s theme.
The one-day exhibit will be held in the Te Paske Gallery in the Northwestern College Korver Visual Arts Center in Orange City IA.

June 30, 2011

Te Paske Gallery, Korver Visual Arts Center, Northwestern College, 300 8th St. SE (Hwy. 10), Orange City IA 51041

The exhibit, “Flora of our Place: Interpretations,” will be held in conjunction with the Orange City Arts Council’s Summer Suites, an annual celebration of flowering gardens. The “progressive concert” features music, theatre, and – this year – visual art… plus always irresistible sweets. When purchasing tickets, audience members are placed into one of three groups, and this year will visit two backyard gardens in addition to the Te Paske Gallery. At each location, the 30-minute program is repeated three times. This year’s Summer Suites is Monday, July 25 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., with audience members invited to return to the gallery afterwards.

This exhibit is open to any artist 18 years of age or older within a 300-mile radius of Orange City, Iowa. Artwork must be original in concept, composition and execution. Artwork may not have been shown previously in an Orange City Arts Council exhibit. No photography entries, please. Other 2-D and 3-D media will be considered, and must be ready to hang/present. (Sawtooth hangers are not allowed.)

The Orange City Arts Council and Northwestern College Art Department will exercise all reasonable care in handling and hanging the art, and do have limited insurance coverage. However, the Orange City Arts Council and Northwestern College assume no responsibility for damage or loss to works submitted. Insurance is the responsibility of the exhibiting artist.

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

The Orange City Arts Council 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 in the gallery is prohibited.

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
The image must be a true representation of the work submitted. The Orange City Arts Council 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.

1. jpg image.
2. artist’s name, address, email, phone number.
3. title of work, medium, size, date of production.

Contact: Janine Calsbeek, director, Orange City Arts Council, 125 Central Ave. SE, P.O. Box 202, Orange City IA 51041.
Phone: 712.707.4885
Website: The website is under construction, but will be up & running soon.

Artists will be notified of acceptance by email by July 13, 2011. Approximately 20 works of art will be accepted, from 20 different artists.

All artists accepted for exhibition will be given two complimentary tickets to Summer Suites.
Jurors will select the “best of show” and “honorable mention.” Audience members will select the “people’s choice.”

Thursday, June 30, 2011: Deadline for submission. All entries must be received via email.
Wednesday, July 13: Acceptance notification emailed to artists.
Saturday, July 23. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Art must be hand-delivered to Korver Visual Arts Center, Northwestern College, Orange City. Or prior arrangements may be made to ship or hand-deliver art to arrive by noon on July 22 to Orange City Arts Council, 125 Central Ave. SE, Orange City IA 51041.
Monday, July 25. Exhibition & Summer Suites.
6:30 p.m.: Exhibit opens at Te Paske Gallery, Korver Visual Arts Center in conjunction with Orange City Arts Council’s Summer Suites.
6:30-8:45 p.m.: Summer Suites. Three groups of audience members visit gallery, and other two Summer Suites locations. At Te Paske Gallery, a juror will speak briefly at each 35-minute session, audience members will vote for “people’s choice,” background music will be provided & refreshments will be served. Fifteen minutes will be allowed between sessions for travel between the three Summer Suites locations.
8:45-9:30 p.m.: Artists and audience members are invited to return to Te Paske Gallery for the announcement of the “people’s choice” award at 9 p.m.
9:30 p.m.: Artists must pick up their artwork, unless prior arrangement is made.

Jurors will be Joan Brower, art teacher at MOC-Floyd Valley Elementary School in Hospers; Matt Drissell, instructor of art at Dordt College; and Rein Vanderhill, professor of art at Northwestern College.

Additional tickets to Summer Suites may be ordered through the Orange City Arts Council, PO Box 202, Orange City IA 51041, or email Ticket prices through July 21 are adults: $7.50, students: $5, familes: $22. From July 22-25, ticket prices are adults: $10, students: $7 and families: $30.

The Orange City Arts Council and the Northwestern College Art Department are the sponsors of the exhibit, and appreciate your submission. Please share this Call for Entries with other area artists.

Summer Classes to be Offered

ORANGE CITY – Classes for children and adults are being offered this summer by the Orange City Arts Council.

Theatre: Behind the Scenes & Improv

“Theatre Behind the Scenes” will be taught by Jonathan Sabo, who teaches theatre and speech at Northwestern College. It’s a hands-on class, walking through the process of taking ideas from one’s imagination to a 3-D scale model.

Classes will be held at the Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre, Monday and Wednesday afternoons from June 6-22. Grades 1-3 meet 1-2 p.m.; grades 4-6 meet 2-3 p.m. Fee is $18.

Sabo is pictured here with a scale model from Northwestern College’s 2009 production of “The Ballad Hunter.”

Another theatre class will be “Zip, Zap, Zog: Exploring Theatre,” taught by Janie Van Dyke, theatre and English teacher at Unity Christian High School. The class will use drama games and improvisations to tap imaginations and develop acting and speaking skills.

Classes meet once weekly for three weeks at Immanuel Christian Reformed Church. Grades 1-3 meet Mondays, June 27, July 11 and 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Fee is $8.

Grades 4 & 5 meet Tuesdays, June 28, July 5 and 12, 6:30-8 p.m. Grades 6-8 meet Thursdays, June 30, July 7 and 14, 6:30-8 p.m. Fee is $12.

Painting & Ceramics

Painting classes will be taught by Lisa Thvedt, an art student at Northwestern. Students will explore abstract and realism styles, and experiment with various media from watercolor to acrylic.

Classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 7-23, at the MOC-FV Orange City Elementary School. Grades 1-3 meet 3:30-4:30 p.m. Grades 4-6 meet 4:45-5:45 p.m. Fee is $15.

Thvedt will also teach “Ceramics.” Those classes are filled.

Kids in the Kitchen

A cooking class, “Kids in the Kitchen,” will be taught by Ashley Wright, with assistance by Sheila Van Den Brink. It’s a parent-child cooking class, for children age 4 and up – and they’ll prepare everything from snacks to simple meals. And they’ll decorate cookies!

Classes meet Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. June 8-July 13, at MOC-FV High family & consumer sciences room for four weeks, then Dover Church kitchen for the last two weeks. Fee is $20.

Rockin’ Jake Harmonica Workshop

The Rockin’ Jake Band is returning this year – by popular demand – and Jake will conduct another harmonica workshop, Thursday, July 7 from 4-5 p.m. at Orange City town hall. Jake has been called “probably the best harmonica player in New Orleans” by DownBeat.

Adults and children, grade 6 and up, may register. The first 24 registrants receive a free Hohner “Old Standy” harmonica in the key of G (a different key from last year). A special prize will be awarded to one 2nd year Rockin’ Jake workshop attendee. Fee is $5 if registered by July 1. Afterwards, fee is $8.

For children’s classes, register online at For the Rockin’ Jake class, register with the Orange City Arts Council at city hall, 707-4885, or P.O. Box 202, Orange City IA 51041.

East Dubuque filmmaker wins at OrangeRind Film Festival

ORANGE CITY, IOWA – Tim Connery of East Dubuque, Illinois took both first and second prize at the OrangeRind Film Festival Friday, May 20 in Orange City. His film, “Statler’s Tapes,” about an elderly farmer searching for his missing wife, took top honors. “Quarter ’til Two,” by Connery, Brandon Schiffli of Los Angeles and Amanda Blakley of Chicago, was awarded runner-up.

Connery tied with David DeBord of Des Moines for the People’s Choice award. Connery’s “Statler’s Tapes” and “Silent Treatment” by DeBord and Natasha Fissiak of Houston, were voted “best of the evening” by the crowd at the film fest.

Connery was awarded cash prizes of $75 for first prize, and $25 for runner-up. DeBord took home the OrangeRind “loving cup” for People’s Choice.

The second annual OrangeRind featured 12 films, chosen from the 25 films entered. Other films appearing in the festival were “Dick Diamond Private Eye” by DeBord and Geoff Boothby, “M&M Forever” by DeBord and Igor Paulic, “Fatima” by Brigitte Timmerman, “The Lost Calendar” by David Patterson, “Snow White” by Jared Brown, “Pride” by Steve Faber, “Three” by David Gutsche and Martin Beeler, “Last Prison of Lost Souls” by Kay Rhoads and Patrick Gouran, and “2400” by Stephen Lawrensen, Martin Bhatta and Anthony Kang.

Entries for OrangeRind came from Ankeny, Fairfield, Des Moines, Orange City, Le Mars, Chicago/ Omaha, East Dubuque, Sioux Center, Storm Lake, Keota, Dyersville, Indianola and Rock Valley.

The festival, sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council, annually features original regional films. This year’s fest, held at the Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre, also featured a guest musician, Razaq Muhssen of Chicago, a friend of Timmerman and the Iraqi refugee featured in her film, Fatima Hindi. Donations were received for Fatima’s Chicago-based organization, the International Foundation for the Development of Women and Children. To hear Razaq’s music, check YouTube: Razaq Noori. Several of the films can also be found on YouTube, including “Statler’s Tapes.”

Door prizes were donated by Radio Shack, De Koffie Hoek, The Bike Store and Holland Plaza Theatre. Judges were Karen Bohm Barker, Cody Bauer and Jesse Brauning. Coordinator of the event was Vaughn Donahue.

For information on other OrangeRind events, including a screening of additional films, contact the Orange City Arts Council:, 712.707.4885, or

Filmmakers at OrangeRind Film Fest: Five of the filmmakers featured at the OrangeRind Film Festival held in Orange City May 20 are shown, left to right: David Gutsche and Martin Beeler of Orange City; David DeBord of Des Moines; Brigette Timmerman of Chicago/ Omaha, with Takwa Hindi, daughter of Fatima Hindi, Timmerman's subject in the film "Fatima"; and Steve Faber of Le Mars. Tim Connery, who won first and second prize, was unable to be present for the festival. DeBord took home the People's Choice award.


The musicians from both Dutch villages…

The Dutch band, De Lofstem, performed in Orange City May 3… but were also treated to a luncheon, courtesy of Orange City Ambassadors, Orange City Arts Council and Dutch Heritage Boosters, at Landsmeer Golf Club. Orange City’s Dutch Dozen provided entertainment, to an enthusiastic audience from Holland. Afterwards, the musicians from Sumar got together with the musicians from Orange City for a photo.

Get on Board!

A Christian fanfare band from Friesland – De Lofstem – visited Orange City Tuesday, May 3, giving concerts at Orange City Christian School, Landsmeer Ridge Retirement Community and First Reformed Church. One favorite piece featured trombones in “Get on Board,” shown here with director Christina van der Bijl in the background, at Orange City Christian School. Gerry Bouma coordinated the tour; Orange City Arts Council coordinated De Lofstem’s visit here.