OC Arts earns state Rural Arts Development Grant

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ORANGE CITY — Among the $74,506 in Iowa Arts Council grants announced recently is a $5,000 grant to the Orange City Arts Council.

 

The grant to the Orange City organization is one of three Rural Arts Development Grants given in this grant cycle.

 

The grant will help fund the series Beyond Onstage, which has drawn audiences from the town and neighboring counties.

 

The primary arts goal of the Orange City program is to strengthen community life by introducing students and community residents to a variety of accomplished musicians and actors from across the country and around the world.

 

The series began with the Ames Children’s Choirs in October and Le Vent du Nord of Quebec, in November.

 

The grant provides funding for the remaining three shows in the Beyond Onstage series. The Chicago comedy troupe Second City Improv All Stars will perform Feb. 13.  Baladino, an ensemble from Israel, will perform March 28, after a week-long residency. The Cashore Marionettes will present its show April 8. Shows will be held at the Unity Christian Knight Center or Northwestern College Christ Chapel.

 

The "rocker" of Cashore Marionettes

The “rocker” of Cashore Marionettes

Le Vent du Nord and Baladino are funded in part through Arts Midwest, which has chosen Orange City for four residencies from 2013 through 2015.

 

The Iowa Arts Council also awarded Project Grants, in addition to Orange City’s Rural Arts Development Grant, to support 14 Iowa projects.

 

Rural Arts Development Grants support arts projects that positively impact the quality of life in rural Iowa, demonstrate public value and support IAC funding priorities. Funding comes from the Iowa Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

The Iowa Arts Council is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, which is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters. DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them.

 

It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the General Assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa.

 

More information about DCA is available at www.culturalaffairs.org.

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Art classes for adults offered by Judy Thompson

Highlights by Judy Thompson:  Artist Judy Thompson will teach two classes for adults in March, 2014. Her watercolor painting, Highlights, is part of the Artists' Showcase: The Orange City Arts Council's Regional Exhibition Feb. 14-22 at Northwestern's DeWitt Theatre.

Highlights by Judy Thompson: Artist Judy Thompson will teach a class for adults in March, 2014. Her watercolor painting, Highlights, is part of the Artists’ Showcase: The Orange City Arts Council’s Regional Exhibition Feb. 14-22 at Northwestern’s DeWitt Theatre.

See info below about art classes to be taught in March 2014 by Judy Thompson.

 

Drawing FUNdamentals I for Adults 

 

Instructor:  Judy Thompson, Artist

Dates: 4 Consecutive Mondays

March 3 – March 24, 2014

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Levels: Beginner and up.

Location: Korver Art Center, Northwestern College

Fee: $60 (After Feb. 20, fee is $70)

Registration: Send name, address, email address, phone number, and fee by Feb. 20 to

Orange City Arts Council, PO Box 202, Orange City IA 51041

More info: ocArts@orangecityiowa.com, 712-707-4855, orangecityarts.net

 

Do you like to draw and want to improve your skills! Then this class if for you! Drawing is a fun skill which improves with practice.  In this  informative and hands-on class, we will explore basic drawing techniques using graphite and ink as we learn to draw what we see.   This class is designed to build confidence and skills while drawing a variety of subjects including still life renderings and figurative studies.  Please grab your pencil and join us!  Minimum: 4 students

 

Materials Needed:

Sketchbook (9×12) or larger

Graphite pencils

Ultra fine point Sharpie marker

Eraser

 

Note:  A limited number of these items will be available for purchase during the class.

Another class, Take the Plunge!  Beginner Watercolor Class,  has been cancelled because of the instructor’s schedule conflicts.  

 

Judy Thompson

Drawing/Painting Instructor

 

Explore, discover and create are words which describe the learning processes for Judy Thompson’s exciting visual art classes and workshops. By combining her experience as a professional artist with hands-on instruction, Judy designs meaningful and engaging lessons which are age appropriate, content dense and fun for everyone. Learners of all ages will discover and explore art principles by creating meaningful art projects.

 

Judy’s own art interprets the people and places of the Great Plains. Her vivid watercolors have received regional and national awards, including two artist residencies with the National Park Service.  Her Homestead Series, inspired by one of these residencies, has been touring throughout the Midwest.

 

Judy is a signature member of the Iowa Watercolor Society and the National Association of Art Educators.  She exhibits her work regionally and is represented at Rehfeld’s Art and Framing in Sioux Falls, SD.  When not teaching or painting, Judy enjoys hiking and biking with her husband Dale through the fields and prairies which surround her Orange City home.

 

Visit her website:  judythompsonwatercolors.com.

ORANGE CITY ARTS COUNCIL’S REGIONAL EXHIBITION TO FEATURE WORKS BY 15 ARTISTS

Orange City Arts Council's Regional Exhibition The Orange City Arts Council's regional art show will feature 22 works by 15 regional artists, Feb. 14-22 at the Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre. Shown is a sculpture in wire and steel, by David Versluis of Sioux Center.

Orange City Arts Council’s Regional Exhibition
The Orange City Arts Council’s regional art show will feature 22 works by 15 regional artists, Feb. 14-22 at the Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre. Shown is a sculpture in wire and steel, by David Versluis of Sioux Center.

ORANGE CITY – Fifteen regional artists, and a guest Spanish artist, will be featured in the Orange City Arts Council’s exhibit Feb. 14-22 at the DeWitt Theatre Arts Center at Northwestern College. A reception with the artists will be Sat., Feb. 22 from 6:00 to 7:00pm.

The juried exhibit, Artists’ Showcase: Orange CIty Arts Council’s Regional Exhibition, is being held in conjunction with the Northwestern College musical, Man of La Mancha. Artworks are related to the themes in de Cervantes’ tale of Don Quixote: from madness and idealism to the fine line between illusion and reality.

Artists featured in the exhibit are Joanne Alberda, Brenda Schoenherr-Thelen, Vanessa Reusch, Becca (Lokker) Ortner, Judy Thompson, Bob  Huibregtse, David Versluis, Timothy J. Arand-McIlrath, Brian J. Damon, Glenda Drennen, Kali Wolkow, Katlyn Loeschen, Lyric Morris, David Lammers, and Kayla Vetter. They are from McCook Lake, SD, Sioux City, Storm Lake,  Okoboji, Le Mars, Sioux Center and Orange City.

Media includes batik, acrylic, oil, watercolor, aqua media, chalk pastel, ink, crocheted yarn, graphite, colored pencil, hot glue, textile, wire, steel, and wood.

The “best of show” award was given to Vanessa Reusch for Day and Night. Honorable mentions went to Glenda Drennen for Rue Rutabaga #12 and Katlyn Loeschen for Circus. They will receive cash prizes.

Jurors for the exhibit are Rein and Margo Vanderhill, artists from Alton.

Guest artist is Lambarri, a Spaniard whose parents fled their home country during the Spanish Civil War. Lambarri was born in Mexico City, later moving to Spain to study art. He now lives in Florida. His works, Don Quixote I, II and III,  are acrylic and ink on paper canvas.

Sponsor of the show is the Orange City Arts Council, in conjunction with Northwestern’s Art and Theatre Departments. For more information, call 712-707-4885 or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.

For tickets to Man of La Mancha, email boxoffice@nwciowa.edu.

Area artists' works to be featured in Man of La Mancha exhibit Fifteen regional artists will exhibit work in the Orange City Arts Council's show Feb. 14-22, to be held at the Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre in conjunction with the musical Man of La Mancha. The juried show features 22 works, including watercolor, oil painting, batik, textile, drawing, wood carving and mixed media. Shown is Highlights, a watercolor by Judy Thompson of Orange City.

Area artists’ works to be featured in Man of La Mancha exhibit
Fifteen regional artists will exhibit work in the Orange City Arts Council’s show Feb. 14-22, to be held at the Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre in conjunction with the musical Man of La Mancha. The juried show features 22 works, including watercolor, oil painting, batik, textile, drawing, wood carving and mixed media. Shown is Highlights, a watercolor by Judy Thompson of Orange City.

Israeli ensemble Baladino to perform in Orange City March 24-28

Ensemble from Israel to perform Mediterranean music in Orange City Israel's acclaimed ensemble, Baladino, will perform music of the Mediterranean in Orange City Friday, March 28 at 7:30 pm at the Northwestern College Chapel. Baladino embraces the old and new, playing music born from Jews exiled from Spain and Portugal, traveling through Turkey, Greece, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Morocco. They will also do coffeehouse shows on March 24 and March 26. The week-long residency is sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council.

Ensemble from Israel to perform Mediterranean music in Orange City
Israel’s acclaimed ensemble, Baladino, will perform music of the Mediterranean in Orange City Friday, March 28 at 7:30 pm at the Northwestern College Chapel. Baladino embraces the old and new, playing music born from Jews exiled from Spain and Portugal, traveling through Turkey, Greece, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Morocco. They will also do coffeehouse shows on March 24 and March 26. The week-long residency is sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council.

ORANGE CITY – A world music ensemble from Israel will perform in Orange City and surrounding towns March 24-28, as part of a multi-city Midwest tour.

 

The five-member folk group, Baladino, takes its audience on a journey through music of the Mediterranean region – music carried to Israel by people from Spain, Eastern Europe, Turkey and Arabic countries. They will perform in Orange City on Friday, March 28 at 7:30pm at the Northwestern College Chapel, sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council.

 

Ensemble members include Tomer Moked, a brilliant string player and musical arranger, Yael Badash, who brings rich vocals to the mix, Yonnie Dror, providing color with a variety of wind instruments, Daniel Spier, with a solid foundation and hip sound on the string bass, and Yshai Afterman, who holds it all together on percussion with mesmerizing Mediterranean rhythm.

 

The ensemble is part of a series of international music ensembles coming to Orange City, from Israel, Quebec, Brazil and China. In November, Le Vent du Nord was a huge success, said Janine Calsbeek of the Orange City Arts Council. “Great humor and great talent… people of all ages couldn’t stop talking about them! It will be the same with Baladino.”

 

“Baladino” is actually a combination of two words. “Baladi” is the name for the most popular rhythm pattern in Middle Eastern music, and the word also means “my land” in the Arabic language. Ladino” is the language primarily spoken among Sephardic Jews and the cultural inspiration for much of the group’s music.

 

Baladino’s music was born from Jews exiled from Spain and Portugal, traveling through the former Ottoman lands, Turkey, Greece, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, and Morocco. The group brings together instruments and traditions from this wide span of cultures, updating them with their own youthful energy and contemporary backgrounds in jazz improvisation and electronica. Embracing the old and the new, members perform on instruments both ancient and modern, and have made names for themselves collectively and individually.

 

Tickets for the public concert on Friday, March 28 may be purchased at Orange City Arts Council, Dove Bookstore, Northwestern’s music department and at the door, at $10 adults and $7 students. Children age five and under are free.

 

Baladino will also do school programs and workshops, and, for the public, coffee house shows.  On Mon., March 24, Baladino will perform at Fruited Plain Cafe at 172 North Main in Sioux Center. On Wed., March 26, Baladino will perform at Old Factory Coffee Shop, 110 4th St. SW in Orange City. Both shows will begin at 7:30pm, with a $2 cover charge.

 

Through the Orange City Arts Council, Orange City was selected as the one city in Iowa to host the 2013-’15 Arts Midwest World Fest. Arts Midwest, based in Minneapolis, partners with program sponsors like The National Endowment for the Arts and 3M to cover a substantial portion of the cost so that communities like Orange City can enjoy this rich arts experience, said Calsbeek. “It’s a wonderful honor, which we didn’t fully realize until the residency in the fall with Le Vent du Nord.”

 

The show is also sponsored in part by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

The concert is part of the Beyond Onstage series.

 

For more information, contact Calsbeek at 712-707-4885 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.

 

Link:

http://www.baladino.com/

 

A program of Arts Midwest, the 2013-2015 Arts Midwest World Fest cycle is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, 3M Foundation, and MetLife Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China for Shangri La, Délégation du Québec a Chicago for Le Vent du Nord, and the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest for Baladino. This activity is also funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

 

Arts Midwest World Fest is also generously supported by Illinois Arts Council, Indiana Arts Commission, Iowa Arts Council, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Minnesota State Arts Board, North Dakota Council on the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, South Dakota Arts Council, and Wisconsin Arts Board.

 

Schedule:

Monday, March 24:

10:00am Dordt College class, Sioux Center

1:00pm Kinsey Elementary, Sioux Center

7:30pm Fruited Plain Cafe in Sioux Center. $2 cover

 

Tuesday, March 25:

10:25am MOC-FV Middle School, Alton

1:54pm Unity Christian High School clinic.

6:30-7:30pm Northwestern College Chapel. Workshop/ assembly, free for Northwestern College students and staff. Others: $6.

 

Wednesday, March 26:

10:00am  Northwestern College Chapel, special music

4:00pm  Village Northwest in Sheldon

7:30pm Old Factory Coffee Shop in Orange City. $2 cover

 

Thursday, March 27:

10:00am  Unity Knight Center. High school/ middle school workshop/ assembly.

1:00pm Unity Knight Center. Elementary/ middle school workshop/ assembly.

 

Friday, March 28:

7:30pm: PUBLIC SHOW at Northwestern College Chapel. $10 adults, $7 students, free for children ages 5 and under.

Another Link, a 23-second video showing Yonnie making a ney flute from the poster… then playing it!:
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Donor “perks” for Orange City Arts Council donors

Generous discounts on artwork by seven area artists, including Rein Vanderhill, is one of the donor perks.

Generous discounts on artwork by seven area artists, including Rein Vanderhill, is one of the donor perks.

ORANGE CITY ­– The Orange City Arts Council will be conducting its 2013-14 fundraising phone-a-thon in January, and appreciates your support.

Donations are essential to keep the arts alive and growing in the area. The Orange City Arts Council receives 36 to 46% of each year’s budget from donors like you.

This year, the Council is offering donor perks to new members who donate $30 or more and members who donate $100. New members who donate $30 or more may choose between a beautiful canvas tote bag or the latest Bella Ruse CD, Those Were Good Times, Weren’t They? 

 

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Those who contribute $100 or more will receive complimentary tickets to select OC Arts Council events, plus a gift card providing discounts on original art by local artists.

Several local artists are offering discounts on the purchase of original art – watercolor, fiber art, collage, ceramics, stained glass and more – to those who donate $100 or more. With your donation, you’ll receive a gift card offering unlimited discounts through June 30, 2014, from the following artists:

Jo Alberda: 25 percent discount.

Gerry & Julie Punt: 20 percent discount.

Rola Sowienski: 10 percent discount.

Margo Vanderhill: 10 percent discount.

Rein Vanderhill: $100 discount from wholesale studio price, on piece priced $500 or more.

Judy Thompson: 20 percent discount on artwork from her studio.

 

To donate, please send your contribution to Orange City Arts Council, PO Box 202, Orange City IA 51041, or drop a check to Orange City Arts Council in the city hall mail slot.

Thanks for your support from the Orange City Arts Council’s board members: Phyllis Van Gelder, Mark Volkers, Angela Kroeze Visser, Sandie Vant Hof, Becky Donahue, Susan Le Mahieu, Gail Marincovich, Jennifer Sabo, Jim Schaap, Kimberly Seligman, Richard Sowienski, and Emily Stokes, and from the Arts Council director Janine Calsbeek.

For more information, call 712-707-4885, email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. To see if you donated for 2013-2014, click here.