Arts on Central 2016!

ORANGE CITY, IOWA—Arts on Central, a celebration of the visual and performing arts, will return to downtown Orange City Wednesday, Aug. 24.
IMG_1213 Arts on Central 2015 girl & balloon mediumNow in its second year, the free interactive arts fair concludes the weekly summer series Onstage Orange City, sponsored by Orange City Arts. Streets will be blocked off starting at 4:3pm, and local artists will entertain on the street and in businesses. The evening will include music, poetry, visual arts, puppetry, chalk art, dance, children’s activities and a live mannequin contest.
Artwork on display will range from paintings to quilts to woodworking, with some items for sale. There will be demonstrations of such artistic techniques as painting with beeswax, using alcohol inks, and working with watercolors. Those interested may also create their own art with the help of artists who specialize in tie-dye, stencils or block printing on fabric.IMG_1079 arts on central Pam Harp medium
Musical performances will include vocal ensembles; guitar, violin, ukelele and string bass players; and Usual Suspects, an acoustic blues and rock group from Orange City. There will also be a strolling ventriloquist, a balloon artist clown, and demonstrations by dancers from Just for Kix and Elite Dance and Tumbling.
Among the activities for children are face painting, a story walk IMG_1106 arts on central people 2015 mediumin Windmill Park, kite-making, magnet poetry and a scavenger hunt. Kids can also paint a t-shirt, create mini sculptures with marshmallows and toothpicks, build large structures, and experiment with baking soda and vinegar or bubbles to make artwork.IMG_1043 arts on central 2015 bubble


Popular last year, according to Janine Calsbeek, director of Orange City Arts, was The Cube — a huge plywood structure in the middle of the street — which kids and adults filled with their artistic touches. It’ll be back. Also a big hit were live mannequins. This year the mannequins will be “on” for two 15-minute sessions each, from 5:30-6:30pm. Eight businesses will host live mannequins in their store fronts, and people can vote for their favorites with donations big and small—with all proceeds going to Orange City Arts and ATLAS.

IMG_5781 Arts on Central 2015 CUBEBusinesses have donated prizes for drawings that will be held throughout the evening. And food vendors will be on hand, selling pizza, burritos, tacos, gelato, skewers, stroopwaffles and more. College students can purchase poffertjes for half price. Local merchants are giving free hotdogs with toppings, “Thanks with Franks.”
The 2016 Arts on Central will feature dozens of new artists and activities, said Calsbeek: a kid water fight (note: bring a change of clothes), a full-face face painting station, and the opportunity to create artwork on tiles with alcohol inks. Also new is Thrift Wars, where contestants have one hour to transform thrift store castoffs into works of art–while others watch!
The Windmill in the downtown park is the center for information, maps and signing up for prizes, said Calsbeek.IMG_5862 arts on central 2015 family & dyed silk medium
Arts on Central will move to Windmill Park at 7:30pm, when Omaha Street Percussion takes the stage. Inspired by Broadway hits like STOMP and the Blue Man Group, the seven-member ensemble provides a visually appealing, highly energetic form of drumming using unorthodox “instruments” like pots and pans, buckets and trash cans.
Arts on Central is supported by the Old Factory Coffee Shop, Northwestern Bank and local merchants in conjunction with Orange City Arts. Rain locations for Arts on Central are downtown businesses and City Hall. Windmill Park is located at 200 Central Avenue NW. For more information, see or contact or 712-707-4885.

IMG_1227 arts on central 2015 kid with beverageFor more details about Arts on Central 2016 and Omaha Street Percussion, click here.



Arts on Central - downtown Orange City Aug 24, 2016

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,

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.