Oh the Poss-abilities!

On August 1, Orange City Arts will partner with Village Northwest Unlimited, Hope Haven, and MOCHA Kiwanis to present an evening of tremendous possibility—or poss-ability, as we’re tagging it.

“Oh, the Poss-abilities!” will feature award-winning and critically-acclaimed artists with disabilities, violinist and vocalist Gaelynn Lea and beloved storyteller Kevin Kling. We’ll be showcasing and spotlighting the artwork of our own disability community, and spending some time learning what it means to be truly “accessible.”

The result will be a moving celebration of connection and expression, of strength and grace, and yes—of possibilities.

“Oh, the Poss-abilities!” is offered as part of Onstage Orange City 2018. Onstage Orange City is funded by the generous support of local individuals and business partners. To learn how you can become a sponsor, email OCArts@orangecityiowa.com.

Arts Administration Assistant Needed!

Orange City Arts plans and executes over 20 events a year with artists from all over the world. Come be a part of the magic and take home more than just a paycheck. Meet artists and interact with audiences of all ages. Coordinate behind-the-scenes record keeping and events management with some of the kindest creative minds in Sioux County.

You’ll love this job if you are:

  • An organized communicator
  • Willing to learn basic Quickbooks and non-profit records keeping
  • Passionate about promoting the arts in Northwest Iowa

Typical hours are 8-10 hrs/week during the months of September-April and 15-20 hrs/week May-August. The position pays $12.50/hr.

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Come be a part of the magic with Orange City Arts!

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

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Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre Arts Center
Orange City, IA
Exhibit: April 20- 28, 2018
Submission Deadline: March 23, 2018
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 seventh Artists’ Showcase: Orange City Arts’ Regional Exhibition offers an opportunity for artists to exhibit their work April 20-28, 2018 at the Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre Arts Center in Orange City IA, in conjunction with the production of the play The Glass Menagerie. 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
March 23, 2018

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

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).

No theme is required and all submissions are welcome. Works that explore the notions of love, unity, and the human community may have the option to be spotlighted in connection with Northwestern College’s “#beLOVEd Music and Arts Festival” on April 27th.

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

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.

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 https://orangecityarts.net/exhibition/ between February 23 and March 23.
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, date of production, and purchase price or NFS.

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SUBMIT ENTRY MATERIALS TO:   https://orangecityarts.net/exhibition/

Contact: Lindsay Bauer, Orange City Arts Executive Director

Orange City Arts, 125 Central Ave. SE, P.O. Box 202, Orange City IA 51041
Phone: 712.707.6514
Website: www.orangecityarts.net

Artists will be notified of acceptance by email by April 5, 2018.

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 award-winning theatre department at Northwestern College is presenting The Glass Menagerie at the DeWitt Theatre Arts Center. Celebrated as one of America’s finest dramas, Tennessee Williams’ mid-century play takes audiences to a back-alley apartment in St. Louis. Karen Bohm Barker will play the role of Amanda Wingfield. Jeff Bark is Director.

The artists’ reception will be held Saturday, April 28 from 6:00-7:00 p.m., prior to the production of The Glass Menagerie. All artists are invited to attend. Jurors will comment and announce awards.

The exhibit will be juried by local artists Emily Stokes and Matt Drissell.

All artists accepted for exhibition will be given two complimentary tickets to the Northwestern College Theatre Department’s production, The Glass Menagerie.
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, The Glass Menagerie, may be ordered by phoning 712-707-7098 or emailing boxoffice@nwciowa.edu. Tickets are $8 adult and $4 student. Production dates are April 20, 26, 27, and 28 at 7:30pm and April 21 at 2:00 and 7:30pm.img_7664-art-exhibit-2016

Friday, March 23, 2018: Deadline for submission. All entries must be submitted online.
Thursday, April 5: Acceptance notification emailed to artists.
Wednesday, April 18: 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, April 20: Exhibition opens.
Saturday, April 28: 6:00-7:00 p.m.: Artist reception prior to the production of The Glass Menagerie.
Saturday, April 28: Exhibition closes. Artists must pick up their artwork between 9:30-10:30 p.m., unless prior arrangement is made. Contact Orange City Arts, OCArts@orangecityiowa.com or 712.707.6514.

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.


Orange City Arts Announces 40th Anniversary Season!

For 40 years, Orange City Arts has been demonstrating that you don’t have to travel to the big city to enjoy world class entertainment, and the 2017-18 season adds more proof to the pudding.

July 11th, 2017 begins Orange City Arts’ 40th year of providing top quality arts experiences to Sioux County, and starting September, we are celebrating with an extra-special lineup that includes music, acrobatics, theatre, and the same incredible artistry audiences have come to expect from us.

We begin our celebration with Felicitas: A One-Woman Show on September 9. New York actress Libby Skala presents this true story of a spunky, tough-love Austrian infant nurse who escapes the Third Reich to nurture order in American society, one baby at a time. A moving tribute to a life of service and sacrifice, Skala gleaned this story from her own family history and shares her aunt’s journey to inspire us all.

From Latvia, the spectacular performance of B—The Underwater Bubble Show on October 10 follows overworked, self-absorbed everyman “Mr. B” as he is magically transported to a land where fantasy becomes reality and daydreams come to life. Recommended for ages 0-150, this astonishing Cirque du Soleil-inspired extravaganza invites audiences to come with Mr. B to “Bubbleandia” and rediscover the wonder that is all around us.

The iconic Boston Brass ensemble has been captivating audiences of all ages and around the world with their unique brand of entertainment for over 30 years. Lively repartee and a generous helping of humor and personality “bridge the ocean of classical formality” to delight crowds with a wide selection of musical styles in a fun and friendly atmosphere. They’ll be with us on November 3 in partnership with Northwestern College Music Department and Woodbury-Central High School.

Just in time to commemorate the 100th anniversary of US involvement in WW1, Orange City Arts is ringing in the holiday season on November 24 with Theatre Latte Da’s All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914. On Christmas Day on the Western Front, a German soldier stepped into No Man’s Land singing “Stille Nacht,” thus beginning an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, and peace. All is Calm is a musical theatre retelling of this remarkable true story, told in the words of the men who lived it, and accompanied by the timeless and transcendent music of the season.

On February 3, Orange City Arts partners with Mad River Theater Works to present Freedom Riders, a remarkable family-friendly musical exploring the valiant and courageous personalities behind one of the most critical chapters in American history. Set in 1961, while bus lines and cities throughout the American South still enforced a rigid system of separating black and white citizens, the “Freedom Riders” demonstrated how non-violent protest and working together could combat cruelty and affect change. For this special event, all tickets will be available with special “Pay-What-You-Can” pricing!

The extraordinary Shattered Glass Ensemble comes to us on April 4. This conductorless chamber orchestra from NYC has performed repertoire ranging from Mozart to crossover projects with Grammy®-nominated hip-hop artists. In the spirit of collaboration, Shattered Glass members regularly rotate the role of principal player and participate in a democratic system for creating and selecting programs. The result is a fresh and exciting experience that has been resonating with audiences nationwide, from TED talks to Carnegie Hall.

Sales are currently open for All-Access 2017-18 Season Passes, which include VIP access to every event in Orange City Arts’ 40th season—including Summer Suites, our annual art and garden tour in June. Individual ticket sales for each event will open August 19. For details and to order tickets and Season Passes, click the links or call or email: 712-707-4885, OCArts@orangecityiowa.com. Season Passes may also be ordered via mail.

Orange City Arts announces new executive director, Lindsay Bauer

Orange City Arts recently announced its new executive director, Lindsay Bauer.

Bauer graduated from Northwestern College in ’08 with a bachelor’s in theatre. She is one of the early organizers of the local theater troupe, The SchoolHouse Company, and served as its director of education. She then worked in Chicago as the after-school programs coordinator with American Theater Company.

And now, back in Orange City with her husband Cody and son William, Bauer is the program director of OCStages/ Orange City Youth Theatre and acts professionally with Vandal Theatre Lab and Swander Woman Productions. She assisted in the planning of Orange City Arts’ summer festival—Arts on Central 2016, and she produced An Evening of Dance for OC Arts in January ’17. In December, she acted in The SchoolHouse Company’s production of Little Women.

The Bauers made a conscious decision to move to Orange City two years ago. “When debating where to settle down and raise our young son,” said Bauer, “we chose to return to Orange City to rejoin this unique community of artists, philosophers, activists and believers.”

She is joining the Orange City Arts team this month, following the resignation of executive director Janine Calsbeek. Calsbeek has served as Orange City Arts director for eight years.

“I’m excited to have Lindsay take the reins,” said Calsbeek. “She’s passionate about the arts, and she’s a great communicator and teacher. She’s organized too. To use her words, she’s ‘detail-obsessed.’”

Calsbeek expressed appreciation to the community, city, donors, board members and volunteers. “This community is full of supportive and enthusiastic people. I’m unspeakably grateful for the privilege of working in the arts, with the people, here.”View More: http://cstarrphotography.pass.us/lindsayheadshots

Bauer is becoming director of Orange City Arts during the year of its 40th anniversary. The non-profit arts organization is committed to enriching the community by showcasing world-class artists, facilitating arts education and supporting local creative talent. Orange City Arts receives approximately 35 percent of its annual budget from the City of Orange City, the rest from local donors, admission fees and grants.

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.”

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. IMG_7512 Yun ShinThrough 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.

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

“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!”
Thanks to you — Central Lyon and OC Arts supporters — for making experiences like this happen!

— Janine Calsbeek, OC Arts director





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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