Onstage Orange City: another fantastic line-up

ORANGE CITY — It’s another fantastic line-up.

Onstage Orange City 2016 features 13 performances from June through August, plus four shows during Tulip Festival May 18-21. It’s a varied line-up of musicians and entertainers from Iowa and across the country.

Take a look at a few of the shows. Details on each show HERE.TheCactusBlossom_AlexanderThompson_300ppi

The Cactus Blossoms, Doreen’s Jazz and Kenny Ahern have all received national attention. The Cactus Blossoms are two brothers performing “retro-leaning country,” reminiscent of the Everly Brothers. The have “gorgeous harmonies and ageless sound,” said National Public Radio. The Cactus Blossoms perform in Orange City’s Windmill Park June 22.

Doreen’s Jazz has represented New Orleans on five continents, on PBS, HBO and MTV, and has entertained four U.S. presidents. Doreen’s daughter Dorian, who plays percussion with the band, recently filmed a music video with Beyoncé. Watch for their concert July 20.doreen's jazz A

Kenny Ahern’s crazy antics and physical comedy will come as no surprise, since he worked with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus for years. He’s been known to balance objects as large as a Christmas tree on his chin. Sign up for his 5:15pm workshop, prior to the 7pm show June 1.Kenny Ahern, Photo 2015

The summer’s entertainment actually begins during Tulip Fest in May — with Orange City’s own Usual Suspects performing May 18 in Windmill Park. The Riverblenders Barbershop Chorus of Mankato takes the stage May 19, Now Serving 7 bring their electro-coustic pop-rock May 20, and on May 21, don’t miss Bella Ruse’s “stunningly beautiful minimal rock.”

The rest of the summer will include additional world-class performers. The Awful Purdies, from eastern Iowa, bring banjo, accordion, mandolin, bass, guitar, cello and the washboard to the stage, accompanying their modern folk harmonies. Hector Anchondo and band return to Orange City, after earning a finalist spot in the International Blues Challenge 2016.

Midnight Pilot 5040_ADLeditSalem Mass Choir, from Omaha’s Salem Baptist Church, will bring their Grammy-nominated choir to Orange City August 3. Midnight Pilot comes from Nashville for a night of folk-rock Americana. The SchoolHouse Company brings music, humor, conflict and romance to the stage in the musical Radio Gals.

The Orange City Area Community Band will perform three concerts, and Festival Latino will bring activities and ethnic food to the park, plus the Parranderos Latin Combo. The summer ends on August 24 with the second Arts on Central — with Central Avenue taken over by local artists, a mannequin contest, food vendors and more, from 5-7:30. The interactive art fair ends with a 7:30 show by the popular Omaha Street Percussion.

Contributions by local businesses and individuals, with help from Orange City Arts, fund the shows, so they’re free to the public. Most shows begin at 7:00pm in Orange City’s Windmill Park. Tulip Festival shows begin at 6pm on Wednesday and 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday.Hector Anchondo 2016 band photo

For details, click here or call or email: 712-707-4885, ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.

A printable version of the Onstage Orange City information. Print on one 8.5 x 11 sheet, both sides:  Onstage OC brochure 2016

Thank you, sponsors, cosponsors & contributors!

Ambank Insurance
American State Bank
Center Fresh Eggs
City of Orange City
CIVCO Medical Solutions
D & L Plumbing & Heating
Diamond Vogel Paints
Iowa State Bank
Joe’s TV & Appliance
Northwestern Bank
Old Factory Coffee Shop
Orange City Area Health System
Orange City Communications
Pizza Ranch Restaurant
Quatro Composites
Revival Animal Health
Stange Chiropractic
State Farm: Matt Weg Agency
Van Engelenhoven Agency

CONTRIBUTORS: Ag Partners, LLC; Big Brothers Big Sisters; Blue Mountain Culinary Emporium; Doug & Janine Calsbeek; CASA; Casualty Insurance; C & H Body Repair; Art & Doris De Hoogh; De Jong Chiropractic; De Jong Oil & Repair; Dutch Mill Pharmacy; Family Eye Care; Hair Clinic; Hands Around the World; Joiner & Zwart Dentistry; Jubon Juweelen; Al & Carol Kramer; Mark & Sherry Lundberg; Kevin & Lynne McMahan; Natural Food Holdings; Neal Chase Lumber Co.; Fran & Bev Nieman; Leona Noteboom; Oolman Funeral Homes; Orange City Chiropractic; Orange City Dentistry; Pluim Publishing; Rensink, Pluim & Vogel Law Office; Sfumato Pizza; Siouxland Travel & Tours; David Ter Beest; Town & Country Implement; Jane & Renee Vogel; Weber Law Office; Jan Wilbeck; Woudstra Meat Market.

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REGISTER for a class.

Act. Write. Paint. Create.

Register for Orange City Arts summer classes. Find your class HERE.

ORANGE CITY — Grab a friend and try your hand at painting. Create delectable international cuisine, or learn an easy way to bake bread. Join a children’s summer choir. Bring your young one for a parent-child paint date. Do a theatre workshop or join this year’s children’s production, Wizard of Oz. Try yoga by the lake on a Saturday morning. Become an expert in face painting. Learn to juggle and more (Circus Skills for the Klutz)!

Or do it all, under the guidance of artists teaching classes sponsored by Orange City Arts. Check out classes here.

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Advance registration and payment are required. (Register a week in advance for a reduced fee for some classes.)  For more information, call 707-4885 or email orangecityartsIA@gmail.com.

Flier below features classes for older youth and adults.

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Orange City Arts awarded grant

The Orange City Arts Council is among organizations in 13 communities who were awarded grants from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs — totaling more than $160,000.

Twenty-nine artists and organizations were awarded grants to sustain “culturally vibrant” communities in the state, according to Mary Cownie, director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

Orange City Arts was awarded a $2500 stability grant to hire two consultants in early 2016, to assist in the development and execution of a fundraising plan integrated into current strategic priorities.

Stability grants, which help organizations achieve fiscal stability by instituting best practices in strategic planning and management, are funded through the Iowa Cultural Trust. The grant program is administered by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

IMG_0219 nutcracker rehearsalPictured above are Rachel Te Grootenhuis and Ardene Huisman, participating in a guided painting class taught by Rein Vanderhill. Pictured to the right are young dancers rehearsing for The Nutcracker.

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The United States of Arts…

In collaboration with the Iowa Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts looks at the arts and culture of Iowa. The project is called The United States of Arts.

Orange City Arts happenings are included briefly in the NEA video below…  beginning at minute 1:19. Featured are three short clips taken in Orange City: Moon Hooch and Omaha Street Percussion at Onstage Orange City 2015, and Shanren from China, performing in a local school as part of Arts Midwest World Fest in January 2015.

Since the beginning of 2015, the National Endowment for the Arts has been gathering stories from the general public and grantees, elected officials and agency directors, artists and art lovers across the country about the importance of art in their lives and their communities. You can find the stories in text, audio, or video formats. Check it out here.


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

Artist’s Showcase:
Orange City Arts’
Regional Exhibition
Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre Arts Center
Orange City, IA
Exhibit: April 22-30, 2016
Submission Deadline: March 18, 2016
The fifth Artists’ Showcase: Orange City Arts’ Regional Exhibition offers an opportunity for artists to exhibit their work April 22-30, 2016 at the Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre Arts Center in Orange City IA, in conjunction with the production of Rabbit Hole. Regional artists (from Iowa or within a 350-mile radius of Orange City, IA) are invited to submit work to the juried exhibition.

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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 email Emily Stokes (emily.stokes@nwcowa.edu) to inquire about that.

No theme. All submissions are welcome.

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_1279 art exhibit honorable mentionAGREEMENT
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.

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 orangecityartsIA@gmail.com
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.IMG_3401 OC Arts Regional exhibition
With each submission, also include artist’s name, address, email, phone number, title of work, medium, size, and date of production.

1. jpg image. In email subject line, put: Artist’s Showcase submission
2. artist’s name, address, email, phone number.
3. title of work, medium, size, date of production.

Email: orangecityartsIA@gmail.com (in subject line, put: Artist’s Showcase submission)
Contact: Ann Calsbeek, exhibit coordinator
Or Janine Calsbeek, Orange City Arts director
Orange City Arts Council, 125 Central Ave. SE, P.O. Box 202, Orange City IA 51041.
Phone: 712.707.6514 or 712.707.4885
Website: www.orangecityarts.net

IMG_1263 oc arts regional exhibitionNOTIFICATION
Artists will be notified of acceptance by email by April 6, 2016

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 Rabbit Hole at the DeWitt Theatre Arts Center. By David Lindsay-Abaire, Rabbit Hole is a Pulitzer-Prize winning drama revealing a couple’s struggle to rebound after an unspeakable family tragedy. Becca and Howie must navigate past well-wisher’s unknowingly hurtful advice, survive their inability to comfort one another adequately, and struggle to find a new normal where they can live with grace and hope. April Hubbard is director.

All artists accepted for exhibition will be given two complimentary tickets to the Northwestern College Theatre Department’s production, Rabbit Hole.
Jurors will select the “best of show” with a $100 cash prize and “honorable mention,” $40 cash prize.IMG_1243 oc arts regional exhibit
Additional tickets to the Northwestern College Theatre Department’s production, Rabbit Hole, may be ordered by phoning 712-707-7098 or emailing boxoffice@nwciowa.edu. Tickets are $8 adult and $4 student. Production dates are April 22, 23, 28, and 29 at 7:30pm and April 30 at 2:00 and 7:30pm.

Friday, March 18, 2016: Deadline for submission. All entries must be received via email.
Wednesday, April 6: Acceptance notification emailed to artists.
Wednesday, April 20: 9 a.m. to noon: Art must be hand-delivered to DeWitt Theatre Arts Center, Northwestern College, Orange City. Or prior arrangements may be made to ship or hand-deliver art to arrive by noon on April 20 to Orange City Arts Council, 125 Central Ave. SE, Orange City IA 51041. Contact Orange City Arts Council, orangecityartsIA@gmail.com or 712.707.4885.
Friday, April 22: Exhibition opens.
Saturday, April 30: 6:00-7:00 p.m.: Artist reception prior to the production of Rabbit Hole.
Saturday, April 30: 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, orangecityartsIA@gmail.com or 712.707.4885 or 707.6514.

The exhibit will be juried by artists Matthew Drissell of Sioux Center and Linda Porter of Hospers.

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.

August 10 Onstage OC moved to Unity Knight Center

The SchoolHouse Company show, RADIO GALS, featured at Onstage Orange City August 10, has been moved to Unity Christian Knight Center. More info about the show here.

ARTS on Central!

ORANGE CITY — Arts on Central. It’s the brainchild of Orange City Arts, and is set for Wednesday, August 26 from 5 to 9pm in downtown Orange City.artsOn Arts on Central logo cropped

Orange City Arts is pleased to announce that it has received an Art Project grant for Arts on Central, from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

IMG_5372 Kat & Dog arts on centralPart of Central Avenue will be blocked off for the summer’s final Onstage Orange City event. “We’ll fill the streets and businesses with artists, musicians, kids’ activities, workshops, food and more,” said Elsa Kooiker, event planner along with Janine Calsbeek of Orange City Arts.

IMG_6362 Lisa Laird summer suites largeKooiker, Calsbeek and the Arts on Central planning committee have found a variety of visual and performing artists… including Mary Jane Davidson of Sioux City, who paints on silk (below right); musicians Kathy Vaughn and Scott Amsberry — “Kat and Dog” (upper left); ventriloquist Lisa Laird (upper right); chalk artist Bradley Smith; artist Emilee Berry (above), and many more. Several of the artists will offer mini workshops, so the public can participate. Visual artists will have work for sale.

The evening also includes a live mannequin contest. Food will be available for purchase, with the Dutch Heritage Boosters offering half-price poffertjes to college students.

Prizes will be awarded, including people’s choice awards.IMG_2928 Mary Jane Davidson summer suites

The evening ends with a concert by the Twin Cities a cappella group, Six Appeal, at 7:45pm.

In addition to the $4,000 grant from the Iowa Arts Council, sponsors of the Onstage Orange City event are the Van Engelenhoven Agency and Orange City Arts.

Artists and participants in the mannequin contest must register by August 10. Email Elsa: bekooiker@hotmail.com or Janine: ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or get more info/ register at orangecityarts.net/event/arts-on-central .


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The series ’15-’16

MIPSO is coming! (#1 on Billboard bluegrass charts, #20 on Billboard folk charts!)

For details on each show, click HERE.  

To see the shows — minus our first show — click HERE. 


For details, click HERE.

Community Band Presents Final Concert of the Summer

Onstage Orange City to present Doreen’s Jazz