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Téada – Direct from Ireland
An Irish traditional band with a truly worldwide r...
An Irish traditional band with a truly worldwide reach, Téada has appeared as a frequent headliner at major music festivals throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Africa, Russia, the Middle East and Australia. Their traditional yet refreshingly modern sound entrances wherever the band travels. Part of Orange City Arts’ 2018-19 World Tour Season, Téada will perform at the Prairie Winds Event Center on Friday, March 8th at 7:30 pm. A leader in Irish traditional music, Téada (pronounced “TAY-dah”) is driven by a fascination for the timeless, expressive force of music inherited from previous generations of musicians. Winner of ‘Best Young Irish Traditional Act’ at Ireland’s Music Awards, Téada first came together in 2001 to make an appearance on the innovative Irish television series ‘Flosc’. With engaging textural arrangements, Téada—meaning “strings” in the Irish language—revels in the vibrant music traditions of Ireland. Deftly playing up structural intricacies while preserving the contagious energy inherent in the repertoire, the group strives to capture a sense of the rawness and individuality of the solo artist within a modern group context. The band travels with Oisín Mac Diarmada on fiddle, Séamus Begley on vocals and accordion, Damien Stenson on flute, Seán Gavin on the uilleann pipes, Seán Mc Elwain on guitar, Tristan Rosenstock on traditional Irish instrument the bodhrán, and dancer Samantha Harvey, who also plays keyboard.
Keeping Pace With the Road Ahead
Orange City Arts has spent over 40 years growing a...
Orange City Arts has spent over 40 years growing alongside our community. In the last 10 years alone we’ve tripled our impact, growing from 12 to 39 events, allowing connections with nearly 9,000 people! That’s how we met Jess, a domestic abuse survivor in temporary housing. After artists visited her facility to sing with the women living there, she told us, “It’s just so good to feel alive again.” But without your help, we can’t continue to bring that sense of life to our neighbors who need it most. Please help us close a $30,000 funding gap by January 15 so that Northwest Iowa will always be known as a place to live your best life. Donations are tax deductible. Give now or send gifts to P.O. Box 202. Thank you for sharing joy!
Making Good, Giving Joy
Gilchrist Foundation Partners with Orange City Arts
The Gilchrist Foundation is providing $10,150 of s...
The Gilchrist Foundation is providing $10,150 of support toward our 2018-19 World Tour Season! We are so thankful to partner with wonderful organizations that are doing great work in our area. The project we are partnering on is bringing the Formosa Singers of Taiwan to do some outreach here in Orange City. They'll be meeting and singing with area student choirs, giving a short presentation at a local church, and spending time in our community sharing their culture before their public performance on Monday, September 10. Learn more here!
Thank You, Iowa Arts Council!
Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Cultural...
Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Cultural Trust, has recently awarded Orange City Arts $7,100 in support toward our 2018-19 World Tour Season! Thank you, Iowa Arts Council! The Art Project Grant will go toward funding a visit from Nobuntu, a female a cappella ensemble from Zimbabwe. Nobuntu's music embraces humility, love, unity and family from a woman’s perspective. The ensemble represents a new generation of young African women singers who celebrate and preserve their culture, beauty, and heritage through art. Nobuntu believes that music can be an important vehicle for change, one that transcends racial, tribal, religious, gender, and economic boundaries. We're excited to join them on that journey this October 10th! Learn more about Nobuntu.
Home of the Brave
This July 4th, Orange City Arts is partnering with...
This July 4th, Orange City Arts is partnering with Ode Storytelling of Sioux City and Edem Soul Music of Omaha to celebrate America's brave veterans and her powerful citizens. Part of Onstage Orange City 2018, this event invites all local veterans and their spouses to come and be honored and thanked for their service as part of the ceremony. Orange City Arts also wishes to invite all recent citizenship recipients to join the festivities and be congratulated on their entrance to the bold, brave, and powerful collection of believers, optimists, adventurers, and patriots that form the fabric of our country. Ode Storytelling will feature local personalities sharing their own personal journeys on the theme of "Belonging," set against a backdrop of a community art project along the same theme. Edem Soul's spiritual music explores inner strength, identity, and what it means to be an American today.
Oh the Poss-abilities!
On August 1, Orange City Arts will partner with Vi...
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.
CALL FOR ART: Artist’s Showcase: OC Arts’ Regional Exhibition
A CALL FOR ENTRIES Northwestern College DeWitt The...
A CALL FOR ENTRIESimg_7610-art-exhibit-2016 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 EXHIBITION 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 VENUE DeWitt Theatre Arts Center, Northwestern College, 809 Albany Ave. SE, Orange City IA 51041 ELIGIBILITY & MEDIA 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). THEME OF EXHIBITION 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. INSURANCE 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 AGREEMENT 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. SALES & REPRODUCTION 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. A COMPLETED ENTRY CONSISTS OF THE FOLLOWING: 1. jpg image. 2. Artist's name, address, email, phone number, title of work. 3. Under "Description," include medium, size, date of production, purchase price or NFS.img_7592-art-exhibit-2016 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 NOTIFICATION Artists will be notified of acceptance by email by April 5, 2018. LABELING THE ART Art accepted for the show is to be labelled on a 3x5-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 PRODUCTION: THE GLASS MENAGERIE 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. img_7667-art-exhibit-2016RECEPTION 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. JURORS The exhibit will be juried by local artists Emily Stokes and Matt Drissell. COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS, JURORS' CHOICES, CASH PRIZES 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 TIMELINE 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. SPONSORS 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 demonstrat...

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 execut...

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.

Meet the Artist: Yun Shin
Meet the Artist is a series of interviews with the...
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 All teenagers struggle to find thei...
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 tick...
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!” “AMAZING!” Thanks to you — Central Lyon and OC Arts supporters — for making experiences like this happen! -- Janine Calsbeek, OC Arts director img_8197-herencia-with-central-lyon       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. Southern Exposure grant logo Sepala_RGB300MAAF_Logo_Pantonenea-logo 2016
Possibilities for winter: Take a class!
DETAILS on each class: HERE. Details on each class...
DETAILS on each class: HERE. 2017_winter-classes-flier Details on each class HERE.
Win an original work of ArtRageous art!
ORANGE CITY — The singing and dancing troupe, Ar...
img_0299-1-artrageous-oc-painting-dance-smallORANGE CITY — The singing and dancing troupe, ArtRageous, painted 10 huge paintings while performing at Northwestern College in Orange City October 27. Donate to Orange City Arts $50 or more between July 1 and December 31, and receive a chance to win one of those works of art. Donate here! Paintings are 6’ x 6’ or 6’ x 4’, on heavyweight paper, said Janine Calsbeek, Orange City Arts director. They are unframed. Images include Martin Luther King, Elvis, Hendrix, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and an eagle with American flag.img_0370-artrageous-oc-painting-small The winner of the drawing will select the painting of his/ her choice. One of the teachers of students at the ArtRageous assembly said that she was happy to see her students get on stage with the ArtRageous musicians, said Calsbeek. Hopefully, the teacher said, the ArtRageous show “opened their eyes to how cool the arts are. I already have kids asking if we can go next year!” img_0092-artrageous-oc-painting-smallCalsbeek continued, “Local supporters make these kind of experiences happen.” Two other paintings were sold by auction at the ArtRageous event — to attendees from Okoboji and from Alton — with the proceeds going to Orange City Arts. Donate online here.  Or send a check to Orange City Arts at PO Box 202, Orange City IA 51041. Or drop your check in the city hall mail slot. Donations to Orange City Arts are tax-deductible.img_0661-artrageous-oc-painting-kids-small All who donate $50 or more between July 1 and December 31 will be automatically entered in the drawing. Season pass holders for 2016-2017 will also be entered.img_0654-artrageous-oc-full-stage-smallimg_0188-artrageous-lauri-painting-oc-small img_0673-artrageous-martin-luther-king-small
Give an experience in the arts! Gift certificates available
Give a unique gift this holiday season! Gift certi...
Give a unique gift this holiday season! Gift certificates are available for Orange City Arts’ winter and spring classes and performances… and we’ve got a great line-up! Learn to watercolor. Try your hand at magic tricks. Make wine. Laugh & cry with Kevin Kling. And much more…. For a gift certificate, contact Jennifer or Janine at Orange City Arts: 707-4885 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. Classes for children: Magicians in the Making with Lisa Lairdimg_0197-beginning-painting-for-kids Painting on Canvas… for Kids! with Will Browning Puppetry, with Black Lights! with Lisa Laird Classes for high school and adults: Realistic Watercolor for Beginners with Pam Harp Art Start: Watercolor Journaling with Judy Thompson Art 101 with Will Browning Siouxland 103: West to the Plains with Jim Schaap The Art of Winemaking with Terry Mouw (for adults 21+) Chicken Soup for the Chicken: The Healing Power of Story with Kevin Kling Memoir with Barbara Turnwall Painting… Uncorked! with Rein Vanderhill pam-harp-amaryllis-2015-27Vibrant Paintings with Alcohol Inks with Paula Crandell International Cooking Performances: An Evening of Dance, Jan. 28 Cantus, premier men’s vocal ensemble, Feb. 18 Kevin Kling, storyteller, Feb. 24 Mermaid Theatre, large-scale puppet show from Nova Scotia, March 20
Not to brag, but…
The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs launched a...
The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs launched a new campaign in December, aimed at convincing Iowans to polish up their hidden gems and shamefully share their best and brightest. “We’ve had so many conversations with Iowans across the state, and it’s clear that towns across the map have too many of their own best-kept secrets,” said Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie. The Iowa Arts Council is part of the Department of Cultural Affairs. “I’m a member of the Iowa Arts Council board,” said Janine Calsbeek, director of Orange City Arts. “We in Iowa have a lot to be proud of that people may not know.” Part of the push is the 50th anniversary of the Iowa Arts Council and Iowa’s 170th birthday. In fact, it’s also the 40th year since Orange City Arts was founded. In conjunction with the “#NotToBrag” campaign, Orange City Arts is inviting residents in and around Sioux County to send in their stories. Bragging isn’t just allowed, it’s encouraged! Orange City Arts is looking for amazing people, places, art, music and film having to do with Sioux County and Orange City to highlight all through 2017. See the Iowa kick-off video below. Send your story to Orange City Arts at ocArts@orangecityiowa.com, with “Not to Brag” in the subject line.
Orange City Arts receives grant from Arts Midwest for ArtRageous
ORANGE CITY — ArtRageous is coming to Orange Cit...
ORANGE CITY — ArtRageous is coming to Orange City, with the assistance of Arts Midwest Touring Fund. It’s an interactive arts and music extravaganza, recommended by CBS: “Go see this show!” Harrison Ford loves ArtRageous too: “You’re the best!” Date is Thursday, Oct. 27. Place is the Northwestern College Chapel. Time: 7:00pm. The Artrageous troupe of a dozen artists, musiciocarts-slide-artragous-1500x430ans, singers and dancers pays tribute to a variety of art forms, pop icons and musical genres, culminating in a gallery of fabulous finished paintings. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience. In fact, Orange City Arts has already sold tickets to someone who will drive over three hours to the show, said OC Arts director Janine Calsbeek. Megan Wassom of Mason City is bringing her 12-year-old sister. ArtRageous reminds Wassom of the Blue Man Group, she said. ArtRageous wowed the board members of Orange City Arts, said Calsbeek, and Arts Midwest Touring Fund caught the vision too. artrageous-cast-8818-mediumOrange City Arts has been selected to receive a $2,375 grant from Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Iowa Arts Council and the Crane Group. Arts Midwest Touring Fund engages people in meaningful experiences with professionals in dance, music, theatre and other performing arts forms… emphasizing inter-state touring. “Arts Midwest is proud to support Orange City Arts and the ArtRageous performance,” said Arts Midwest director David J. Fraher. The show, and the outreach experiences for students, will enhance the quality of life in northwest Iowa, he said, and the grant helps provide meaningful jobs for artists. artrageous-b Sponsoring the show are Orange City Arts and Northwestern College. Additional support for the educational outreach comes from the Staples Foundation: 2 Million & Change. Tickets are $15 adult and $10 student, in advance, available online HERE. Or contact 712.707.4885 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. Tickets at the door are $18 and $12. Tickets for Northwestern College students are $5. For more information and video, click here. Print nea-logo 2016 iac-color-dca   OCarts_logo northwestern-college-logo About Arts Midwest: Based in Minneapolis, Arts Midwest is one of six nonprofit regional arts organizations in the United States. Its mission is to promote creativity, nurture cultural leadership, and engage people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives. Since its establishment more than 30 years ago, Arts Midwest has been serving audiences, arts organizations, and artists throughout the nine states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and beyond. About the National Endowment for the Arts: The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Endowment is the nation’s largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases. About Orange City Arts: The mission of Orange City Arts is to enrich our community by showcasing artists, facilitating arts education and supporting local creative talent.
Staples Foundation awards grant to Orange City Arts
ORANGE CITY, IA – Orange City Arts has been awar...
ORANGE CITY, IA – Orange City Arts has been awarded a $3,500 grant by the Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., through a program called 2 Million & Change. The program allows Staples associates to direct more than $2 million in donations worldwide each year. Olga Alvarado, Orange City Arts board member and graphic designer at Staples, nominated Orange City Arts for the grant. The grant will help present educational artistic assemblies and workshops to area students in schools, said Janine Calsbeek, executive director of Orange City Arts. The title of the grant is Beyond Onstage — Enriching Academic Education. herencia-photo-3“Six exemplary artists are performing here this year,” said Calsbeek. “We’re excited that students will interact with gifted artists from other parts of the world. Artists like these inspire creativity and empathy. One of their gifts to students is the power and beauty of art.” Artists are listed here: • Herencia de Timbiquí, a 12-person ensemble, plays traditional music from Colombia— featuring congas, bombo drums, guasá shakers and marimba, plus energetic vocals, trumpet, saxophone, keyboards and guitar. A school assembly and evening concert will be Oct. 6.ocarts-slide-artrageous-1200x545 • ArtRageous presents an interactive multi-media art and music experience Oct. 26 and 27. ArtRageous artists present a music and dance performance while creating several paintings onstage. Workshops include the business of entertainment; branding and marketing; and costuming, choreography and performance. Cantus press photo 2 large croppedThe ArtRageous workshops are not only educational, but encouraging, said Calsbeek. “These enthusiastic artists say, ‘If we can do it, you can do it too.’” • Cantus, a premier men’s vocal ensemble from Minneapolis, will present a vocal workshop and concert Feb. 18 and 19. The Feb. 24 performance features storyteller and playwright Kevin Kling, with his hilarious and tender stories. His storytelling workshop is Feb. 25.ocarts-slide-kevin-kling-1200x545 • Mermaid Theatre from Nova Scotia features innovative puppetry and striking scenic effects with black light, projected images and large puppets. The show March 20 features the stories of Eric Carle. A puppetry workshop will be held that afternoon. Mermaid Theatre Papa Please get the moon th-ts-papa-monika-cat The week of April 10, Taproot Theatre of Seattle presents bullying-prevention plays in six schools, plus two shows for the general public. Workshops will be held for theatre students. The Taproot residency is a collaboration between Orange City and Sioux Center Arts. Most of the assemblies, workshops and shows will be held at local schools and colleges. logo-2millionchange-2-croppedCreated in 2012, the 2 Million & Change program allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit organizations focused on academic education or job skills. In 2015, Staples awarded more than $2.5 million in grants to 875 local organizations. “For 30 years, Staples associates have been making a difference in their communities around the world,” said John Burke, chief culture officer, Staples, Inc., "We’re thrilled that the 2 Million & Change program lets our associates make an even greater impact on the organizations they are passionate about.” For more information, visit www.staples.com/community or https://orangecityarts.net/beyond-onstage-2016-2017-season-series/. To inquire about participating in an assembly or workshop, contact Calsbeek at 712-707-4885 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.
Meet the cast of ArtRageous!
  THE CAST John de Wolf, Bass Player - Bunrak...
  john-de-wolf-c-1THE CAST John de Wolf, Bass Player - Bunraku Puppeteer - Stage Manager - Producer John has been a part of holding down the Artrageous troupe since the very beginning, both in the rhythm section & in business. John is one of the three founding members of the Artrageous troupe & both performs & manages the show. He plays bass & handles all of the details that help Artrageous get to each performance. Larry Dolan, Vocals - Saxophone - Guitar Larry developed his power-house vocal style throughout the 90s, emulating singers such as Bono & Michael Crawford. He has toured for over two decades with various productions featuring rock ’n roll and broadway. A mainstay of the Artrageous troupe since 1999, Larry resides in Arizona with his wife & three children.hannahharper-1-shotbyana-smaller Lauri Francis, Painter - Dancer - Singer - Choreographer - Costume Designer Lauri has choreographed & costumed the Artrageous troupe for 20 years. She has choreographed & costumed specialty performances & dances for hundreds of shows worldwide, especially enjoying private performances for Sir Richard Branson & in Paris and Austria. Trained in many dance forms, from jazz to hip hop, Lauri lends her dance flair to the stage. She has a passion for all things dance & loves to get people moving. jeff-cJarvis Moorehead, Vocalist - Dancer Jarvis’s love for the stage & theater is evident in his performance & his extensive list of accolades. Jarvis has studied classical voice at the prestigious Adelphi University & studied at the Southern Nevada College & The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. Jarvis has been acting, singing, dancing & composing his whole life.   jarvis-moorehead-1 img_4828img_0397 Dani Lenski, Vocalist - Dancer - Puppeteer Dani is a natural match for the Artrageous troupe & has entertained audiences for many years with her talents as a barbershop singer. You may recognize Dani gracing the silver screen as an actress in several films. Joey Santiago, Singer - Painter - Percussionist Professional musician & vocalist, Joey has an arts & music degree from The University of New Mexico. Joey can play pretty much every instrument you put in front of him & excels in drums, vocals & percussion. Joey can often be seen with book in hand. He is an avid reader & a Game of Thrones super fan. Lindsay Santiago, Painter - Vocalist - Dancer Artist & professional photographer Lindsay is a natural fit for the stage. Off stage Lindsay is pursuing a degree in graphic design. Lindsay has a flair for all things artistic from design to photography, from fashion to painting.   lindsay-santiago-1lauri-francis-2larry-dolan-1 Jeff Smith, Painter - Lighting - Mime Jeff has a love of theatrical arts including classical mime. He studied theater, lighting design & mime, & received a scholar-ship in artistic design at the University of New Mexico. He enjoys traveling the world, baseball & pizza. Carina Duffy, Singer, Dancer A proud local of the Jersey Shore, Carina is thrilled to join the cast of Artrageous on their adventure throughout the U.S.— spreading art, music & positivity! When not performing, Carina can be found catching up on Netflix, expanding her palate at a unique restaurant, or learning a new instrument! Hannah Harper, Singer, Comedienne, Keyboard Hannah is an actor & writer living in Los Angeles. She's crazy excited to be a part of Artrageous & to be traveling all over with the troupe! In her free time, Hannah will almost always have a cup of coffee in hand & will probably ask you to be her friend. joey-santiago-c-1fullsizerender-23-1 jeffrey-dobbinsdani-lenski-1                 Jeffrey Dobbins, Painter - Stage Coordinator From a background in architecture, Jeffrey brings a uniquely trained eye to the magic behind Artrageous. After years of touring, his youthful can-do attitude & unceasing positivity have come to personify the Artrageous troupe as a whole. Jaden Francis, Stage Tech - Painter in Training Jaden, age 11, is currently homeschooling on the road with Artrageous. He is in 6th grade & his favorite subject is social studies. He is a brown (soon to be black!) belt in Taekwondo— his favorite sport. He has a passion for the dramatic flair & has acted in several TV shows. He loves traveling & helping with Artrageous behind the scenes. Trey Richardson, Stage Tech - Guitar Trey graduated from UNM with a degree in music. He is enjoying the experience of traveling to new places with his Artrageous family. He is also tutoring Jaden in martial arts & is a 2nd degree black belt!
Herencia de Timbiquí: Jueves 6 de octubre
El Liberal: Herencia de Timbiquí, la alegría can...
El Liberal: Herencia de Timbiquí, la alegría cantada para los niños del pacífico “Preservar la cultura y los ritmos tradicionales, fomentar la convivencia y generar nuevas oportunidades a través de la música; son los objetivos de los talleres y proyectos culturales que hace esta agrupación en el pacífico sur colombiano...Un niño de 12 años...muestra sus fotos aprendiendo a tocar...en uno de los talleres que la Fundación Herencia de Timbiquí con el apoyo del Programa para Afrodescendientes e Indígenas de la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional, USAID, dictó, el año pasado, a docenas de niños y jóvenes de este municipio...’El objetivo de la Fundación y del proyecto social y cultural que hacemos es promover la convivencia y la paz del litoral Pacífico y dar un mensaje de esperanza, para que los jóvenes comprendan y valoren la importancia de reconocer su cultura y luchar por sus sueños...’ comenta Begner Vásquez, vocalista, compositor y uno de los fundadores de la banda.” herencia_poster-spanish-a “Preserving the culture and the traditional rhythms, promoting community and generating new opportunities through music – these are the objectives of the cultural workshops and projects that this band carries out in the Colombian Pacific South...A twelve-year-old boy...shows his photos learning to play...at one of the workshops that Herencia de Timbiquí Foundation gave last year, with the support of the Program for Afro-descendants and Indigenous of the United States Agency for International Development, USAID, to dozens of this city’s children and youths... 'The objective of the Foundation and the social and cultural project we carry out is to promote community and peace along the Pacific coast and give a message of hope, so that the young people understand and value the importance of recognizing their culture and fighting for their dreams...’ stated Begner Vásquez, vocalist, composer, and one of the band’s founders.”   More info: https://orangecityarts.net/event/herencia-de-timbiqui-october-6-beyond-onstage-series/   and http://herenciadetimbiqui.com.   Southern Exposure grant logo Sepala_RGB300 MAAF_Logo_Pantone nea-logo 2016
Arts on Central 2016!
ORANGE CITY, IOWA—Arts on Central, a celebration...
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 orangecityarts.net or contact ocArts@orangecityiowa.com 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. OldFactoryLogo NorthwesternBank 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 sum...
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, ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. For more info about Arts on Central, click HERE. IMG_5881 Emilee Berry project 2015 AoC E 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.
Arts on Central 2015… by Gail Van Grouw
To inquire about participating as a visual artist,...
To inquire about participating as a visual artist, performing artist or live mannequin in Arts on Central August 24, 2016, email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. Where were you on August 26, 2015? I was in Orange City, Iowa attending Arts on Central. Not sure what to expect, I hoped it would be a fun Wednesday night downtown. What did I experience? Sensory overload, so much to take in! People arriving, trickling in and then: folks of all ages everywhere. A band of middle aged rock ‘n rollers set up on the south end of Central Avenue. On the north end, two blocks over, the street is anchored with a water spray station to cool visitors off. In Windmill Park a little girl is creating giant bubbles next to lush, colorful flowerbeds. It’s a joyful atmosphere of bumping into friends and chatting on the sidewalk. IMG_1199 arts on central water medsize There was so much going on that I was overwhelmed. My eyes couldn’t take it all in. My ears heard many kinds music from various directions. Wafting aromas of delicious food mingled around everyone. Everywhere I turned something intriguing was happening. A buzz of excitement and hearing folks say, “Did you see….” In the midst of it all were Orange City Arts volunteers and staff— ringleaders to this 3 ring circus of art, music and live mannequin displays. They coordinated all this. arts on central 2015 IMG_5830Children were busy drawing with fat pieces of colored chalk on the street. A chalk artist and crew had started scenes and hopscotch games all over Central Avenue’s smooth light gray concrete street. Scattered near the scenes lay chunks of chalk for anyone to pick up and add their own flair. In one spot I noted the directions: add an animal to the forest. Well, in my opinion, the tree needed a blue bird in a nest. Tan chalk for nest, blue for bird, not quite done, pink for beak. Yes, I added my touch. Another young man drew mushrooms. He was excited because he contributed to the artistic scene.arts on central string quartet 2015 IMG_5774 Next I focus on the music: a string quartet in the courtyard behind the Little White Store. Violin and piano duet inside Holland House. A rousing Irish ballad from the rock group. The boisterous street organ blows notes over the crowd. That large antique organ was also visual overload with so many colors painted on the carved figures. Party vibe of electric guitars. IMG_1153 arts on central accordion playersAn accordion player wearing a beret sitting on a bench in front of the bakery evoked European flair. The young man played songs I’ve never heard before. Boom box blasts dance music and teen age girls laugh and move to it. I wouldn’t call it dancing exactly, mostly goofing around. Adding to the cacophony were voices over the public address system announcing prize winners. Lots of unusual things given away, like locally composed hymns, adult coloring books and Northwestern College theatre tickets. Looking across the street, a girl I know from church is sitting in a window display doing sign language to music I can’t hear. It makes me pause and smile. Next door another store front has a huge canvas displayed. An oil painting of crab apples in fall comes to life, actually larger than life size, by the brush of a master artist.arts on central 2015 IMG_5821 My neighbor comes up to me and exclaims about a fantastic window display. Thrusting her smartphone at me she shows photos of the kids posing like mannequins. Meanwhile, in front of the tuxedo rental shop, couples are in formal attire and pose as parents of the bride and groom, alongside the happy couple. Later another couple slowly, mechanically clink goblets to celebrate. In July when I learned about this event, I volunteered to be a judge in the visual arts category. After searching for the headquarters table and finally locating it I took the clipboard with lots of papers on it, read my instructions and looked at each display. I saw photographs from near (Iowa) and far (Italy). I examined quilted wall hangings on a makeshift clothesline, swaying in a slight breeze. I reached out and was scolded, “Do NOT touch.” Quickly I pulled back my hand, feeling like a little girl who was put in her place. arts on central 2015 IMG_5867Village Northwest Unlimited had a large display of so many beautiful things, I could barely take it all in. The woman there explained items were not for sale, but created by handicapped individuals as part of art therapy. I loved it! In the downtown park next to the big old windmill an extensive display of silk scarves flutter in the breeze under large shade trees. It is a riot of color and the silks mimic butterflies floating above flowers, flowers tumbling over the edges of flowerbeds that are only a few feet away. At an artist’s booth I marveled at a collage of grains. Colored rice, seeds and corn were painstakingly arranged into beautiful scenes. Right beside the art is raw material on a table for budding artists to create with. Later I spot people carrying around their seed creations.arts on central 2015 IMG_5763 Standing next to a simple display is a woman who is giving her art away. The delicate drawings are about 5x7 or 4x6, a convenient size for carrying. She explains she has more than she can use in her scrapbooking hobby. “Go ahead and take one,” she urges each person who walks up. One particular grouping of paintings caught my eye. This young woman had classic landscapes and farm scenes. However each work had one unusual character in it. Tranquil Americana street scene had a robot walking a dog. Pond with a sea monster peeking above the water. There is a giant bear napping on a barn roof. They were hilarious! Not a typical classy painting to hang above the sofa. She’s an artist with a sense of humor.arts on central 2015 IMG_5881 After I looked at 20 art displays, the time had come to meet with the other two judges. Our favorites were announced as the top three winners. For those who like their art on a large screen television, short films from the Prairie Grass Film Challenge played at Joe’s TV & Appliance store. Mother Goose made an appearance with her puppet friend, a colorful dinosaur named Jemima. Under the bank canopy she told stories to kids of all ages. Her helpers included a shy white rabbit and not so shy children. I love the sound of little kids laughing and it echoed all around this group. A magical Humpty Dumpty complained about how his story usually ended. To conclude her show, Mother Goose persuaded her audience to sing Itsy Bitsy Spider.Arts on Central 2015 IMG_5778 Arts on Central took place during the supper hour. To satisfy the hunger of spectators strolling along, the meat market grilled bratwurst and the Little White Store made little Dutch pancakes. Pizza, tacos, Chinese food and more choices tempted taste buds. Some businesses offered free frankfurters, cookies or other treats. In the same way that music overlapped from one area to the next, the aroma of Mexican food blended into Chinese cuisine and all-American hot dogs. People who attended were having so much fun that the concert in the Windmill Park band shell was a perfect way to end the summer music series. As the sun set on this lovely summer evening audience members Arts on Central 2015 IMG_5803appreciated the talents of the six a cappella singers performing a high energy show. Thank you to Orange City Arts — who made such a fun event come to life. --by Gail Van Grouw Photos by Doug & Janine Calsbeek   artsOn Arts on Central logo cropped
Artists win awards at Orange City Arts’ Regional Exhibition
ORANGE CITY – Three area artists recently won aw...
ORANGE CITY – Three area artists recently won awards at the juried exhibit, Artists’ Showcase: Orange City Arts’ Regional Exhibition. Awards were announced at the closing reception April 30 at Northwestern College in Orange City.IMG_7600 oc arts exhibit 2016 Timothy J. Arand-McIlrath of Okoboji won Best of Show, with his work of crocheted yarn and printed fabric, entitled Breezy. (pictured below right) Honorable Mention awards went to Rein Vanderhill and Brian J. Damon. IMG_7625 Arand-McIlrathVanderhill, of Alton, received an award for his acrylic on canvas, The Color of Plum. (pictured below left) Damon, of McCook Lake, SD, was honored for his colorized screen print, Just Another Back Story. (pictured below right) The three award-winners received cash prizes of $100 for best of show and $40 for honorable mention. Jurors were artists Linda Porter of Hospers and Matthew Drissell of Sioux Center. IMG_7615 oc art exhibit VanderhillTwenty-two additional artists’ works were selected for the exhibit, including works by Randy Clark, Pauline Sensenig, Judy Thompson, Emily Bunch, Michael Vander Schaaf, Kevin Bierbaum, Robert E. Gillespie, Joanne Alberda, Jerry L. Mennenga, Pam Harp, Lynae Dadisman, David Versluis, Margo Vanderhill, Kwan Yong Park, David Lammers, Ya-wen Liu, Emily Stokes, Dabin Jeong, Emilee Berry, Youra Song, Alissa Sinclair and Nancy Becerra-Balbuena. They are from Sioux City, Brookings, Alton, Sioux Center, Sioux Falls, Orange City, and Northwestern College, Dordt College and Buena Vista University. IMG_7643 oc art exhibit DamonThe exhibit was held at the Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre. Sponsor of the show was Orange City Arts, in conjunction with the Northwestern College Art and Theatre Departments.
Onstage Orange City: another fantastic line-up
ORANGE CITY — It’s 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! SPONSORS and COSPONSORS: Ambank Insurance American State Bank Center Fresh Eggs City of Orange City CIVCO Medical Solutions D & L Plumbing & Heating Diamond Vogel Paints Fareway 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. ONstage poster 2016
REGISTER for a class.
Act. Write. Paint. Create. Register for Orange Cit...
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. IMG_4352 summer class 2015       IMG_7028 guided painting uncorked fall 2015 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. 2016_summer classes poster
Orange City Arts awarded grant
The Orange City Arts Council is among organization...
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. Iowa Dept of Cultural Affairs LOGO  
The United States of Arts…
In collaboration with the Iowa Arts Council, the N...
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 Ex...
Artist’s Showcase: Orange City Arts' Regional Exhibition A CALL FOR ENTRIES Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre Arts Center Orange City, IA Exhibit: April 22-30, 2016 Submission Deadline: March 18, 2016 THE EXHIBITION 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. SUBMISSION DEADLINE March 18, 2016IMG_3392 OC Arts regional exhibition VENUE DeWitt Theatre Arts Center, Northwestern College, 809 Albany Ave. SE, Orange City IA 51041 ELIGIBILITY & MEDIA 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. THEME OF EXHIBITION No theme. All submissions are welcome. INSURANCE 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. SALES & REPRODUCTION 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. ENTRY 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. 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. A COMPLETED ENTRY CONSISTS OF THE FOLLOWING: 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. SUBMIT ENTRY MATERIALS TO: 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 LABELING THE ART Art accepted for the show is to be labelled on a 3x5-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 PRODUCTION: RABBIT HOLE 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. COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS, JURORS' CHOICES, CASH PRIZES 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. TIMELINE 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. JURORS The exhibit will be juried by artists Matthew Drissell of Sioux Center and Linda Porter of Hospers. SHOWcase. FLIER Nov 2014SPONSORS 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...
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 brainc...
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 .   VEA 2 color          iac-color-dca       nea-lockup-A
The series ’15-’16
MIPSO is coming! (#1 on Billboard bluegrass charts...
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.  beyondOS15 For details, click HERE.
Community Band Presents Final Concert of the Summer
Onstage Orange City to present Doreen’s Jazz
A tribute to Joyce
I have known Joyce for many years, because I love ...
I have known Joyce for many years, because I love the arts. As a young married couple, Doug and I appreciated how Joyce and the Orange City Arts Council brought so many wonderful musicians, actors, visual artists, storytellers and others to town… and provided opportunities for local artists to do their art. As a mom with young children, I appreciated those opportunities, plus classes and workshops and Missoula Children’s Theatre for kids. She was visionary, she quietly led the board, she wasn’t afraid to try new things, she worked carefully and tirelessly. She loved the arts, and she realized how the arts bring more understanding, more empathy and more beauty to the world. She directed the OBloemendaal pic 3x4range City Arts Council for 22 years. When she retired, and I was hired to try to fill her shoes, I came to respect Joyce even more. Thank you, Joyce, for the many ways you touched our part of the world, but especially the legacy of Orange City Arts Council. With prayers and sympathy from the entire Orange City Arts Council board, Janine Calsbeek, director, Orange City Arts Pictured above is Joyce with former Orange City Arts board president, Coleman McAllister, when she was honored following her retirement... at a community band concert in summer 2009. Joyce's obituary
Grant for “The Nutcracker”!
The Orange City Arts Council has been selected to ...
The Orange City Arts Council has been selected to receive funding from Arts Midwest Touring Fund! The grant will assist in bringing Ballet Quad Cities and The Nutcracker to Sioux County. Two performances of The Nutcracker, at the Unity Christian Knight Center in Orange City, will feature Ballet Quad Cities and 45 local young dancers. The performances will be at 1:30 and 7:30pm on Saturday, Dec. 19. In September, Ballet Quad Cities conducted master classes for local dance students, and library workshops at Orange City and Sioux Center: “Dance me a Story.” (Pictured above are children participating with Margaret Huling of Ballet Quad Cities at a workshop at the Orange City Public Library.) Nutcracker 8 ballet quad citiesThe Ballet Quad Cities December residency will include a school assembly, a lighting design workshop, a talk with the choreographer and a question and answer session. Arts Midwest Touring Fund is a program of Arts Midwest, based in Minneapolis and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Crane Group and General Mills Foundation. In 2013-2015, Orange City was selected to be the community in Iowa to participate in Arts Midwest World Fest—week-long residencies here featuring four international music ensembles.Nutcracker Ballet Quad Cities 2 Sioux Center Arts Council is joining with Orange City Arts in bringing The Nutcracker to Sioux County. “This is a huge undertaking,” said Janine Calsbeek of Orange City Arts.“We're excited. Businesses in our communities are stepping up to assist with funding. And of course, we’ve had dozens of people ask about tickets!” Tickets will be available beginning Wednesday, Nov. 11 at the Orange City Chamber office and Sioux Center City offices, front desk. The tickets are reserved seating, and purchasers are asked to come in person. Advance tickets are $15 adult, $10 student. At the door, tickets are $20 and $15. Please pay in cash or check. Those interested in participating as corporate sponsors or individual donors may contact Orange City or Sioux Center Arts: orangecityarts.net, ocArts@orangecityiowa.com, 707-4885, siouxcenter.org/arts, arts@siouxcenter.org or 722-0781 x118. Arts Midwest has been the regional arts organization for nine states for 30 years, working to engage professional artists and promote inter-state touring in dance, music, theatre and other performing arts The 2015 grant to Orange City Arts totals $4,000. For a list of the local youth dancing with The Nutcracker, click here.  For more information on The Nutcracker performance in northwest Iowa, click here. Print NEA logo nea-lockup-C
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Orange City & Sioux Center arts councils to cosponsor “The Nutcracker”
ORANGE CITY/ SIOUX CENTER — It’s a winter wond...
ORANGE CITY/ SIOUX CENTER — It’s a winter wonderland. Snowflakes drift onto the stage, over the flowing ballerinas dancing to Tchaikovsky’s famous score. It’s The Nutcracker. The Nutcracker, performed by Ballet Quad Cities, is coming to the Unity Christian Knight Center stage in Orange City Saturday, December 19, thanks to the Sioux Center Recreation and Arts, along with Orange City Arts. Ballet Quad Cities will do two performances of the celebrated holiday classic, on December 19. Thirty-nine local children will be able to participate in the performance with the cast of 20 dancers from Ballet Quad Cities. The residency with Ballet Quad Cities will also include a school assembly on December 18, featuring the first act of The Nutcracker; plus workshops for elementary children, a master class for dancers, a lighting design workshop for college students, a talk with the choreographer and a question and answer session. Iowa Public TV has broadcast Ballet Quad Cities performances several times, including their performance of The Nutcracker. “The magic… is in the exquisite visual feast, bringing this beloved holiday tale to life,” wrote Jonathan Turner of Quad Cities Online in December 2014. “The enchanting dream of The Nutcracker was reimagined again by the wondrous wizards of Ballet Quad Cities.” Tickets will be available in the fall. For names of local dancers to participate with Ballet Quad Cities, click here. For information on September workshops & auditions, click here. For more information, see balletquadcities.com and https://orangecityarts.net/event/ballet-quad-cities-presents-the-nutcracker/ This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Iowa Arts Council, the Crane Group and General Mills Foundation. NEA logo nea-lockup-CPrint
Orange City’s Got Talent! winners announced
ORANGE CITY – Lauren Plockmeyer, Brande Pals and...
ORANGE CITY – Lauren Plockmeyer, Brande Pals and Silent Valley took the prizes in the fifth annual Orange City's Got Talent! The area talent show was held Wednesday, May 27 at Windmill Park in Orange City, the first of this summer’s Wednesday night Onstage Orange City series. Lauren Plockmeyer of Sioux Center (2nd from left) took the top prize with her vocal rendition of Don’t Forget Me from Smash. Plockmeyer wowed audiences during Tulip Festival earlier this month, playing the lead role in Mary Poppins. Brande Pals of Orange City (left) sang What I Did for Love from A Chorus Line, and earned the second place award. Her accompanist was Cynthia Pals. Silent Valley — Carley Wells, cajon; Taylor Simington, vocals; and Jordan Koenck, guitar, of Okoboji Middle School (right) — won third place. They performed Love Lost by The Temper Trap. The three winners won cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50 respectively. The other seven acts in the talent show featured Joey Bylsma, Justin Schiltz, Jordan Schiltz, Dean Endrulat, Rachel Jorgensen, Lindsay Kuiper, Michael Howe, Megan Bylsma, Darby Schuiteman and Kayla Vande Zande. The evening ended with Superchick’s Stand in the Rain performed by the 2014 OC’s Got Talent winner, Sydney Krommendyk, and a Mary Poppins medley by emcees Amanda Haverdink and Lois Estell. Additional entertainment was provided by “the bodyguard,” Jeff McCray. The Onstage Orange City event was sponsored by State Farm: Matt Weg Agency and Orange City Communications, in conjunction with Orange City Arts.  
Onstage Orange City line-up announced for 2015
ORANGE CITY — Kelley Hunt, Moon Hooch and Omaha ...
ORANGE CITY — Kelley Hunt, Moon Hooch and Omaha Street Percussion – they're all part of the line-up for the sixth season of Onstage Orange City. The Orange City Arts Council has announced its schedule of shows in Orange City's Windmill Park for summer 2015. The series will feature 14 Wednesday nights of entertainment, plus three shows the evenings of Tulip Festival. Orange City’s own Usual Suspects will perform the Thursday night of Tulip Festival — May 14, followed by Now Serving 7 Friday and Damon Dotson Saturday. The regular Wednesday evening Onstage series starts May 27, with Orange City’s Got Talent — open to talent from area towns. Those interested in being part of the show must sign up to audition by May 12 at orangecityarts.net/octalent . Onstage Orange City artists in June, July and August include the Rusty Wright blues band, Tropicante and its popular Latin beats, magician Eric Michaels, and Craig Ebel and the DyVersaCo Polka Band, one of the finest polka bands in the Midwest with one of the country’s youngest drummers. Moon_Hooch_2240_by_Shervin_LainezMoon Hooch will take the stage June 3 with saxophones and percussion, coming to Orange City after locals heard them on National Public Radio. “There is not a band harder to describe or easier to enjoy than Moon Hooch. They are energetic, joyful, relentless and, best of all, original,” said a quote from the Wall Street Journal. July 22 brings Omaha Street Percussion, featuring pots, pans and trash cans as their “unorthodox” percussion instruments.Omaha Street Percussion Buckets2014 And local blues favorite Kelley Hunt of Lawrence, Kansas, returns on July 1. She has appeared on Prairie Home Companion six times, and The Onion of Denver said, “Hunt delivers her socially charged lyrics with a voice that's part powerful gospel yearning and part bawdy soul shouter.” Kelley Hunt 2Favorites returning again are the Orange City Area Community Band; the SchoolHouse Company theatre troupe; and Festival Latino. The Orange City Public Library is celebrating 100 years with a special night of carnival activities, food and magic July 15. The final event, August 26, will be Arts on Central, featuring local artists and performers filling Central Avenue. Summer Suites, the Orange City Arts Council's progressive evening of music, gardens, stories and sweets, will be on June 10. The show will feature duo The Copoetics of Sioux Falls, an area flute choir, a violinist and several working artists… in three backyard gardens. It’s the one ticketed event of the series. Contributions by local businesses and individuals, with help from the Orange City Arts Council, fund the shows, so they're free to the public. Most shows will begin at 7:00pm in Orange City's Windmill Park. Summer Suites begins at 6:30 and Tulip Festival shows at 7:30. For more information, see orangecityarts.net or contact the Orange City Arts Council at 712-707-6514 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. Onstage Orange City fliers will be inserted in The AdVisor May 5, and will be available at the Arts Council office and various businesses. ONstage poster 15
OC Arts Council selected to participate in training program for arts & cultural leaders
ORANGE CITY – The Orange City Arts Council was ...
ORANGE CITY – The Orange City Arts Council was selected to participate in ArtsLab, a six-month leadership and strategy program designed to ensure that artists and arts organizations in the Midwest have the skills, ideas, and networks needed to flourish. The course, available only to organizations in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa, will explore the concepts of relevancy in the marketplace, leadership growth, financial and resource development, and organizational infrastructure. ArtsLab is a program of Arts Midwest, a U.S. Regional Arts Organization that fosters connections among artists, organizations, and communities across the Midwest. Through performing, visual, and literary arts and leadership development programs, Arts Midwest is committed to delivering high-quality arts experiences and encouraging new, cross-sector collaborations. “The Orange City Arts Council is so pleased to participate in ArtsLab,” said Phyllis Van Gelder, Arts Council board president. “This course will give us the opportunity to connect with organizations that face similar issues. We are looking forward to learning from the experts and from our peers in the arts and culture sector. It is a very exciting time for us.” Van Gelder (left), along with Orange City Arts Council director Janine Calsbeek (below right), will participate in the training program.IMG_Phyllis Van Gelder 9055 David Fraher, president & CEO of Arts Midwest, says, “We are looking forward to working with these organizations and leaders to support their ongoing leadership development. We are already inspired by the important work they are doing in Iowa to engage their communities in the arts and we anticipate that ArtsLab will only foster more exceptional conversations, new approaches, and innovative artistic experiences that make both urban and rural communities stronger and more connected.” Beginning in April 2015, 22 organizations will participate in retreats and shared learning opportunities: South Dakota Aberdeen Area Arts Council Hill City Area Arts Council Mathews Opera House Pierre Players Sioux Falls Arts Council Sisseton Arts CouncilJanine Calsbeek IMG_0842 South Dakota Arts Council North Dakota The Arts Center Arts North Dakota Dakota Prairie Regional Center for the Arts Dakota West Arts Council Nelson County Arts Council North Dakota Council on the Arts Three Rivers Arts Council Village Arts Iowa ArtHaus, Inc Grinnell Area Arts Council Iowa Arts Council Marshall County Arts & Culture Alliance Orange City Arts Council Public Space One Riverside Theatre “The Iowa Arts Council is proud to partner with Arts Midwest to bring ArtsLab to Iowa,” said Matthew Harris, Iowa Arts Council Administrator. “Investing in the capacity of Iowa arts organizations is part of our mission and ArtsLab is giving us an opportunity to do that in a collaborative way while fostering a regional network with our peers in the Dakotas.” Support for ArtsLab is generously provided by Bush Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, F. R. Bigelow Foundation, Mardag Foundation, The Saint Paul Foundation, and the Iowa Arts Council. ArtsLab was launched in 1999 by six major foundations seeking to learn better approaches to building leadership and management skills in community-based arts organizations. All three cycles of the program have been highly rated by independent evaluators for their positive impact on organizational stability, community engagement, and the development of strong, adaptive leadership. More information about ArtsLab is available at artslab.artsmidwest.org. Questions about the program may also be directed to Sharon Rodning Bash at sharon@artsmidwest.org. Pictured above are Orange City Arts Council board members (left to right) Olga Alvarado, Sandie Vant Hof, Jim Schaap, Mark Volkers, Angela Kroeze Visser, Chris White, Phyllis Van Gelder, Emily Stokes and Susan Le Mahieu. Not pictured are Noah Adams, Gail Marincovich, Terry Mouw and Jennifer Sabo.
Winners announced at “Klompen with the Stars”
ORANGE CITY – Orange City’s Klompen with the S...
ORANGE CITY – Orange City’s Klompen with the Stars was a “huge success,” according to producer Vern Eekhoff and Orange City Arts Council director Janine Calsbeek. It brought six duos to the stage of the packed Northwestern College Chapel Saturday, March 21 for a northwest Iowa version of Dancing with the Stars. The judges and the crowd together selected the winning teams. The winning duo was Lori Hayungs and Thai Hua; runners-up were Dan McCarty and Sarah Wittenberg. Of the almost 500 attendees, 403 people cast votes, via cell phone or paper ballots. Other dancing teams were Jonny Craig and Marissa Wiese, Jason Alons and Valerie Heaton, Yesenia Cazares and Lee Stover, and Ali Achterhof and Jake Auerbach (pictured above). The event also featured emcees ABC’s Jenna Rehnstrom and Life 96.5’s Lauren Banik; judges Luanne Christensen, Dan Sikkema, Rebecca Donahue and Jim Schaap; and professional dancers Gordon and Kate Bratt of Mill City Ballroom, St. Paul. IMG_4844 KLOMPEN Kate & Gordon Bratt(right) Show producer was Vern Eekhoff, and committee members were Olga Alvarado, Mark Volkers and Janine Calsbeek. Tech crews were students and staff from Orange City, Sioux Center, Northwestern College and Dordt College. The event, sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council, raised funds for a new mural in downtown Orange City, the summer Wednesday night outdoor series Onstage Orange City and Ballet Quad Cities presenting The Nutcracker Dec. 19. “It was a great community-building event,” said Calsbeek, “and it makes many other things possible — terrific arts events — in 2015.” Corporate sponsors of Klompen with the Stars were Diamond Vogel Paint, Orange City Area Health System and Northwestern Bank. Additional sponsors were Cardinal Therapeutic Massage, Hair Clinic, Blue Mountain Culinary Emporium, Northwestern College, Old Factory Coffee Shop, Bella Ruse, State Farm, Celebration Media Services and Woudstra Meat Market. IMG_3356PHOTO above: Leah Hayungs presents her mom Lori with flowers and a hug following the announcement of the winners of Klompen with the Stars in Orange City Saturday, March 21. Pictured are the dancers (left to right) Ali Achterhof and Jake Auerbach; Sarah Wittenberg and Dan McCarty (runners-up); Yesenia Cazares; emcee Jenna Rehnstrom of KCAU-TV; Yesenia’s dance partner, Lee Stover; Leah and Lori Hayungs, and Lori’s dance partner Thai Hua; backstage emcee Lauren Banik of Life 96.5 Radio; Valerie Heaton and Jason Alons; and Marissa Wiese and Jonny Craig. The event was a fundraiser for the Orange City Arts Council’s upcoming projects — a mural, Onstage OC summer shows in the park, and The Nutcracker, to be performed by Ballet Quad Cities. PHOTO below: No wooden shoes clomped at this Orange City event, there were just six crowd-pleasing dances, and funds raised for the Orange City Arts Council’s upcoming projects. The competing dance teams March 21 were (left to right) Jonny Craig and Marissa Wiese; Jason Alons and Valerie Heaton; Dan McCarty and Sarah Wittenberg — runners-up; Yesenia Cazares and Lee Stover; Lori Hayungs and Thai Hua — first place winners; and Ali Achterhof and Jake Auerbach. (Photo courtesy of Doug Calsbeek, Sioux County Capital-Democrat) IMG_4241
Grant awarded to OC Arts Council for January events
ORANGE CITY – The Orange City Arts Council is pl...
ORANGE CITY – The Orange City Arts Council is pleased to announce that it has received a $5,000 Rural Arts Development Grant from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Grant funds will support Shanren, a music ensemble from SW China, and an urban Latin dance theatre troupe from Los Angeles: Contra Tiempo. The two ensembles will be in the Orange City area in January. Shanren (pictured below) will share their culture and music with youth and adults in workshops and assemblies for nine schools, coffee house shows, Village Northwest Unlimited, a library workshop and a public performance. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn about the world through the eyes of musicians from rural SW China,” said Janine Calsbeek of the Orange City Arts Council. Shanren will be here Jan 11-16, with the coffee house shows at Fruited Plain Jan. 12 and Old Factory Jan. 13, and the public performance at Unity Knight Center Friday, Jan 16. All shows begin at 7:30pm. Contra-Tiempo (pictured above) will present “Full Still Hungry,” theatre-dance vignettes about food, consumption and culture. Its opening night was sold out at the Ford Amphitheater in LA. Workshops will also be held – teaching a community-building form of salsa from Cuba. The public performance is Saturday, Jan 31 at 8:00pm at Unity Knight Center. Both ensembles will bring the community together, said Calsbeek, learning about ethnic heritages, various music styles and dance. She expects that over 1,700 people from Sioux County and beyond to be touched by one or both of these ensembles. Concerning the grant, Iowa Senator Randy Feenstra said: “It's great to hear that the Orange City Arts Council received grant funds  from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.  This funding will help support two wonderful performances in Northwest Iowa.  I applaud these efforts of the Orange City Arts Council in writing this grant and creating cultural opportunities for rural Iowans!” Tickets for Shanren are available at the Dove Bookstore, Orange City Arts Council office at city hall, and Northwestern’s music and theatre departments. Tickets for Contra-Tiempo will be available soon. Cost is $10 adult, $7 student. Group rates are available from Orange City Arts. In addition to the Iowa Arts Council, the Orange City Arts Council is receiving support for Shanren from Arts Midwest and 88 Chinese Restaurant, and for Contra-Tiempo from Joiner and Zwart Family Dentistry. For more information, contact 707-4885 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. Shanren         iac-color-dca
Artists win awards at Orange City art exhibition
ORANGE CITY – Four area artists recently won awa...
ORANGE CITY – Four area artists recently won awards at the juried exhibit, Artists’ Showcase: Orange City Arts Council's Regional Exhibition. Awards were announced at the closing reception in Orange City November 22. Betsy Brown of Sergeant Bluff won Best of Show, with her acrylic pour painting, Moving Forward. Honorable Mention awards went to Timothy J. Arand-McIlrath, Lynae Dadisman, and Emily Stokes. Arand-McIlrath, of Okoboji, received an award for his sculpture, Button-Bracelet, constructed of red twig dogwood, crocheted yarn, buttons and bracelets. Dadisman is a Northwestern College student from West Des Moines; her prize-winning work was a charcoal drawing entitled Iris. Stokes created a linocut/ etching/ collage displayed as an accordion book, entitled Work Ethic. Stokes, of Orange City, teaches in the art department at Northwestern College. The four award-winners received cash prizes. Jurors were artists Joanne Alberda of Sioux Center and Joan Brower of Orange City. Twenty-two works by 22 regional artists were part of the exhibit, held at the Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre, in conjunction with the production, The Power and the Glory.  Sponsor of the show was the Orange City Arts Council, in conjunction with Northwestern's Art and Theatre Departments.   Betsy Brown wins “Best of Show” Betsy Brown of Sergeant Bluff (pictured above) was awarded “Best of show” for her acrylic pour painting, Moving Forward, at the Artists’ Showcase: Orange City Arts Council’s Regional Exhibition. The show, held November 13-22 at the Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre, featured the work of 22 regional artists.   IMG_1280 Arand-McIlrath, Stokes & Dadisman Awards given to artists Honorable mention awards at the Artists' Showcase: Orange City Arts Council's Regional Exhibition went to (from left) Timothy J. Arand-McIlrath of Okoboji, Emily Stokes of Orange City and Lynae Dadisman, Northwestern College student from West Des Moines. The exhibit was sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council.     
“Good grief! Why not?” Donate to OC Arts Council
"Good grief! Why not?" Chances are that Charlie Br...
"Good grief! Why not?" Chances are that Charlie Brown would support the Orange City Arts Council, and might possibly try to convince his dancing friends to do the same. The SchoolHouse Company’s production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown was one of the Orange City Arts Council’s summer shows, part of the Onstage Orange City series. Now the Orange City Arts Council is conducting its annual membership drive. The Orange City Arts Council began its 2014-2015 membership campaign in late July, and is continuing until October 31. The Arts Council sponsors Onstage Orange City, Missoula Children’s Theatre and classes in the summer, and now the Beyond Onstage series of music, theatre and dance shows from October through April, beginning with a world class Brazilian group. A classical guitarist will perform in October, an art exhibit is planned for November, and classes for students and adults are in the works. “It’s hard to keep up with everything!” said Janine Calsbeek, Orange City Arts Council director. The 13-member board is full of ideas, she said, especially related to visual arts and local artists. “The arts teach creativity and problem-solving, they educate us about others and the world, they enhance our quality of life, they bring visitors to town. As the Arts Council’s programming grows, we need more time and funds, so donations are essential.” Each year, the Arts Council receives approximately 40 to 50 percent of its budget from community donors. New members who donate $30 or more may choose a gift: a Bella Ruse CD or a sturdy colorful tote bag. Those who contribute $100 or more receive complimentary tickets to select OC Arts Council events, plus gift cards providing discounts on original art by several local artists. More more information, see orangecityarts.net. Donate online, or write a check to Orange City Arts Council and bring to the city hall or mail to PO Box 202, Orange City IA 51041.
OC Arts schedule for 2014-2015
2014-15 Arts in ORANGE CITY Aug 1 & 2 Missoula...
2014-15 Arts in ORANGE CITY Aug 1 & 2 Missoula Children’s Theatre: King Arthur’s Quest. Northwestern’s DeWitt Theatre. Auditions for children July 28. Performances: Fri 7:30p, Sat 2:00p Wednesdays Onstage Orange City thru Aug 20 in Windmill Park. Aug 27 show at Northwestern’s Green. 7:00p Fri Oct 3 Peter Fletcher, classical guitarist from New York, OC Public Library, 7:00p.  Fri Oct. 10 Paulo Padilha and Group: Beyond Onstage series. The swing & rhythm of urban Brazil, with humor! Unity’s Knight Center, 7:30p. Workshops Oct 5-10. Oct 27-Nov 20 Memoir class, eight afternoon sessions taught by Barbara Turnwall. Old Factory Coffee Shop. Nov 22 Watercolor workshop taught by award-winning artist Judy Thompson, OC Area Health System Downtown campus. Nov 13-22  Orange City Arts Council's Regional Exhibition in conjunction with NWC’s production, The Power & the Glory, Northwestern’s DeWitt Theatre. Deadline for entries: Oct. 13. Dec The SchoolHouse Company’s annual Christmas show Fri Jan 16 Shanren: Beyond Onstage series. Fusing indigenous Chinese with modern music. Unity’s Knight Center, 7:30p. Workshops Jan 11-17. Sat Jan 31 Contra Tiempo: Beyond Onstage series. Urban Latin dance theatre from LA, performing Full Still Hungry. Unity’s Knight Center, 8:00p. Sat Feb 7 An Evening of Dance featuring local dance teams, Unity’s Knight Center, 7:00p. Sat Feb 21 Map of My Kingdom by Iowa’s poet laureate Mary Swander. Featuring Cora Vander Broek Brumlow (pictured) of Chicago. Northwestern’s DeWitt Theatre, 7:30p. Sat Mar 21 Dancing with the Stars featuring local celebrities and Gordon & Kate Bratt of the Twin Cities. Prairie Winds Events Center, 7:30p. Sat Apr 11 Cinderella by Des Moines Metro Opera: Beyond Onstage series. Comic opera & Rossini’s finest music. Northwestern's Chapel, 7:30p. Mon Apr 20 Harlem Quartet: Beyond Onstage series. 2013 multi-Grammy award winner. “Contagious enthusiasm.” Northwestern’s Chapel, 7:00p May - Aug  Onstage Orange City & Summer Suites. Wednesdays. Windmill Park 7:00p unless otherwise announced. June - July   Classes in arts & theatre     BEYOND ONSTAGE SEASON PASS DISCOUNT UNTIL OCT. 1: $35 adults, $20 students. After Oct. 1, $45 adults, $30 students NEW! Purchase season passes at Dove Christian Bookstore or ONLINE at orangecityarts.net/beyond-onstage. Or send name, address, email, & ph # with check to Orange City Arts Council.  Individual tickets: $10 & $7. Children 5 & under free.     MEMBERSHIP PERKS 2014-15 • A free OC Arts Council tote bag – to all new members ($30 contribution or more) • To donors of $100 or more: several artists are offering discounts on the purchase of their work. AND $100+ donors receive complimentary tickets to select OCAC events. Donate $1000 & receive two free season passes for Beyond Onstage.
2014-15 Beyond Onstage series announced
Beyond Onstage 2014-2015 The 2nd season is even be...
Beyond Onstage 2014-2015 The 2nd season is even better than the first. Season passes may be purchased at Dove Christian Bookstore or Orange City Arts Council. Season passes may also be purchased online: orangecityarts.net/beyond-onstage.  $35 for adults for five shows; $20 for students. After October 1, season passes are $45 adult, $30 student. (At the door: $10 adults, $7 students, children 5 & under are free.) Shows at Unity Christian Knight Center and Northwestern's Christ Chapel. Oct. 10: Paulo Padilha & Group from Brazil Catch the swing and rhythm of urban Brazil! Highly acclaimed as a musician and clever lyricist with a mischievous sense of humor, Padilha’s songs take interest in everything from mother-in-law as muse to philosophic ramblings on art. A little samba, a little pop—you’ll dance all the way home!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zp0pQh-MlQ Jan. 16: Shanren from Yunnan Province, China Shanren, fusing indigenous music from southwest China with modern styles from around the globe, they've received critical & popular acclaim in Asia, Europe & North America. Both Paulo Padilha and Shanren are sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council & Arts Midwest World Fest, that brought the popular Le Vent du Nord & Baladino here!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwxeFqefZhc Jan. 31: Contra Tiempo from Los Angeles Contra Tiempo brings together salsa, Afro-Cuban, urban & contemporary dance-theatre to create Full Still Hungry. Opening night at the Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles was sold out. "Emotionally charged choreography, sharp cultural commentary & an unrelenting sense of humor." (pictured) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8xdk13eLBQ Apr. 11: Cinderella From the Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Iowa has performed in 40 states, Japan & China… and will present the delightfully romantic comedy, Cinderella. Hilarious characters & situations set to Rossini's finest music, it's comic opera at its most exhilarating best! Apr. 20: Harlem Quartet The New York Times used the word "panache" to describe the Harlem String Quartet's recent performance: "a flamboyant confidence of style." Their recording with Chick Corea & Gary Burton, Hot House, was a 2013 multi-Grammy Award winner. "A new attitude to classical music... fresh, bracing, intelligent." "Contagious enthusiasm." harlemquartet.com Credit-Line-for-Iowa Flyer
Des Moines got a taste of Orange City.
Des Moines got a taste of Orange City. It feels li...
Des Moines got a taste of Orange City. It feels like news when Des Moines officials come to Sioux County. It doesn’t happen often, especially with the Department of Cultural Affairs. Budgets are tight. Schedules are full. We’re 200 miles away. And maybe people in the Hub of Iowa think we northwesterners are autonomous. We like to believe that too, sometimes. But I’ve decided that it’s good to be part of Iowa. Still, I was concerned that the Community Forum discussion July 30 would be so Des Moines-centered that we would feel superfluous. Mary Cownie and Chris Kramer, from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, came here, along with their consultants who are conducting 22 forums across Iowa… including one in Sioux City and another in Storm Lake. And 37 locals filled the meeting room at Northwestern College. People showed up from at least six towns, 20-somethings to 80-somethings, and representing a range of interests — educators, librarians, city officials, artists, patrons of the arts, Representative Dwayne Alons. Everyone I spoke with appreciated the discussion. What makes our communities culturally vibrant, what is missing, and what can the Department of Cultural Affairs do to help?  The DCA, by the way, includes the Iowa Arts Council, the State Historic Society and Produce Iowa – the new state office of media production. They help bring the arts to rural communities, they are in charge of historic preservation, their latest project is iowacultureapp.com. And they head the State Historical Building, and asked for ideas on the Iowa stories that should be told there. Suggestions flowed freely. We – all Iowans – need more sculpture walks. Trails. Trails with art and history components. More support for local artists. More cooperation. More networking between schools, arts councils, libraries, museums. More local history/ film/ story. Less town competitiveness and more regional-thinking. More travel to different parts of Iowa. Assistance in fundraising. A one-stop-shop in social media – “so we know what’s going on.” The State Historical Building needs to tell stories honesty, said Kim Van Es of Sioux Center, reporting from her table’s discussion; “It needs to include painful or controversial parts of our history.” How about stories about Native and immigrant communities, the role of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, civil rights history, leadership in education, the polio epidemic, wind energy, rural life and ag business? Suggestions included a stage, gallery, and a bar graph similar to the one at Ellis Island, showing the origin countries of immigrants through the decades. But this may not help northwest Iowans unless there’s a strong and interactive online presence, and traveling exhibits. And encouragement for schools to bring fifth graders to visit. The DCA employs 60 people, and Iowa has almost 40,000 people employed by the creative sector, said Chris Kramer of the DCA.  She and her cohorts liked Orange City – the fresh faces at the meeting, the positive attitudes, our ideas, our lovely town. And it didn’t hurt that they came on a Wednesday, when the Woudstra brat stand was open. “Wow, I’m glad I called you to set up a forum here,’ said Kramer with a smile. I’m glad, too. — by Janine Calsbeek, director, Orange City Arts CouncilIMG_7975 Community Forum with Chris Kramer smaller
Orange City’s Got Talent! 2014 winners
ORANGE CITY –  Sydney Krommendyk, Hannah McGarv...
ORANGE CITY –  Sydney Krommendyk, Hannah McGarvey and The TriTones took the prizes in the fourth annual Orange City's Got Talent! The area talent show was held Wednesday, May 28 at Windmill Park in Orange City, the first of the 2014 Onstage Orange City summer series. Sydney Krommendyk, sixth grader from Orange City, (left) took the top prize with her vocal rendition of Titanium.  Hannah McGarvey of Alton (2nd from left) played a cello piece by Astor Piazzolla,  Libertango, and earned the second place award.  Her accompanist was Lori Vande Brake. Tri-Tones, (right) an a cappella trio of Ben De Groot and Sam De Groot of Sioux Center, and Joel Pasma of Ripon CA, won third place.   The three winners won cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50 respectively. The other seven acts in the talent show were Ensemble Royale, The J's, Kari Broadway, Julie Junck, Jade De Kock, Miranda and LaRae Bloemendaal, and Christie Conover and Angela Riedeman. The evening ended with Popular from Wicked, performed by emcees Amanda Haverdink, the 2013 OC's Got Talent winner, and Lois Estell. The Onstage Orange City event was sponsored by the Orange City Area Health System and Quatro Composites™, in conjunction with the Orange City Arts Council.   ---------------------------- ORANGE CITY – Onstage Orange City begins its fifth season next week, and the stage will be popping with entertainment. It's Orange City's Got Talent! (But the talent comes from beyond city limits!) Windmill Park is the place, Wednesday, May 28 the day. The show begins at 7:00pm. This free event, part of the Onstage Orange City series, is sponsored by the Orange City Area Health System and Quatro Composites™. This annual show promises a variety of performances from talented locals. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third places: $100, $75, and $50, respectively. Tim Breen, Deb De Haan and Mike Noteboom are serving as judges. Lois Estell, along with last year's winner Amanda Haverdink, are emcees. Plus Haverdink and Estell will treat the audience to a duet during the judges' deliberation. Additional thanks go to Orange City Floral, Windmill Park Jewelers, Headquarters for Hair and Mary Kay Beauty Consultant Christie Conover. The planning committee includes Aaron Beadner, Leanne Bonnecroy, Lois Estell and Mike Stokes. Concessions will be offered. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location is the Unity Christian Knight Center. Onstage Orange City is a program of the Orange City Arts Council. For more information or weather-related announcements, see orangecityarts.net or facebook.com/ocArts, call 712-707-4885 or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. ----------------------- SIGN UP to be part of Orange City's Got Talent! Click here to register. Winners of the 2013 Orange City area talent show were, first place, Amanda Haverdink , who dressed as Eponine in Les Miserables and sang On My Own; second place, The Acappellors: Drew Lemke, Amanda Vander Stelt, Travis Balt, Trevor McMahan, and Kory McMahan; and third place, dancer Andres Ortis Cantu. First, second & third place winners of OC's Got Talent 2013 are not eligible to be contestants for this year's event, but may audition again in 2015.  
Janine Calsbeek named to Iowa Arts Council board
Governor Terry E. Branstad recently announced the ...
Governor Terry E. Branstad recently announced the appointment of Janine Calsbeek to the board of the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.  The three-year term began July 1, 2014. Calsbeek has served as executive director of the Orange City Arts Council for five years. On June 6, Calsbeek participated in the Iowa Arts Summit in Des Moines. She served as a panelist with Chuck Swanson of Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City, and Carmen Darland of Quad City Arts. The three spoke on Programming through Partnerships: the opportunities and challenges to building partnerships in the arts.
Onstage Orange City: SongBlast
ORANGE CITY – Two men, two voices, and more song...
ORANGE CITY – Two men, two voices, and more songs than any duo could possibly know – that's SongBlast. Onstage Orange City presents SongBlast on Wednesday, June 4 in Orange City's Windmill Park. The show begins at 7:00pm. This free event, part of the Onstage Orange City series, is sponsored by OC Sanitation and Joe's TV and Appliance. SongBlast's Pat Balder of Maple Grove MN and Glen Everhart of Blaine came together just two years ago. Balder grew up in tiny Foley MN, and taught himself to sing and play guitar, piano and drums.  After earning a degree in music and classical guitar performance from St. John's University, he worked with Polygram Records, wrote and produced music for Target, Sun Country Airlines and Harley Davidson, and has done thousands of shows in the Twin Cities, New York, Las Vegas, Nashville, and elsewhere. Everhart, originally from St. Paul, plays guitar, piano and harmonica, and earned a degree in vocal music at St. Cloud State. He has performed as a solo singer/ songwriter and comedian for years, plus did a 10-year run with "Fyder & Everhart." He's done many shows for 3M, a national tour for Super 8, two CHS national conventions and performances at state fairs in six states. The two brought their electric and acoustic guitars together at the suggestion of Gary Berg of G.L.Berg Entertainment, meeting at Everhart's home on May 17, 2012.  For six and a half hours straight, they played songs, discussed pop music history, told stories of the road, and compared their approaches to entertaining, writing, business, and family. The two specialize in hilarious parodies, and perform everything from classics to contemporary. According to an audience member, "I just kept laughing all night!" Others said: "They can play anything that you'd ever want them to play!" "The most fun I've had in years." "Spectacular!" Onstage Orange City is a program of the Orange City Arts Council. Concessions will be offered June 4. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location is the Unity Christian Knight Center. For more information or weather-related announcements, see orangecityarts.net or facebook.com/ocArts, call 712-707-4885 or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. To hear SongBlast, check songblast.net.
Onstage Orange City: Watoto Children’s Choir
ORANGE CITY – The Watoto Children's Choir of Uga...
ORANGE CITY – The Watoto Children's Choir of Uganda will present their energetic music and dance show in Orange City Wednesday, June 11 at Windmill Park. The 7:00pm show features original and vibrant African music with dance routines and life-transforming stories. The program is entitled "Beautiful Africa: A New Generation." The show is part of the Orange City Arts Council's Onstage Orange City summer series, and is sponsored by  Orange City Communications. The globally-acclaimed choir was born from the holistic care program, Watoto, initiated to serve a variety of needs of the African people, especially those of children orphaned as a result of war, poverty and HIV/AIDS. "We share a message of transformation," said Watoto founder Gary Skinner, "telling the story of Africa's rescued orphans and women." Each of the children in the choir has suffered the loss of one or both parents, and all live in Watoto Children's Villages. "It's a concert of hope," said Skinner, and he and the choir desire to reach audiences "with the message of Christ's healing power," he said. This tour began in Argyle, TX in mid-January and the 22  children and 10 adults will travel for six months, visiting Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Missouri, Louisiana, Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Iowa, ending their tour in late June in Colorado. Since the tour's inception in 1994, 64 choirs have traveled globally, providing the children with an opportunity to broaden their world view. They have done shows in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Germany, France and the U.S., and have performed for everyone from royalty and national leaders to the ordinary person. The June 11 concert is free, but an offering will be received for Watoto. Thanks to Living Water Community Church for assisting with the event. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Concessions will be offered. Rain location is Unity Christian Knight Center. For more information or weather-related announcements, contact the Orange City Arts Council, ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or 712.707.6514 or see orangecityarts.net. Watoto's site is watoto.com/choir.   Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location: Unity Christian Knight Center. (For changes related to the weather, check orangecityarts.net, Facebook or local radio. Or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com)
Summer Suites 2014
ORANGE CITY – Update on June 18: Summer Suites w...
ORANGE CITY – Update on June 18: Summer Suites will be held outdoors! The Orange City Arts Council's annual celebration of flowering gardens and music – and irresistible sweets – is coming soon. The 2014 Summer Suites will be held Wednesday, June 18 in three backyard gardens in Orange City. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. The "progressive concert" will feature cellist Hannah McGarvey, storyteller Jim Schaap, and ventriloquist Lisa Laird. Hannah-McGarveyHannah McGarvey invites Summer Suites guests to immerse themselves in the world of tango from Argentina and Brazil. A recent graduate from Biola Univeristy in cello performance, McGarvey plans a program featuring music from South America's most well-known composers. Listeners will get a chance to hear tango music by Astor Piazzolla, songs of the Argentinian gaúchos by Alberto Ginastera, and folk-influenced Brazilian pieces by Heitor Villa-Lobos. McGarvey, of Alton, is actively teaching private lessons and working as a freelance musician in northwest Iowa, and plans to attend graduate school in the near future to pursue a degree in ethnomusicology. Lori Vande Brake is McGarvey's accompanist. Lisa Laird, of Orange City, was honored to be asked to be a featured performer at the International Ventriloquism ConVENTion in July. Other performers include Jeff Dunham (seen on David Letterman and The Tonight Show) and Terry Fator (winner of America's Got Talent, season two). So Laird is doing her adult ventriloquism show first at Summer Suites. Kids will love it too! Fourteen years ago, Laird was drawn into the world of puppetry by her sons Matt and Dan, and completed several levels of training. She worked with puppets in the preschool classroom until '08, and now travels full-time as a family entertainer with Pockets Full of Fun. She has received four Gold awards as well as first place in the Axtell Video Contest in '13, and has performed at various conferences sponsored by Creative Ministry Solutions. James Calvin Schaap – Jim! – will read and tell stories at the third garden. Schaap has been writing all kinds of things for almost 40 years. This summer a collection of his newest stories will come out, Up the Hill, folk tales from the cemetery of a small Dutch town in northwest Iowa. "That's all we're saying, really," said Schaap, "but if you've never heard a story that features Calvinist zombies, you will soon." Schaap recently left Sioux Center after 37 years of teaching at Dordt College. He and his wife moved to rural Alton. Summer Suites will be held in the backyard gardens of Marilyn Mayberry, Shay and Jackie Davis, and Dale and Jill Pluim. The event, part of the Onstage Orange City series, is sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council. Instead of a show in Windmill Park, the event happens in three backyards. Advance tickets are necessary, at $10 for adults and $7 for students. If purchased June 13 or before, tickets are discounted, at $7.50 for adults and $5 for students at the Orange CIty Arts Council office, Orange City town hall and Dove Christian Book Store. Get tickets for the whole family and bike or drive from garden to garden. Maps and schedules are provided to ticket purchasers. For more information, contact Orange City Arts Council, 712-707-6514 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. OCArts@orangecityiowa.com  facebook.com/ocArts ------------------------------------------------------ And more info... about the gardens for Summer Suites! The progressive concert/ garden tour – with desserts at each location – will be held at the backyards of Marilyn Mayberry, Dale and Jill Pluim and Shay and Jackie Davis, all in Orange City. IMG_6191Dale and Jill Pluim's yard features birch trees, a large maple tree, evergreens and lilacs. A red playhouse/ storage shed sits at the edge of the shady property, complementing the Pluim home. It's an intimate setting. Ventriloquist Lisa Laird will do a program for adults, but children will enjoy the show too! Shay and Jackie Davis live on the northwest edge of town, on a property that reminds them of their childhoods. Jackie grew up on a farm, and Shay's childhood home was like their Orange City home. "When I went out the front, I was a city kid. The back, a farm kid," he said. Their front yard features perennials: day lily, bleeding heart, spiderwort, sweet william, columbine, coral bells and a variety of hosta. In the back is a two-tired deck and a large yard with mature evergreen, maple and cottonwood trees. Behind their tree border is a creek and cornfield, and their own zipline. IMG_6303 Their latest addition are homemade outdoor "lights," attached to the side of their home – created with the help of Mariah and Makenna, with mason jars, pebbles and candles. Author and storyteller Jim Schaap will entertain the audience at the Davis yard. The third garden is Marilyn Mayberry's, a large yard filled with ash, spruce, locust, amir maple, pagoda dogwood and Japanese lilac.  Marilyn has planted 17 trees since moving to her home about 18 years ago. Fritz Kroese was the artist of her backyard patio, created last summer from a picture Marilyn found. There's a two-sided pergola with Italian wedding lights, stamped concrete and a water rock fountain. "This is the only water front I'm going to have," she said with a smile.IMG_6172 Marilyn's garden also features Siberian iris, witch hazel, key lime hydrangea, and pachysandra. Cellist Hannah McGarvey, accompanied by Lori Vande Brake, will perform at Marilyn's place. Rain location for Summer Suites is the Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre.
Onstage Orange City: Orange City Area Community Band
ORANGE CITY – The Orange City Area Community Ban...
ORANGE CITY – The Orange City Area Community Band will take the stage for their first 2014 concert on Wed. June 25, and Tom Forkenbrock of Chicago will be the guest soloist. The concert is beginning the 17th year of the band under the direction of Carla Van Beek. It is part of the Orange City Arts Council's Onstage Orange City series, and sponsored by Diamond Vogel Paint and Van Engelenhoven Agency. The concert will be held in Orange City's Windmill Park at 7:00pm. It promises to be a fun-filled evening of music, featuring some of Van Beek's favorites over the past 17 years: A Day at Disneyland, Grease!, Pop & Rock Legends: Neil Diamond, I Dreamed a Dream, Star Dust, That Old Time Religion, Praise to the Lord the Almighty and Flight of Valor. Forkenbrock, who played trumpet with the U.S. Army Band for nine years, will solo with the band this week. Forkenbrock will be featured in I Dreamed a Dream, Star Dust and That Old Time Religion. The Orange City native graduated from M-OC High School in '82, then enlisted in the U.S. Army. He has performed for two presidents, Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr., plus Prince Charles and other dignitaries from around the world. He also played for the Pan American Games and the '88 Olympics in South Korea. Since leaving the Army, Forkenbrock has performed with big bands, wind ensembles and other performing groups in the Chicago area, and with artists including Bill Watrous, Dick Oatts, Joe LaBarbera, Chuck Findley and Bill Porter.  His bands have opened for Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, Ramsey Lewis and Count Basie's Big Band. Forkenbrock regularly performs with "Brass From The Past", a 60's-80's classic rock, Motown and soul group, as well as in the College of Lake County Wind Ensemble.  He also plays French horn, baritone and tuba, but his first and most enduring love, he said, is the trumpet, which he has played for nearly 40 years. Forkenbrock is returning after performing with the Orange City Area Community Band in 2010 and '11. The concert is free and open to the public. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Concessions will be offered. Rain location is Unity Christian Knight Center. For more information or weather-related announcements, contact the Orange City Arts Council: ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or 712.707.6514 or see orangecityarts.net.
Onstage Orange City: EXIT 113
ORANGE CITY – High-spirited. Exuberant. Entertai...
ORANGE CITY – High-spirited. Exuberant. Entertaining. First-class! That’s Exit 113 from Des Moines. Exit 113 takes the stage at Orange City’s Windmill Park Wednesday, July 2 at 7:00pm. The free concert, part of the Onstage Orange City series, is sponsored by Northwestern Bank and Quatro Composites™. Exit 113 features Bob Long on lead guitar; Jill Belgarde, lead vocals and saxophone; Travis Belgarde, bass; Marty Fisher, percussion; Taylor Telford, keyboard; and Jerry Anderson, sound. Their specialty is classic rock ’n’ roll from the 50s and 60s, but they throw in 70s and 80s favorites, a bit of country, and originals. They call themselves a “rockin’ roll band.” “Watch out! You’ll be blown away with their versatility!” said Diane Larson of Snus Hill Winery. “Sultry, upbeat and wild… they do it all and do it well.” Their playlist is listed on orangecityarts.com and Facebook.com/ocArts, classics including I’m a Believer, Great Balls of Fire, Hound Dog and Mustang Sally. Vote for your favorites on Facebook by June 26. Watch their music video on orangecityarts.net. Bring your dancing shoes; a dance floor will be available. Onstage Orange City is a program of the Orange City Arts Council. Concessions will be offered July 2. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location is the Unity Christian Knight Center. For more information or weather-related announcements, see the OC Arts website or Facebook page, call 712-707-4885 or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. Exit 113’s website is exit113.com . And vote on facebook.com/ocArts for your favorite songs from their play list!   Exit 113's Play List Old Time Rock & Roll I’m a believer Splish Splash Jambalaya Sweet Home Alabama I’ve Got it Good * These Boots are Made for walking Smokey Joe’s Café Hanky Panky Heard it Through the Grapevine Mustang Sally You Don’t Know Me * Georgia on My Mind Never Been to Spain Chivalry * Free Ride Joy to the World Crazy Little Thing Called Love I’ve Got ways Like the Devil Don’t Know Why Blue Suede Shoes Fun, Fun, Fun Surfin U.S.A. Can’t Buy Me Love Drive My Car Day Tripper Jailhouse Rock Hound Dog Rubberneckin’ Too Much Trouble Money Honey Rip It Up Rockin’ Robin At the Hop Rock Around the Clock Saturday Night * Simple Like Blue Jeans * The Twist/Let’s Twist Again Twist and Shout La Bamba Do You Love Me? Some Kind of Wonderful It Hurt so Bad Bring it on Home I feel Lucky Boot Scootin’ Boogie Footloose Your mama Don’t dance Jump, Jive & Wail Bei Mir Bist Du Shoen Give me one reason Lovin’ Life & Layin’ Low * Kansas city Proud Mary Free bird Black Magic woman Spooky No Particular Place to Go shake Rattle & Roll Long Tall Sally Great Balls of Fire Johnny B. Goode Takin’ Care of Business Rock & Roll Reelin’ & Rockin' Money (That's What I Want) Whole Lotta shakin' goin' on   * denotes original songs Check their website, exit113.com, for additional slow songs.
Onstage Orange City: Orange City Area Community Band
ORANGE CITY – It’s been 17 years. Wednesday, J...
ORANGE CITY – It’s been 17 years. Wednesday, July 9 will be Carla Van Beek’s final evening as director of the Orange City Area Community Band. The concert, part of the Onstage Orange City series, will begin at 7:00pm in Windmill Park. Sponsors are CIVCO Medical Solutions and Fareway, in conjunction with the Orange City Arts Council. Van Beek began as director of the Community Band in 1997, recruited by Joyce Bloemendaal, then director of the Arts Council. Of course, Van Beek and music have been a duo all of her life… young Carla played piano and flute, and teenage Carla served as drum major for the Rock Valley marching band. She fell in love with all three. After the Van Beek children started school, she returned to college at Northwestern, then taught at Hospers Christian School. She became band director at Unity Christian High in ’96. And she played in the community band, under directors Steve Connell and Brad Miedema, prior to taking the baton herself. It’s amazing, said Van Beek, that these high school and adult musicians can get together for one night of rehearsal – “90 minutes in a hot and humid garage, the back of the bandshell” – and create wonderful music. Obviously they are outstanding musicians, she said. Of course, those night-before-the-concert rehearsals don’t always go smoothly. Plans change, and Van Beek hustles to find another trumpeter or percussionist. Or the weather refuses to cooperate. “One rehearsal night, the tornado siren went off… we ended up in the basement of the Vogel paint store!” she said. Dave Bloemendaal, tuba player for the band, had his keys to the Vogel-Vande Brake store, and led the troops, leaving his oversized instrument to fend for itself. Van Beek has loved finding music with audience appeal: marches, musicals, Disney songs, hymn arrangements, and patriotic tunes. In fact, her first concert as director – July 9, ’97 – was a patriotic concert, so July 9, ’14 will be also. The show will include Washington Post March, Semper Fidelis, Stars and Stripes, El Capitan, Colonel Bogey, and Armed Forces Salute. Van Beek commends the Orange City Arts Council and City of Orange City for their long commitment to the band… and she has so many people to thank, including the audience, the performers, and her husband Arlo, that she could go on for days. The July 9 concert will be the second community band concert this summer. The final will be held July 30, with Dan Mangold directing. The concert will follow the Orange City Community appreciation meal. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Rain location is Unity Christian Knight Center. For more information or weather-related announcements, contact the Orange City Arts Council: ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or 712.707.4885 or see orangecityarts.net.
Onstage OC: Festival Latino
The fun begins at 5:00pm with activities: face pai...
The fun begins at 5:00pm with activities: face painting, fingernail painting, a kid’s zone with a clown and a bouncy castle, mural painting, a piñata design contest, and more! Mexican food will be sold. A Latino musical group will perform at 7:00pm. It's Onstage Orange City in Windmill Park at 7:00pm Wed., July 16. Free, thanks to our sponsors: Staples, Center Fresh Eggs, ViBella Jewelry & CASA Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location: Unity Christian Knight Center. (For changes related to the weather, check orangecityarts.net, facebook.com/ocArts or local radio. Or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com)
Onstage OC: Chris O’Leary
Revival's pet costume contest begins the evening, ...
Revival's pet costume contest begins the evening, followed by Chris O'Leary's six-piece blues band from New York at 7:00pm. Chris spent many years as frontman, lead singer and harmonica player for Levon Helm. He has moved on to his own 6-piece band and his first release "Mr. Used to Be" won the 2011 Blues Music Award (Memphis) and the 2011 Illinois Blues Blast Award (Chicago) for "Best New Artist Debut". Now supporting is second CD release "Waiting For The Phone To Ring." the band performs a perfectly rounded, energetic blues sound. It's Onstage Orange City in Windmill Park on Wed., July 23. road-dawg.com/chris-o-leary Free, thanks to our sponsor:  Revival Animal Health Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location: Unity Christian Knight Center. (For changes related to the weather, check orangecityarts.net, facebook.com/ocArts or local radio. Or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com)
Cashore Marionettes: They’re not just for kids!
ORANGE CITY – The Cashore Marionettes are not j...
ORANGE CITY – The Cashore Marionettes are not just for kids! Joseph Cashore has received national awards for creating puppet shows for all ages, from children to adults. He will be presenting a show in Orange City Tuesday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Northwestern College's Christ Chapel. Sponsor is the Orange City Arts Council.   Cashore remembers seeing his first marionette at age 10 or 11; it was hanging from the ceiling of a gift shop. He stood and imagined the possibilities, then worked up the courage to ask the saleswoman if he could try moving the marionette. She said 'no.'   That didn't stop Cashore. He eventually created a puppet that would convincingly "play" a violin solo – Ralph Vaughn Williams' "The Lark Ascending." He worked long and hard to solve the technical problems. As a result, "the quality of manipulation is unparalleled, and the effect upon the audience is powerful," said The Center of Contemporary Arts in St. Louis.   His awards include a Pew Fellowship for Performance Art for artistic accomplishment and a Henson Foundation Grant which encourages puppetry to adult audiences. He received the highest honor possible for an American puppeteer, a UNIMA Citation of Excellence...  "awarded to shows that touch their audiences deeply; that totally engage, enchant and enthrall." Joe and Wilma Cashore have toured across Europe and North America, including the Kennedy Center, and received accolades everywhere. Cashore Marionettes 2 min. from Joe Cashore on Vimeo.   The Toronto Sun said: "The range of movement truly has to be seen to be believed, and even that might be pushing it!"   According to Baylin Artists, Cashore Marionettes are "unmatched in artistry, grace and refinement of movement. They redefine the art of puppetry." Life in Motion from Joe Cashore on Vimeo.   Cashore has created a show that celebrates everyday life with humor and feeling, set to music by composers including Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss and Copland. It's a theatrical piece which uses marionettes to evoke strong emotion… so parents of young children are asked to take that into consideration.   General admission tickets are $10 adults, $7 students, and free for children ages 5 and under. Tickets are available at Orange City Arts Council, Dove Christian Bookstore, Northwestern College theatre and music departments, and at the door.   The show is the final in the 2013-'14 Beyond Onstage series, sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council, with support from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.   For information, phone 712-707-4885 or email ocarts@orangecityiowa.com. Or check  http://cashoremarionettes.com/iac-3line-coloraltnea-lockup-Adca-2line-black_2
Art classes for adults offered by Judy Thompson
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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 (9x12) 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 – Fifteen regional artists, and a g...
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.
Israeli ensemble Baladino to perform in Orange City March 24-28
ORANGE CITY – A world music ensemble from Israe...
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!: Baladino_e-postcard nea-lockup-Aiac-3line-coloraltdca-2line-black_2        
Donor “perks” for Orange City Arts Council donors
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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?    a2141095502_2 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.
Orange City Arts Council earns state grant
ORANGE CITY — Among the $74,506 in Iowa Arts Co...
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.   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.   nea-lockup-Adca-2line-black_2iac-3line-coloralt
An Evening of Dance at Unity’s Knight Center Feb. 1
ORANGE CITY – The third annual An Evening of Da...
ORANGE CITY – The third annual An Evening of Dance will feature preschoolers through college students, dancing at the Unity Christian Knight Center Saturday, Feb. 1. The dance teams from MOC-Floyd Valley High, Unity Christian High and Northwestern College, and students from Just For Kix and Robin's School of Dance, will present an hour-long show. The 7:00 p.m. performance will feature a variety of dance styles, under the leadership of dance instructors Emily Loveland, Melissa Knobloch, Becky Donahue and Robin Dohrer. Dancers are all ages, from preschoolers to college students. The Northwestern team – 20 young women and one man – will be competing at the GPAC Cheer & Dance Invitational at Fremont, NE the following weekend. Unity and MOC-FV will be performing separately on Feb. 1, but also one dance together. Three ensembles from Robin's School of Dance will perform, including a musical theatre dance, a hip-hop and a tribute to Michael Jackson. And, of course, the young dancers from Just for Kix will steal the show. The show is a celebration of the art of dance, said Donahue, dance instructor and a member of the Orange City Arts Council board. Many families are part of the dance community, but each year the Arts Council offers An Evening of Dance, to share the dancers' talents with the broader citizenry. Emcee of the evening will be Jim Schaap of Alton. Admission is $1 for adults, free for students. An Evening of Dance is sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council. For more information, call 712-707-4885 or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.
Second City Improv All-Stars to perform in Orange City
  ORANGE CITY – It's true. Chicago's legen...
  ORANGE CITY – It's true. Chicago's legendary comedy theatre, Second City, is coming to northwest Iowa. Second City's Improv All-Stars will perform at the Unity Christian Knight Center in Orange City Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7:00pm. The show will be entirely improvised, based on audience input. Sponsor of the evening is the Orange City Arts Council. Founded over 50 years ago in Chicago, The Second City has become a premier training ground for the world's best comedians, with an alumni list that reads like a who's who of American hilarity: Tina Fey, Joan Rivers, Stephen Colbert, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, John Candy, Gilda Radner and countless others.0b4edd63-cc44-45c4-aacb-3d4b7f92d65e_2 Today there are Second City training centers in Chicago, Toronto and Los Angeles. Four touring companies perform throughout North America and abroad. And a communications division teaches improv-based skills to business professionals. The company to perform in Orange City includes Nick Rees, a native of Sioux City… in addition to Kellen Alexander, Lisa Barber, Rachel LaForce, Chris Redd, and Christine Tawfik.Rees_Nick_06-2011_sm The evening promises to bring a family-friendly show with hilarious satire and cutting-edge improvisation. General admission tickets for Second City Improv All-Stars may be purchased at the Orange City Arts Council office, Dove Christian Bookstore, and at the door. Adults are $10, students $7. For more information, call 712-707-4885, email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or check the website: orangecityarts.net. An afternoon workshop is also being offered, with limited admission. Advance tickets are required for the workshop, at $10. Contact the Orange City Arts Council, 707-4885. Theatre departments from Northwestern College, Dordt College & Unity Christian High are linking with OC Arts in sponsoring the workshop, and theatre students from those schools may contact their theatre instructors for workshop tickets.GreenCo_C The show is part of the Beyond Onstage series, sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council, with support from Community Bank of Alton & Orange City and the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. comm_bank--Chamber--Color   iac-3line-coloraltdca-2line-black_2nea-lockup-A
Call for Art: Artists’ Showcase: Orange City Arts Council’s Regional Exhibition: “Man of La Mancha”
Artists' Showcase:  Orange City Arts Council's R...
215px-Playbill_Man_of_La_ManchaArtists' Showcase:  Orange City Arts Council's Regional Exhibition Man of La Mancha A CALL FOR ENTRIES Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre Arts Center Orange City, IA Exhibit: February 14-22, 2014 Submission Deadline: January 20, 2014     THE EXHIBITION The third Artists' Showcase: Orange City Arts Council's Regional Exhibition offers an opportunity for artists to exhibit their work February 14-22, 2014 at the Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre Arts Center in Orange City IA, in conjunction with the production of Man of La Mancha. Regional artists (from Iowa and within a 300-mile radius of Orange City, IA) are invited to submit work to the juried exhibition, Man of La Mancha.  The exhibition's work is to be related to the theme of the musical.  Jurors will select the works that best display both facility and conceptual cohesiveness as applied to the exhibition's theme.   SUBMISSION DEADLINE January 20, 2014   VENUE DeWitt Theatre Arts Center, Northwestern College, 809 Albany Ave. SE, Orange City IA 51041   THE PRODUCTION: MAN OF LA MANCHA The award-winning theatre department at Northwestern College is presenting Man of La Mancha February 14-15 and 20-22 at 7:30pm and Feb. 22 at 2:00pm at the DeWitt Theatre Arts Center.  Miguel de Cervantes wrote his masterpiece, Don Quixote, in the 17th century, telling the story of a "mad" knight with an "impossible dream"… and Dale Wasserman later created a non-musical play. The original 1965 Broadway production ran for 2,328 performances and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Director at Northwestern is Jeff Barker.   ELIGIBILITY & MEDIA This exhibit is open to any adult, college or high school-age artist, from Iowa or within a 300-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 Council 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@nwciowa.edu) to inquire about that.   THEME OF EXHIBITION: MAN OF LA MANCHA Man of La Mancha features everything from madness to idealism, from absurd dreams to magnificent yearnings. It's a humor-filled story of unquenchable spirit, undying valor, and the fine line between illusion and reality. One of the themes is seeing the world not as it is, but as it should be. Another is that the marginalized and "looney," rather than the sanest of us, see the real truth of life. Artists are asked to submit their own interpretations of any of these themes. Include a short written statement for the jurors on the relationship of submitted art to the theme.   INSURANCE The Orange City Arts Council will exercise all reasonable care in handling and hanging the art, and does have limited insurance coverage. However, the Orange City Arts Council assumes no responsibility for damage or loss to works submitted. Insurance is the responsibility of the exhibiting artist.   AGREEMENT 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.   SALES & REPRODUCTION 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 during the exhibit is prohibited.   ENTRY 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. Email the images to ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. 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.   A COMPLETED ENTRY CONSISTS OF THE FOLLOWING: 1. jpg image. 2. artist's name, address, email, phone number. 3. title of work, medium, size, date of production. 4. short statement relating work to the exhibit's theme.   SUBMIT ENTRY MATERIALS TO: Email: ocArts@orangecityiowa.com Contact: Janine Calsbeek, director, Orange City Arts Council, 125 Central Ave. SE, P.O. Box 202, Orange City IA 51041. Phone: 712.707.6514 Website: www.orangecityarts.net   NOTIFICATION Artists will be notified of acceptance by email by February 3, 2014.   LABELING THE ART Art accepted for the show is to be labelled on a 3x5-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.   COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS, JURORS' CHOICES, CASH PRIZES All artists accepted for exhibition will be given two complimentary tickets to the Northwestern College Theatre Department's production, Man of La Mancha. Jurors will select the "best of show" with a $50 cash prize and "honorable mention," $20 cash prize.   TIMELINE Monday, January 20, 2014: Deadline for submission. All entries must be received via email. Monday, Feb. 3: Acceptance notification emailed to artists. Wednesday, Feb. 12: 10 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 Feb. 11 to Orange City Arts Council, 125 Central Ave. SE, Orange City IA 51041. Contact Orange City Arts Council, ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. Friday, Feb. 14: Exhibition opens. Saturday, Feb. 22: 6:00-7:00 p.m.: Artist reception prior to the production of Man of La Mancha. Saturday, Feb. 22: 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, ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.   JURORS The exhibit will be juried by artists Rein and Margo Vanderhill of Alton, IA.   NOTE Additional tickets to the Northwestern College Theatre Department's production, Man of La Mancha, may be ordered by phoning 712-707-7098 or emailing boxoffice@nwciowa.edu. Ticket prices are $7/adults, $4/children.   SPONSORS The Orange City Arts Council 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.  
Two earn honors at OrangeRind Film Festival
ORANGE CITY – Becky Uittenbogaard and Matt Latc...
ORANGE CITY – Becky Uittenbogaard and Matt Latchaw took the top honors at the OrangeRind Film Festival Thursday, Nov. 7 at the Northwestern College DeWitt Learning Commons. Uittenbogaard of Hull and Latchaw, a Northwestern College student from Oskaloosa, received awards of $250 and $100 respectively, for "Best of Show" and "Honorable Mention." The short documentary films were produced in a two-month period, with guidance from documentary film workshop instructor Mark Volkers of Dordt College. Filmmaker Volkers taught 16 people – students and adults – and inspired them to create films. And he was impressed. It's a difficult task – making documentaries – especially for beginners. "Once Upon a Time in the Country," by Uittenbogaard, tells about her and her husband's life on their acreage near Hull… with pastoral landscapes, pets, and humor. Her vision was clear, and she communicated it with a sense of calmness,  said judge Todd McDonald, theatre & speech director of Orange City. "And the animals were real characters." Uittenbogaard said, "I did some filming almost every day because I was trying to catch the dog, cat, chickens or cows doing something amusing.  Mark Volkers commented that he thought the film 'made the ordinary beautiful' and that was my goal: to show the beauty of northwest Iowa." Latchaw's film, "Who Are Ya?," tells about a group of Northwestern College men who support the guys' soccer team in a unique, vocal and colorful way. "I loved capturing the long-standing tradition of heckling," Latchaw said, "and why it's important. I think sports fans everywhere can learn from the Heemstra Hecklers." Judge Joe Hubers of Passenger Productions, Sioux Falls, said that Latchaw edited well, achieving a "great sense of pacing." A close third, according to the judges, was Jerry Mennenga's film, "The Karaoke Singer." He focused on a Sioux City woman who has a talent and passion for singing. It was great, said Mennenga, "to get a chance to 'look inside of a world' that is unfamiliar to me: karaoke singing." The film was "quite touching," said judge Jesse Brauning, of Paragon Videography of Sioux Center. "It did a good job of conveying the story using an arc — every part of the film was interesting, and nothing felt superfluous." And Denise Krebs of Orange City's film, "If the Lord is Calling, You Cannot Say No," told the story of why Krebs and her husband are moving to Bahrain. "I never thought I would submit a piece to a film festival, but because Mark Volkers empowered us, the filmmakers were supportive, and the audience responded positively, it was well worth risking to join in!" she said. Other films  – finished or in-process – were created by Wendi Jo Vande Voort, Shane Madsen, Stanton Madsen, Brittany Caffey, Sarah Simmons, Hana Spangler, Vern Eekhoff, Jerry Hoekstra, Richard Nyunt, Daniel Liebsack, Miranda Liebsack and Tina Snieder. The students range from high schoolers and college students to adults, from several area towns, including Orange City, Sioux Center, Sheldon, Sioux City, Worthington, Hull, and Paullina. "It was fascinating to see so much storytelling happening in one place," said Brauning. "If we don't tell our stories, our youth grow up thinking all the good stories are out there," said Hubers. "Local storytelling is imperative in forming a community's sense of place and identity." OrangeRind was made possible by the generous sponsorship of OC Basketball Productions, LLC, the primary production company of the film Winning Favor, in conjunction with the Orange City Arts Council, Sioux Center Rec & Arts Council, and Northwestern College. Denise Krebs' film: http://krebsfollow.org/2013/11/18/if-the-lord-is-calling-you-cannot-say-no/ Matt Latchaw's film: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Northwestern-College-Mens-Soccer/110344925718 Passenger Productions: http://www.passengerproductions.com/ Paragon Videography:  www.paragonprovideo.com Jerry Mennenga's blog about OrangeRind: http://wp.me/p2sl9o-xG
ORANGE CITY ARTS COUNCIL HONORED BY ARTS MIDWEST: Four international music ensembles to perform
ORANGE CITY – Orange City has been selected by ...
ORANGE CITY – Orange City has been selected by Arts Midwest to be the partner community in Iowa for its 2013-15 World Fest. The Orange City Arts Council is the recipient of the honor.   One community is chosen, in each of a nine-state region, to participate in a two-year program featuring four international music ensembles. Each of the ensembles will spend a week in the Orange City area, doing school and community workshops and a public performance.   The four ensembles coming to Orange City include Le Vent du Nord from Quebec and Baladino of Israel in 2013-14, plus Paulo Padilha & friends from Brazil and Shangri La from China in 2014-15.   The ensembles are world-class, said Janine Calsbeek of the Orange City Arts Council. "The ensemble from Quebec, Le Vent du Nord, received a significant honor in Paris last month, The Grand Prix du Disque." See http://vimeo.com/41701754 Also see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8RY-8b3QIM  Le Vent du Nord, a traditional French-Canadian folk music ensemble, earned the world music award for its recording, "Tromper le Temps." The Grand Prix du Disque is the premier French award for musical recordings, inaugurated by l'Académie Charles Cros in 1948. Le Vent du Nord is the first Quebec ensemble to receive this honor.   The ensemble's name translates to "The WInd of the North," and the four members perform with accordion, violin, mandolin, hurdy-gurdy and voice. Influences range from French medieval music to British folk to the Celtic music of Ireland, Scotland and Brittany.   Le Vent du Nord will do its residency in Orange City November 10-16, 2013, with the public concert on November 16 at the Unity Performing Arts Center.   Baladino will do its residency in Orange City March 24-29, 2014. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fu24eDEAugE   For more information on Le Vent du Nord, see leventdunord.com/en/pages/news. Other links: http://www.pandora.com/station/play/1160822062678209122 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2kyFmsi8RY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4IIizmIOWQ   Arts Midwest has worked with other Iowa partner communities in the past – Red Oak, Sioux City, Knoxville, Ames and Waterloo.   Arts Midwest will cover artist fees and travel, and the Orange City Arts Council will cover housing and other local expenses. 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, and the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest. 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.
OrangeRind Film Festival Finale! Screening of documentary films
ORANGE  CITY – One film tells of falling in lov...
ORANGERIND_2011_4ORANGE  CITY – One film tells of falling in love with the land in Iowa. Another focuses on a couple's call and journey to the Middle East. A third shows the Heemstra “hecklers” at Northwestern soccer games. Don’t miss the screening of the OrangeRind documentary workshop final films! Fifteen students of all ages have been learning the art of filmmaking from Mark Volkers, an award-winning Dordt College filmmaker. Filmmaking is best learned by doing, said Volkers, and that is exactly what each student has done since early September. Join the workshop students on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7:00 pm at the Vogel Community Room at Northwestern College’s DeWitt Learning Commons, to view each four to eight-minute documentary film. “Best of Show” and “Honorable Mention” awards will be given, along with cash prizes. Refreshments will be served. Workshop participants include Denise Krebs, Wendi Jo Vande Voort, Shane Madsen, Stanton Madsen, Vern Eekhoff, Tina Snieder, Matt Latchaw, Becky Uittenbogaard, Brittany Caffey, Sarah Simmons, Hana Spangler, Jerry Mennenga, Miranda Liebsack, Daniel Liebsack, and Richard Nyunt. The students range from high schoolers and college students to adults, from several area towns, including Orange City, Sioux Center, Sheldon, Sioux City, Worthington, Hull, and Paullina. The evening promises an eclectic viewing experience, with short films about creating community, bullying, karaoke, genetic engineering, Pumpkinland, and “behind the scenes” at high school and college theatre… plus more. OrangeRind was made possible by the generous sponsorship of OC Basketball Productions, LLC, the primary production company of the film Winning Favor, in conjunction with the Orange City Arts Council, Sioux Center Rec & Arts Council, and Northwestern College. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of the OrangeRind workshop participants by attending the film screening on November 7th. There is no admission charge. For more information, call 712-707-4885, email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or arts@siouxcenter.org  or visit orangecityarts.net.
Award-winning folk ensemble from Quebec to perform: Le Vent du Nord
ORANGE CITY – "Magnetic!" "Unparalleled musicia...
ORANGE CITY – "Magnetic!" "Unparalleled musicianship!"  "We were blown out of the water!" That's Le Vent du Nord from Québec – the Wind of the North. They'll be in Orange City November 10-16, with the public concert Sat., Nov. 16 at 7:30pm at the new performing arts center in Orange City: Unity Christian Knight Center. Le Vent du Nord is a driving force in progressive folk, capturing the energy of a Saturday night kitchen party by infusing the music of old Québec with a breath of fresh, cosmopolitan air. Since its founding in 2002, Le Vent du Nord has won critical acclaim across Europe and North America. The quartet has performed over 1,000 concerts, racking up several prestigious awards, including two Junos (Canada’s Grammy), a Canadian Folk Music Award, and ‘Artist of the Year’ by the North American Folk Alliance. The foursome delivers catchy songs and tunes, some taken from the Québec traditional folk repertoire, others original. Their instrumentation is rich and varied: Nicolas Boulerice mesmerizes on the hurdy-gurdy and piano; Simon Beaudry brings vocals, guitar and bouzouki; Olivier Demers serves up energetic violin, guitar, and rhythm; and Réjean Brunet adds the colorful sounds of the accordion. “It’s not often that communities like ours have the chance to host international ensembles like Le Vent du Nord—let alone for a full week,”  said Janine Calsbeek, director of the Orange City Arts Council. She's delighted that a group from Davenport has purchased tickets for the show, and that 10 schools will participate in workshops and assemblies with Le Vent du Nord. 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. Eight other cities were selected in eight other Midwestern states. Arts Midwest, a regional arts organization 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." David Fraher, president & CEO of Arts Midwest said, “Our goal is to make meaningful and lasting impressions. Our musicians do not simply perform one evening and leave… but conduct extensive residencies. We want this to be a rich experience for the entire community.” Le Vent du Nord is the first of four ensembles to visit Orange City over the course of this two-year partnership with Arts Midwest. The other ensembles featured will come from Israel, China, and Brazil. For more information, contact Calsbeek at 712-707-4885 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. For links to Le Vent du Nord, and the week's schedule, see orangecityarts.net. Tickets may be purchased at Orange City Arts Council, Dove Bookstore and at the door, at $10 adults and $7 students. Children age five and under are free. LINKS:  www.facebook.com/ocArts http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eo8S4Ond5h8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2kyFmsi8RY http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=91964712 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSElN_wAAFI
  Le Vent du Nord tentative schedule Mon Nov 11: • Classroom session: Dordt College, Sioux Center • Assembly/workshop: MOC-Floyd Valley High School, Orange City • 8:00 pm: Performance at Fruited Plain Cafe, 172 North Main, Sioux Center. Public invited. $2 cover   Tues Nov 12: • Assembly/workshop for high school and/or middle school students from Unity Christian High, Western Christian High, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Community School & Ireton Christian School • Workshop with Unity Christian orchestra students, Orange City • 4:30-5:30 pm: Performance/ talk: Northwestern College Chapel, Orange City, for campus community   Wed Nov 13: • Classroom session: Northwestern College, Orange City • Assembly/ workshop for elementary and/or middle school students from Orange City Christian School, Boyden-Hull School, Central Lyon School & Heritage Reformed Christian School   Thurs Nov 14: • Program at Landsmeer Ridge Retirement Community, Orange City • 8:00 pm: Jam session with Le Vent du Nord & The Usual Suspects, at Old Factory Coffee Shop, 110 4th St. SW, Orange City. Public invited. $2 cover   Fri Nov 15 & Sat Nov 16: • Special offer: Dine at Orange City's Blue Mountain & show your concert ticket or mention Le Vent du Nord, and  $2 per dinner will be donated to the Orange City Arts Council.   Sat Nov 16: • 7:30-9:00 pm: CONCERT for the public at Unity Christian Knight Center, 216 Michigan Ave SW, Orange City. General admission tickets $10 adults, $7 students, children age 5 and under free. Tickets at Dove Bookstore, Orange City Arts Council & at the door. MORE INFO ON Le Vent du Nord's visit to Orange City; Acclaimed Le Vent du Nord to perform in Orange City Nov. 10-16 ORANGE CITY – The wind of the north is coming from Canada: Le Vent du Nord. It's a week of music from Quebec. North American Folk Alliance 'Aritst of the Year,' Le Vent du Nord, is performing at coffee shops, conducting workshops and talking with students November 10-16 in the Orange City area. The week will culminate in a concert Sat., Nov. 16 at 7:30pm at the Unity Christian Knight Center. The ensemble performs traditional folk tunes from francophone Canada… some more than 400 years old. The four are collectors, of sorts, of musical "antiques," and attempt to keep "the real soul" of the music, according to Olivier Demers in an interview with National Public Radio. Tradition says that  – in those early years – a village was lucky if it had one fiddler. He would sit in a chair on a table in the middle of the kitchen – the largest room in the house. Traditional percussion was foot-tapping on a special board, usually done by the fiddler, to keep time for people who danced around him. Demers, who plays fiddle with Le Vent du Nord, pointed out that the music is not exclusively French, but a unique blend of French, Irish and Native American influences, with occasional flavoring from the U.S. Le Vent du Nord finds musical gems everywhere… like the 90-year-old musician in a farming village who invited them into his kitchen for an evening of learning new – but old – songs. They've also discovered French Canadian "scat" singing, called turlutte… which imitates a flute. It was a way to express joy with no instrument, said Demers. "The early settlers had a hard life. But they had their passion and their joy and the desire to survive," he told National Public Radio. They created a lovely place called Quebec, and also beautiful music. Le Vent du Nord has racked up awards across Europe and North American, including two Junos, Canada's Grammy. The ensemble is spending a week in Orange City through the Orange City Arts Council, in conjunction with Arts Midwest. The week's schedule includes assemblies or workshops with students from 10 area schools, a short program at a retirement community, plus several public performances: • Monday, Nov. 11 at 8:00pm: Performance at Fruited Plain Cafe, 172 North Main, Sioux Center. $2 cover. • Thursday, Nov. 14 at 8:00pm: Jam session with Le Vent du Nord and Orange City's The Usual Suspects, Old Factory Coffee Shop, 110 4th St. SW, Orange City. $2 cover. * Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7:30pm: Concert at Unity Christian Knight Center, 216 Michigan Ave SW, Orange City. Tickets are available at Dove Bookstore, Orange City Arts Council and at the door, at $10 adults, $7 students and free for children 5 and under. Those with Beyond Onstage season passes may sit in a reserved seating area. Other tickets are general admission.
 
Orange City Arts Council names four new board members
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by Bridget Rowe arts logo_2_2ORANGE CITY - Four new board members have been added to the Orange City Arts Council. Joining the board are Susan Le Mahieu, Emily Stokes, and Jennifer Sabo, from Orange City. Also joining is Jim Schaap, from Alton. Le Mahieu is a music teacher at Unity Christian High School. Stokes and Sabo both work at Northwestern College; Stokes is an art professor and Sabo is an administrative assistant with Northwestern's theatre department. Schaap is an author and retired Dordt College English professor. Orange City Arts Council board members Greg Haverdink, Bob Hubbard, Lois Estell, and Peg Juffer, all from Orange City, have recently completed their terms and retired from the Council. The council's current members are: president Phyllis Van Gelder, vice president Mark Volkers, secretary Angela Kroeze Visser, treasurer Sandie Vant Hof, Cheryl Kugler, Gail Marincovich, Becky Donahue, Kimberly Seligman, and Richard Sowienski. All are from Orange City except for Vant Hof, who hails from Newkirk. Janine Calsbeek continues to serve as the Arts Council's executive director. This summer, the Council hosted their fourth year of Onstage Orange City, a weekly series of music, theatre and dance events held in Windmill Park. This fall, the Arts Council looks forward to sponsoring Doreen's Jazz on Sept. 27th, and Beyond Onstage, a series of five shows to be held at Unity Christian Knight Center and Northwestern College Christ Chapel. Season passes for Beyond Onstage are on sale through October 3rd. Currently, the Council is sponsoring documentary film workshops. The Council looks forward to holding An Evening of Dance and Orange City Arts Council's Regional Exhibition this February. For more information, call 712-707-4885, or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com
OrangeRind Film Fest 2013
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      DOCUMENTARY FILM WORKSHOPS BEGIN SEPT. 7 ORANGE CITY –  Filmmaking is best learned by doing, said Mark Volkers. This award-winning filmmaker is teaching a series of documentary film workshops in Orange City and Sioux Center Sept. 7, Oct. 17 and Nov. 7. Workshop participants will explore the ingredients that go into successful documentary filmmaking. “How do we edit?” “What’s the best way to shoot an interview?” “What’s ethical when filming people?” “How much footage do I need?” “How do you create a story when doing a documentary?” Students and Volkers will also work together on editing. "Unlike narrative (Hollywood) films, the real storytelling for documentary takes place when you sit down to edit," said Volkers, who teaches digital media production at Dordt. "Like any filmmaking, documentary is both an art and a science," he said. "The science is beginning to understand the basics of composition, the use of space, the power of music and sound, font choice, color, camera angle, pacing and more. The art is putting all those ingredients together to create something that stirs people." A well-done documentary, like any good art, causes people to question things they thought they knew, said Volkers. "It's entertaining, and maybe – just maybe – begins the process of change." Workshops will be held Sat., Sept. 7 from 9 to noon at Old Factory Coffee Shop, Orange City; Thurs., Oct. 17 from 7 to 10pm at Fruited Plain in Sioux Center; and Thurs., Nov. 7 at 7pm at Vogel Community Room, DeWitt Learning Commons, Northwestern College. Students will create short four to eight-minute documentaries. Volkers will be available to answer questions and help throughout the experience, culminating in the public viewing of the group’s work and judges’ prizes to Best of Show ($250) and Honorable Mention ($100). Sponsors of the OrangeRind documentary film workshops are Orange City Arts Council, Sioux Center Rec & Arts Council and Northwestern College. Awards sponsor is OC Basketball Productions, LLC: the primary production company of the film, Winning Favor. Fee for the three-part workshop is $40 for adults and $25 for students, in advance. After Sept. 3, the fee is $50 and $35. Register at Northwestern's Student Development Office, Orange City Arts Council or Mark Volkers' office at Dordt College. Beginners are welcome. No special camera gear is needed; HiDef is preferred, but not necessary. Free editing software is available. Windows Movie Maker, iMovie, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premier are all possibilities. Volkers, of Orange City, most recently produced The Fourth World, which has won multiple awards on several continents. The Fourth World will be shown free at the Northwestern College Green at 8:30pm Thurs., Aug. 29. Rain location is Northwestern's DeWitt Theatre. For more information, contact mrkvolkers@gmail.com, ocArts@orangecityiowa.com, arts@siouxcenter.org, 712-707-6514 or orangecityarts.net. For everyone who has ever had a desire to shoot and edit a short documentary film, this is a rare opportunity with the help of an experienced guide.
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Award-winning film, The Fourth World, shown August 29 ORANGE CITY – The award-winning film, The Fourth World, produced by Mark Volkers, will be shown on the Northwestern College Green Thursday, Aug. 29 at 8:30pm. Volkers, with assistance by Dordt College students, shot the film over a three-year period, mostly in the Philippines, Guatemala and Kenya. “We wanted to tell the story of a billion people—one in six of us—who live in a slum,” said Volkers. “But it’s impossible to wrap our minds around a number like that. So to help us deal with the macro-picture of global poverty, we tell micro-stories—stories of individuals who are part of that one billion.”p0nJ1IieiwStGua5IXklCQY5uLVyvACdIAvLxIvyj00 In Manila, Philippines, the crew spent a week with a family that lives under a bridge and digs in garbage. They focused on the 15-year-old daughter, Jovelyn. In Guatemala City, Volkers and his assistants spent a week with two women. One, Salma, was sold into the sex trade at age eight by her mother. The other, Tanya, was shot in the spinal cord a decade ago. She survives by begging – from her wheelchair – on a busy street corner. In Nairobi, Kenya, the crew concentrated on 16-year-old Felix, who sells ears of corn to help him stay in school. He lives in the Mathari Valley, one of the largest slums in Africa, and is from the Luo ethnic group. President Obama is also a Luo. "These people, caught up in this massive migration from countryside to city, tell their own stories,” said Volkers. “They are engaging, wonderful people who are caught up in some pretty dire circumstances. Through their stories, we get the big story. "Is the story depressing? Not really," said Volkers. "Is it a wake-up call? Absolutely. Will you be surprised by what you see? Absolutely." Volkers, of Orange City, teaches digital media production at Dordt, but served as a missionary in an African village for seven years and has also been a photojournalist and documentary filmmaker for Christian Reformed World Missions and other organizations, winning numerous national and international awards. The Fourth World has won over 30 awards, including the Award of Merit at the Lucerne International Film Festival, the Best Documentary Feature at the Third World Indie Film Fest, and Telly Awards in Cinematography and Documentary. The Fourth World is currently showing on television in Ireland, Turkey, Greece, other European countries, and across the Middle East. It's for sale via iTunes, Amazon and Hulu. Volkers and company are working on deals in Australia and New Zealand. "We keep pushing to get the story told in new markets. The fourth world is a hidden world and we want to expose it for what it is," he said. The free film showing is the 2013 version of the OrangeRind Film Festival, which began three years ago by the Orange City Arts Council and Vaughn Donahue. This year's OrangeRind includes the screening of The Fourth World, plus documentary film workshops taught by Volkers. (See sidebar.) Sponsors are the Orange City Arts Council, Sioux Center Rec and Arts Council, and Northwestern College. Inclement weather location is Northwestern's DeWitt Theatre. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. See a piece done by Jerry Mennenga on Mark Volkers & the screening of The Fourth World: http://wp.me/p2sl9o-uQ For more information, contact ocArts@orangecityiowa.com, arts@siouxcenter.org, www.orangecityarts.net or www.fourthworldfilm.com .   ORANGERIND_2011_4         Dates, times & locations for Documentary Film Workshops: Sat. Sept 7, workshop #1, 9am -noon. Doc boot camp. Old Factory Coffee Shop, Orange City Thurs, Oct 17: workshop #2,  7-10pm. Rough-cut critiques. The Fruited Plain, Sioux Center Thurs Nov. 7:   Finale. Screening for public. Awards. 7:00pm. Vogel Community Room at DeWitt Learning Commons, Northwestern College.
Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans to give concert in Orange City
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ORANGE CITY – She's been called the female Louis Armstrong and "Queen Clarinet," and she will be performing in Orange City Friday, Sept. 27. It's Doreen Ketchens, aka Doreen's Jazz New Orleans. Doreen and her band will perform at 8:30pm on the Northwestern College Green on September 27, sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council, Diamond Vogel Paint, Lee Ann Roetman and Northwestern College. Doreen wows audiences with her clarinet and voice, and her husband, Lawrence Ketchens, does the same with his tuba. They have performed with Trombone Shorty, Jon Faddis and Al Hirt, to name a few. Their band has represented New Orleans on five continents, on PBS, HBO and MTV, and has entertained four U.S. presidents: Bill Clinton, George Bush Sr., Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter. The band boasts 21 CDs and three DVDs. Critics have raved about Doreen's Jazz for decades. "The headlining band for the 2nd annual Dubuque Winter Jazz festival had the Opera House jumping!" wrote Rob Kindert of The Telegraph Herald. "It's not just the music. Doreen Ketchens flat out lights up a room. Her smile and quick wit complemented her superb talent on the clarinet and the wide-ranging resonance of her voice that would've made Louis Armstrong proud." Other band members are Dwayne Nelson, drums, and Paul Kemnitz, guitar, plus Pete Hittle, trumpeter from Sioux City, who joins Doreen on her northwest Iowa tours. The Ketchens' met Gerry Bouma, musician and Orange City native, in 2001 in New Orleans. Through Bouma,  Doreen's Jazz performed at the Morningside Jazz Festival in '04. Later, following Hurricane Katrina, Doreen and company amazed northwest Iowans with their blues, jazz, soul and gospel at Northwestern, Dordt, Morningside and USD. The concert Sept. 27 will be held under a huge tent on the Northwestern College Green, with rain location the Northwestern Chapel. Suggested donation is $5. A workshop will be held for music students from 4:30-5:30pm Sept. 27 at Northwestern's Chapel. For more information, contact ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or 712-707-4885.
The SchoolHouse Company presents “A Christmas Pudding”
ORANGE CITY – It's both serious and touching ...
ORANGE CITY – It's both serious and touching … and wildly hilarious. That's the show, A Christmas Pudding. The SchoolHouse Company, in conjunction with the Orange City Arts Council, is proud to present their 2013 Christmas production, A Christmas Pudding. Performances will be held Dec 13 and14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Allen Theatre at Northwestern College’s Dewitt Theatre Arts Center. A Christmas Pudding is a delightful collection of Christmas poems, short stories and carols – including selections from “The Gift of the Magi,” A Christmas Carol and the Bible. Other selections include stories from Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Charles Dickens. “The most compelling part of the show is its variety of material,” said April Hubbard, director of A Christmas Pudding. “Some of the selections are quiet and solemn and others wildly hilarious. All illuminate some truth about the Christmas holiday, from insanely complex Christmas recipes to memories of a simpler and poignant Christmas past.” Cast members include narrators Meghan Aardsma, Linda Dykstra and Lois Estell. Choir and voices cast includes Beth Davis, Dawn Jorgensen, Jerry Jorgensen, Josh Jorgensen, Rachel Jorgensen and Nick Rolf. Set, lightning, poster and sound designer is Lisa Haldeman. Box office manager is Jennifer Sabo. All cast and crew members are residents of Orange City with the exception of Dykstra and Aardsma, from Maurice, and Haldeman, from Council Bluffs. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students, and children ages five and under are free. The box office opened Dec. 2, with reserved seating available. Email boxoffice@nwciowa.edu to reserve your tickets. For more information, see facebook.com/SHCTheater. IMG_2477
Artists and novices invited to “life drawing” studio
ORANGE CITY – Artists and beginners are invited ...
ORANGE CITY – Artists and beginners are invited to participate in a life-drawing studio at the Korver Visual Arts Center at Northwestern College on Thursday evenings, October 10 and 24. The drawing studio, with a clothed model, will be open from 7:00 to 9:00pm. The atmosphere is welcoming, said Emily Stokes, Northwestern art professor. It's an opportunity for established artists to draw a live model, and inspire each other. And it's a place where beginners can learn in a non-threatening environment. Bring charcoal, pencil or your favorite drawing medium. All are welcome to drop in for the entire two hours, or a shorter amount of time. The life drawing sessions are sponsored by Northwestern College Art Department and the Orange City Arts Council, and are scheduled to continue through December, on alternate Thursdays. For more information, email emily.stokes@nwciowa.edu.life drawing posters
Ames Children’s Choirs to perform in Orange City
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ORANGE CITY – Ames Children's Choirs will perform in Orange City at the new Unity Christian Knight Center, on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 4:00pm. The performance is sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council, the first show of its "Beyond Onstage" series. The program will also feature students from three local schools joining the Ames choirs for a dramatic 120-voice number. The two Ames choirs will be presenting Three Night Songs by Diane Mahoney – teacher, director, vocalist, accompanist and composer in Burlington, IA. The Iowa Choral Directors Association (ICDA) and Iowa Composers Forum annually sponsor a contest for composers, and Mahoney submitted several songs which she composed, plus poems by her daughters and a third poem – all describing different aspects of the night. As the winner, Mahoney was commissioned to write Three Night Songs. The piece was premiered by Ames Children's Choirs at the 2013 convention of the ICDA in Mason City. Ames Children's Choirs were founded in 1995 for both boys and girls in central Iowa. Through the years, the Ames choirs have performed for the world premier of John Rutter's Mass of the Children at Carnegie Hall, with the composer as conductor. In 2010, they were an invited choir participating in a bicentennial celebration in Lysøen, Norway. They have performed with the Des Moines Symphony, in the Czech Republic and in Vancouver, BC. Two of the three choirs will be featured Oct. 26 – forty children ages 10-15. Directors are Misty Renze and Jade Fox.Concert_Dec_2012_(10_of_42)_3 The concert will also feature fourth and fifth graders from three local schools: West Sioux Elementary in Hawarden, directed by Jill Orban; and MOC-Floyd Valley Elementary Schools in Orange City and Hospers, directed by Sharon Foughty and Carol Hallberg, respectively. Part of the concert will feature MOC-FV students of Orange City presenting Risseldy Rosseldy arr. Jay Broeker, and MOC-FV students of Hospers performing Peace Rounds arr. Carol Hallberg. The conclusion of the 60-minute concert will feature children from the three local schools joining in a mass choir piece with Ames Children's Choirs: A Jubilant Song by Mary Lynn Lightfoot. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students. Children ages 5 and under are free. Tickets are available at Dove Christian Bookstore, Orange City Arts Council and at the door. Season passes are also available from Orange City Arts Council, for $45 and $30. For more information, contact ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or 707-4885. Concert_Dec_2012_(30_of_42)_3
The SchoolHouse Company to perform All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
ORANGE CITY – Onstage Orange City's final show ...
ORANGE CITY – Onstage Orange City's final show of 2013 is Wednesday, Aug. 21, featuring The SchoolHouse Company's production of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. The musical theatre production will be in Orange City's Windmill Park at 7:00pm. Based on the book by Robert Fulghum, the show takes a funny and insightful look at what is profound in everyday life. Characters include a shy little boy who insists on playing the "pig" in his class production of Cinderella; a man whose dream of flying carries him high over Los Angeles in a lawn chair; and a "mother of the bride" who stages a perfect wedding, until… "Heartwarming, funny, charming and touching," said National Public Radio about the production. "The stories are about all of us." And The Chicago Sun-Times called the show "a refreshingly intimate combination of theatre and storytelling. Gentle … funny … joyous. Sparks of recognition ignited the audience." The local cast is Hannah Barker, Lois Estell, Trevor McMahan, Angela Riedeman and Jeff Tolsma. Director is Leanne Bonnecroy. Pianist and assistant are Nancy and Dan Landegent. The show was conceived and adapted by Ernest Zulia, with music and lyrics by David Caldwell. The SchoolHouse Company is a local theatre company that has brought theatre to the area for five years, including the shows It's a Wonderful Life and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Sponsors for the evening are CIVCO Medical Solutions and Quatro Composites™. Onstage Orange City is a program of the Orange City Arts Council. Admission is free. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Concessions will be available. Rain location is the Orange City Town Hall. For more information, email ocArts@orangeciyiowa.com or call 712-707-4885.
Mural dedicated in memory of Becky Kleinwolterink
ORANGE CITY – The latest mural in Orange City i...
ORANGE CITY – The latest mural in Orange City is finished, thanks to artist Mark Alsum.         And it was dedicated Thursday, June 13, in memory of former Orange City Arts Council board member Becky Kleinwolterink. She died in October 2012, during her term on the Arts Council board.   Arts Council president, Phyllis Van Gelder, honored Kleinwolterink in the form of a letter to her: "This mural is vibrant with color – you, Becky, were vibrant with new ideas. It gives the community beauty – your generous spirit gave happiness to so many. It warms our hearts with its soft strokes – your smile and kind words also warmed our hearts."   Kleinwolterink was enthusiastic, generous, and hard-working, and it's a privilege to be able to honor her memory, said Arts Council director Janine Calsbeek.   IMG_9306   Alsum, from Orange City but soon to be Duluth MN, has completed two murals in town – the first in 2011 at Dove Christian Book Store, and now at the Orange City Floral Company and Siouxland Realty building. The Orange City Ambassadors were on hand at the dedication June 13, thanking Kevin Lammers of Orange City Floral, Mark Alsum, Diamond Vogel Paints, the City of Orange City betterment board and the Orange City Arts Council. To read Phyllis Van Gelders' words in honor of Becky Kleinwolterink, click here: Becky
Modern dance troupe to perform for Onstage Orange City August 7
ORANGE CITY – Co'Motion Dance Theater is taking...
ORANGE CITY – Co'Motion Dance Theater is taking the stage in Orange City Wednesday, August 7 at 7:00pm. It's new for Onstage Orange City – modern dance in Windmill Park. But the show should appeal to everyone, said Valerie Williams, artistic director and choreographer for Co'Motion. Co'Motion Dance Theater, of Ames IA, was founded with a bold mission – "Dance for everyone!" Thirty years later, the dancers continue to perform concerts, conduct demonstrations and teach lessons and classes, involving all ages. Williams loves to move… and has worked as an Artist-in-Schools for 20 years, done musical theater choreography for 60-plus productions, and been a guest artist in six countries. She was rehearsal director for Bill T. Jones in NYC, for the Lyon Opera Ballet in France and served as international rehearsal director for Last Supper at Uncle Tom's Cabin/ The Promised Land. She was commissioned by Teatro Studio in Rome to set her choreography of Divine Liturgy. She also performs with Musica Antiqua, reconstructing and performing dances of the Renaissance and Middle Ages. Currently she is investigating using real-time human/ computer technology in performances that allow dancers more control over their performing environment. Williams and three other dancers from Co'Motion Dance Theater will bring their show to Onstage Orange City August 7. The program features several short dances, some especially for children, and even funny dances. They will give brief explanations of the dances also. Sponsors of the evening are Northwestern Bank and a group of Onstage Orange City contributors. Northwestern Bank will provide free watermelon, beginning at 7:00pm. Onstage Orange City is a program of the Orange City Arts Council – offering free shows every Wednesday evening in Windmill Park through August 21. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Concessions will be available. Rain location is the Orange City town hall. Co'Motion Dance Theater is based in Ames, Iowa and in residency with the Department of Health and Human Performance at Iowa State Univeristy. Co'Motion Dance Theater receives funding support from the Ames Commission on the Arts. For a sample of Co'Motion Dance Theater, click here: http://www.youtube.com/user/CMDTDance. For more information or a list of Onstage Orange City contributors, click here, or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or call 712-707-4885. GraceBlueCr3158 Another link! http://comotion.org/vid.htm Bios of the rest of The Company: Elizabeth Ferreira has been a principal dancer with Co’Motion Dance Theater for more than ten years. She’s thankful for the many opportunities to create, teach, learn, grow, perform and share the joy of dance in and around Iowa.. Elizabeth’s other performance credits include Andante Performance Company, ISU Dance, Iowa Dance Collective and Hurley and Dancers. Silvina López Barrera is an architect, dancer and choreographer from Uruguay. She is a Lecturer of Architecture at ISU where she teaches design studios. A founder and co-director of “ATE” dance company, she has also danced with “Danza-Qué?!” and Moebius in UY and travelled to international festivals. During 2008 she was part of “Artists in the Streets,” which presented dancers in unconventional spaces. Her work as a dancer, choreographer, and director was awarded by the Municipal Government of Montevideo-Uruguay. Since 2009 she has been dancing with Co’Motion Dance Theater and Fellow Travelers Performance Group. Ben Rethmeier has been dancing with Co’Motion Dance Theater on and off for the past ten years. He is a highly sought after teacher, and also performs with Iowa Dance Theater. Most recently Ben has been studying aerial circus technique and is impressed with how difficult it is. He likes the silks, but not so much the lyra.    
2013 Onstage Orange City schedule
ORANGE CITY – Blues, polka, funk, jazz and barbe...
ONSTAGE 2_3 ORANGE CITY – Blues, polka, funk, jazz and barbershop harmony are all part of the line-up for Onstage Orange City 2013.   The Orange City Arts Council has announced its schedule of shows in Orange City's Windmill Park for the upcoming summer season.   The series will feature 13 Wednesday nights of entertainment, beginning with Festival Latino on May 29. It will be the second annual Festival Latino, following last year's successful event, and including food, dance, music and activities for all ages.   Onstage Orange City artists include Terry Evans with his soul and blues band June 26, and the Lionel Young Band June 12. Lionel Young is the first ever double winner at the International Blues Challenge, '08 & '11.   Malek's Fishermen Band brings polka music – and an invitation for all to dance – on July 17. Funk Trek from Omaha performs July 31, with its smooth blend of funk, jazz and experimental music.  August 14 is the date of the 35-member Riverblenders barbershop chorus from Mankato.   New this year is Co'Motion Dance Theatre on August 7, a professional contemporary dance company from Ames, performing a show for all ages.   Favorites returning again are the Orange City Area Community Band June 5 and July 10 and 24; the SchoolHouse Company theatre troupe August 21; and Orange CIty's Got Talent on June 19.   There will be no show on Wednesday, July 3. Instead an Independence Day celebration will feature a mini-carnival, parade and food on Thursday afternoon, July 4, followed by the comedy/ juggling duo, In Capable Hands: Steve Russell and Kobi Shaw.   Contributions by local businesses and individuals, with help from the Orange City Arts Council and City of Orange City, fund the line-up of shows – all free to the public.  Most shows will begin at 7:00pm in Orange CIty's Windmill Park.   For more information, see orangecityarts.net or contact the Orange City Arts Council at 712-707-6514 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. Onstage Orange City fliers are available at the Orange City Arts Council office, 125 Central Ave. SE, Orange City.   Details:  https://orangecityarts.net/on-stage-2013/
Barbershop Chorus to perform in Orange City August 14
ORANGE CITY – It will be a big evening: a motor...
ORANGE CITY – It will be a big evening: a motorcycle show, a benefit meal, a family film and, the featured attraction: a 35-member barbershop chorus from Mankato. That's Wednesday, August 14: Onstage Orange City in Windmill Park. (CONCERT is moved to RAIN LOCATION: Prairie Winds Event Center) The evening begins at 5:00pm with a motorcycle show, a live DJ and prizes for cyclists, sponsored by the Orange City Chamber of Commerce. A meal of hotdogs, pop and chips will be served from 5:30 to 7:00, with freewill donations going to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland. Riverblenders Chorus takes the stage at 7:00pm. The chorus is a highlight of 13 weeks of Wednesday evening Onstage Orange City entertainment this summer. Riverblenders Chorus, organized in '73, is currently under the leadership of director Jacob Ritter. The ensemble features quartets that have brought barbershop harmony all over the Midwest, Canada, England and Wales… and that have excelled in district and international competitions. In Orange City, Riverblenders will perform three sets, including a patriotic Salute to America, a gospel set, and the third featuring a variety of chorus repertoire.  The show will also feature some of the Riverblenders' quartets.Grand D_1453_2 At dusk, Orange City Parks and Recreation will show the film, Wreck-It Ralph. Sponsors for the Onstage Orange City evening are Community Bank of Alton and Orange City and OC Sanitation. Onstage Orange City is a program of the Orange City Arts Council – offering free shows every Wednesday evening in Windmill Park through August 21. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Concessions will be available. Rain location is to be announced. For more information, see singmankato.com, email ocArts@orangeciyiowa.com or call 712-707-4885.VLQ_1360
Revival’s Pet Costume Contest and Omaha’s Funk Trek in Orange City July 31
ORANGE CITY – They're a funk/ jazz fusion band ...
ORANGE CITY – They're a funk/ jazz fusion band from Omaha, and they're coming to Orange City Wednesday, July 31: Funk Trek. It's Onstage Orange City, in Windmill Park. The night opens at 6:00pm with the evening's sponsor, Revival Animal Health, inviting locals to bring their costumed cat, dog or other beastie for the annual pet costume contest. Prizes will be awarded by Revival. Revival will also sell ice cream bars and water to raise funds for local vets in need. Funk Trek takes the stage at 7:00pm. They've been labeled jazz/ funk, jazz fusion and soul jazz, and are famous in the Omaha area for their "insuppressible groove and their smooth blend of funk, jazz and experimental music." Cousins Tom Murnan and Dan Pflug, along with friend Andrew Wahl, began Funk Trek in 2007, and the band now focuses on instrumental music, with guitar, bass, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, keyboard and percussion. Not only are they regulars at The Slowdown and The Waiting Room in Omaha, Funk Trek has opened for several other funk bands – including Dumpstaphunk and Euforquestra. In June 2013, they had the privilege of opening for O.A.R. at the NCAA 2013 Men's College World Series opening ceremonies. Their albums are Purify and Voyager, the latter in tribute to their early name, "Funk Trek Voyager," a take-off of Star Trek Voyager. Onstage Orange City, a series of free shows each Wednesday evening through August, is sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location is the Orange City town hall. To link with Funk Trek's music, click here:     http://funktrek.com/#media. Click on Media.  For more information, email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or call 712-707-4885. IMG_8105_4
Soul, blues and gospel performer slated for June 26 in Orange City
ORANGE CITY – Hailing from the Mississippi Delta...
terryevans2_2_2ORANGE CITY – Hailing from the Mississippi Delta and a veteran of church choirs, a cappella groups, and soul bands, comes Terry Evans – a musician visiting as part of the Onstage Orange City series. Evans and his band will sharing a selection of soul, blues, and gospel on June 26 at 7 PM in Windmill Park. Exposed to music at an early age in junior choir and church choir, Evan’s influences also included Elmore Jones, Little Walter, Albert King, and B.B. King. Terry Evans has worked in the music industry for over 40 years, collaborating with artists including Ry Cooder, Joan Armatrading, John Lee Hooker, Boz Scaggs, Maria Muldaur, and Pops Staples. Working with renowned musician Bobby King in the early seventies, Evans was introduced to Ry Cooder, one of the world’s preeminent guitarists. Evans and Cooder went on to work together on several albums including Chicken Skin Music, Get Rhythm, Show Time, and Slide Area; the pair also toured extensively as a duo. terry-guitar Evans' album Mississippi Magic was nominated as “Best Soul Blues Album of the Year” at the WC Handy Awards 2002… now the Blues Music Awards, widely regarded as the highest honor for blues artists in the U.S. He sang lead vocals on the song “Down in Mississippi,” which appeared on the soundtrack to the film Crossroads, and he sang the title song in the actual film. Link to Ry Cooder and Terry Evans performing "Down in Mississippi": click here. Now from Los Angeles, Evans will be playing with a four-piece band on the 26th. Come early for a free grilled pork sandwich from our evening's sponsors Joe’s TV & Appliance and Fareway – 6 PM to 7 PM. The Onstage Orange City concessions stand will offer beverages and chips for sale as well. Onstage Orange City, a series of free shows each Wednesday evening, is sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location is the Orange City town hall. For more information or weather-related announcements, see orangecityarts.net or facebook.com/ocArts, or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.
Orange City’s Got Talent! winners announced
  ORANGE CITY –  Amanda Haverdink, Andre...
  ORANGE CITY –  Amanda Haverdink, Andres Ortiz Cantu and The Acappellors took the prizes in the third annual Orange City's Got Talent! IMG_9861 The event was held Wednesday, June 19 at Windmill Park in Orange City.  The ten acts included The Hull House, Amy and Dustin Vanden Hull, Nate Johnston, Devon Cadwell and Gabe Harden, a guitar/ banjo/ percussion/ vocals ensemble; dancer Rafael Maldonado; violinist Caleb Rohrer; a mother-daughter duo, Brooke and Stephanie Mansker; and three pianist/ vocalists: Vanessa Stokes, Linda Dykstra and Danny Ray Henderson.   Amanda Haverdink of Orange City took the top prize, dressing as Eponine and singing On My Own from Les Miserables. Laura Haverdink was her accompanist. Second place went to The Acappellors, a group of MOC-Floyd Valley students and graduates: Travis Balt, Drew Lemke, Kory McMahan, Trevor McMahan and Amanda Vander Stelt. They sang For the Longest Time by Billy Joel.   Andres Ortiz Cantu from Sioux Center took third place, dancing to Chris Brown's Fine China.    The three winners won cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50 respectively. The evening ended with Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better from Annie, Get Your Gun, performed by emcees Lois Estell and Laird Edman. Talent show judges were Lora Rankin, Kurt Van Noord and Sara Weber. Planning committee members were Aaron Beadner, Leanne Bonnecroy, Lois Estell and Mike Stokes. The Orange City Arts Council's Onstage Orange City event was sponsored by the Orange City Area Health System and Four Way Roofing of Alton.   Special THANKS to: Orange City Area Health System Four-Way Roofing of Alton Mary Kay Beauty Consultant, Christie Jans Conover Chrysalis Bridal Salon Tip Top Tux Headquarters for Hair, Angie Bon Croix Vineyards Windmill Park Jewelers Ron De Jong Northwestern College Orange City Floral The emcees, committee, judges, concessions people, performers, weatherman, etc. etc.!!!  
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Onstage Orange City sponsors an old-fashioned 4th of July!
ORANGE CITY – Come celebrate the Fourth of July...
ORANGE CITY – Come celebrate the Fourth of July with fun for the whole family! The festivities begin at 3:00pm on Thursday, July 4 at Orange City's Windmill Park, with a kid’s carnival featuring a bouncy castle, dunk tank, face painting and more. Bedazzle, costume, and decorate yourself, your bike, and your pets for an old-fashioned parade at 5:00pm. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative, colorful and patriotic outfits. Also, beginning at 5:00pm, a supper of burgers and hot dogs will be served, for a freewill donation. The comedy and juggling duo In Capable Hands will provide entertainment for the evening, beginning at 6:00pm. Husband and wife team Steve Russell and Kobi Shaw met at Clown College run by Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus and have been performing together since 1996. In Capable Hands have shared their special brand of family-friendly comedy on The Tonight Show and Live! with Regis and Kelly as well as at the Lincoln Center and Carolines on Broadway. Volume One Magazine writes of In Capable Hands, “In a world where entertainers often resort to inappropriate shock value rather than surprise to get laughs, it’s a rare and valuable treat to find entertainers that are able to use their talent and innovation to create clean humor for all ages.” Onstage Orange City, a series of free shows each Wednesday evening, is sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council. Quatro Composites™ and Van Engelenhoven Agency are sponsoring the Fourth of July festivities, with support from the Orange City Chamber of Commerce and Don's Food Center. This week there is no show on Wednesday, just Thursday's Independence Day event. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location is the Orange City town hall. For more information or weather-related announcements, see orangecityarts.net or facebook.com/ocArts, or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.
Onstage Orange City presents OC Area Community Band
ORANGE CITY – The clarinets will be the centerp...
ORANGE CITY – The clarinets will be the centerpiece at the Orange City Area Community Band concert Wednesday, July 10. Pie in the Face Polka by Vinson will feature the band's top-notch clarinet section. The band will do a medley of polkas too, called Big Band Polka… which includes Pennsylvania Polka, My Melody of Love and Beer Barrel Polka.  The concert, featuring adult and student musicians from the area, will be held in Windmill Park at 7:00 pm, part of the Onstage Orange City series. Director Carla Van Beek has a fun evening planned, including Music from Glee, like Don't Stop Believin', Alone, Sweet Caroline and You Keep Me Hanging' On. The band will also play El Capitan by Sousa, Whither Must I Wander? by Vaughan Williams and A Day at Disneyland. This free concert is sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council and City of Orange City. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Concessions will be available. Rain location is the Orange City town hall. For more information, check www.orangecityarts.net or contact 712-707-4885 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.
One of Japan’s leading handbell choirs returns to perform in Orange City
ORANGE CITY – One of Japan's leading handbell c...
ORANGE CITY – One of Japan's leading handbell choirs is returning to northwest Iowa, and will perform Friday, July 26 at the Northwestern College Christ Chapel. The Glee Handbell Choir from Meiji Gakuin Higashimurayama High School in Tokyo, tours the United States biennially, and last performed in Orange City in 2011. On July 26, the concert will be held at 7:30pm. The handbell choir has been part of the ministry of Meiji Gakuin since 1981, and earlier the school had a glee club, which also toured the States as part of a home stay program. Rev. Norimichi Odate, current exchange program director, was one of the members of the glee club in 1975, and later became a Northwestern College student, graduating in 1980. Ron Korver began the school's exchange program, said Odate.IMG_0486 Directors of the Glee Handbell Choir are Mr. Takanobu Onoda and Mr. Kazuyoshi Inagaki. The choir has performed for enthusiastic audiences in the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA, at the Handbell Exploration in Phoenix, and on television and radio in Japan. This year the choir includes 14 young ladies, who will be staying in homes in northwest Iowa July 25 - 28, including Sioux Center and Orange City. Their five-week tour begins July 19, and takes them to Minneapolis, Worthington, Philadelphia, Omaha, Pella, Cedar Grove, WI, Lafayette, IN, Hudsonville, MI, Auburn, CA and San Francisco. The choir members will present concerts, sightsee, and get acquainted with American culture via host families. "The choir is here to show our school's appreciation to the host families, host churches and contact people," said Odate. The choir will also present a concert at Carmel Reformed Church on Sunday, July 28 at 7:00pm, and tentatively at the Sioux Center mall on Saturday, July 27. In Orange City, the choir members will also tour Northwestern College. The concert July 26 is sponsored by Northwestern College Intercultural Affairs and the Orange City Arts Council. No admission will be charged for the concert, but a freewill offering will be received to assist with the school's 2015 tour, and for maintenance of the handbells. For more information, contact coordinators Janet and John Renes of Sioux Center (712-722-0327), Northwestern College Intercultural Affairs (gracelo@nwciowa.edu) or the Orange City Arts Council (712-707-4885, ocArts@orangecityiowa.com). Photos from the 2011 Glee Handbell Choir residency here: https://orangecityarts.net/2011/08/glee-handbell-choir-in-orange-city/
Onstage Orange City presents one of the finest polka bands in the Midwest
By Sarah Kugler ORANGE CITY – Want to enjoy som...
By Sarah Kugler ORANGE CITY – Want to enjoy some music that’ll really get your toes tapping? Come hear Malek’s Fishermen Band, one of the finest polka bands in the Midwest. The show will begin at 7:00pm on Wed., July 17 in Orange City’s Windmill Park and promises to get everyone up on their feet and moving to the beat. Malek's Fisherman Band began in 1932 when Syl Malek and his brother, Ed, formed Malek Brothers Accordion Band. The band played songs brought to the states by Czech immigrants as well as American dance hall tunes. Now featuring Syl's son Bob, and his children Eric and Crystal, the six-member band was rechristened as Malek's Fisherman Band. The group travels from Garner, Iowa throughout the Midwest, sharing their musical stylings. With a unique combination of  brass, reeds, concertina, rhythm, and vocals, the band plays a wide variety of musical styles, including traditional old tyme polkas, waltzes, two-steps, and schottisches as well as country, big band, dixieland, and other dance hall favorites. A dance floor will be available July 17, and dancers Tim and Kathy Westemeyer will join the fun, with their Czech outfits and informal dance lessons at 6:40pm. The Malek's Fishermen Band show is part of the summer Onstage Orange City series, sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council. Corporate sponsors of the July 17 event are Pizza Ranch restaurant and Diamond Vogel Paint. Pizza Ranch will offer pizza and pop for sale beginning at 6:00pm. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Concessions will be available. Rain location is the Orange City town hall. For more information, contact 712-707-4885 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.   See photos of the event:  http://www.polkarrific.com/keymanscorner/archives2013/orangecity_park2013.html  LINK:  Red Head Polka
ORANGE CITY COMMUNITY BAND PERFORMS ONSTAGE JULY 24
ORANGE CITY – Guest conductor Michael Kensak is...
ORANGE CITY – Guest conductor Michael Kensak is taking the stage with the Orange City Area Community Band on Wednesday, July 24. The concert, featuring adult and student musicians from the area, will be held in Windmill Park at 7:00 pm, part of the Onstage Orange City series. It will be the third and final community band concert of the summer. Kensak, who teaches English and German at Northwestern College, is a trombonist for the community band. He is filling in for the band's director Carla Van Beek this week, and has an entertaining evening planned, including "Under the Sea," "West Side Story – Highlights," and "Beauty and the Beast." The band will also perform "Jupiter Hymn" from The Planets, "Just a Closer Walk with Thee," "Exaltations" and "Amazing Grace." This free concert is sponsored by Orange City Communications and Quatro Composites™, in conjunction with the Orange City Arts Council. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Concessions will be available. Rain location is the Orange City town hall. For more information, contact 712-707-4885 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. The Onstage Orange City series continues each Wednesday through August 21.
July 4th kids’ parade in Orange City
A kids' mini-carnival was held in Orange City's Wi...
IMG_9405_3A kids' mini-carnival was held in Orange City's Windmill Park on July 4, sponsored by the Orange City Chamber of Commerce and Arts Council, with support from Quatro Composites™, Van Engelenhoven Agency, and Don's Food Center. In addition to a bouncy castle, Mr. Twister, kids' activities, a burger fry, and the comedy/ juggling duo In Capable Hands, a short parade featured the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts Troop 208 in the lead. Parade winners are (left to right) Hannah Plagge, second place; Anna, Abby and Allison Wallinga, first place; and Gage, third place. (Photo courtesy of the Sioux County Capital-Democrat)
Summer classes offered: Graphic Arts, Creative Writing and more
ORANGE CITY – A variety of classes will be offer...
IMG_2025ORANGE CITY – A variety of classes will be offered for adults and children in Orange City this summer, sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council in conjunction with Orange City Parks & Recreation. For adults and teens, Becca Ortner is teaching "Graphics & Media." Class members will create a webpage, learn photoshop elements, try iMovie and more. The class will be held Tuesdays, June 4 to July 9, from 8:00-9:15pm at the computer lab at the Korver Visual Arts Center at Northwestern College. Virginia Davis is offering a creative writing workshop for grades 4-8, on Mon/Wed/Fri afternoons June 10-21. Budding young writers and imaginative thinkers are invited to develop their talents through this two-week program. "It's a great way to get creative while improving your skills," said Davis. Other classes include theatre classes offered by April Hubbard and Jana Latchaw, ceramics and 3-D art/ sculpture classes taught by Melissa Klootwyk, Pre-K arts & crafts taught by Becca Ortner, and beginning guitar taught by Amy Vanden Hull. Fees for classes are $15 to $25 for a session of six or more classes. Many classes are filling up quickly, so register soon. After May 28, registrations are assessed a $10 late fee. For more information, click here. Or email ocArts@orangecityiowa,com. Photos here feature last summer's "Exploring Theatre on Stage" class and a ceramics/sculpture class. IMG_0281_2
June 19: Orange City’s Got Talent!
  ORANGE CITY – Ready to watch your neighb...
  ORANGE CITY – Ready to watch your neighbors strut their stuff on stage? Come to Orange City’s Got Talent! at Orange City’s Windmill Park on Wed., June 19 at 7 PM. This annual show promises a variety of performances from talented locals; past winners include vocal and instrumental musicians and a group of jugglers and unicyclists. This year’s show features 11 acts, among them solo, quartet, and a cappella singers, a band, a violinist, a hip-hop dancer, and a “popping animation” dancer. Orange City’s Got Talent! is a great opportunity for people to share their talents with the community in addition to enjoying a little friendly competition. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third places: $100, $75, and $50, respectively. Kurt Van Noord, Laura Rankin, and Sara Weber are serving as judges with Laird Edman and Lois Estell emceeing. Committee members are Estell, Aaron Beadner, Mike Stokes, and Leanne Bonnecroy. Estell is looking forward to the talent show, saying, “I hope Orange City is as excited to see the variety of talented performers we have again this year. I know I am!” This free event, part of the Onstage Orange City series, is sponsored by the Orange City Area Health System and Four Way Roofing of Alton, in conjunction with the Orange City Arts Council. Orange City's Got Talent! will follow the Orange City customer appreciation picnic, scheduled for 5:00 to 7:00pm. Concessions will be offered. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location is the Orange City town hall. For more information or weather-related announcements, see facebook.com/ocArts, call 712-707-6514 or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.  
Lionel Young Band returns to Orange City June 12
by Sarah Kugler ORANGE CITY – One might not thi...
by Sarah Kugler ORANGE CITY – One might not think that classical violin melds well with soulful blues, but this distinct, high-energy brand of music is Lionel Young’s specialty. He returns to Orange City’s Windmill Park on Wednesday, June 12 at 7 PM for what promises to be an evening of fun entertainment from world-class performers. http://lionelyoung.net/music Born in Rochester, New York and classically trained on the violin at the Eastman School of Music, Young crafted his own unique style by combining elements of blues classics with his talent on the electric violin. His work has thrilled audiences and critics alike, earning him prestigious awards including The Pittsburg Symphony’s Young Artist Award, Carnegie-Mellon’s Concerto Contest, and The International Blues Challenge’s solo award; The Lionel Young Band’s subsequent victory at the IBC made Young the first repeat champion in the award’s history. In addition to his impressive repertoire of awards, Young has shared the stage with a number of well-known performers ranging from Robert Plant and Jimmy Paige to Stevie Wonder to Homesick James. The Lionel Young Band, of Boulder CO, includes AnDré Mali on trumpet, Dexter Payne on sax, clarinet, and harmonica, Kim Stone on bass, and Jay Forrest on drums and vocals. Young brings interpretations of blues classics by Willie Dixon, Leadbelly, and Stevie Ray Vaughan to his show as well as his original work, which includes the award-winning piece “Brown Cloud Over Denver.” Members of the Orange City community who attended last year’s late May show in the Orange City town hall, raved about the performance, saying: “FANTASTIC SHOW! Great world-class musicians, wonderful crowd interaction, and dancing by kids and adults!” “Best blues performance we’ve ever seen, and in Orange City, Iowa!” “Amazing performers. Orange City needs another chance to see these guys.” This free event, part of the Onstage Orange City series, is sponsored by Quatro Composites™ and Diamond Vogel Paint, in conjunction with the Orange City Arts Council. Lionel Young replaces the originally scheduled band, Lil' Brian and the Travelers. Concessions will be offered. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location is the Orange City town hall. For more information or weather-related announcements, see orangecityarts.net or facebook.com/ocArts, or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. Young's website is lionelyoung.net.  
Onstage Orange City presents the Orange City Area Community Band
ORANGE CITY – Windmill Park is the place. June ...
ORANGE CITY – Windmill Park is the place. June 5 is the date. The Orange City Area Community Band will bring its first show of the season to Orange City at 7 PM on the first Wednesday in June.   It promises to be a fun-filled evening of music, as part of the Onstage Orange City series  sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council. The free shows are each Wednesday evening in Orange City's Windmill Park.   The performance will include a pair of marches, Trombone King by Karl King and Colonel Bogey March by Kenneth Alford – and ragtime favorites, Alexander’s Ragtime Band by Irving Berlin and Blue Goose Rag by Timothy Broege. Armed Forces Salute, a medley of the theme songs for the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines, will also be featured.   These varied, high-energy tunes, performed by exceptional musicians from the region, promise an evening of great music for all ages. Carla Van Beek is director of the band, returning for her 16th year.   This free concert is sponsored by Iowa State Bank, who will be giving out a few small gifts at the performance.   Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Concessions will be available. Rain location is the Orange City town hall.   For more information, check www.orangecityarts.net or contact 707-6514.
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