arts on central planned for august 24

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Arts on Central, a celebration of the visual and performing arts, will return to downtown Orange City Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Now 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
in 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.

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 donaIMG_1106 arts on central people 2015 mediumtions big and small—with all proceeds going to Orange City Arts and ATLAS.

Businesses 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.
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.

Orange City Chamber of Commerce plans events for August 24

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The Orange City Chamber of Commerce is planning two events in conjunction with the Orange City Arts Council’s Arts on Central event happening Wednesday, Aug. 24.

PaintedWoodenShoesA scavenger hunt, open to participants ages 18 and under, will take place with several downtown merchants. The scavenger hunt will begin at Stadscentrum, and participants will proceed to find wooden shoes and clues in downtown merchants’ stores.  Participants who complete the scavenger hunt will receive a prize, and will be entered to win one of two grand prizes for the event. The scavenger hunt will take place from 5 to 7 p.m.

Orange City Chamber of Commerce merchants will also be hosting their annual “Thanks with Franks” event from 5 to 6:30 p.m.  The public is invited to visit the participating merchants for free hot dogs, and will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite hot dog at the event.

Stadscentrum will be open during the Arts on Central event from 4:30 to 8 p.m.

Questions about the scavenger hunt or “Thanks with Franks” event can be directed to the Chamber office at 712-707-4510.

 

World War II Resistance Drama returns

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Local group to perform readers theater rendition of Things We Couldn’t Say

Orange City, IA, June 9, 2016– A story that thrilled local audiences two decades ago will return to the Knight Center at Unity Christian High, Orange City, when a group of local actors will perform the readers theater version of Things We Couldn’t Say.

The story of Diet Eman, a Holocaust survivor and resistance fighter in the Netherlands during the Nazi occupation, is basically a love story set against the great human tragedy of World War II. A quarter century ago Ms. Eman sought the services of Alton writer James Schaap to help her write her story. Things We Couldn’t Say has thousands of beloved readers around the world and has been published in several versions and languages.

When the book was published in 1994, Schaap wrote the script, and the play was performed locally and nationally. Ms. Eman visited many area schools back then to tell her story of intrigue and danger, of courage and faith.

Janie Van Dyke, who is directing the performance, was herself part of some of those performances twenty years ago. Van Dyke, who teaches English at Unity, chose to do Things We Couldn’t Say as an experiment because she knew the script could be done without major costuming requirements or elaborate stage design.

“The story is so powerful,” Van Dyke says, “that we still have trouble not getting emotional just reading through it.” She has her own designs on a summer theater program at the Knight Center. “I felt it was important for this first attempt to do something really good and relatively easy to produce.”

James Schaap plays a minor role in the production, introducing the story before Diet Eman (Leanne Bonnekroy) begins to tell it. Soon, Diet’s own younger self (Teresa Ter Haar) appears, along with Hein Sietsma (Jason Alons), the resistance fighter she’d planned to marry. Greg Steggerda and Tom Hydeen play Nazi officials and guards.

Van Dyke is not the only member of the cast to return to the script. Teresa Ter Haar, who teaches theater at Dordt, was a member of the first cast back in 1994, when she was a senior at Calvin College, Grand Rapids Michigan. “It’s quite amazing how much more I feel the story today, now that I’m older,” she says.

Performances are scheduled at 7:30, for Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25, at the Knight Center. General admission is $5.00. The intensity of the Eman story makes it wise not to take small children.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Janie Van Dyke at 712 441 3228 or email at jvandyke@unity.pvt.k12.ia.us; alternatively, you may contact James Schaap at 712 441 1125 or email at jschaap@dordt.edu.

 

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Orange City Chamber of Commerce Plans Events for August 26

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The Orange City Chamber of Commerce is planning two events in conjunction with the Orange City Arts Council’s Arts on Central event happening Wednesday, Aug. 26.

A scavenger hunt, open to participants ages 18 and under, will take place with several downtown merchants. The scavenger hunt will begin at Stadscentrum, and participants will proceed to find wooden shoes and clues in downtown merchants’ stores.  Participants who complete the scavenger hunt will receive a prize, and will be entered to win one of two grand prizes for the event. The scavenger hunt will take place from 5 to 7 p.m.

Orange City Chamber of Commerce merchants will also be hosting their annual “Thanks with Franks” event from 5 to 6:30 p.m.  The public is invited to visit the participating merchants for free hot dogs, and will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite hot dog at the event. Free will donations will be accepted for the new mural commissioned by the Orange City Arts Council.

Stadscentrum will be open during the Arts on Central event from 5 to 8 p.m.

Questions about the scavenger hunt or “Thanks with Franks” event can be directed to the Chamber office at 712-707-4510.

2015 Tulip Festival Night Show Auditions Scheduled

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Auditions for the 2015 Tulip Festival Night Show, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins,” are scheduled for four evenings in January.

Adults and high school and college students can audition for the show on Jan. 15, 19 or 22 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Children ages 9-12 can audition on Jan. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m.

All auditions will take place at the Orange City Town Hall. Individuals wishing to audition do not need to prepare any material prior to the auditions, but are asked to bring their schedules for February through May.

The cast of “Mary Poppins” will consist of approximately 30 people, including Mary Poppins, members of the Banks family, Mrs. Brill, Robertson Ay, Katie Nanna, the Banks’ neighbors and former nanny, and many more. Non-singing roles are also available in the production.

Tickets for the Night Show will go on sale for $20 each on Monday, Feb. 2 at the Orange City Tulip Festival/Chamber of Commerce office.

Join us for The Orange City Tulip Festival’s Production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins.” A Musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film. Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. Book by Julian Fellowes. New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Co-Created by Cameron Mackintosh.

“Mary Poppins” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. Phone: 212-541-4684. Fax: 212-397-4684. www. MTIShows.com

Sioux City Sculptor’s Exhibit, “In Process”, featured at Te Paske Gallery

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Sioux City artist Ken Peterson will display his work in Northwestern College’s Te Paske Gallery Jan. 7–23.

A public reception is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m.

Entitled “In Process,” the exhibit is a visual display of the development and repetitive practice of making functional objects in wood.

Peterson is a native of Portland, Ore., and his experiences with nature in Oregon, California and Alaska have influenced his work. After earning a degree in sociology, he eventually settled in Iowa, where he developed an appreciation for wood and a distinctive sociological perspective in his sculptural motifs.

“I’ve always been interested in an interactive element in my work,” Peterson says.

“This series explores my tooling and finish methods applied to functional objects intended for daily use. Adding the idea of utility to my art stretches the challenge of its creation.” A simple jelly spoon, for example, becomes a study in crafting form and balance as well as ergonomics and durability. Peterson’s sculptures could become part of a daily interaction, and the concept of usefulness is one principle of the collection. Peterson’s work has appeared in art centers, fairs and festivals in Sioux City, Omaha, Des Moines, Minneapolis, Chicago and Denver. He is a frequent winner of “Best in Show” awards, was the featured artist for the Iowa Artist Showcase of the Iowa Governor’s Office, and had his work commissioned for the Outdoor Sculpture Trail in Okoboji, Iowa. In 2013 he was commissioned to make the Tri-State Governor’s Award for the governors of Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska.

The Te Paske Gallery is located in the Thea G. Korver Visual Arts Center, on Highway 10 at 214 8th Street SW in Orange City. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to midnight Sunday.

Orange City Arts Presents Shanren

Orange City Arts Presents Shanren

Orange City Arts Presents Shanren

They’re from China! It’s the OC Arts Council’s final of four acclaimed international ensembles coming with the assistance of Arts Midwest. Shanren combines original modern styles with traditional music from the mountains of SW China, creating a fresh sound… and have earned praise at major festivals in China, Indonesia, Japan, Australia, Canada & Spain. They’ll do workshops, coffee house shows and a public concert at Unity’s Knight Center. Mark your calendars: the concert has been moved from Jan. 17 to Friday, Jan. 16.

 

 

orange city arts regional exhibition

Orange City Arts Regional Exhibition

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Twenty-two regional artists will be featured in the Orange City Arts Council’s exhibit November 13-22 at the DeWitt Theatre Arts Center at Northwestern College. A reception with the artists will be Saturday, Nov. 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 production of Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory.
Artists featured in the exhibit are Sara Alsum-Wassenaar, David Versluis, Jean-Guy Richard, Melissa Brantsen, Elena Wendt, Kali Wolkow, Lynae Dadisman, Brian J. Damon, Jacob Van Wyk, Faye Dengler, Betsy Brown,  Raynee Buckley, Mavis Simms, Matt Drissell, Rebekah Dykhuizen, Ken Fry, Timothy J. Arand-McIlrath, Emily Stokes, Bridget F. Rowe, Adam Peterson, Josh Wynia and Amelia Thies. They are from Orange City, Ireton, McCook Lake, Sioux Center, Sheldon, Sergeant Bluff, North Sioux City, Sioux City, Sac City, Okoboji, Omaha, West Des Moines and Wakonda SD. A few artists are area college students.
Media includes ceramics, four-color letterpress, monotype, lithography, oil on canvas, acrylic on canvas, watercolor, crayon, charcoal, glicee print, textile/ silk, food products, polyurethane, plaster, photography, linocut, etching, collage, and red twig dogwood with crocheted yarn, buttons and bracelets.
Jurors for the exhibit are artists Joanne Alberda of Sioux Center and Joan Brower of Orange City. They will announce “best of show” and “honorable mention” awards at the reception November 22. Cash prizes will be awarded.
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, email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or check the website orangecityarts.net.
For tickets to The Power and the Glory, email boxoffice@nwciowa.edu or nwciowa.edu/tickets.

 

Orange City Arts Council Regional Exhibition

Fifteen regional artists 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.

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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.

David Versluis

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

 

Jurors for the exhibit are Rein and Margo Vanderhill, artists from Alton. They will select “best of show” and “honorable mention”, and those artists will receive cash prizes.

 

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, email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or check the website orangecityarts.net.

 

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

Judy Thompson Water Color and Drawing Series

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ORANGE CITY – Artist Judy Thompson will offer a series of drawing and watercolor classes for adults, beginning in early March.

On Monday evenings, March 3-24, Thompson will teach “Drawing FUNdamentals I for Adults.” The class will explore basic techniques with a variety of subjects.

On Thursday evenings, March 6-27, Thompson will teach “Take the Plunge! Beginner Watercolor Class.” Also for adults, the class will explore the “beautiful, fluid medium of watercolor.”

Highlights - Judy ThompsonThompson, a signature member of the Iowa Watercolor Society and the National Association of Art Educators, is an Orange City artist whose watercolors have received regional and national awards, including two artist residencies with the National Park Service.

Both classes will be 6:30-8:30pm at the Korver Visual Arts Center, Northwestern College. The fee is $60 per class if registration is received by Feb. 20. After Feb. 20, the fee is $70.

Sponsor is the Orange City Arts Council, in conjunction with the Northwestern College Art Department. To register, send your name, address, email address, phone number, and fee by Feb. 20 to Orange City Arts Council, PO Box 202, Orange City IA 51041.

For more information, see www.orangecityarts.net, email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or call 712-707-4885. Thompson’s website is judythompsonwatercolors.com.