305 N 5th St Norfolk, NE 68701 info@norfolkartscenter.org (402) 371-7199

Soup ‘R Art “Kids Creativity Zone”

Soup ‘R Art 2018 keeps getting better and better! We are pleased to announce that our friends at Gobs & Gobbs of Fun are hosting our Kids Creativity Zone. Kids ages 4-10 are invited to play and get creative in their own space at Soup ‘R Art. Play games, create art, and make friends while the grown-ups “play” during the main event.

Tickets for children ages 3-10 are only $5. Children 2 years and under are free.

Now in its 9th year, Soup ‘R Art will be held on Sunday, January 28th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Lifelong Learning Center on the NECC campus. It is the NAC’s largest fundraising event, with all proceeds supporting community programming and education. Come support the arts and have a ball!

Soup ‘R Art 2018: Sponsors Make It Happen

We wish to recognize and thank our sponsors for Soup ‘R Art. All proceeds from the fundraiser go toward NAC programming to benefit our community. We couldn’t do it without the help from our generous sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors



Edward Jones
Edward Jones of Norfolk


Elkhorn Valley Bank and Trust
Elkhorn Valley Bank and Trust


Norfolk Iron and Metal
Norfolk Iron & Metal Co.


Northeast Community College
Northeast Community College

Gold Sponsors

Clausen Bros. Construction
Clausen Bros. Construction


Copple, Rockey, McKeever & Schlecht P.C., L.L.O. Attorneys
Copple, Rockey, McKeever & Schlecht P.C., L.L.O.


Insurance Associates, Inc.
Insurance Associates, Inc.


Love Signs
Love Signs


Norfolk GM Auto Center
Norfolk GM Auto Center


Theisen Construction Inc.
Theisen Construction Inc.


Wetzel & Truex Jewelers
Wetzel & Truex Jewelers

Silver Sponsors

Allied Securities
Christensen, Brozek, Faltys
Courtesy Ford Lincoln
First National Bank
Floral Expressions
Frontier Bank
Hemmer, Langholz & Finley, P.C.
Heritage Financial
J.H. Hespe Company, Inc.
Midwest Bank
Model Electric, Inc.
Nucor / Vulcraft Group
One Office Solution
Real Estate Solutions Team
Real Living Advantage Real Estate
Schroeder Land Surveying

Bronze Sponsors

Allied Tour & Travel
Arrow Stage Lines
ASQ Promotional Products
Brandon & Tammy Day
Brogan & Stafford P.C.
Carney Law
Charles A. Sintek, D.D.S.
Christian Ohl
Connecting Point Computer Center
Custom Heating Air Conditioning & Sheet Metal
Dinkel Implement Company
HBE CPAs and Consultants
Jewell & Collins Law Firm
Krivohlavek & Hatfield, D.D.S., P.C.
Madison County Bank
Sehi & Associates, P.C.
U-Save Pharmacy

Restaurants Announced for Soup ‘R Art 2018

We are pleased to announce the participating restaurants in our 9th annual fundraiser. Each restaurant will be offering both a soup and a dessert in the competition for the People’s Choice Award. Be sure to try them all and vote for your favorites!

Black Cow Fat Pig
Soup: Cheddar & Ale
Dessert: Flaming Surprise

Soup: Cheesy Chicken Tortilla
Dessert: Banana Rumchata


Soup: Cheeseburger Chowder w/ Fried Pickle Chips
Dessert: Monster Cookie Dough Bon Bons


The Meadows
Soup: Creamy Tomato Basil Tortellini
Dessert: Bananas Foster Chimichangas


Taylors Bar & Grill
Soup: Chicken Noodle
Dessert: Bread Pudding with Homemade Caramel Sauce

Uncle Jarrol's Pub-B-Que
Soup: Smoked Brisket Chili
Dessert: Pumpkin Dessert

Soup ‘R Art is January 28th at the Lifelong Learning Center on the NECC campus. Join us from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. for art, food, music, and fun!

Holiday Hours Observed

In observance of the holidays, the Norfolk Arts Center will be closed on Saturday, December 23rd, and again on Saturday, December 30th. With the exception of those dates, we will be open during our normal operating hours.

Holiday Hours December 18 – January 1
Tuesday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Be sure to stop by for last-minute gift shopping and to view our current exhibit by Holly Ann Schenk and Sharon T. Ohmberger before it leaves at the end of December!

Happy Holidays!

Warmest wishes to all for a joyful holiday season and a fantastic new year! It’s been our pleasure to serve our community this year. Here’s to a vibrant new year of good health, good cheer, and good art!

— Your NAC staff
Denice Hansen, Amy Okamoto, Ben Baker, Kara Weander-Gaster, and David Gaster

Artists Announced for 9th Annual Soup ‘R Art

The Norfolk Arts Center is pleased to announce the artists selected to showcase their work at the 9th annual Soup ‘R Art. Each of these talented artists will be on hand to discuss their work, which will be available for purchase. Their diverse offerings include pottery, painting, wood carving, photography, and jewelry. Many of the artists will be demonstrating their technique.  

Joining us at Soup ‘R Art on January 28th are: 

Ron Brooks 

Hailey Bruening and Dusten Flood 

Denise Dendinger 

Mike Fluent 

Chris Holton 

Wendy Ketelsen and Jessica Maxwell 

Loren Lorenz 

Jody McQuillan 

Sue Morfeld 

Rebecca Munson 

Roger Nadrchal 

Peg Pelter 

Dean Staberg 

Leroy von Glan 

Alberta Wagner 

Soup ‘R Art will be held on Sunday, January 28th from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Life Long Learning Center on the NECC Campus.

Soup ‘R Art is the Norfolk Arts Center’s annual fundraising event. Now in its 9th year, Soup ‘R Art draws some 800 visitors to view art, sample soups and desserts, and enjoy live music. All proceeds from the event go toward our programming, which benefits communities in northeast Nebraska. 


Holiday Tradition Returns to NAC


By Norfolk Chamber Singers and NAC

It just wouldn’t be the holidays at the Norfolk Arts Center without a Christmas Concert. The Norfolk Chamber Singers bring you “SING NOEL,” an evening of celebration and holiday spirit. Join us, as we ring in the season with joyful music, coffee and dessert. This event is suitable for all ages and open to the public.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here, by stopping in or calling the NAC, or through a Norfolk Chamber Singers member.

NAC Has Unique Gift Ideas – And Deals – During Drop and Shop Event

December 9th ONLY: Classes and Artist Corner Items 15% Off!


Saturday, December 9 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Does Santa need a little time to shop for the holidays? Drop and Shop is Saturday, December 9th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Drop off your kids for a creative session in our studio while you do your holiday errands. Take advantage of our 15% off sale on class registrations and local artist merchandise. Drop and Shop is suitable for ages 4 and up.

Workshop is $10 per child. Participants are invited to sign up in advance or drop off day of. Activities planned allow this event to be a come and go style. Students are not required to be present the entire time.

Everybody has at least one on their list; that person who has everything or says they don’t want anything for the holidays. The Norfolk Arts Center is full of original artwork by local artists. With a price range for every budget, you’re sure to find just the right gift for that special someone – AND you’ll be supporting BOTH the NAC and local artists.

Find all this and MORE when you stop in today:

• Jewelry             • Music           • Wall Art           • Gift Certificates
• Handbags       • Puzzles         • Magnets          • Classes
• Books              • Pottery         • Memberships • Private Lessons

NAC is a Local Staple in Community

NAC Board Member and local restaurateurs Amber Behrens and Michael Behrens are excited to help NAC grow!

I have been aware of the Arts Center since before we moved. I attended the Business After Hours our first year here and was impressed by the space and the staff. It was a great way to meet people in the community and get our name out there. We were fortunate to become friends with the staff and are impressed by how much they truly care about supporting the community and wanting to provide activities for people of all ages. The NAC is a staple in the community that not many people are aware of and we want to help spread the word and encourage more people to utilize this awesome facility and all that it offers. I am honored to be a board member as of July 2017 and on the Performing Arts Committee.

Background on Amber and Michael. Amber grew up  on a farm west of Platte Center. She attended Lakeview High School of Columbus and UNO for Business: Marketing, Management, and Mass Communication. She also attended Metro CC of Omaha for Meeting and Convention Planning. Amber worked at restaurants since she was 16. She was a manager at Bed Bath and Beyond for 5 years before moving back “home.” Michael is from Norfolk, he attended NPH and then UNO for Hospitality. He worked as manager and general manager of several  restaurants, including Olive Garden and Granite City, before moving back home to open his own. They both took and loved art history classes in college and am glad to have a place here in town that supports the arts in so many ways.
Black Cow Fat Pig Pub & Steak will be open 3 years this December 2017. We love to support the community in any way we can and look forward to being more involved in the future. Soup R Art is our favorite event and we are excited to help it grow!
-written by Amber Behrens, NAC Board Members, Owner of Black Cow Fat Pig

Norfolk Arts Center seeking entries for 9th Annual Soup ‘R Art. 


9th Annual Soup ‘R Art: 
Sunday, January 28, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Lifelong Learning Center 

Download Artist Form: SRA2018_Artist_TimelineChecklist

Download Restaurant Form: SRA2018_Restaurant_TimelineChecklist_01

Norfolk Arts Center’s annual fundraiser Soup ‘R Art, now in its 9th year, will once again be held at the Lifelong Learning Center on the Northeast Community College campus on Sunday, January 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Entries are now being taken for artists and restaurants who would like booth space during the event. Applications can be found online at norfolkartscenter.org under the Soup ‘R Art page or picked up at the Norfolk Arts Center during regular business hours. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, November 14 and forms can be mailed or dropped off at the NAC (305 North 5th Street | Norfolk, NE 68701) or emailed to Programs Assistant, Amy Okamoto, at amy@norfolkartscenter.org 

Approximately 15 artists and 10 restaurants will be selected through a juried process to showcase their work for the over 800 guests who attend the yearly celebration. Artists will have work on sale, with many who use the opportunity to demonstrate their process, while restaurants hand out samples of soup and dessert. All are competing for bragging rights for winners of People’s Choice: “Favorite Artist,” “Favorite Soup,” and “Favorite Dessert.” Last year’s winners were: “Favorite Artist” Roger Nadrchal, “Favorite Soup” Taylor’s Bar and Grill, and “Favorite Dessert” Black Cow Fat Pig. 

Soup ‘R Art is a staple fundraiser for the Norfolk Arts Center with all proceeds going back to support the organization’s myriad of programs including: visual arts exhibits, performing arts experiences and arts education classes and camps for all ages. The NAC impacts approximately 20,000 individuals every year through these programs and focuses on its mission: “Bringing People and the Arts Together.”