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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.” 

Norfolk Arts Center seeking entries for 11th Annual Juried competition.   


Deadline to apply: Thursday, February 1, 2018
Exhibit Dates: April 14 – May 31, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 14 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. 

DOWNLOAD YOUR APPLICATION HERE:    Juried_CallForArtist_Application

The Norfolk Arts Center is excited to open up the application process for its Annual Juried competition. Returning for an 11th year, the Juried Show is open to artists of all media and experience. This is a great opportunity for students and hobby artists get their feet wet in the professional art world and have their work shown in a formal gallery. Each year the Juried Show is paired with an area college and one of the professors curates the 20-30 piece exhibition. This year’s college is Concordia University with Art Department Chair, Don Robson, serving as the judge. All entries are transferred by blind submission to the judge so he bases his choice of works for the show on strength of work alone.  

Don Robson serves as professor of art and chairman of the Art Department at Concordia University, Nebraska. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Wichita State University and his Master of Teaching from the University of Central Missouri. Robson is an accomplished and published artist who has exhibited work in juried competitions, solo and group shows and has work in galleries, museums and private collections across the country. In 2017 he was awarded the Nebraska Art Teachers Association Higher Education Art Educator of the Year. 

Applicants are asked to submit their forms no later than Thursday, February 1, 2018. The fee is $25 for the first submission and $5 for each after, with a limit of 5 total submitted pieces. Applications can be mailed or dropped off at the Norfolk Arts Center (305 North 5th Street | Norfolk, NE 68701) or email Programs Assistant, Amy Okamoto at amy@norfolkartscenter.org. All applicants will be notified starting March 1 of their status in the show, and the exhibition will open Saturday, April 14 with a reception from 2:00-4:00 p.m.  

DOWNLOAD YOUR APPLICATION HERE:     Juried_CallForArtist_Application

Color is center focus in Norfolk Arts Center’s winter exhibitions



Artist Engagement: Playing With Pastels: Thursday, November 9 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. 
Free Opening Reception: Thursday, November 9 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  


In celebration of the turn into the holiday season, the Norfolk Arts Center is excited to announce two artists whose play with color is sure to impress: Holly Ann Schenk “Connecting The Dots” and Sharon T. Ohmberger “There and Back Again.” Work will be on display November 2 – December 28 with a free opening reception held on Thursday, November 9 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. During which the public can mingle with the artists and listen to them speak about themselves and their work. The NAC invites all to attend. Snacks and refreshments will be provided by the NAC Ladies Guild. Jeff Hoffman will provide reception music. 

Another highlight of the exhibition will be Holly Ann Schenk’s artist engagement held just prior to the reception on Thursday, November 9 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. During the class, “Playing with Pastels” Schenk will demonstrate techniques using pastels and students will work from photo reference to create artwork. All skill levels are welcome. The workshop is $75 and parties can sign up by calling NAC at 402.371.7199 or via the website: norfolkartscenter.org 

Holly Ann Schenk

“This is truly one of the best exhibition pairs we’ve had in a long time,” comments Assistant Director, Denice Hansen. “Both artists use color and texture in such fascinating ways that perfectly play off of one another. Sharon Ohmberger’s unique vessel shapes of pottery are whimsical and intriguing and Holly Ann Schenk’s brilliant color combinations and extremely detailed paintings are sure to draw you in. These are two great examples of current art and it doesn’t take a degree in Fine Art to recognize or appreciate that.” 

Gallery artist, Holly Ann Schenk grew up in Battle Creek, NE and has both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Arts Education as well as a history of working for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, KS. While she enjoys both objective and non-objective, traditional and non-traditional work, color is always a central focus. Schenk loves looking at the world and seeing the amazing array of colors and shapes. “It’s fun to see the relationships that surround us every day, and then to share that vision through my artwork,” comments Schenk. “I can’t imagine not being able to express myself through my art; it’s an integral part of my life. And, being able to give the viewer a bit of joy in the process is more than just an added extra!” 

Sharon T. Ohmberger

Sharon T. Ohmber is also a Nebraska native who has been working in clay since 1993. Hand-built pottery satisfies her need to create things expressive of both beauty and potential utility; as such the medium allows her to remain true to both her own expressive desires and her practical rural background. Her most basic personal requirement for her work is that she continue to enjoy making it, as she believes good art and fine craft pieces carry the energy of their maker. 

Admission to the NAC gallery is free. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.     






Artists Schenk and Ohmberger bring vibrant color to NAC.

Gallery artist, Holly Ann Schenk, grew up in Nebraska and has received both her Bachelors and Masters in Arts Education. She has taught in numerous settings, including elementaries, high schools, and colleges; as well as working for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City. Schenk’s artwork consists primarily of acrylic paintings and pastels, although she ventures into almost everything two dimensional, including caricatures and collage.  Having been an art teacher for students of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels, Schenk has grown comfortable with many different media and styles.  Her favorite is a form of pointillism using acrylics.

“I can’t imagine not being able to express myself through my art; it’s an integral part of my life.  And, being able to give the viewer a bit of joy in the process is more than just an added extra!” expresses Holly Ann Schenk.

Artist Engagement!
Playing with Pastels: Dry Pastel Workshop

Instructor: Holly Ann Schenk   |   Age Group: Teen/Adult   |  $75

Join renowned artist and educator Holly Ann Schenk for three fun-filled hours to play with pastels. All levels are welcome, from first time with pastels to professional artists. Topics will include selection and use of materials, techniques, and finishing and framing options. We will be working from photos, so you will be able to work on subjects of your choice. The time will be spent with demonstrations, studio time and critiques. Join us for the gallery reception of Holly Ann’s exhibit after class. Thursday | November 9 | 1:00-4:00 p.m. 

Click Here to register. Don’t wait, minimum participation required.

Atrium artist, Sharon Ohmberger, received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska and has been working in clay since 1993. Hand-built pottery satisfies her need to create things expressive of both beauty and potential utility. She finds inspiration in a variety of sources: the wild and cultivated landscapes of the Great Plains, the seasonal comings and goings of the insects, flora and fauna in her back yard and all kinds of textures and embellishments from clothing to furniture.

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 9 • 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public. Refreshments provided by NAC Guild. Music by Jeff Hoffman.

Show Dates: November 2 – December 28

Community Game Night: Idea, to event, to local business!


Volunteers turn Community Game Night into local business.

It started with a group of friends, a love of games and an idea. From there Community Game Night was born. This free event, held on the third Friday of each month at NAC, invites all ages to gather and share their common love of all things gaming. Tables are set with games of all kinds, some common favorites and some new to discover, but all open and welcoming.

For over a year now CGN has been completely volunteer run, and has become so successful that Jake Dinkel and April Thompson decided to make gaming a full time business. In October “Klubhaus Modern Gaming” was opened in Downtown Norfolk selling tons of games and providing frequent space to play.

NAC hopes to continue CGN as a free monthly event. If you are interested in helping out, please contact NAC.

Date: Friday, November 17  |   6:30-11:00 p.m.  |  NAC

NAC Guild Support Arts With Annual Fall Luncheon

Supporting the artist in us all:

The NAC Guild Believes In Upholding Creative Community

Art is meaningful to us because we are all artists! I was born into a creative family south of Pittsburgh, PA, and we all found happiness through different mediums: music, wood, yarn, poetry, paint, and pottery. I joined the Guild in 2007 because its work is also meaningful to me. I work at the receptions and fundraising luncheons. Mostly, I enjoy painting with the Waterlilies; NAC provides the studio space. That family in Pittsburgh couldn’t afford art classes, but their little girl dreamed of having a studio…I thank NAC for this gift!

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

–Pablo Picaso

We exist for every child, but also for every grown up.

I would like to invite you to help NAC continue to be this awesome presence in our community! We appreciate your donations, volunteerism and support by attending our events. Thank you!

Clare Orwig

President, NAC Guild


Featuring holiday program: “Chef’s Holiday Pantry” with Ben Wingett, BCFP Executive Chef

Thursday, November 2 • Noon • NAC

Tickets: $25 ($15 donation)
To buy: Click Here, Stop by NAC, Purchase from NAC Guild Members


If anyone is interested in joining the Guild or helping NAC in another capacity, you can call Kara, Denice or Benjamin.  Clare at 402-316-9731 or any of the current Guild members: 

Nancy Bell 

Sue Burns 

Helenann Cox 

Bev Davis 

Sherry Dinkel 

Jo Faust 

Teri Hughes 

Dorothy Hull 

Kathy Mack 

Judy Merchant 

Nancy Schwertly 

Fran Shapiro 

Kati Sudon 

Melanie Smith 

Susan Surber 

Marilyn Wingate 

Multi-instrumentalist Todd Green brings sounds of the world and uniting message to Norfolk for FREE public performance at Norfolk Arts Center.  


FREE Adult/Family Public Performance:
Friday, October 13 • 7:00 p.m. • Norfolk Arts Center 

Todd Green has been infatuated with music since he was a young child. His curiosity grew into a career that took him around the globe. His travels are now bringing him, and his experiences, to Norfolk for a week long series of performances including two educational presentations for local students and a FREE public show, open to all families and adults, at the Norfolk Arts Center. The free show, made possible with grant support from the Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Arts Council, will be held on Friday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the Norfolk Arts Center and is open to all ages.  

Multi-instrumentalist, Todd Green plays over 30 string, flute and percussion instruments from all over the world inspired by many different cultures in the Middle East, Central Asia, Far East and South America. His custom-built electronic system allows him to layer instruments as he performs, which in effect turns him into a high-tech one-man-band of World Music. Green’s dynamic and highly acclaimed programs keep everyone riveted as Todd helps break down the barriers that divide us by experiencing other cultures through their music. 

Norfolk Arts Center’s Assistant Director, Denice Hansen, shares why this performance will be so impactful: “Todd Green has spent his life traveling the world and learning the musical language of many, many cultures. He’s had an amazing opportunity to interact with people of all backgrounds and faiths, and the one thing that unites us all is music. I believe now, more than ever, this unifying message needs to be heard, and I encourage everyone to come and hear it.” 

Free public performance made possible through grant support from: