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Happy Easter!

What a beautiful time of year, typically full of spending time with family, hunting for eggs, and making colorful creations!!

Today we are going to share with you some fun at home Easter crafts and activities! The first how to make egg dye at home! The best part is you only need 1) water 2) vinegar and 3) food dye!

Creating this dye is simple – Mix ½ cup boiling water, 1 teaspoon white vinegar and food color in a bowl! It’s that easy! Play around with how many drops of dye you want to use as well as mixing different colors of dye to get the desired result!

If you want to make your eggs even more interesting – grab those crayons you have lying all over the house and use them to color on your eggs first – where the crayon goes the dye will not stick! Try different colors and dyes for fun combinations!!

For a fun twist on egg dying you can use shaving cream whipped cream to give your eggs a tie-dyed effect! All you need is the shaving or whipped cream, food dye, a cooking sheet, and a straw!

All you do is spread shaving cream evening in your baking sheet, then squirt different color dyes all over in the shaving cream! Use the straw to swirl the colors together! Rolls the eggs in the dye until they are completely covered and leave for 10 minutes. Then rinse the eggs off!

Another fun Easter activity is Peep Painting! All you need are some Peeps (yes I mean the candy) and paint!

If you don’t have paint check out this great video where Sara teaches you to make your own paint at home!

Virtual Art Class #2, Make Your Own Paint! Check it out, try it at home, and let us know how it goes! This process art class is perfect for kids. If you need supplies, let Sara know by emailing info@norfolkartscenter.org!

Posted by Norfolk Arts Center on Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Once you have your paint and your Peeps all you need is paper! Let the Peeps become your brushes and create a work of art!

Faces at the NAC – Cal Reeves

Today we are featuring one of our amazing instructors, Cal Reeves! Our instructors go above and beyond to teach our students and to bring the arts to you.

Cal grew up on a farm between Battle Creek and Meadow Grove. Her love of the arts started as a child when her mother helped her with many different 4-H projects. In high school, her art teacher encouraged her and taught her to use many different mediums. In college, she followed her great desire to teach art by taking several art studies classes.

Cal is currently a recruiter for Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska and runs her own yoga studio – Cal Reeves Yoga! She is now offering a virtual membership to help people during this time of social distancing.

To Cal the arts have helped show her who she really is. Whether it’s something she’s created or admiring someone else’s work, the inspiration and emotion that comes through brings meaning and a new appreciation for life.

In her spare time, Cal loves supporting local businesses, being out in nature and spending time with her three dogs.

Cal teaches our Gallery yoga class as well as many others and is a common face when you come into the NAC. We are blessed to have her!

If you are looking for a Yoga workout to do at home, you can check out Cal’s youtube page or take a look at the great video she made below!

#cantcancelcommunity

We are currently living in difficult times, the ways in which we have lived our lives have changed dramatically, and many of us are wondering how to move forward.

Things may be difficult, but there can be positive benefits to this weird time we are living in. We all may be stuck at home but we have a unique opportunity to spend more time with family, to take better care of ourselves, and to thrive even under these strange circumstances.

You can take the time to read (our wonderful Norfolk Public library has a simple way you can download books from the comfort of your own home!). You can practice your cooking skills and get creative trying to make something from the random items you have in your cupboard. You can do at home workouts (Cal Reeves Yoga will be posting at home videos and Rachel Pfeifer will be doing a Zoom Zumba class), have a family movie night, create a trivia game and do creative art projects to help relax and soothe your mind! You can also help local businesses and non-profits in many ways! Supporting their programing, ordering food – it all helps!

We want to help you, so starting today we are doing online classes for you and your kiddos! Most of these classes can be done with things you likely already have in your home. If you don’t have the materials, don’t worry we will help you with that also! All you have to do is e-mail Sara@norfolkartscenter.org and we will get you the supplies you need! We will be doing these classes Monday-Friday and will be posting the video at 11 AM – but the videos will be saved so you can do the projects anytime! Our first week of classes is listed below!

There are so many positive benefits to creating something, it works the brain and also reduces stress – and we could all use less stress right about now!! Don’t forget to post pictures of yourself doing these projects on social media, tag the Norfolk Arts Center and use the #cantcancelcommunity!

We will also be posting other resources here each week. Check back for other ideas of things you can be doing at home!

We are here for you during this time. Even though we may be closed, we are still a community and nothing can change that! #cantcancelcommunity

Coronavirus Closure

Out of an abundance of caution, we are aligning with our community partners and following the direction of the Health Department and the CDC. The Norfolk Arts Center will be closed through March 24. All programming scheduled during this time has been postponed. We continue to monitor the situation and are still diligently committed to promoting the arts and supporting our community. Our team is discussing ways in which our programs and services can be made available to the public in a safe and effective manner. More information will be made available as plans develop. Thank you all for your continued support! We are taking all necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of our staff and patrons. Additional information regarding the Coronavirus/COVID-19 can be found on the City of Norfolk’s website:https://norfolkne.gov/government/departments/communications-office/covid19.html

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day so we want to take the time to tell you about a very special class we are having tomorrow!

According to Irish legend, the leaves on a 4-leaf clover stand for faith, hope, love, and luck. It is often said that there are more 4 leaf clovers in Ireland than anywhere else and that is why the Irish are lucky! That is why tomorrow we have our special St. Partick’s Day Salt Painting Class. Our little leprechauns will use the salt painting technique to create their very own four-leaf clover!

The class is from 4-5 p.m. and is only $10/person! Come and let your kiddos celebrate St. Patrick’s day by creating something fun and festive!

Now for some fun facts about St. Patrick – he was NOT Irish! He was brought to Ireland as a slave when he was only 16 years old. He was actually from Britain. He later escaped slavery but returned to Ireland to convert the people.

There are many legends about St. Patrick the most famous being that he sent the snakes out of Ireland, used a 3-leaf clover to explain the idea of the Holy Trinity (3 persons in one God), and that he raised people from the dead.

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th because that was the day that St. Patrick died.

Norfolk, Public, Parochial, and Home School Student and Faculty Exhibition

March is National Arts Education Month and to celebrate every year the Norfolk Arts Center welcomes Norfolk’s public, parochial, and home school students and faculty to display their work for the enjoyment of the whole community!

The show kicked off last Saturday with a reception here at the Norfolk Arts Center. Families and friends proudly enjoyed their budding artists’ accomplishments while savoring cookies and lemonade.

The turn out was excellent. Families and friends from all over came to these amazing works by the kids! Even some of the faculty had art on display! There was even a HUGE picture that the kids were coloring and it will be out in the gallery the rest of the month!

You have until April 2nd to enjoy this fun and unique show.

What’s Coming up in March!

March 3rd – Noodle Jewelry (Toddler Class) 6:15-7 pm $5/child

March 4th – Passport to Art – Fluid Art 4-5 pm

March 6th – First Friday 7-11 pm

March 12th – Drop-In Art Henna Hands 4-5 pm $5/child

March 13th – Optical Illusions 4-5 pm $10/child

March 14th – Second Saturday 1-3 pm FREE CLASS

March 17th – St. Patrick’s Day Salt Painting 4-5 pm $10/child

March 19th – Third Thursday Happy Hour 5:45-6:15

March 21st – Gallery Yoga 10-11 AM $10/person

March 24th – Drawing 6-7:30 pm $25/person

March 25th – Art for the Young at Heart – Floral Design $15/person

March 26th – Drop-In Art Coffee Filter Bouquets 4-5 pm $5/child

March 28th – Modern Calligraphy 11 am – 2 pm $85/person*

*Membership Discount does NOT apply

Dino Light

Dino-light is an original story-line created by Ian Carney and Corbin Popp where a famous Scientist with magic powers brings a friendly dinosaur to life. When the dinosaur wanders away from home, he discovers a wonderful world full of creatures that light up the darkness and help him find the true meaning of love. This glow-in-the-dark adventure is visually amazing and has been praised for its innovative blend of puppetry, technology, and dance by audiences all over the world!

There will be two performances tomorrow, February 25th, 2020 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. They will be at the Johnny Carson theater and we expect over 1,500 people to come to the shows!

We want to say a HUGE thank you to our sponsors!

  • Nucor
  • US Bank
  • Nebraska Arts Council
  • Peter and Portia Becker
  • David and Shirley Copple
  • Jim Cox
  • Tom and Pat DeLay
  • Bob and Michelle Dudley

New Series: Art for the Young at Heart

Last month we introduced you to our toddler class series, this month we are excited to announce another new series of classes geared toward our “seasoned” students. In February we will be starting our Art for the Young at Heart program. Relative to our evening adult class series, this program offers similar techniques in a slightly condensed, day time frame for a lower fee. The focus of this program is to offer adult classes at a variety of times and price points to meet the needs of our community. All of Art for the Young at Heart classes are on trend with the rest of our classes here at the NAC. Check out the listing below and sign up for our inaugural spring season!

February 19: 2-3:30 pm – Fluid Art – This is the process of acrylic paint pouring. Discover a fun and unique method in this class! Just $15/person

March 25: 2-3 pm – Floral Design – There is more to floral design than just flowers! Create a fresh bouquet using beautiful flowers and greens! Only $15/person

April 22: 2-4 pm – Spring Door Hangers – Spring has sprung; time to spruce up your front door! Join us in making these fun seasonal door hangers! Just $30/person

May 27: 2-4 pm – Modern Watercolor – Using fun, new watercolor techniques, we will get your creative juices flowing! This is a guided paint class designed to help you learn the process of watercolor painting! Just $20/person

Faces at the NAC: Elizabeth

Over the past few months, we have been introducing you to the people who work here at the Norfolk Arts Center, sharing their stories, families, and passion for the arts. Now I think it’s time to introduce myself. My name is Elizabeth Meuret and I am the Membership and Marketing Coordinator here at the Arts Center. Though I’ve been here just a few months, my passion for the arts started when I was very young.

I was born and raised in Bellevue, Nebraska. Life was always crazy as I am the oldest of 7 kids. Below is a picture of me with my 3 sisters, and another of me with my 3 brothers!

My love of the arts started at age 4 when my mom signed me up for my first ballet class.  We did the bunny hop and my life was forever changed. Dance became an integral part of my life after that. When I was 13 I was in my first real show, the Nutcracker. Then in high school, I joined a local dance company through my high school. We performed at schools, Vala’s Pumpkin Patch, and more.

After high school, I attended Northwest Missouri State University. I stopped dancing when I was in college but my creative spirit took on a new medium – Film. I was a broadcast journalism major and through my classes started to make short films, music videos, and even hosted my own show showcasing student-made films.

After college, I got a job working for a missionary organization called FOCUS. They sent me to Wayne State College, where I learned I had a passion for sharing beauty with the people around me. It’s also where I met my now-husband, Patrick.

I worked at Wayne State for 4 years. My husband was accepted to Physical Therapy School through UNMC in Kearney, so I followed him there. The day I moved was also the day he proposed. I worked a couple of jobs in Kearney before landing at NTV working as a news producer.  That July my husband and I got married and that Christmas we found out we were expecting!

Our little girl came in August and a few months after that we moved to Norfolk where my husband began his clinical rotations.

I landed here at the Norfolk Arts Center. I love the idea of working at an art gallery and the NAC does much more! Here was a place where I could share my love for beauty and the truths that are often shared in art.

To me, art is a way to share our emotions that have no words, to express ourselves with a truly unique voice. The Norfolk Arts Center provides the opportunity to not only experience art, but also create it, to support it, and to become immersed in it. It gives people the opportunity to try new things and learn in new ways.

Whether you feel like you have artistic talent or not – every level of artist can find a home here. Just like I have! When you come to the NAC don’t be afraid to stop in and say hi! I would love to answer all of your membership questions!