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Jazz event at The Stables to benefit two local art scholarship funds

Friday, April 27, 2018
*Deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, April 20*

Cocktail Hour @ 5:30 p.m.  |  Dinner served @ 6:00 p.m.  |  Music @ 7:00 p.m.

As spring (slowly) emerges, the Norfolk Arts Center is excited to once again announce its spring concert – this time with benefits going toward two local art scholarships for kids. The event will kick off Friday, April 27 at 5:30 p.m. as the doors of The Stables open with a cocktail hour, followed by a “Spring Chicken” dinner, prepared by Chef Kirk Kollath, served at 6:00 p.m. The highlight of the evening will feature local musicians of the Northeast Area Jazz Ensemble playing a lively line up that will entice attendees to hit the dance floor.  

Proceeds from the event will go toward the Northeast Area Jazz Ensemble’s and the Norfolk Arts Center’s scholarship funds. Both groups have funds in place to help young art enthusiasts in the area continue their education and follow their dreams via the arts. To inquire about applying, or for more information on either of these scholarships, please contact Kevin McClouth at Northeast Community College or Kara Weader-Gaster at the Norfolk Arts Center. 

Deadline to purchase tickets for the event is Friday, April 20. Tickets are $48 for NAC members and $60 for the public and can acquired either HERE or by stopping by the NAC located at 305 North 5th Street in Norfolk. Dinner is included with ticket purchase. 

This springtime event, now in its fourth year, is looked forward to by the community as a unique experience and seasonal favorite in Norfolk. The Norfolk Arts Center’s performing arts committee works hard to find a high quality and electric performances each year to feature in Norfolk.

Come dressed to move as following dinner the Northeast Area Jazz Ensemble will play fabulous live music that is sure to have you out of your seats and on the dance floor. This band is comprised of local jazz fanatics whose talent is second to none!

Second Saturday Success

March 10th marked the debut of our latest community engagement event series, Second Saturday. Adults and children of all ages enjoyed touring our gallery exhibit of youth art and creating clay sculptures and watercolor paintings in our classroom studio. Local artists Bianca Ramirez and Tyson Koehn served as on-hand experts, teaching visitors various techniques and leading them through the creation process. Second Saturday is open to the public and free. Each event features a different medium as part of our educational outreach to make art accessible to all Northeastern Nebraskans. We hope you’ll join us at our next Second Saturday on April 14th.

The Lightning Thief Performance Electrifies the Audience

Theatreworks U.S.A. brought their touring production of “The Lightning Thief” to the  Johnny Carson Theatre today as part of the Norfolk Arts Center’s Theater for Kids program. Students from near and far came to enjoy the musical theatrical adaption of the popular Rick Riordan novel.

Each year the Theater for Kids program enriches the lives of over 5,000 Nebraska students by bringing in performances from all over the world. Judging by the happy faces today, “The Lightning Thief” was a hit. Students from Jefferson Elementary School in Norfolk remarked that they “wanted more” and are looking forward to reading the books that inspired the play. An educator from Hartington-Newcastle Public Schools said that these theater productions are a stepping stone for getting students interested in One Act plays and speech.

“The Lightning Thief” had two performances in Norfolk. In addition to sparking students’ interest in literature and theater, the performance meets NE FA 5.5.3 standards and provides curriculum connections in communication and language arts, music, and social studies.

February Fun

February may be a short month, but it’s long on fun at the Norfolk Arts Center! Classes, theatre, exhibits – there’s no shortage of things to do.

Have you seen all of the press about our current exhibit by Rachel Mindrup and Kelly Rush? This extraordinarily moving exhibit is only here through February 22nd, so hurry down to see it for yourself. As always, our exhibits are free and open to the public.

The Lightning Thief hits the stage at the Johnny Carson Theater on February 22nd as well. The national touring production by Theatreworks USA is based on the best-selling book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Performances are at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Tickets are $4 per seat and are available day of show at the box office. If you have a large group that would like to attend, please call the NAC for seating arrangements.

Classes are in full swing. Beer 101 was held in conjunction with the Divot’s Brewery. Students learned the basics of brewing, learned about ingredients and flavor, and sampled a variety of styles. Students in Jewelry Design: The Beauty and Power of Crystals learned about the properties of crystals and created one-of-a-kind bracelets. Saturday Studio and Afterschool Art Club are teaching a variety of techniques and mediums to children. Drop-ins are available on the children’s classes for $10. The second session is coming up soon, so register now to ensure your space in a class. Browse through our course offerings here on the website. We have something for all ages – from toddlers to adults.

February 16th is Community Game Night. Stop down and try your hand at one of the game tables. Free and open to the public!

Soup ‘R Art People’s Choice Winners

Soup ‘R Art 2018 was a fantastic time! We hope that were able to join us in our celebration of the Arts. It was our best-attended Soup ‘R Art to date, with some 800 people coming together to support the Arts in Northeast Nebraska. Fifteen regional artists plus two colleges were on hand to display and demonstrate their talent. Six area restaurants crafted soups and desserts for the crowd. Four local bands provided musical entertainment from the stage, and Gobs & Gobbs of Fun kept the children playing and laughing in our Kids’ Creativity Zone. The Silent Auction offered a variety of prizes, and one lucky raffle winner won the iPhone X.

Patrons voted for their favorite artists, soup, and dessert. Winners were:

Favorite Artist: For the 3rd year in a row: Roger Nadrchal, woodcarver.

Favorite Soup: The Meadows, for their crowd-pleasing Creamy Tomato Basil Tortellini Soup

Favorite Dessert: Taylor’s Bar & Grill, for their Bread Pudding with Homemade Caramel Sauce

Thank you to everyone for their participation. We’ll see you at next year’s Soup ‘R Art 10 on January 27, 2019!

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