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Faces of the Art Center – Denice Hansen

Many of you who come by the Arts Center often begin to recognize the people that are always there – the staff, instructors, and board members. So today we want to introduce a new series here on the blog called Faces of the Art Center. Once a month we will introduce you to one of the many faces you could see if you come into the center. We decided that it was only proper to start with our commander in chief, the Executive Director herself – Denice Hansen!

Pictured above: Denice and her husband Bill at Hamilton

Denice grew up on a farm just north of Pierce. In college, she majored in graphic design. She never imagined she would move back home after college but she married her high school sweetheart, Bill, and now her kids are growing up in the same she grew up in. 

Pictured above:  Bridger (5) and Daley (1).

Bill farms with Denice’s dad, and when Denice is not at the art center she loves to Garden and take care of the “zoo that is our farm.”

Denice comes from a family that is invested in the future of the community and combining that with her love of the arts has been rewarding according to Denice.

Pictured above: Bridger at play in a day here at the NAC last fall.

 I love coming to work each day, knowing that we are making a difference in the lives of people around us. There are a lot of people here that share that same passion, and I believe that is why the Norfolk Arts Center and our community are thriving and will continue to grow. I’m excited about the potential that lies ahead and grateful to have been given the opportunity to be a part of a team that continually strives to make us better – and I can’t wait to kick off 2020 with the best Soup ‘R Art festival yet!” 


Ladies Guild Luncheon and Retro Fashion Show

The tables are set and the Gallery is ready to host over 100 women for lunch and a fashion show.

As the day for the Ladies Guild Luncheon grows near many people come in and out of the arts center getting everything ready and their hard work paid off.

The Ladies Guild Luncheon and Retro Fashion Show was a roaring success. Tickets sold out days before the event. The room was full of elegant women enjoying each other’s company and the exquisite fashions from the 40s – 80s as they walked down the runway.

With each model came vibrant colors,  beautiful details, and a reminder of the beautiful things of the past. Lunch was delicious, and everyone was singing the praises of the women in the kitchen!







With the 2019 Guild Luncheon in the books – we are already looking forward to next year! Comment below with your favorite fashions!

What’s Coming Up In November

It’s officially November and we want to make sure that you know everything that is happening this month! We don’t want you to miss a thing!

November 5th – Creative Journaling Class 5:30 – 7 PM

November 6th – Passport to Art Class 4-5 PM

November 7th  – Guild Luncheon and Fashion Show 12 pm

– Drop-In Art Class 4-5 PM

– Kids Calligraphy Class 5 – 6:30 PM

November 9th – Second Saturday 1 – 3 PM (FREE)

November 12th – Beer and Brushes 6- 7:30 PM

November 16th – Gallery Yoga 10 – 11 AM

November 18th – Terrance Simien Performance at Johnny Carson Theater 10 AM

November 19th – PomPom Coasters Class 5-6 PM

November 20th – Business After Hours 5:15-7 PM

November 21st – Drop-IN Art Class 4-5 PM

– Third Thursday Artist Talk 5:45 – 6:15 PM (FREE)

– Sip and Create 6-8 PM

The Norfolk Arts Center will be closed on November 28th – 30th for Thanksgiving! We hope everyone enjoys their holiday!



What’s New at the Art Center

It has been a while since we have posted something to the blog and we think that it is time to update you about everything that is happening here at the Arts Center.

We have a lot of fun classes and events coming up for people of all ages! You can find out when all of these events are happening on the calendar on the home page of our website! (pictured below). 

We will also be posting information about all of these classes and events to social media and sometimes we will even be posting pictures and videos from the events themselves. So to stay up to date make sure you are following us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

We are also hoping to post more here in the blog, so every week come back to not only hear about events and classes but also learn more about the art center, our teachers, staff, and artists! The blog will have great information for you each week!

We have a lot of updates coming and we want to make sure that you know exactly what is happening!! We also want to make sure to give you what you want, so if there is anything you would like to see more of on the blog please comment below and tell us what you want! We will do our best to do it for you!

Happy Arting!

Your Norfolk Arts Center Team

Kicking off the new year with art education!

The early months in the year can be bitter and cold but the Norfolk Arts Center isn’t letting that get us down. Introducing our newest monthly free program, Third Thursdays: Artist Speaker Series, the NAC wants to make the winter full of new and awesome experiences.

For every third Thursday of every month, the NAC will have a different artist giving a lecture on their professional practice.

Keep your eye out for these awesome events!

December Events and Classes

We have lots of opportunities to enjoy the arts this December! From classes to special performances, there’s something for everyone.

Saturday, December 1st
Pop in for our Pop-Up Shops! Local artists will be on hand displaying their work. Find that perfect present for someone special — or yourself! Jewelry, paintings, paper crafts, and more! 12 – 4 p.m.  

Drop and Shop Workshop for Kids – 1-3 p.m. Need a little time to shop or run errands? Our drop-in friendly workshop lets your kids get creative while you get things done. Cost is $5 per child, ages 4 and up. This is a drop-in friendly class, so come anytime during the workshop. Stay for a little or for a while!

Tuesday, December 11 at 4 p.m.
Passport to Art 5th Grade Program – All area 5th graders are invited to join our Passport to Art program and enjoy free arts education and events.

Thursday, December 13, 5-7 p.m.
Opening reception for the Leroy von Glan and Pearl Hansen exhibit. Free and open to the public.

Friday, December 14 at 7 p.m.
Sing Noel – Norfolk Chamber Singers
Join us for this annual holiday tradition. Enjoy a seasonal music performance by the Norfolk Chamber Singers while dining on delectable desserts. Tickets are available through the NAC or the Chamber Singers. Click here to get your tickets!

Saturday, December 15 at 2 p.m.
Sing Noel – Norfolk Chamber Singers
By popular demand, a second performance is being offered. Enjoy a seasonal music performance by the Norfolk Chamber Singers while dining on delectable desserts. Tickets are available through the NAC or the Chamber Singers. Click here to get your tickets!

Retro at the Retrospective

Radical 80s Party to Celebrate 40 Years of History

Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us at our 80s costume party! 40 years of service to the community is truly a milestone, and we’re excited for what the next 40 brings. We would like to thank our sponsors for helping us put on a “totally awesome” party:

Mama Made

Insurance Associates

Lou’s Thrifty Way

Pat & Patti Gubbels

Sign Gypsies

Dave Merkel

Midwest Music Center

Hy-Vee East


NAC Celebrates 40 Years

The Norfolk Arts Center is throwing itself a party on Friday, October 26 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to celebrate hitting the big 4-0. The ‘80s-themed costume party is free to all and open to the public.  

Come dressed in your favorite ‘80s gear or as an ‘80s icon. Musician Dave Merkel will perform your favorite hits from the decade. The fabulous forty party is free and welcomes all ages. 

The Norfolk Arts Center was established in 1978. Over the last forty years, it has positively affected the lives of tens of thousands of northeast Nebraskans through theatre, music, and visual arts experiences. The staff and Board of Directors hope that everyone who has participated in NAC activities will join in commemorating this milestone year. 

The NAC is seeking photos from participants of past events. Photographs and other memorabilia may be brought to the NAC and digital images emailed to info@norfolkartscenter.org. Physical items will be returned after the party.

Gallery Artist Ryan Crotty in Focus

Our current main gallery artist Ryan Crotty was the focus of a recent Norfolk Daily News article. Crotty’s exhibit will be on display through November 29. Read the Norfolk Daily News article here –>