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Faces of the NAC – Patti Gubbels

Patti grew up in several small towns here in Nebraska, Denver, CO, and Martin, SD. She graduated high school in the heart of Nebraska’s Sandhills and went to Parks School in Denver. She majored in fashion design and loved it but had a desire to do something more. She then went to Wayne State College where she graduated with a degree in Sociology/Psychology and later went on to earn her M.S.E. degree in Counseling. After that, she attended UNL part-time while teaching at Northeast Community College. She graduated from UNL with a Ph. D. in Educational Psychology. Patti said, “I kiddingly told my students that I planned to have my Ph.D. before the turn of the century or before I retired. I graduated in December 1999. WHEW! Just made it.”

Patti spent more than 30 years in professional education working in roles as a teacher, education/educational psychology faculty member, college administrator, and professional development director. During her career she worked for Northeast Community College, Wayne State College, and Dana College in Nebraska; Western Governors University, a national on-line competency-based university; and the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.

Patti’s love for the arts started when she was in elementary school with a love of drawing. When she got to high school she was taking art classes as well as choreographing dances and even trampoline routines. She says that she has always enjoyed having a creative outlet, from fashion and interior design to jewelry making or creating and hooking rugs.

For Patti teaching was not just a science but also an art. She said, “I was always thinking of unique examples to share or designing learning experiences for students that would help students learn and remember teaching and psychology concepts.”

She first experienced the Norfolk Arts Center in 1990 when her son took several art classes. She and her husband started coming to events and receptions at the NAC and eventually, Patti started taking classes herself. After she retired she started volunteering at the NAC and was later asked to be on the Norfolk Arts Center Board.

Patti says she loves everything about being on the board. She said, “I wanted to serve on the Norfolk Arts Center board because I believed that I could contribute value to the organization. I also wanted to serve because I enjoy working with others to make decisions and to be engaged with an organization that provides such important opportunities to enrich the lives of others through art.”

Patti is currently retired and spends her time enjoying life with family and friends and volunteering for many different causes. She loves spending time with her grandkids, reading, gardening, and traveling. Patti loves taking the time to learn new things every day.

Patti has helped the Norfolk Arts Center effectively serve the people of Northeast Nebraska. We are blessed to have a board member like her!

Spending time with Patti, you can tell that the arts have truly made an impression on her life and sharing the arts with others is truly important to her. I will leave you with one last quote from Patti herself.

“The arts are an integral part of my life. They have impacted my thinking processes, have given me hours of creative pleasure, and in general, have enriched my life, and helped shape the person I am.”

Thank you Patti for all that you do to support the Arts!

13th Annual Juried Show Part 2

It’s time for round 2 of these amazing artist in this years Juried Show! We hope you enjoyed the last post!

Patricia Hollins – 1st place

I paint because it gives me pleasure and satisfies my urge to create. I am not an “a to b” type of person, and I’ve discovered that the work that delights me has a life and a timetable of its own. I rarely start one piece and finish it before beginning the next and, like a juggler, I could have five or more works “up in the air” at one time. Because of my fulltime teaching job at Metropolitan Community College, in Omaha, the “up in the air” time may last a year or more, and summers are “prime time” for painting. Something that I begin in June one year may not be finished till mid or late August one or two years later. This cyclical approach to image development is
interesting because it challenges me to see my work through the lens of time and to take surprising turns along the way.

Anthony Thompson

 I think I was born holding a pencil. As long as I can remember I’ve had a compulsion to pick up every random writing tool I see. Be it crayon or pencil I’d pick it up and doodle on the closest thing available. I still do to this day. 
It didn’t occur to me until I was in elementary school that people appreciated the drawing skills I developed. My oldest sister had created a graphite drawing of a figure that received an award in a High School art exhibit. I liked the piece so I gathered a pencil and paper to draw my own version. I did a very close copy of the original and that experience began my desire to draw everything that was in front of me accurately. As a pre-teen, I feel in love with comic book art and began to draw the images I was looking at. This grew into a love for illustration and figure drawing.
That expanded into understanding perspective and composition developing strong fundamental drawing skills. I developed a love for airbrushing as a teenager. I watched as an airbrush artist painted a mural around an entire charter bus. His skills and use of air to apply paint fascinated me and was the drive for studying the art form. This also helped me accumulate experience using water-based acrylic and urethane solvent-based paints on several different substrates. 
In college, I focused my first degree on fine arts with a strong focus on photography, drawing, and oil painting. While working on my Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design I continued to study watercolor painting, printmaking and learning various design software for digital art applications.
My latest experimental creations are all driven by that desire to create something new. I now use advanced materials like holographic polyvinyl chloride, epichlorohydrin with bisphenol-A polymers containing different interference pigments, and methyl methacrylate that has been custom painted with aniline dye and vaporized by a laser.  On any given day I still work with these advanced materials, oil paints, watercolor paints, airbrushing, photography or digital painting on my Wacom. Many days I work in multiple mediums in several different disciplines. Just don’t leave a pencil and paper lying around me because it will get doodled on.

I’ve spent my entire life around Nebraska rivers and waterways. I love to explore and hike these ancient lands. Every time I visit these wide open spaces I see something magnificent. With a camera always with me I capture as much of the natural beauty I see in front of me. I use these photos as reference for water color paintings, oil paintings, mixed media/graphic design works and I create fine photo prints on metal or acrylic. If it’s 13 degrees below in February or 110 degrees in August you’ll find me wandering the backwoods of Nebraska shooting pictures. Immersion in that natural splendor and the joy it brings me is a driving inspiration in my work

Art is all about critical thinking, planning, design and execution. It makes you reach outside your comfort zone and process what you think you know differently. A real life lesson derived from art is perseverance. Your first creation might not hit the mark. So you go back to the drawing board again and start fresh. Eventually you will reach the point when you succeed while learning from the process. Multiply that by years of failures and successes so one becomes a more well rounded knowledgeable artist, critical thinker and individual that can solve problems.

Bobbie McWilliams

My daughter Mary Nichols inspired me to be an artist.
She was always so creative and I admire her work. She went to the Kansas City Art Institute In Kansas City, Mo.and later graduated from U.M.K.C. My daughter Julia also inspired me, by leading me to the decision of “going back to school.”

Ziggy was chosen for a tribute to our favorite childhood zoo animal. Ziggy the elephant, was the main attraction at the Brookfield Zoo, in Brookfield, Illinois. My little brothers, Mike & Tom couldn’t wait to go to the zoo, to see Ziggy!

 I believe that the arts are important because we can take with us ancient teachings, and what we have learned from the past, and make it meaningful to all of us today. Artists are the people, who are continuing the culture.

Donna Dubsky

Fine Arts adds cultural enrichment – without it, life would be boring and mundane. I can’t imagine a world without beautiful music, visual arts, or theatrics. Fine Arts feeds the soul & opens up the mind to creative inspiration & learning – they should always be encouraged!!!

Every year I admire the wild sunflowers which grow across the road. I picked some for my private art student to draw & as they sat throughout the week they started changing. When wilted they became even more interesting, so, I decided to draw them myself – enlarging the drawing to make a bigger statement. When I was asked to give a watercolor batik demo for a Columbus Art Gallery fund raiser, I thought these sunflowers would be a good identifiable subject for them to watch me paint, yet they would hold my creative interest. I barely got a start at the demo because of the involved batiking process. I worked on it a long time in my studio – deciding to do something unique in the background by breaking up the shapes

Art was my favorite subject in grade school, but we only had it on Fridays – I couldn’t wait! I took an art class from a private teacher in her home when I was about twelve, but didn’t take art in high school because of Band. Then after the birth of my third child my sister asked me to join the Columbus Area Artists, which was just getting organized. Being connected with the CAA, Association of Nebraska Art Clubs (ANAC), along with Halsey Autumn Art Workshop groups offered me an invaluable opportunity to study under numerous regional & nationally recognized artists.

Being an artist has taught me how to “see” the world through “artists eyes”! Seeing is one of the programming processes of the artistic computer. What you look at & what you see, starts your artists’ mind working. The way the mind works, in response to what the eye sees, conditions what goes onto whatever is the medium of expression. An artist is always changing with every piece he creates. Each piece is a learning experience – making it very challenging!

I’ve always truly loved to create—there isn’t a favorite art medium. I appreciate all mediums or their particular capabilities and continually take workshops to experiment & learn new mediums & concepts. I create in watercolor, watercolor batik, pencil, ink, alcohol ink, pastel (pencil & stick), acrylic, plasma cut, collage, bronze sculptures & even photography. My subject matter is also widely varied from abstract to realistic with “live models & still life” being my favorite subjects. Recently I’ve gravitated toward watercolor batik on rice paper, which I love because of its ‘surprising’ results after ironing out the wax!

It has been a long wonderful rewarding career, which continues to make my life an amazing journey! I thank God for my creative ability & giving me a world full of such beauty. And I thank my husband, children & grandchildren, for always supporting & encouraging me to be the professional artist I always wanted to be!

Jerene Kruse

The arts are an important part of our lives. We need a place to express ourselves and enjoy the benefit of creating. The arts encourage self-discipline, organization, problem solving, self-expression, and hard work. The quality of a civilization can be measured through its art. There are many ways to see and interpret the world. The arts celebrate multiple perspectives. Our future depends on those with creative skills.

I wanted to create a slab constructed pot using collage methods. I decided on a nature theme, using pressed leaves, stamps, and a mold of a branch with leaves and berries. I had not created this shape before so I also challenged myself. I knew it needed a lid so my construction was not the usual way I create my pottery. It was fun to combine shape and collage.

I knew after 6th grade I wanted to be an Art Teacher. I had a country school teacher, Mrs. Irma Fodge, who inspired me to draw and create with new ideas. We also got to have Art on various days of the week, not just Friday afternoon. I thoroughly enjoyed my High School Art classes and was happy with my choice of an Art Education major in college. I enjoy painting and printmaking but my true love is clay. Since retiring from teaching Art for 28 years I now have time to try new ideas and methods with my hand built pottery.

Sally Jurgensmeier

Raised on the family farm in Central Nebraska, my roots have never strayed very far. With close family
and community ties, I have remained firmly planted in thoughts of creating art from elements which surround me. Returning to the family farm. I am now committed to sculpting and creating on a full-time
basis.
My sculptures are intended to bring a smile to your face. I take metal, which is thought to be cold, hard,
and unattractive, and give it life, expression, and personality. Each piece is unique and never mass produced. Each piece can be displayed indoors or out.
“Fancy Hoot” is an interpretation of an owl using found objects and raw material. It has a “fancy” look to
it, and might appear to be ready for a party or Mardi Gras!

Steve Elliott

The role of geometry in this recent body of sculpture represents an abstraction of nature, inspired by patterns that are infinite and never changing. I am interested in the relationship between nature and structural complexity, particularly relating to ‘free form’ architecture, where lines and shapes are approximated in order to create intricate geometric structures. The skeletal construction method gradually brings the visual elements together while drawing with the material, inciting the viewer into a potential state of meaning.

Thank you to all of our amazing artists for an incredible show!!

13th Annual Juried Show Part 1

Because of the current circumstances we are in, we were unable to have a traditional reception for our current show, which unfortunately means you did not get the opportunity to meet these amazing artists! We wanted to give you the opportunity to get to know them a little better. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be taking a couple of blog posts to dive deeper into the lives of these great artists. We asked them a few questions and we are giving you their responses in their own words. The questions we asked were:

What inspired you to become an artist?

What was your inspiration for the piece chosen for this exhibit?

Why do you believe the arts are important? 

So let’s get started!

Diana Tweedy – Best in Show

“Art is the creative process that helps us to experience life to the fullest and what a wonderful thing to pass down to the generations. In these times of isolation what joy art brings whether it is looking at it or creating it.

Henry Thoreau said, “The questions is not what you look at, but what you see.”

All my life I have loved ART of all types. But it was with my first camera I found the outlet for me to create art. It has given me the ability to capture and show others what I see. I do not have formal training in photography but the Love of the Art of Photography has inspired me to take classes, read books, and spending time daily enjoying taking photos or editing.”

“The photo I entered in the Juried Show was taken at Lauritzen Gardens on a hot summer day. I found a little pond with lilies and the shadows and the sun reflection, in the early afternoon, were so dramatic it looked like an abstract painting. Like many of my favorite photos, it was not the photo I was seeking to take. I had hoped the lilies were still blooming and was looking to take a more traditional photo of the pond. This photo was computer edited very little.”

Kaci Schacht – 2nd Place

“My mom would be the one who inspired me to be an art teacher because when she decided to stay home with me and my siblings when we were young she still taught us all kinds of art projects. Then I would have to say that not until college did I realize that I can be more than an art teacher. My college professors showed me that being an art teacher and an artist at the same time helps sharpen both the teacher and artist skills.”

 “Fossilized is a piece that was inspired by the Nebraska state fossil, the mammoth. Making it out of clay makes it a little bit of a meta thought process for me because the clay that the fossil is made of is the same that encases it.”

” I believe that art is one of those things that everyone can learn to do some form of. Art is a way that allows people to process thoughts, emotions, situations, or ideas that may not make sense to anybody else but the artist themselves.”

Butch Rohrschneider

“In my senior year of high school, I needed to take one more art class in order to graduate.  So I decided to take a photography class.  I was thinking that the end result of this would be to simply be able to take better pictures on my next family vacation.  But instead, it was one of those “A-ha!” moments in my life.  The first time I stood in a dark room, put a piece of photographic paper in a tray of developer, and watched the image appear, something truly magical happened.  I thought that it was the most amazing thing I had ever seen.  I had to continue.  I have been photographing ever since then.  My camera is never far away from me.”

“From my perspective, the work I chose to submit for the exhibition is unique, and very much one of a kind.  I believe no one else would have seen what I saw at that moment.  In my mind, another person would not have interpreted what I observed the same way that I did, nor would they have presented these images in the way that I did.” 

 “Unfortunately, we seem to be in one of those times where art is not perceived to be very important.  Yes, family is important, and of course, survival is important.  Art, however, is indeed necessary.  Many generations of human beings are completely defined by their artistic and intellectual endeavors.  The arts can reach into your soul, and leave great impacts on our lives.  The arts genuinely are essential.  They play a part in enriching and nourishing our overall well-being. 

Francine Fox

“I’ve liked making art since I can remember, and I’ve been lucky enough to have a bit of talent in it too. When I got old enough to start seriously considering what I would like to do for a living, I decided that teaching art at the college level was a good combination of my best abilities. My practice as a studio artist is central to my role as a faculty member, and in turn, my teaching influences my art.”

“This piece, titled Moon Landings, is about a recent collaborative conversation between astronomers and arachnologists on the capability of jumping spiders’ eyes. It turns out their eyes are built like Galilean telescopes and these spiders can actually see the moon even though their eye tube is less than a millimeter long. Since spiders have many eyes staggered along with their heads, I multiplied the number of moons in correspondence to jumping spiders’ eye placement and types of vision. I also included Lunaria (more commonly known as silver dollar plants) to play with the idea of the spiders’ understanding of what the moon might be in relation to the world around them.” 
You can read more about this in the following links – https://www.sciencealert.com/jumping-spiders-can-see-the-moon
https://www.inverse.com/article/32651-jumping-spider-andromeda-galaxy-eyeshttps://www.livescience.com/18143-jumping-spider-unique-vision.html


“I believe the arts have different roles in different cultures at different points in time. The most interesting purposes for art (in my humble opinion) are record-making capabilities, instructive or critical ventures, utilitarian or task-oriented works, and pieces that create a concrete visual for an otherwise abstract notion. There is quite a bit of overlap between these purposes, and they can be broken down into a myriad of equally interesting subheadings.”

Susan McCulley

“What inspired you to become an artist?     Art has been one of my favorite pastimes since I was very young, but admittingly it took a backseat for several years until an art workshop rekindled the love I had for drawing. More recently I have enjoyed the challenge of learning the art of scratchboard. I love the feeling of accomplishment when a piece turns out well and how my mind feels “reset”  when I have had a few hours to shut out the rest of the world and work on an image.”    

“High contrast images are especially effective on a scratchboard, due to the stark black and white imagery it creates. The soulful expression and the feeling it evoked when I initially saw the gorilla reference image instantly pulled at me, and I was compelled to capture it so putting it on scratchboard was an easy decision.”
 3. Why do you believe the arts are important?  The arts are important as they allow for self-expression and encourage creativity. I love it when I see a piece done so well that I am both left in awe and inspired by it.   

Tammy Uttecht

“My mother. Her name was Violet, so I have named my art company Shades of Violet. She loved to sew, knit, paint, and do numerous crafts and projects during my childhood years. I also love vibrant, bright colors. Most of my artwork incorporates vivid shades of the rainbow.”

“I wanted to combine bright greens and oranges, which are two colors that are very hard to blend as they are opposite sides of the color spectrum. I also find that circles are inclusive and I like to incorporate them somehow into my art.

“Art is so important! Since retiring, I have found great therapy in doing art. I believe that it is a necessary part of life and you can learn a lot about the world and yourself by doing art.”

Membership Updates Unveiled!

Norfolk Arts Center board and staff have been working on this project for almost a year, collecting feedback from our members and have designed a structure to better fit you.

The updates range from new names for membership levels to a new simpler brochure, and streamlined benefits for members designed to be what you want to get out of your membership! These changes are both for the Corporate and the Household memberships.

Our hope is that these new and improved memberships are exactly what you, your families, and your companies are looking for!

We have included the brochures in this post for easy access. If you would like a physical copy simply contact the NAC!

Our streamlined process for Corporate Memberships includes sponsorship credits you could use for things like gallery exhibits, Setting the Stage for Kids theatre program, or ‘Fork Fest as well as perks for both you and your employees. 

Your support of the arts helps us keep our programming available to the public! If you have any questions about these changes please don’t hesitate to call the NAC or email elizabeth@norfolkartscenter.org!

NAC’s First-Ever Virtual Exhibition

For the first time ever, the Norfolk Arts Center is bringing you a virtual exhibition. With the current conditions of our community, we wanted to bring the art to you! We are pleased to present the 13th Annual Juried Show and Doane University Faculty Art Show. To view the show simply go to the end of this post to see the video or go to the show page Here. This show will be available until May 28th.

The winners of the Juried show, as selected by our juror, Eric Stearns, are:
Best of Show: Diana Tweedy, Solitary Converse with Nature
1st Place: Patricia Hollins, Dreaming Upside Down
2nd Place: Kaci Schacht, Fossilized

A Letter from Juror, Eric Sterns of Doane University

I want to thank the Norfolk Arts Center for inviting me to juror their 13th Annual Juried Competition. This pleasurable task is humbling and one I take most seriously. The submissions presented an abundance of quality artworks for me to view. I approached my responsibilities with the utmost care, viewing the pieces multiple times over several days. The 13 works I selected represent the images that resonated with me strongly.

Thank you to Carlie Preister of CMP Lifestyle Photography for donating her time and talent to photograph this exhibit. We appreciate your support of the arts!

Although our gallery is currently closed to the public, the doors are open by appointment. If you are interested in viewing the gallery in-person, please email us at info@norfolkartscenter.org or give us a call at 402.371.7199.
We look forward to hearing about your virtual experience!

13th Annual Juried Show and Doane University Faculty Show

The Norfolk Arts Center is pleased to present the 13th Annual Juried Show and Doane Faculty Art Show. The winners of the Juried show, as selected by juror, Eric Stearns, are:Best of Show: Diana Tweedy, Solitary Converse with Nature1st Place: Patricia Hollins, Dreaming Upside Down2nd Place: Kaci Schacht, FossilizedThank you to @Carlie Preister of Carlie Marie Photography for donating her time and talent to photograph this exhibit. We appreciate your support of the arts!Although our gallery is currently closed to the public, the doors are open by appointment. If you are interested in viewing the gallery in-person, please email us at info@norfolkartscenter.org or give us a call at 402.371.7199. We look forward to hearing about your virtual experience!

Posted by Norfolk Arts Center on Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Faces of the NAC – Austen Hagood

Allow us to introduce to you to one of the Norfolk Arts Center’s amazing Board Members – Austen Hagood!  Austen was born and raised in Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in English. Austen began his career in radio and moved to Nebraska about 7 years ago.

A few years after moving to Norfolk he started to get involved with the Norfolk Arts Center. He started helping with Soup R’ Art, then helped with the capital campaign for the endowment before finally joining our Board of Directors. He joined the Board because he believes in the mission of the NAC and wanted to help make the arts accessible to everyone. Austen’s favorite part of being on the Board is getting to see the yearly vision come alive!

The arts have always played an important role in Austen’s life. For him, it began with theater in middle school, then moved into radio – he says every day was a show. Graphic Art, music, performing arts, all of that lead him to his current job as the Marketing Officer at BankFirst. He says that his job uses music, works, and pictures all in an effort to advertise for the bank!

In his free time Austen is what one could call a serial hobbyist, he finds something he enjoys, masters it – then moves on to something new. Austen has done everything from oil painting, leather tooling, and even building guitars! He says that once he gets to hang of his new hobby he rarely does it again. This quality certainly makes Austen a jack of all trades!

Austen says that he has always believed the arts are a cornerstone of our culture, but his favorite will always be the performing arts. The Norfolk Arts Center’s performing arts program is his favorite part of the NAC. He loves that we work hard to bring world-class performances to our town!

We have the most amazing Board members and we can’t thank you enough for all you do to support the Norfolk Arts Center and the Arts!

6 Tips for Working From Home

In this unique time, many of us are working from home and this experience has left us with a new set of challenges. Some of us have to deal with “coworkers” running around the house screaming about dinosaurs and fairies, some of us now have the added job of teacher along with our regular 9-5, and some of us simply feel the pull of the sun on a beautiful day. For most of us, our “office” is now our kitchen, living room, or dining area and the days of getting to shut a door to signal that we need space to work are over. Needless to say, focus and inspiration in the workplace have disappeared for many of us.

Personally the transition from working in a Gallery with art to inspire always on the walls to working in my kitchen and praying that the dog and the cat chasing each other does not wake up my 7-month-old so I can make the most of nap time….has been anything but easy. So today I want to focus this blog on the things we can do to make our work-from-home spaces ones that work for us, areas that are inspiring and help us focus!

Tip #1) Keep your space tidy. Working in my kitchen has its own set of challenges. When I sit down to work and I see a pile of dirty dishes and crumbs on the counters my concentration shifts from work to all of the home tasks I also need to get done. To help with this, every night before I go to bed I make sure the dishes are clean and the kitchen is tidy. Then, in the morning, I give myself a few minutes before I am on the clock to pick up any last-minute items. This gives me fewer distractions when I sit down to work!

Tip #2) Marie Kondo said it best when she said to surround yourself with things that “spark joy” and this is true for our at-home workspaces as well. Take the time to put up some pictures that you love or move a plant or a candle into the space where you work! Make sure you have good lighting! I work in my kitchen for many reasons, I love the amount of sun this room gets, it’s bright even on a cloudy day, and we have one of our wedding pictures hanging up above our table. I love seeing the family and friends that I can no longer visit because of social distancing. I always have my diffuser running with sents that help me focus like rosemary or eucalyptus!

Tip #3) Accountability! Make sure you have people to keep you accountable. It could be co-workers, your spouse, or even a friend! Someone who to going to remind you to stay focused when times get hard!

Tip #4) Start and end at the same time each day. This helps separate work from home even when you are working at home. And don’t be afraid to give yourself little breaks throughout the day. Can’t focus? Go on a walk around the block, watch a 5 minute YouTube Video, or read a couple pages of a book. Giving your mind a break can help you focus when you get back to work. But have a set time for your break to make sure you do get back to work!

Tip #5) Stay organized! For me, I am glued to my planner! I made sure to get a beautiful one that brings me joy every time I look at it! I make sure to write everything that I need to get done down and at the start of every week I try to plan out my week. What do I need to get done every day. Staying organized is crucial in this crazy world we are living in!

Tip #6) Don’t beat yourself up. We are all learning how to function in this new world of social isolation. The work-life balance has become a blurred line for all of us. Do your work to the best of your ability, make the most of nap time and sunny days when the kids can go outside, and know you are not a bad teacher – none of us have done algebra in years. We are all doing the best we can and we are all in this together.

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