305 N 5th St Norfolk, NE 68701 info@norfolkartscenter.org (402) 371-7199

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!

What’s Coming UP in February?


Feb. 4th 6:15 – 7 p.m. – This is a toddler class $5/child
Feb. 6th – Sip + Create: Pyrography 6-7:30 p.m. $35/person (non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages available)
Feb. 7th – First Friday – 6-11 p.m. FREE
Feb. 8th – Second Saturday Class 1-3 p.m. FREE
Feb. 11th – Mandala Art Class 4-5 p.m. $10/person
Fed. 13th – Drop-In Art (Valentine’s Day Cards) $5/child
Feb. 15th – Gallery Yoga 10-11 a.m. $10/person
Feb. 19 – Art for the Young at Heart: Fluid Art 2-3 p.m. $15/person
Feb. 20th – Third Thursday 5:45-6:15 Happy Hour
Feb. 21st – Stone Styling Class – 4-5 p.m. $10/person
Feb. 25th – Dino Light 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. $4/person
Feb. 27th – Drop-In Art Masks 4-5 p.m. $5/child
For more information call the Norfolk Arts Center at 402.371.7199

Soup ‘R Art Winners Announced

Soup ‘R Art was once again a HUGE success with over 800 people in attendance! Our community enjoyed amazing soups, desserts, art, music, and more! Guests participated in our silent auction where they bid on a guitar, door hangers, knives and much more. Everyone who came got to vote for their favorite soups, desserts, and artists! The people have spoken and this year’s winners are:

People’s Choice Artist: Roger Nadrchal, wood carving

Runner up: Alberta Wagner, gourd painting

People’s Choice Soup: Taylor Made Catering: Prime Rib Noodle Soup

Runner up: Black Cow Fat Pig: Coconut Curry Soup

People’s Choice Dessert: Taylor Made Catering: Oreo Brownie Cheesecake

Runner up: Black Cow Fat Big: Flourless Brownie

Congratulations again to our winners! We can’t wait to see what next year will bring.

We want to thank everyone for coming and supporting the Norfolk Arts Center and all of the amazing artists, restaurants and volunteers we have been working with. Thank you to the wonderful musicians David Chamberlain, Isaiah Baker, Paul Muncy of Artie’s Souper Band.

We also want to say a HUGE thank you to our sponsors and volunteers! This event would not be possible without YOU. See you next year!




1 Week Until Soup ‘R Art

Soup ‘R Art is just a few days away and here at the NAC, we are working hard to get everything ready! The restaurants are working on their food, the artists have their pieces prepared, and the auction items are ready to go! We are very excited for this amazing event!

Restaurants for this year include:

  • Black Cow Fat Pig
  • Aroma Circuit
  • TaylorMade Catering
  • The Meadows
  • Chartwells

New to the event this year!

  • Popcorn booth from Karmelcorn
  • Bread from Norfolk Bread Co.
  • FREE Scooters Coffee

We also have an amazing group of artists!

  • Al Kolar (Kolar Kustoms): Drawing
  • Alberta “Bert” Wagner: Gourd Painting
  • Anthony Thompson: Various Mediums
  • Cole “Beebs” Beebe: Various Mediums
  • Denise Dendinger: Gold Casted Leaves
  • Jody McQuillan: Various Mediums
  • Leroy Von Glan: Ceramics
  • Mike Fluent: Steel and Glass
  • Roger Nadrchal: Wood Carving
  • Sue Morfeld: Jewelry
  • Wendy Ketelsen: Jewelry
  • Wayne State College Art Club: Various Mediums

We are using this event to launch something extra special! We have the most amazing members and over the past year, our members have been asking for the memberships here at the NAC to be updated to fit their lives. You asked and we are answering.  Come to the membership table at Soup ‘R Art to find out all of the amazing updates coming your way! We’ll be directly in front of the stage! 


A HUGE thank you also goes out to all of our amazing sponsors! Thank you for all you do to support the arts!