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Using the Arts to “Bridge” Communities and Cultures!

Free Book Signing, Discussion and Opening Reception:
Thursday, September 14 from 4:15-7:00 p.m.

Refreshments and snacks provided by NAC Ladies Guild and live music by Shirley Klafter.

Doughboy by Alan J. Bartels in Madison County

In celebration of Nebraska’s 150th anniversary of statehood, the Norfolk Arts Center is excited to announce the exhibit, “Bridges: Sharing our Past to Enrich the Future” sponsored by Hildegard Center for the Arts (HCFCA), in collaboration with the Nebraska State Historical Society and the Nebraska Tourism Commission. Work will be on display September 7 – October 26 with an opening reception held on Thursday, September 14 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. During which the public can mingle with the people who are apart of Hildegard Center organization and the regional artists from the show are invited to come speak about themselves and their photographs. The NAC invites all to attend. Snacks and refreshments will be provided by the NAC Ladies Guild with music by Shirley Klafter.

Show on display through Thursday, October 26, 2017.

Composite Image by Tim Wright—NE 150 Photo Exhibit  “Bridges: Sharing Our Past to Enrich the Future

The statewide call for photographs of historic places garnered over 800 photo submissions! They collected images from all 93 counties in Nebraska and named a winner for each county. Amateur and professional photographers alike were invited to capture images of historic sites and treasures across the state of Nebraska. Handful of images are selected for the particular show to portray a regional representation, but ALL photos will be shown on a slideshow at the exhibit!  “Each Nebraska community is unique, and historic places often identify a community’s character,” said Bob Puschendorf, the Nebraska State Historical Society’s associate director and deputy state historic preservation officer.

Willow Island Road by Richard Jones in Dawson County

“This entire experience is one that we are very privileged and excited to display for the public,” accounts Denice Hansen, Assistant Director for the Norfolk Arts Center. “I believe these works will really resonate with our community, as they shine light on local sites. The historical background information alongside each photo really adds great depth and understanding as well. This is a true opportunity for families, schools, senior centers and any other group to experience an artistic window into the past; and we invite everyone to stop in and check it out.”

Also featuring guest speaker, David Hendee of Omaha World Herald.
Starting at 4:15 p.m. Free and open to the public.

David Hendee wrote “Nebraska: 150 Years Through 93 Counties’’ as part of the Omaha World-Herald’s coverage of the 150th anniversary of Nebraska statehood this year.

Hendee is a regional reporter for The World-Herald. He has worked as an editor and reporter during a 41-year career with the newspaper, filing stories from the White House, the Canadian Rockies, America’s last homestead in Alaska, the ballistic missile submarine USS Nebraska, the Demilitarized Zone in Korea and across Nebraska and the Great Plains.

He joined The World-Herald in 1976 after working at his hometown newspaper, The Sidney (Neb.) Telegraph, for two years. He is a journalism graduate of Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Nebraska.

Born to Nebraskans at Camp Pendleton, a Marine Corps base near Oceanside, California, David is a fifth-generation Nebraska. He and his wife, Polly (the former Polly Schulze of Tilden, Nebraska), have two daughters and two grandchildren.

The 190-page coffee table book was published last fall and is in its second printing.

Also available for purchase at NAC is 150 memorabilia including magnets, puzzles, and posters by designer Timothy Wright of Omaha. 

Admission to the NAC gallery is free.

Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

and Saturdays 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

For more information, visit exhibit page or visit the Norfolk Arts Center’s Facebook page.