August 22: Arts on Central ft. Adams & Cooley’s Rat Pack Jazz

We’re filling downtown Orange City with live music, food, and family fun! Grab street food (and poffertjes!) and create your own art. Celebrate the end of summer with a color toss ceremony! Then move on over to the bandshell for Adams & Cooley’s Rat Pack Jazz!

Artists of all ages can take part in chalk art, the iconic CUBE painting, a scavenger hunt, cookie decorating, a graffiti wall, photo booth, and more!

Stop by the OCArts booth and get a free t-shirt with your 2018-19 Season Pass purchase! Plus, decorate a bag to take home all your projects in. We can’t wait to see you there!

Schedule at a glance:

4:30  –  Food stands open, live music and activities begin

5:00  –  OC Chamber of Commerce “Thanks with Franks” begins

5:30  –  End of Summer Color Toss Ceremony

7:30  –  Adams & Cooley’s Rat Pack Jazz at the Bandshell


This year’s live music in the street will feature:

4:30  –  The Fabulous Forte: The voices of Nicki Kuiper, Rebecca De Vries, and Janie Van Dyke join with pianist Carla Van Beek for Andrews Sisters style harmonies and tight rhythms

5:10  –  The Ruralists: Guitar driven alt-rock band comprised of Luke Hawley, Laremy De Vries, Ben Lappenga, Jake Miller, and Titus Landegent, The Ruralists challenge the idea that culture can only be found in “cities”

6:00  –  Men of Jubilant Praise: Barbershop quartet-style sacred music led by Irwin De Jong

6:50  –  The Usual Suspects: Acoustic blues and rock with Joel Westerholm, John Hubers, Gary Reinders, Sam Martin, and Steve Mason

7:30  –  Adams & Cooley’s Rat Pack Jazz (at Windmill Park Bandshell): All the hits from the “Golden Age of Song,” just like you want them played! Take a listen:


With high praise from Chip Davis of Mannheim Steamroller, Adams & Cooley’s Rat Pack Jazz give you the musical standards of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett and Nat King Cole with flair. These gentlement have been touring and playing music together for over 30 years, and their showmanship and musical expertise really stand out from the crowd.


See you there!

Onstage Orange City: Festival Latino

Festival Latino — a free outdoor event highlighting Hispanic heritage — will fill Orange City’s Windmill Park from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24. The event is part of Orange City Arts’ Onstage Orange City summer series.

The fourth annual community-wide festival will feature authentic Latin cuisine, an interactive kids’ zone featuring free crafts and activities, and live music from internationally-known Latin fusion band Tropicante.

“The Hispanic population has begun to be an important part of the Orange City community, and it’s important to have shared spaces where we can learn to understand each other and learn about each other’s cultures,” says Olga Alvarado, an Orange City Arts board member of Colombian descent who helped plan the event.

With nearly 10 percent of Sioux County identifying as Hispanic according to the 2013 Census, the event aims to foster deeper cultural understanding while providing top-notch food and quality entertainment.

Kids zone IMG_7701 2014Tropicante, an energetic Latin-style band led by singers Ed East (Panamanian) and Karin Stein (Colombian), will have attendees dancing cumbias, merengues, sambas and other irresistible Latin rhythms.

“Our principal goal is always to have people’s minds opened to the diversity of Latin American cultures through a beautiful, fun medium — music,” Stein said.

Stein and East will host a free, all-ages interactive percussion workshop at 6:15 p.m. before their performance at 7 p.m.Calle Sur Photo

Separate from the larger band, the duo (known as Calle Sur, right) will also provide a free children’s workshop for grades kindergarten through fifth at 1 pm at the Orange City Public Library. The participants will make simple instruments, sing, dance, and act their way through a Brazilian rain forest.

Free transportation from Sioux Center will be available. A bus will leave the Centre Mall parking lot at 6 and 6:30 p.m., with rides returning from Orange City back to Sioux Center at 8:30 and 9 p.m.

Harold Heie, chair of the Festival Latino planning team and chair of CASA (Center for Assistance, Service, and Advocacy), says Festival Latino is a collaborative effort that aims to bring people together.

“Part of it is just getting to know one another,” Heie says. “When you get to know people, things always change.”

Attendees are invited to wear traditional clothing from their country of origin.

Festival Latino made possible by CASA, Center Fresh Group, Hands Around the World, Natural Food Holdings, Birdhouse Rentals, Western Iowa Dairy Alliance and Al & Carol Kramer, in conjunction with Orange City Arts.

Unity Christian Knight Center in Orange City is the event’s rain location. For changes related to the weather, visit or
Bring lawn chairs or blankets.

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Watercolor: Drawing & Mixed Media class

Mondays & Wednesdays, June 22- July 8

Bring your ideas to life with a variety of paints, colors, and textures. Experiment with different painting media, play with various styles, and learn about painters from history. Wear old clothes and be ready to use your imagination!  Class limited to 12.

Grades 1-3: 1-2pm
Grades 4-6: 2:15-3:15pm
Instructor: Laurie Taylor
Location: MOC-Floyd Valley Elementary art room (use west door)

Register here!


Onstage Orange City: Summer Suites

ORANGE CITY – Orange City Arts’ annual celebration of flowering gardens, music, art – and irresistible sweets – is coming soon. The 2015 Summer Suites will be held Wednesday, June 10 in three backyard gardens in Orange City.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

The “progressive concert” will feature The Copoetics of Sioux Falls, the Le Mars Flute Choir and several visual artists working while the public watches, with violinist Bethany Dykstra gracing that garden with music.

• The Copoetics — Dan Finch and Louisa Soli-Holt — invite Summer Suites guests to enjoy their guitar and ukelele, and Louisa’s “strikingly clear and penetrating voice.” A few years ago, both left South Dakota for Denver; both taught secondary school; both adored The Grateful Dead and Joni Mitchell. But Louisa’s heart was captured by Dan, the 5-string ukelele and most recently, their newborn son. The couple, noIMG  SUMMER SUITES The Copoetics promopic4w living in Sioux Falls, has traveled 10,000 miles, performing across the American West and educating many people on the differences between North Dakota and South Dakota.

Their name, The Copoetics? “It represents the collective poems of life we all share and create every day,” said Louisa.

• The Le Mars Flute Choir brings together flutists from Le Mars, Marcus, Sioux City and Orange City… and performs all kinds of music, from grand flute quartets to jazz. Watch for C flutes, G flutes and piccolos.

For Summer Suites, the seven-member choir will play a lovely variety, including Irish lilts, a rag, Camptown Races, a light classIMG_9389 Le Mars Flute Choir (large photo)ical piece by Boyce and the fun Little Red Monkey by Jordan. Another Summer Suites performance on June 10 is the Le Mars Flu

Left to right are Kathy Moore, Sue Ashenfelter and Dr. James Schroeder of Le Mars; Lynn Gross of Sioux City; Glenda Drennen of Le Mars; June Palleson of Marcus; and Donna Mortenson of Orange City.

• Visual artists, with violinist Bethany Dykstra, will grace the third garden. While attendees watch, seven visual artists will work.  Bethany Dykstra, who has played violin for 11 years as part of eight honor orchestras and now the Northwestern College Chamber Orchestra, will perform pieces by Ten Have, Handel and Bach, accompanied by Kate Noteboom.IMG_4137 Bethany Dykstra

Visual artists: Emilee Berry Emilee1sat on a poppy-covered stone staircase in Greece, and discovered the connection between the “light, organic feel of nature” and hard, rough architecture. So she loves both strong lines and repetition, and movement and texture. A recent award-winning art graduate from Northwestern College, originally from Battle Creek, she does sculpture, printmaking and photography, and will paint at Summer Suites.

Mary Jane Davidson cropped 2015-04-02 11.57.29Mary Jane Davidson, of Manitoba—and now Sioux City, comes from a family of artists, and learned about painting/ dying on silk from her sister. She stretches white silk, then hand-paints, using a variety of methods. Some are unpredictable designs, others complex and defined, with the help of gutta or soy wax resists. Many of Davidson’s paintings are on silk scarves.IMG_0471 Ron Erickson B

Ron Erickson, of Remsen, has been woodturning for 15 years, using wood from fallen trees to create bowls, Christmas ornaments and small boxes. He loves trying new things. It’s a hobby, so he doesn’t advertise, but he has exhibited his work in Spencer and Storm Lake. We’re lucky to have Erickson for Summer Suites, since his June through August priority is not woodturning, but golf.

IMG_0685 Lynne HubersLynne Hubers, of Orange City, learned to quilt from a friend in ’97, and hasn’t looked back. She loves choosing colors, working with beautiful fabrics, and designing. She enjoys geometric quilting, appreciates the finesse of traditional quilting, and especially likes the slow pace of appliqué work. She’s done one hand-quilted wallhanging — otherwise it’s machine quilting and piecing for Hubers.

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Marena Nachtigall, a SE Iowa native, studied art at Hesston and Bethel Colleges in Kansas, graduating in ’03. She opened Earth & Art, ceramics and floral design in Noble. Functional wheel-thrown ceramics is the basis for her work, with an emphasis on carved and beaded embellishments. Currently Nachtigall and her family live in Orange City.

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Lauren and Barb Ochsner have spent a combined 50-plus years on custom glasswork and framing, from their shop — Golden Prairie Art — of Maurice. They have designed and created stained glass for many area churches, plus Prairie Winds, the Dordt College library and Orange City Area Health System. They will demonstrate processes in creating stained glass art.Silver Lake Reflections Judy Thompson Full Size


Judy Thompson, watercolor artist originally from Chicago and now Orange City, painted the cover art for the recently published Laura Ingalls Wilder autobiography. Her art has been exhibited across the Midwest, and she has done many artist residencies, including two at national parks. Acclaimed as “capturing a sense of place,” Thompsons’ recent work includes her “Homestead Series.”

Some artists will offer their art for sale at Summer Suites.

Summer Suites will be held in the backyard gardens of Sally and Laird Edman (featuring The Copoetics), Jodi and Kent McDonough (visual artists and violinist Bethany Dykstra) and Anita and Jack Vogel (Le Mars Flute Choir).

The event, part of the Onstage Orange City series, is sponsored by Orange City Arts. Instead of a show in Windmill Park, the event happens in three backyards.

Advance tickets are necessary, at $10 for adults and $7 for students if purchased by June 6 at the Orange City Arts office, Orange City town hall and Dove Christian Book Store. After June 6, tickets are $13 and $10. Maps and schedules are provided to ticket purchasers. Rain location will be the Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre.

Special thanks go to Sodexo of Northwestern College and Orange City Floral Company.

For more information, contact Orange City Arts, 712-707-6514 or

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Sponsor: Orange City Arts

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Watercolor batik workshop with Judy Thompson: June 6

Watercolor Batik Workshop
Create translucent watercolor on textured Japanese Paper
Artist/Instructor Judy Thompson
(for high school and adults)

Saturday, June 6: 9am to 2pm
Northwestern College Korver Art Center, Room 103

Batik is a century old process of decorating cloth using wax and dye. Using a similar process, you will create beautiful translucent watercolor paintings on textured Japanese paper. Judy will demonstrate and instruct each step of this unique and fascinating process. Come join us for a fun, hands-on workshop. Adult learners of all levels are welcome.

Class members will complete a tulip painting similar to the one below. Each student will use the same template, but all of the paintings will be unique.Judy Thompson Tulips Email

The day will include a break for lunch.

Judy Thompson’s artwork has received regional and national awards and has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the Midwest. She has been selected twice as an Artist-in-Residence with the National Park System (Nebraska and South Dakota), and is an approved teaching artist for the Nebraska Arts Council. Through a grant, awarded by the Iowa Arts Council, her Homestead Series has toured the Midwest to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act. Judy is a signature member of the Iowa Watercolor Society and enjoys teaching drawing and painting techniques to students of all ages.
One of Judy’s most recent projects has been creating the cover art for recently released Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

COST: $65 per student.
Fee includes materials.
Registration deadline: May 30

Register by sending name, email address, phone number and payment to Orange City Arts Council, PO Box 202, Orange City IA 51041. Checks should be written to Orange City Arts Council.

If you wish, bring your own materials:
Tube Watercolors – Artist Quality
Assorted Watercolor Brushes (flats and rounds)
Palette or Paper Plate
Water Container
Ultra fine tip Sharpie Marker
Paper towels

Everyone is asked to bring old newspapers or news print (no magazine sections/color inserts)

Batik materials—wax, Japanese paper, wax brushes & professional grade watercolors—will be provided.Judy Thompson

Snapshots: Intro to Photography

Tuesdays & Thursdays: June 2- June 18

Learn with Lauren McDonald! Take great photos of almost anything. Be creative every time. Bring a digital camera to class… and plan to be out & about often, shooting photos.

Class limited to 12.

Tuesdays & Thursdays: June 2-June 18
Grades 1-3: 3:30-4:30pm
Grades 4-6: 2:15-3:15pm
Grades 7-8: 1:00-2:00pm
Instructor: Lauren McDonald
Location: City Hall Community Room

Register here!

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