Call for Entry – 2015 JFAA Annual Art Show

Calling All Artists to enter the 51st ANNUAL JFAA ART SHOW

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2014 Juror Choice Award Winner in Painting, Karen Bakke, Pazazz, 2014, acrylic

51st Annual JFAA Art Show is coming… August 29 – October 3, 2015.

This exhibition is open to all artists, young and mature, professional and hobbyist. Artists may submit up to 3 pieces and all media and styles are welcome. All artwork submitted and meeting basic requirements will be exhibited. Once installed the works will be juried for prizes.

If you would like to participate please send your email address to Sally Jeppson, Gallery Manager (sjeppson@jamestownarts.com) to receive an entry form. Or use the links below.

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Deadlines  and  Dates 

  • August 1 – Registration Forms Deadline and Fees 
  • August 23 – Artwork to arrive at Arts Center 
  • August 29 – Public Opening, 1-3 pm
  • October 2 – Last Viewing Day for Show
  • October 5-9 – Artwork Pickup, 10 am – 5 pm

This exhibition is a perennial favorite, having great regional participation. Historically over 60 pieces are shown. The artwork’s many mediums and styles provides for a challenging installation with great variety for gallery visitors.

Need Help with Delivery?

A trip to retrieve/return art will be arranged to help both Fargo and Bismarck artists. There will be a single location selected as a drop off point in each town. Please email sjeppson@jamestownarts.com to sign up for this service.

 

 

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More Proof that Art Can Make a Difference

“Where words fail, music speaks.” ― Hans Christian Andersen

Once again I am reminded that the arts can improve, enhance and sustain life no matter what age or state of mind we find ourselves. Customized playlists and iPods are finding themselves useful in bringing joy to dementia suffers. Results are conclusive that music is the one thing that dementia cannot destroy.

alive-insideHow many times have you heard a song from your past and instantly you are transported back in time…the people, the cicumstances, the smells, the feelings all return with startling clarity.

I’m reminded of a recent visit to my 88 yr old mother’s elder care center, where I was dining during a festive communal birthday celebration. They had entertainment, a piano player and singer, playing songs from the 40’s. My elder dinner companions knew and could sing the words of every song and they gleefully joined the entertainer in song. I don’t know the mechanics of the brain that makes this possible, I don’t really care as long as its giving joy — I prefer to think its the magic that art is capable of unlocking.

Here is the article if you wish to explore this topic further.

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The Culture Builds Community blog is submitted (almost) weekly by The Arts Center Gallery Manager Sally Jeppson. She would love to hear your comments here or email sjeppson@jamestownarts.com.
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Be Arts Center Ambassadors – Tell Your Friends

Before I sat down to write this blog I was browsing through the latest issue of North Dakota Living (a publication sent to households serviced by regional electric cooperatives). In the calendar of events section, I was delighted to see at the top of the list on page 44 the Arts Center’s present exhibition, Born of Sand, Forged in Fire: Glass Arts and an accompanying photograph showing Jon Offutt demonstrating glass blowing in the Arts Park. I know who was responsible for this – the “wonder-woman” of marketing Angela Martini.

Martini does a terrific job at trying to get the word out–its not always easy. There are dozens of deadlines, countless publications and calendars but she keeps up with it all. Yet we still sometimes host wonderful programs for only a handful of people. We ask ourselves…”what is the problem?” We explain it away; if its winter we figure people are hibernating, if its summer we figure people don’t want to hang out inside. When people experience The Arts Center’s many programs they are enthusiastic, complementary and appreciative, again…”what is the problem?” I know this isn’t unique to our organization and the issue of participation occupies a lot of staff consideration.IMG_3663

We want more people to experience The Arts Center so there are three things I want people to do for me. First, the next time you visit bring a friend, preferably someone who doesn’t know much about what happens at The Center. Second, be an ambassador, if you are a member and supporter, spread the word about what’s happening. And third, give us, send us, or email us one suggestion that you think will get more community participation.

This May is a particularly good month to visit and enjoy Arts Center programs. You have already missed a few but the Glass exhibit is up through June 6 and there is also an amazing, spectacularly-colored student installation in the lobby (well worth the visit, just to see what Jamestown’s 5th graders have done with over 3000 discarded plastic bottles). There are two upcoming musical shows, both upbeat performances that are great ways to kick into summer-fun mode.

PERFORMANCE BY JOHN CROWSTON & KERRY WICKS

Friday, May 15th
7:00 pm at The Arts Center

PERFORMANCE BY Canadian Rockabilly Hall of Famer ROBBY VEE

Saturday, May 30th
7:30 pm at The Arts Center

The Culture Builds Community blog is submitted (almost) weekly by The Arts Center Gallery Manager Sally Jeppson. She would love to hear your comments here or email sjeppson@jamestownarts.com.
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Busy at Work, Busy at Play

I think its the time of year, spring is here, we are anxious to get outside, to feel the sun, see what nature has to offer. School days are soon coming to a close giving way to summer fun. At The Arts Center we are ready to close out the Arts After School season and begin the Summer programs. Look for a booklet on all our summer activities coming to your mailbox or inbox this week. If you don’t get one, you can always find it on our website www.jamestownarts.com.

It was suggested that I depart from my normal blog routine and write something about what I’m up to. There is a lot of blurring in my life between work-work and home-work. Last week I was in Medora assisting the ND Cowboy Hall of Fame Center for Western Heritage and Culture with a new summer exhibition – their 4th Annual Cowboys and Indians Fine Art Exhibition. It was like returning home, seeing old friends both the people and the exhibits themselves. Having developed the Hall’s exhibits, I’m always amazed to think that I had a part in every piece on display. Of course, things have been added in the 10 years since the opening, after all the “baby” has to grow up, but I’m still very proud of that accomplishment.

IMG_3498 IMG_3497Thursday and Friday I headed to Minneapolis to gather work for the upcoming glass exhibit, Born of Sand, Forged in Fire. A six hour drive from home had me on the door step of FOCI: Minnesota Center for Glass Arts. I chose the location as a gathering point for artists to bring their work to me. I was welcomed by glass artist Danielle Kieffer who gave me the grand tour and introduced me to some of the working artists. She explained that FOCI uses a non-academic model of teaching, pairing seasoned artists with newcomers to teach the skills of working in glass. Their mission is to engage the Minnesota community in the study and appreciation of glass arts while expanding the potential of the medium. The place had a great “vibe” with lots of relaxed energy and you could feel the community and camaraderie among the artists. They were so welcoming that I was able to secure additional pieces for the Art Center’s exhibition. Interestingly one of our local artists, whose work is in the exhibition, Dan Zimney has been learning and working at FOCI. I highly recommend a visit, you can learn more here: FOCI.

I’m turning 52 this weekend and its had to believe that I’ve been living in North Dakota and working in the arts for half my life! 26 years ago I began work at the Plains Art Museum. I just received an email this morning that the Plains is planning a staff reunion to celebrate the 40 years since the Museum’s founding. I’m looking forward to that event and seeing more old friends.

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You might wonder what I’m up to this weekend to celebrate…I’m a gardener and I’m staging for the summer garden but will also working on the newest addition to the garden assemblage. For my birthday present, my creative, artist, packrat husband, Deane Colin Fay finished off the conversion of a dilapidated chicken coop into a mega-big pseudo-greenhouse/coldframe. Its been a work in progress for years, with stops and starts and 75+ wheelbarrow loads of “chickenpoop” removed to get to this point. Using an assortment of salvaged windows (some even from one of the grand old houses on Fargo’s 8th Street), the structure is finished and now its my job to embellish it. I’m planning a stained glass panel for above the door and a suite of tropical paint colors for the window panes. I envision this sunny space with flowers in May and tomatoes ripening well into October. Look for a “finished” photo coming soon.

The Culture Builds Community blog is submitted (almost) weekly by The Arts Center Gallery Manager Sally Jeppson. She would love to hear your comments here or email sjeppson@jamestownarts.com.

 

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Earth Day Angel and More

Last week I posted about our need for help with Arts Park clean up. Even though it was a small gathering, surprisingly, the clean up went quickly and we are thankful for the volunteers that came to help. We ended up with over twenty full leaf bags and no truck to transport them to the City’s compost site. We left the bags in the Park and much to our surprise some Angel picked them up and took them away.  We appreciate this grand gesture more than you can imagine–Thank You!11000133_10153221211524281_5539957835722452434_o

What didn’t happen with the Park clean up was the adoption of plants. There are still many perennials and some trees that need new homes. If you are interested please stop by The Arts Center and we’ll show you what’s available.

I was thinking about the fact that today is Earth Day. I was wondering, why isn’t everyday earth day, after all, taking care of the planet is something we should consider everyday. Considering our choices and weighing the impact of our footprint on this earth is something we all should think about. Simple changes in our behavior can make a difference.

What does this have to do with art? Many artists today are good stewards of the earth, recycling junk into art or making art that draws attention to environmental issues.

Bottles waiting to be transformed into art by Jamestown 5th graders.

Bottles waiting to be transformed into art by Jamestown 5th graders. The final installation might look something like the image at right … and will hang in the Arts Center Lobby.

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The Web is full of images showing unique artworks that transform junk into beauty and marketable artwork. The creativity of people has no bounds. I’ve shared a few here that I liked.  I encourage people, especially families to think of projects that could transform “junk” around house into family treasures.

Area students are engaged in a recycle, reuse art project that will be installed in the Arts Center Lobby. Be sure to stop by between May 5 – June 6 to see how Jamestown 5th graders transformed plastic bottles into colorful glass-like sculptures.

Robert Bradford creates these life-size and larger-than-life sculptures of humans and animals from discarded plastic items, mainly toys but also other colourful plastic bits and pieces, such as combs and buttons, brushes and parts of clothes pegs.

Robert Bradford creates these life-size and larger-than-life sculptures of humans and animals from discarded plastic items, mainly toys but also other colourful plastic bits and pieces, such as combs and buttons, brushes and parts of clothes pegs.

Artist Nick Sayers created this piece above called “To Live”, a shelter created from scrap real estate signs designed to create a statement about homelessness and sustainable building.

Artist Nick Sayers created this piece above called “To Live”, a shelter created from scrap real estate signs designed to create a statement about homelessness and sustainable building.

Recycled book sculpture.

Recycled book sculpture.

Garden Gate, at The Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Garden Gate, at The Atlanta Botanical Gardens

 A bed of nails, repurposed, is turned into a bench.

A bed of nails, repurposed, is turned into a bench.

The Culture Builds Community blog is submitted (almost) weekly by The Arts Center Gallery Manager Sally Jeppson. Jeppson is also the Arts Center’s Art for Life Coordinator. She would love to hear your comments here or email sjeppson@jamestownarts.com.
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Arts Park Spring Cleaning – Help Needed

Mother Nature seems to be on our side as we anticipate work to begin on the Arts Park. Knowing that earth moving and landscaping will eventually begin, but not before the plants, grass and yes, weeds start to emerge, we are getting a jump on the Park clean up.  Taking advantage of these pleasant warming trends with your help we can make the park look as neat as possible as we wait for work to begin.

Thursday, April 16 from 4-6 pm please come and help us make help to make quick work of the cleanup. Need a little nudge to come out and help? Your name will be put in drawing to get a ticket to the Jamestown Rotary’s annual Wine and Brew Ha Ha. We have several tickets available. This event is also tomorrow so once we get the Park cleaned up and we can go support the Rotary and enjoy some refreshments.

Park Update: The bidding package is being prepared and will be in contractors hands by early May. If all goes well (pray to the Arts Goddess or whatever higher power you subscribe to) work will begin shortly after.Graphic_Art Park_24x36_rev 2-13-15All the dried up annuals will need to be removed, trash picked up and perennials saved and removed. The perennials and trees will be adopted out so bring pots or bags if you would like to take something home. Many of these plants were lovingly donated to the park and I hope they will find new homes in local yards.

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Perennials like irises, peonies, yarrow and daylilies need to find homes. Here they are pictured along with annual plantings.

Bring gloves, shovels, rakes, pruning shears if you have them. A wheelbarrow or cart would be useful as would buckets. If you would like to contribute the use of your truck to haul debris to the dump that would be a great help.

The Culture Builds Community blog is submitted (almost) weekly by The Arts Center Gallery Manager Sally Jeppson. Jeppson is also the Arts Center’s Art for Life Coordinator. She would love to hear your comments here or email sjeppson@jamestownarts.com.

 

 

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The Teacher from the Black Lagoon…Arts in Education

On Monday, April 13th The Arts Center will once again host the nationally recognized children’s theater troupe–Theatreworks USA. This year they will present a musical revue based on favorite contemporary children’s literature:  The Teacher From the Black Lagoon & Other Story Books. Three performances will be offered to all Jamestown students in grades K-5. The show comes with a study guide that teachers and parents can use to enhance the experience.

  • Sponsored by: Northern Plains Electric Coop’s Operation Roundup Program and Walmart

Theatreworksflyer_1384Providing quality youth arts experiences like this performance is central to The Arts Center’s mission.  We do this through our Artist in Residence program and our Arts After School program. Working closely with education specialists, teaching artists and the North Dakota Council on the Arts we are working to transform the way children learn. Nationally we are finally at a point where the many studies and antidotal evidence illustrating the benefit of an education infused and enriched with art are being acknowledged.  The arts help create well-rounded, successful, creative, productive, innovative individuals–the kind of citizens we need to help ensure a prosperous future for our planet.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – the so-called STEM subjects have long been recognized as the key to success. But there is a movement to add Art to the mix – STEAMAccording to the website stemtosteam.org “the Arts are poised to transform our economy in the 21st century just as science and technology did in the last century.”

The Arts Center currently anchors the only existing STEAM team in North Dakota. Our past work with the North Dakota Council on the Arts program Schools and Artists as Learning Teams (SALT) prepared the way for work in the STEAM program. The Arts Center is a recipient of a STE[A]M Team Grant that provides financial assistance, time, professional development, and support to teacher/artist teams committed to teaching the whole student and nurturing both sides of the brain to enhance creativity and 21st Century thinking and learning. 

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STEAM Logo developed by the North Dakota Council on the Arts to help its constituents and partners to discuss the integrated nature of the STEAM learning/teaching model.

Much can be found on the STEM vs. STEAM dialogue. I think we can all agree it makes sense for students to enjoy the benefit of the most well rounded education, one that includes not only science but art.  Here are some links for you to explore:

 The Culture Builds Community blog is submitted (almost) weekly by The Arts Center Gallery Manager Sally Jeppson. Jeppson is also the Arts Center’s Art for Life Coordinator. She would love to hear your comments here or email sjeppson@jamestownarts.com.
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The Fun of Arts and Aging

In Fargo last week, ArtSage offered a workshop Introduction to Arts and Aging. The program reinforced the value of arts activities for seniors. Studies have proven that elders involved in arts activities are not only showing stabilization, but actual improvement with regard to physical, social and emotional well-being, while in most cases the control group of non-arts participants is showing decline. Examples of improvement include fewer falls, decreases in medication and doctor visits, reported decreases in loneliness and depression and increased involvement in community activities. This research is outlined in a landmark study directed by the late Dr. Gene Cohen. 

IMG_0158_3The Arts Center’s Art For Life program has been in existence since 2001 and supports the the same conclusions. You may recall, this program is supported by the North Dakota Council on the Arts and pairs Arts Centers/Councils with Eldercare facilities to bring artists and art activities to their residents. These Art for Life programs are occurring across North Dakota in 14 elder care facilities in 11 different communities. Here in Jamestown, working with Ave Maria Village and the Heritage Centre, the Arts Center has provided musicians, storytellers, wood carvers, painters, weavers, potters, flute carvers, poets, writers and even a chef. 

During the workshop I was struck by the statistic highlighted below. Keeping the older population healthy and more importantly happy will be a national challenge. Creative opportunities, especially those experienced by a group, helps build community and the connections essential to happiness. The arts can provide such opportunities.

The 65 and over population will more than double and the 85 and over will more than triple by 2050. Across the States, Profiles of Long-Term Services and Supports” by Ari Houser, Wendy Fox-Grage, & Kathleen Ujvari. AARP Public.

Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 2.11.14 PMProviding arts activities for older adults isn’t new but the character and quality of what is provided goes far beyond the craft-room activities of times-past. The activities outlined by ArtSage were multidisciplinary and multi-sensory. This work represents a whole new aspect of geriatric science and arts education. Educators, activities directors, care providers, family members, artists, galleries and museums are all working together in this fast growing field. 

Coming to Jamestown on June 1 & 2!

 Traditional Dance and Mobile Painting Device Project

The residents of Jamestown’s Ave Maria Village and Heritage Center will experience a program that allows residents paint a huge canvas mural. But this won’t be just any mural but one that is inspired by the sounds and movements of Margreat Sam a Bharatanatyam dancer originally from India who started training in traditional dance at the age of 3 ½.  This is Margreat’s 2nd visit to Jamestown’s Art For Life program.

The project is based on the work of  Jeff Nachtigall, an established artist who has exhibited in North America, Europe, and China and who has given keynote addresses at national conferences on arts and aging.  He developed Open Studio Projects, an inclusive, non-hierarchical, community-centered strategy that challenges traditional clinical approaches and pushes the boundaries of the arts in healthcare.  Jeff is also the designer and inventor of the Mobile Painting Device (MPD), an adaptive technology that transforms the wheelchair into a giant paintbrush, giving people living with neurological deficits the opportunity to express themselves on a very large scale. Jeff’s MPD will be used in Jamestown and everyone is excited to have this unique opportunity.

Volunteers Needed: The Traditional Dance and Mobile Painting Device Project requires a huge amount of coordination and preparation before, during and after to achieve success.  If you would like to assist us please contact Sally Jeppson at The Arts Center 701-251-2496 or email me at sjeppson@jamestownarts.com.

The Culture Builds Community blog is submitted (almost) weekly by The Arts Center Gallery Manager Sally Jeppson. Jeppson is also the Arts Center’s Art for Life Coordinator. She would love to hear your comments here or email sjeppson@jamestownarts.com.
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Community Theatre Tickets Still Available

This week, take a break from March Madness and come down to The Arts Center for dinner theatre. Tickets are still available for each night, Thursday, Friday & Saturday, March 26, 27, 28.

Dinner begins at 6:00 pm with a meal of lasagna and fixings followed by the 7:00 pm performance. Ticket price includes both dinner and the show.  Tickets are $25 for Jamestown Fine Arts Association members and $30 for non-members and should be purchased in advance. Tickets are available at the Arts Center, 115 2nd St. SW, and by calling 251-2496.

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“You Can’t Get There From Here” Cast. Photograph by John Steiner, Jamestown Sun.

The play, You Can’t Get There From Here by Pat Cook continues a tradition of light-hearted comedies hosted by 2nd Act Community Theater. This play features seven local cast members: Matt Swearingen, Stephanie Didier, Carrie Roemmich, Melissa Goodrich, Krissy Nybo, Sarena Ebel, and Bill Nybo. Some are seasoned “2nd Actors” and some are new participants to The Arts Center’s community theater family. Samantha Carlson makes her directorial debut with this show.

The story: The Mavis Garner Bed and Breakfast is not the sort of place you’d find on a freeway or even a map. That’s because they get most of the customers from cars disabled when they hit the pothole on Main Street. Scandal-sheet reporter Arthur Lyman decides to do an expose on the pothole “scam” and checks into the bed and breakfast. During his stay he’s fined eight times, dragged across town by the local watchdog and fired from his job. What else could he do but fall in love with one of the proprietors! When his boss shows up and takes over the story, he’s treated to scenes from Shakespeare, slipshod seances and a witch who can’t keep her hexes straight.

The Author: Pat Cook got his first taste of seeing his work in print when he was still in high school in Frankston, Texas, writing for the school paper. During the summers, he wrote a column for his hometown newspaper. It wasn’t until college, however, when he saw the movie version of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple, that he decided to try his hand at writing plays. Since that time he has become a full time writer and has more than 140 published plays by nine publishers.

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Anna Jacobson ~ .elements.

On Thursday, March 19th at 4:45 pm the Gallery will be alive with a new exhibit and some very special hosts. The exhibit titled .elements. features the work of The Arts Center’s resident artist Anna Jacobson. Jacobson has been with The Arts Center for the past two school years. During her time she has guided hundreds of elementary school children in the elements of art. She has taught multiple grades in Jamestown schools and Arts After School at the Center, as well as teaching adult classes in painting and printmaking.

When describing the concept of her upcoming exhibit, Jacobson mentions, “at some point, whether realized or not, all artists learn the seven elements of art and the seven principles of design. These are the building blocks used by artists to translate what is seen in visual art.” This show is a retrospective of the images used to illustrate these elements and principles to students during Jacobson’s 2-year residency.

For Thursday’s reception not only will her students be special guests and hosts but Jacobson has prepared a slide show of their work. The general public and all of Jacobson’s students and their families are welcome to attend Thursday’s event which will last until 7:00 pm. Refreshments will be served.

_MG_6934k.1.14 copyAbout the Artist:  Anna Jacobson grew up on a family‐owned organic farm in rural North Dakota where she was encouraged to explore, observe, learn and create. She continues to carry these principles with her as she creates and teaches art. Jacobson believes everyone should have the opportunity to experience art and that art should be part of a balanced and life‐long education, providing learners of all ages with essential skills and knowledge they need to be productive and caring citizens.

A North Dakota native, Anna graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN with a BA in studio art in 2003.  She earned a Master in Fine Art with an emphasis in Printmaking from the University of North Dakota in 2010.   Anna works as an artist in her own studio combining printmaking, painting, and book arts.  As a teaching artist for multiple community art organizations, Anna provides art education and experiential learning for children and adults. 

The Arts Center’s Artists-in-Residence program began in 1983, it serves K – 5 students for an average of 32 weeks per year in all elementary schools; students have worked with artists in music, drama, creative writing, traditional arts, visual arts, storytelling, fiber arts, poetry and Native American arts. The program is supported through general operating funds, donations and grants received from the North Dakota Council on the Arts.

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