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.


“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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Oil and Water Issues: An Artist Perspective

Oil and Water: A Printmaking Exchange – On display through March 14, 2015

Caitlin Deal, "Streets Named After What’s Gone for Good", screen print and mylar

Caitlin Deal, “Streets Named After What’s Gone for Good”, screen print and mylar

The use or misuse of our natural resources is an issue that generates much debate. This dialog is particularly important today in North Dakota as our state experiences an oil boom in the west and extensive flood mitigation in the east. It’s not just a discussion for politicians or environmentalists but everyone who lives in the state is touched one way or another by these two issues. Some people profit from North Dakota’s precious resources and some are devastated.

Moved by this dialog, art professors, all printmakers, Kent Kapplinger (NDSU), John Volk (MSUM) and Heidi Goldberg (Concordia College) coordinated a printmaking exchange focused on these two issues. Printmaking students and faculty from regional institutions, Concordia College, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Minot State University, North Dakota State University, University of Manitoba, University of North Dakota and Valley City State University tackled these challenging issues through the art of printmaking. The resulting exhibit, Oil and Water was first displayed at Plains Art Museum in Fargo, North Dakota and has subsequently toured throughout the state with the North Dakota Art Gallery Association. The Art Center hosts the exhibition through March 14.

Jadelyn Hancock, "Good Steward, Worldly Greed", relief (linocut)

Jadelyn Hancock, “Good Steward, Worldly Greed”, relief (linocut)

There are pieces from 37 different artists. Whether dealing with issues of flooding and diversion in the Red River Valley or oil development and fracking on the Bakken Oil Formation, the artists’ have captured all points of view. The prints show a wonderful diversity of approaches to the conversation. Some prints elegantly portray the changing landscape while some graphically denounce the tragedy and devastation that is occurring.

So far we don’t see oil rigs on Jamestown’s horizon but flooding and water quality have certainly touched our community. We see changes resulting from what’s happening in the oil-rich west, traffic, new residents, etc. The Arts Center encourages everyone to visit this exhibition; these artists have worked hard to creatively make us think about two of the state’s most important natural resources.

Please watch for further information regarding a reception and discussion with the artist during the first week in March.

The Arts Center is open Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, free to the public. School groups and clubs are welcome, call ahead for a tour, 701-251-2496.

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Giving Hearts Day – Support Your Favorite Local Non-Profit

Tired of your usual Valentine’s Day Giving?

Rather than giving your “sweetheart” something he/she doesn’t need give your gift to the charity you love! Do it this Thursday and you double your love!

On Thursday, February 12, 2015 during a 24-HOUR ONLINE FUNDRAISING EVENT every online gift of $10 or greater is matched up to $4,000 on Giving Hearts Day.

All you have to do is go on-line with your computer, tablet or smart phone. To give to The Arts Center follow this link: Give to The Arts Center. All donations are tax-deductible and support the many programs that fuel and foster creativity in our community.

Last year, on February 13, 2014, gifts totaling $5.7 million in 24,407 individual donations for 235 charities were received in online donations, match funds and incentive awards. Giving Hearts Day was started in 2008 by Dakota Medical Foundation and Impact Foundation as the region’s first one-day ‘virtual’ fundraising event. All donations are made at Participating charities have received Impact Institute training as preparation for year-round fundraising success, and take part in a Giving Hearts Day gear-up intensive for this campaign. Learn more about this program.

Several local non-profit organizations are teaming up to inform the public about what they do during a free community event at The Arts Center. There is an opportunity to learn about the American Heart Association, Service Dogs for America, Anne Carlsen Center, Jamestown Regional Medical Center and, of course, The Arts Center. There will be information on healthy living and cooking and first aid. You can meet a Service Dog, learn about what The Arts Center does for the community and meet new friends during the Social Hour.

Schedule – Thursday, February 12 @ The Arts Center

  • 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm – Heart Healthy Cooking Demo
  • 2:30 pm – Service Dog Demo
  • 3 pm – 4:30 pm – Kids After School Arts
  • 4:30 – 5:00 pm –  Learn Hands Only CPR
  • Ongoing Blood Pressure Checks
  • 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Social

Click here for the Giving Hearts Day POSTER. Note: the poster takes a moment to load but please share it with your friends.


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Art Park a Finalist for ArtPlace Grant

The Arts Center is pleased to announce that we have been chosen as one of 90 finalists for an ArtPlace America 2015 National Grants Program. The only finalist from North Dakota, we have the opportunity to submit a full proposal to support the Arts Park.

ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) is a ten-year collaboration that exists to position art and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development in order to help strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities.” –  ArtPlace America website

This spring, The Arts Center will be break ground in the next phase of Arts Park development.  A vital space destined to provide a venue for community gatherings and a living gallery complete with sculptural elements, projections, and sound features. The Arts Park will be a place to host cultural events, performances, and community activities. Its programs and features will celebrate the region’s cultural heritage while providing the community with a contemporary public art space like none other.

To be chosen as as an ArtPlace finalist is a great honor for The Arts Center and Jamestown. It recognizes the value of nine years of many contributions, visions and hard work.  Should funding be awarded, the ArtPlace America grant could do wonders to further the community’s vision for the Arts Park.

Fire destroyed the building that once stood where the Art Park will be built. Since the fire, the area was reclaimed and each year volunteers plant and tend the gardens. The space has been wonderful for numerous community gatherings and Arts Center events and programs. ArtPlace funding (if received) will further the vision of a permanent outdoor arts space in Jamestown’s city center.

Representatives from ArtPlace America are scheduled to visit Jamestown and The Arts Center in late February. Your enthusiasm for The Arts Park project is crucial to ensuring that our community is chosen to receive this grant. The Arts Center encourages everyone to show support for the Arts Park. Support can take many forms, grand gestures–like “naming opportunities” are available–but non-cash support is also essential, like creative ideas to generate awareness and time contributed to park efforts. Letters of support from everyone; Arts Center members, families, and local and regional businesses owners are so helpful to letting funders know what the park could do for Jamestown and its residents.

If you wish to help with any means of Park development, contact Cyndi Wish, Arts Center Director at 701-251-2496 or email to find out more details. Send support letters to The Arts Center, PO Box 363, Jamestown 58402, or to Cyndi at the above e-mail.

As the only green or common space downtown, the Art Park and arts programming will reinvigorate a decaying area; tie the community together through shared heritage and pride of place; provide for artistic expression serving as a catalyst for new ideas, innovation and change; and create a community coalesced around a positive vision for development. –from the ArtPlace Grant

ArtPlace project finalists represent communities of all sizes from across the country. ArtPlace’s grantees will be announced in June. For more information about ArtPlace America and the other finalists visit

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
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Wine & Cheese & Art

“Bleu for You” by Javier, oil on panel

To entice you to attend The Arts Center’s Annual Wine & Cheese event I thought I’d share a few appropriate images from Art History.

Still Life by Jose Escofet

Saturday, January 17, 2015 – 7:00 pm – 9:00pm

Tickets $30 available at Cork & Barrel and The Arts Center.

This event provides funding for all programming that occurs at The Arts Center, from classes to exhibits to performances.

Want to see more?

Still Life with Four Dishes and Wine Glasses by Osias Beert

Dishes with Oysters, Fruit and Wine by Osias Beert the Elder (circa 1580-1624)

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What are your Holiday Traditions?

As I ponder this question, I wonder, “Do I really have any holiday traditions?” I suppose I do, my family always has a tree and the decorating of that tree has been an important time for gathering and reminiscing. Even as an adult I look forward to opening the boxes and unwrapping each precious decoration. I love to see all the old favorites; it’s a time capsule of styles and affinities. It’s like I’m reliving bits of my life over and over again each year and with it an almost childlike enthusiasm for the tree decorating activity.

I see my love of animals and my mother’s love of all things southwestern. I see ornaments that document events, like marriages…even if that marriage no longer exists. I see gifts from friends, now long-since moved far away. I see decorations that document my years in North Dakota like ornaments woven from wheat and barley or rosemaled orbs. And then there are the decorations found in my travels, mementoes of culture from around the globe.

Sadly, I don’t have a tree this year but as I travel will bring something home to adorn next year’s tree and with it all the memories that it will magically recreate when I discover it again.

Whatever your religion or culture, annual traditions can bind family, friends and generations together. Feel free to share your tradition in the comments section I’d like to hear what you do.

For more information on Holiday traditions check out this webpage from the National Endowment for the Humanities: The Gift of Holiday Traditions.

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
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Give the Gift of Creativity

Looking for the perfect gift?  The Arts Center Education Elves have been hard at work organizing some wonderful classes, workshops and customized art parties that can be terrific gifts for the entire family, business associates or friends.  Gift certificates are available. To register for any of these classes or purchase a certificate call 251-2496 or email

Uncorked Canvas Party – Perfect for a small company holiday or birthday party. Each guest is supplied with paint, brushes, an apron, and an easel for the party. Everyone takes home a 16” x 20” canvas at the end of the night! Feel free to bring your favorite beverages and snacks! $35 member/$45 non-members.  We need a minimum of 5 people to host a party.

Perspective Drawing Workshop – Whether you draw or paint professionally, or just doodle for fun, knowledge of perspective can make your artwork look more realistic and three dimensional. In this easy, step-by-step workshop, you’ll learn the basics of one and two point perspective, including point of view, vanishing points, and horizon line. Also learn how to make some objects look closer to the viewer and others look further away all the while maintaining correct proportions. Plus, you’ll learn ways to draw objects and corners accurately without using vanishing points. Total beginners welcome, all materials provided, pre-registration and payment in advance is required. Four Sessions, Tuesdays in January 6, 13, 20, 27 6:30-8:30. Instructor: Christine Burchill. $50 member/ $60 non-member for all 4 sessions. 18 years and older or home school 11th and 12th grade.

Jewelry Making – This workshop is a great introduction into the wonderful world of beads! Students will learn about beads, findings and how to use beading tools.  Students will then apply this knowledge to complete a necklace or bracelet that they can wear home! Beginners welcome, 18 years and older, all materials provided. Sign up for one session or multiple sessions, pre-registration and payment in advance is required. Fridays in January 9, 16, 23, 30 and February 6, 13, 20, 27, 6:00 pm. Instructor: Matt Swearingen. $10 members/each session $15 non-member/each session.

Second Saturday- Rumble in the Jungle – January 10th, 10:30 am-12 pm. Ant Hill Drawing/Butterfly Printmaking. Instructor Jennifer Wentz. Dance, Create, and Learn about a magical, beautiful part of our earth! Each Saturday we will focus on a different aspect of the Flora and Fauna from the Rainforest. Students will gain appreciation for the arts while learning sculpture, painting, mosaic, printmaking, dance, fiber art and mixed media. Remember – Dress for a mess! Sign up for one session or multiple sessions, space is limited and pre-registration is required. Grades K-2. $5 members/each session $7 non-members/each session.

Introductory Knitting Workshop – Two Sessions, January 13th & 20th. 6:00-8:00 pm Instructors: Linda Christian and Colleen McCoy. During this introductory class, you will learn casting-on, knitting, and binding-off techniques while making your own infinity scarf that can keep you warm all winter! With the materials fee of $15/student you will receive a starter kit including knitting needles, and 2 skeins of yarn, that you will use in class and can take home after. You do not need to bring any of your own supplies just let us know your favorite color choices when you register. Supply fee $15 * student must supply 1st and 2nd color choice. $30 member/$40 non-member.

Painting Fundamentals and Color Theory – Three Sessions, Mondays starting January 12, 19, 26, 6:00-8:00 pm. Instructor: Anna Jacobson. Learn the proper way of preparing your painting surface, stretch canvas, paint mixing and application. Participants will study how to REALLY see color. We will also explore the drawing behind the paint through the use of acrylic and oil mediums. All materials provided. $90 member/$120 non-member for all 3 sessions. $35 member / $45 non member for 1 session.

Pottery Wheel Wednesdays – Four Sessions, Wednesdays starting January 7, 14, 28, through February 4. 6:00-8:00 pm. Instructor: Michael Dietz. $120 member/ $160 non-member. This is a great way to find out if pottery making is for you by trying your hand at the potter’s wheel. This series of classes will offer instruction on learning how to center clay, creating cups, bowls, and various vessels. Then trim and glaze your vessels for the kiln. All materials provided.

Artful Happy Hour – January 21, 5:30 pm. Paint along with Wassily Kandinsky-Farbstudie Quadrate 1913. Instructor: Anna Jacobson. Scheduled each 3rd Wednesday’s of the Month – come to one session or all of them! Materials Fee $10 each date.

Family Pottery – Join us in creating a Festival of Frozen Figures including snowmen and penguins from the warm environment at the Hansen Ceramic Studio! Bring your child to this fun weekend activity of hand-building with clay. Two Sessions, January 24 & 31,  10 am – Noon. Instructor: Bill Nybo. $25 members/ $35 non-members (1 child & 1 adult).

Introductory Watercolor – Four Sessions, February 2, 9, 16, 23, 6:00-8:00 pm. Instructor: Anna Jacobson. Students will be introduced to watercolor essentials: how to handle the paint, color mixing, proper application techniques and more. This class is designed for beginners and all materials are provided. $120 member/ $ 160 non-member for all 4 sessions, $35 member / $45 non-member for 1 session.

Photography  Level 1 – Four Sessions, February 3, 10, 17, 24, 7 pm-8:45 pm. Instructor: Troy Gunderson. Learn the basics of digital photography, what the terms mean, plus techniques that will improve your compositions. You will learn how to use your camera in manual mode and how to adjust the aperture, shutter speed and ISO to achieve photos not obtainable in automatic modes. The main focus of the instruction will be on using your DSLR camera. (Any digital camera is fine, but cameras with adjustable controls are preferred.) $50 for members $60 for non-members.

Fused Glass – Saturday, February 7th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm; Sunday February 8th, 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Instructor: Jaci Trefz. Create two fused glass projects! This informative, fun and rewarding 2 day introduction to fused glass art will walk you through the basic processes dealing with glass compatibility, studio safety, fusing temperatures and glass cutting.  Prior experience not necessary. All materials provided. $35 for members / $45 for non-members.

Introductory Mosaic – Monday, February 9th and Wednesday 11th, 6:30-8:30. Instructor: Bonnie Tressler. I invite you to explore this timeless art-form by studying classical principles and techniques handed down through the centuries by mosaic masters. The class caters to those who wish to learn the beautiful craft of Mosaic and create your own works of art! The class is very informative in all areas dealing with mosaic projects including, design, choosing appropriate substrates, cutting glass and ceramic, mortaring, grouting, and finishing.  A materials list will be provided for you to purchase items ahead of time and bring to class. $30 member/ $40 non-member.

Calligraphy – Friday, April 17th, 2 pm – 6 pm. Instructor: Anne Kaese. This class starts at the very beginning, covering the basic tools and preliminary knowledge of modern, pointed-pen calligraphy and giving you a solid understanding of how to compose a truly unique alphabet! We will learn and practice the rules of letter construction, as well as discuss how to choose the right pens, inks, papers, and other materials necessary for calligraphy. Also, we’ll go over assembling your pen, dipping your pen in ink, understanding ink flow and pressure, basic script lowercase letter forms and developing your own lettering style. $40 member/$50 non-member. With the materials fee of $25/student you will receive a calligraphy starter kit that you will use in class and can take home after, you do not need to bring any of your own supplies.

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New Director’s 1st Week

Challenges & The Promise of Change

Last week we welcomed Cyndi Wish as the new director of The Arts Center. She had to hit the ground running. She judged the Holiday Dazzle parade, had a radio interview with Let’s Talk About It on Monday afternoon, a meeting with superintendent of schools and principals, a park planning and a finance committee meeting. With former director Taylor Barnes helping with the orientation process, there were numerous lunches to meet the people of Jamestown and long hours at the computer going over how things operate.

I’d like to say all this activity is unusual but its close to a typical week. Unlike the rest of the staff who wear 3-4 “hats” in a given day the director wears a dozen or more. Running the Center is a big job, its not a bureaucracy like large arts institutions where everyone can stay in their nitches–here, whatever is needed, the staff or the director steps in to get the job done.

For Cyndi it must be a daunting, yet exciting, to come 1700 miles to a totally new and foreign community where the landscape is different, the values are different, the art is different, not to mention the harsh weather. She has a staff of four to get to know and an already successful Arts Center to lead into through its next milestone–completion of the Art Park and building an endowment to help sustain the whole operation.

She comes with new ideas and a fresh set of eyes that can offer new perspective to make The Arts Center even more successful. It will take time while we get used to each other and Cyndi becomes part of the Jamestown community. We welcome her and look forward to working together with her to make The Arts Center, Hansen Studio and the Art Park the hub of community creativity in Jamestown.

Cyndi Wish, Watching Citizen Kane on 9/11, 2014, collage over reduction print

Cyndi is also an accomplished artist. A small selection of her mixed media collages and a couple of paintings are installed in the Lobby Gallery through January 13. Her collage work is deeper in content than they may appear at first glance and I find them particularly edgy and fresh. Hopefully in the upcoming weeks, we can take a moment to hear what she has to say about these unique artworks.

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 
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I can hardly keep up with the designations that been given to the days surrounding Thanksgiving. There is Black Friday, Cyber Monday and today I see there is Giving Tuesday. Joining the pack for frenzied shopping in the stores or online gets us a good deal but I think maybe we are driven to engage in this insanity because it makes us feel like we are part of something big. Even though many countries don’t celebrate Thanksgiving (an American tradition) Black Friday and Cyber Monday are now global happenings with expected spending for the weekend at $36.69 billion!

Just think if that much could be spent today on Giving Tuesday–what wonderful possibilities this would offer the world. Last week I thanked all who have contributed time, money and support to The Arts Center. In the upcoming months we will ask for your continued support in many ways. You could give today and join a global happening called #GivingTuesday. We make this easy on our website Support the Arts. You will also receive an opportunity to help support The Arts Center at the year’s end–look for a letter in your mail box. February 12, 2015 is Giving Hearts Day, a 24-hr giving opportunity for regional non-profits. On this day, gifts of $10 or more to The Arts Center are matched one:one so you are doubling your gift.

Everyone has their favorite causes, organizations, and missions–I encourage you to support them in anyway you can. It’s an exciting time for Jamestown as the community reinvents itself–looking to creative strategies as it transitions for future growth. The Arts Center is a key player in this paradigm shift endeavoring to make the arts central to a healthy community. 

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
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