Ashland Arts – Events

The Ashland Arts Council is most grateful to the Ashland Historical Society

and the Saline Ford Historical Preservation Society for providing the
Ashland Arts Council – Events Calendar page
and the Ashland Arts Council – History and Projects pages
These pages make possible the sharing of the history, projects and events,
sponsored by the Ashland Arts Council – most of which will take place
at the restored historic St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
ST STEPHEN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCHNW corner of 16th and Adams – Ashland NE
LEFT View looks West from 16th Street
RIGHT View looks North from Adams Street

The St Stephens signage, created by Lowell Krueger, former President of AAC
will be updated to show the date of concerts, events, etc.
A huge thank you to Lowell for this beautiful sign and to Lee Graham for this recent photo for our webpage
Scheduled events include:
First Tuesday of each month
7:30 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Church, Ashland, NE
The 2016 Annual Arts Council luncheon was held at the
American Lutheran Church in Ashland, Nebraska.
Kim Cooper presented the annual scholarship to
Danae Welling who will be studying music at
Grace University.
A vocal and guitar presentation was provided by
Tony Boscarino, an Ashland musician.
Kori Abdouch was the featured speaker.
She is a professional art teacher at
Catlin Arts Magnet School in Omaha and used
a power point presentation to explain her teaching methods. 
THANK YOU Ashland Members, Friends & Patrons of the AAC
With YOUR help, we accomplished a great deal in the 2015-2016 year!
Our 2016 Annual Newsletter is provided at the link below

The 2015 Annual Meeting and Luncheon
was held at the American Lutheran Church
1941 Silver Street, Ashland, Nebraska on
Sunday, May 3, 2015, at 1 p.m.
Jim Anderson presented the scholarship recipient, Stevie Azure, Senior at
Ashland Greenwood High School.
She has started her own photography business and
brought several of her creative photographs.
Tatyana Boellstorff played three beautiful piano selections.
Guest speaker artist was Lois Froistad
who gave a power point presentation
 showing the evolution of her artistic gifts.
The annual business meeting was held
and the following officers were elected:
President:  Kim Cooper
Vice President:  Laura Capp
Treasurer:  Jerry Froistad
Secretary:  Lynn Cooper
SUNDAY, APRIL 27, AT 1 p.m.
The Annual Luncheon Meeting included the presentation of the
AAC Scholarship to Andrea Wiese by the AAC & Peg Lutton,
Vice President of the AAC, the message by artist Bri Murphy
and the election of new Officers of the AAC for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.
The Ashland Gazette provided the following recap & story:

THANK YOU to Bri !  . . . .  CONGRATULATIONS to Andrea !
‘scroll downfor a list of the AAC Officers of 2014-2015
fiscal year and a history of the Ashland Arts Council.

   2014 AAC NewsletterClick Here Ashland Arts – 2014 Council Newsletter

The Annual Dinner included the awarding
of the AAC Scholarship to an upcoming graduate of AGPS

Pictured are Peg Lutton, Secretary of the AAC
and Lily Sundermeier, the 2013 Scholarship winner
See the  Ashland Gazette, article of May 9th, 2013
about the AAC Dinner, meeting & scholarship award

FEATURED ARTIST of the AAC for Ashland Stir-Up Days
July 27th and 28th 2013 was Kori Abdouch

The Ashland Arts Council presented
a special  Holiday  Concert

The 2012 Annual Arts Council Art Show

was held at St. Stephen’s
during the annual Stir-Up Days Celebration
The 2012 year’s FEATURED ARTIST:
Victoria Hoyt, “an artist who likes to stray from the mainstream”
Victoria Hoyt was featured in this
Ashland Gazette article  < link to the July 25th article
St. Stephen’s Annual Art Show – 2012 
 VIEWING of this year’s fabulous art, was displayed
from NOON to 4:30 pm – Saturday, July 28th
to participate in the 2012 St. Stephen’s Annual Art Show
See the Ashland Gazette  article  < LINK
The Ashland Arts Council THANKS Ms. Hoyt, all the participants
& the public for visiting and viewing the beautiful artwork displayed
Your support of the artists & the Ashland Arts Council is humbly appreciated

‘Alien Encounter’ author leads panel discussion ”

TUE, July 31st update, a very engaged audience & an
interesting discussion, concerning the event that occured in 1967, was
well attended ! They included the curious, the skeptics & the believers !
Whichever category you were, the presentation was fascinating !
” Michael Jasorka was at historic St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
on Monday, July 30 at 7 p.m. to discuss “December 3rd, 1967:
An Alien Encounter,” his graphic novel that brings
the recollections of Herbert Schirmer to life. “
You may learn more about ‘the rest of story’ and Michael’s
 panel discusion in the July 25th article in the
Ashland Gazette  article < link

The 2012 Annual Dinner Meeting of the Ashland Arts Council
was held at the American Lutheran Church, 20th & Silver Streets,Ashland, Nebraska
Sunday, April 22, at 1:00 p.m.
PAM SNOW, Executive Director of the Nebraska Cultural Endowment was the featured speaker
Crystal Pointer, AGPS Senior, was awarded the 2012  Ashland Arts Council  annual scholarship

We are extremely grateful  to the Ashland Gazette  for their continuing efforts
in providing news concerning the Ashland Arts Council to the public, through their publication.
The link above ^ provides access ^ to their April 26, 2012 article.
Acknowledgement to the Ashland Gazette for the article & the photo contained here
The Annual Meeting of the Ashland Arts Council was also the occasion
for election and/or re-election of Officers for the coming fiscal year.
The results of that meeting & election are:
Kim Cooper was elected to a three-year term on the board replacing retiring member Lori Morton.
 Lowell Krueger and Lynn Cooper were elected to another three-year term.
Other board members are Linda Pointer, Tatyana Boellstorff, Jerry Froistad, Peg Lutton, Judy Hull and Linda Hatfield.

CONCERT at Saint Stephens

TATYANA BOELLSTORF, Russian concert pianist,
presented another of her concert series at historic St. Stephen’s,
Sunday afternoon; November 13th @ 3:00 pm

Tatyana previewed & introduced her newest CD,
Ronde D’Amour, which was available at the concert

The 2011 Annual Dinner Meeting of the Ashland Arts Council
was held Sunday, April 10, 2011
16119 Highway 6 at 1 p.m.
President Lowell Kreuger presided at the meeting and
introduced local artist GENE RONCKA
who spoke of recent exciting developments with the Towers of History.
Their design will be incorporated into landscaping for the proposed public
library/community building to be located at 13th and Silver Streets in downtown Ashland.
KIM COOPER of Cooper Studio and Gallery
was the featured speaker displaying some of his paintings
of the area surrounding Ashland.
He kept the audience relaxed and laughing
as he told of his years of teaching art at North High School in Omaha
where he received the Teacher of the Year award in 1997.
He concluded his speech by presenting four prints
to lucky, randomly-chosen members of the audience.
McKenzie Rogers, Hannah Luebbe and Ellie Luebbe of the AGHS Choral Department
presented four vocal numbers accompanied by Deb Erickson.
Scholarships of $300 each were awarded to
SCHOLARSHIPS: The Ashland Arts Council awarded two $300 scholarships at their annual dinner meeting held Sunday. Pictured are (from left) Laura Neneman and Hannah Luebbe. Both girls will be involved in fine arts in college.
The high qualifications of these two applicants prompted
the Ashland Arts Council
to award two scholarships rather than their usual one
to an AGHS student planning to be involved in the fine arts in college.
Luebbe plans to attend Nebraska Wesleyan and Neneman will attend Iowa State.
Tatyana Boellstorf was appointed to fill the
remaining two years of Shirley Simpson’s term on the Arts Council Board.
Linda Hatfield, Peg Lutton and Jerry Froistad
were re-elected to three-year terms on the Board.
Other Board members are Lynn Cooper, Linda Pointer, Lori Morton, and Judy Hull.
2011 Officers are Lowell Kreuger, President;
Judy Hull, Vice President; Peg Lutton, Secretary;
Jerry Froistad, Treasurer.

TATYANA BOELLSTORF, Russian concert pianist, presented her concert
at historic St. Stephen’s, Sunday, March 27 at 3 p.m, to an overflow gathering !
Tatyana presented several of her familiar

classical favorites plus pieces from her new CD

Tatyana, a naturalized citizen of the United States, has recorded a new CD of nineteenth century romantic music
never before recorded.The CD, titled WHISPERINGS OF LOVE, were availble for sale at the concert.
The new CDis available locally at The Gift Niche and Willow Point Gallery

A few copies of her first CD of Christmas favorites Hallelujah, are available at

The ANNUAL NEWSLETTER of the AAC was recently published
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2011 AAC Newsletter – Click Here Ashland Arts Council – 2011 Newsletter

2010 AAC Newsletter – Click Here  Ashland Arts Council – 2010 Newsletter

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Ashland Stir-Up Days for 2015 will be announced soon !
See our NEW  ASHLAND STIR UP DAYS  page for upates & events

The annual Ashland Arts Council Art Show
at Historic Saint Stephens returned again in 2011
Watch here for information about the featured Artist
and PHOTOS from the 2011 AAC Art Show

The annual Ashland Arts Council Art Show
at Historic Saint Stephens returned again in 2010
featured artist for 2010 was JADA SCOTT, Photographer

Scroll down to see more and to see Jada’s bio:

BEST OF SHOW: Joe Greiner wins top honors at the Ashland Art Council’s Stir-Up Art Show.

The artwork was judged in multiple age groups.

The Junior Division included ages 3 to 5, 6 to 11 and 12 to 18.

The Senior Division included adults 19 and older.

A Best-of-Show trophy will be awarded to an entry in each division.

Other winners received rosettes and ribbons. **

The AAC encourages submissions in any media that is suitable for family viewing.

This includes two and three-dimensional works, photography, poetry and other writings, pottery, drawings and whatever else the imagination may create. Each artist may enter five pieces.

For the 18 and under age group, the first entry is free, with a $1.00 fee for each additional entry.

For the 19 and over division, the fee for each entry is $1.00.

If artwork is not framed, please mount it on a sturdy backing for display purposes.

Pieces were judged the morning of Saturday, July 17.

Artists and the public may view the show from noon until 5 p.m. where all the juried entries were on display, as well as the 2010 featured artist, photographer Jada Scott.

Scott has lived in the Ashland area since 2003 with her husband and two children.  Her interest in photography began as a hobby, but expanded into a full-time pursuit, as she discovered the amount of emotion a photograph could  capture for the important moments in people’s lives. For a preview of her work, go to and come during Stir-Up to see how the Ashland Arts Council works to support and inspire the love of the arts in this community.

Questions may be directed to Lori Morton at 944-3535 or Judy Hull at 944-3358

Article above reprinted with grateful acknowledgement from Staff Reports – Ashland Gazette

Published: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 1:37 PM CDT

** edited for after-event information and pictures

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(renewal / annual Dues) :
Golden $500 Sustaining $150 Sponsor $100 Benefactor $50
Patron $35 Family $25 Single $15 Other $_____

NOTE: a renewal / annual membership is not required to attend
the Annual Dinner Meeting, however, is encouraged

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Ashland Arts Council, Inc., a 501(c) 3 corporation

Ashland NE 68003

2014-2015 Officers and Directors are:

President: Kim David Cooper

Vice President: Judy Hull

Secretary: Lynn Cooper

Treasurer: Jerry Froistad

Directors : Lowell Krueger, Jon Shepard, Linda Pointer, Jim Anderson & Tatyana Boellstorf,



The following is the opening statement of the By-Laws of the Ashland Arts Council:


” An Arts Council is a group of persons and / or organiztions who care about the cultural life of the community and seek to express this concern by organizing to promote interest and activity in the arts.”  A movement was begun in 1979 to form an arts council, spearheaded by Barbara Ziegenbein and several other Ashland-area citizens, with encouragement from Ashland historian Alice Graham.  A trip was made to Neligh, Nebraska to investigate the success of their arts council and, in 1980, charter memberships were advertised for an Ashland organization.  With the assistance of Ashland Attorney C. D. Lutton, Articles of Incorporation were filed and the group attained the status of a non-profit corporation in 1982, and officially became known as the Ashland Arts Council.

Activities of the early organization were financed through generous membership donations, “Baked, Books, and Baubles” sales, the publishing of Volume I, Looking Over Our Shoulders, a history of Ashland written by Alice Gilkeson Graham, and its subsequent profits, as well as Volumes II and III, when initial costs were recovered.  Local artist, Gene Roncka, created a painting, entitled “Evening Light,” of historic St. Stephen’s (which building the AAC was allowed by the Episcopal Diocese to use for their meetings and programs in exchange for its upkeep), and donated early sales to the group.

The Ashland League of Women (now disbanded) had a cookbook published and gave the profits of its sale to AAC.  In November, 1992, the Episcopal diocese deeded historic St. Stephen’s to the Ashland Arts Council for $1.00, leaving all the vestments, linens and other memorabilia with the building.  The AAC then embarked on projects to improve the plant.  They included a new roof, protecting covers for all the stained -glass windows, wallpapering the social hall, painting of the exterior (with help from a group of Mormons in gratitude for use of the building for their services during the year of their re-enactment of their trek westward to Utah), painting of the sanctuary’s interior, installation of a new furnace and air conditioning system, cushions for all the pews, and new carpeting.  Lowell Krueger created the announcement board which stands at the corner of 16th and Adams Streets in front of St. Stephen’s as well as a beautiful cabinet, built for the purpose of displaying vestments and other relics; and, most recently, new steps and railing for the east entrance.  These projects came with large price tags, and so, for each, a new fund drive was launched, and generous donations came in, mostly from local supporters, or former residents.  Paintings, which hang in the social hall, were either donated by the artists, or purchased by the Ashland Arts Council, as well as the afghan created by the local historical society.  Ellis Grauerholz restored the original pump organ, and donated his services; also a piano was purchased for use during concerts, programs, and hymn sings.  ” During its seventeen years of existence ( circa 2007), AAC has sponsored many events, most held at St. Stephen’s, both by local and professional artists.”  Some of those include: the Scarlet and Cream Singers, the Hastings Jazz Lab Band, a summer play (comedic production directed by Susan Nellson and all parts played by local youth) -all these events were held in the high-school auditorium.  Artists-in-residence were brought to both schools on several occasions with cooperation from the local school system, other local organizations, and the Nebraska Arts Council.  One of our rural school districts has presented their Christmas program at St. Stephen’s for the past several years.  As of this year, there is only one rural school remaining and, if it has to close its doors, this tradition will come to an end.  Other programs held in the past include vocalist Gloria Otto, the Notables, concert pianist Tatyana Boellstorff, Darrel Draper who portrayed George Drouillard of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, pianist Audan Ravnan, folk singer/guitarist Curley Ennis, a string trio (Bob Fricke Jr., J.W. Allen, Robin Smith), lecture on Ashland history by Alice Graham, Alex  Greene (singer, guitarist, lecturer), talent showcases by high-school and middle-school youth, hymn sings, piano / organ recitals, lectures, to name a few.

In its early years, AAC sponsored a Talent Program and Art Contest, held during Stir-Up Days, but had to give up the Talent Program portion. Presently, the AAC  Art Contest is open to artists of all ages, amateur and semi-professional  divisions–any media which can be displayed indoors.  Since 1999, the AAC has selected, annually, a worthy graduating senior from Ashland-Greenwood High School, to receive their $500 scholarship.  Long-time president and board member, Helen Greene, retired this year.  Her guidance and generosity will be sorely missed.  The present officers are:

Alice Anderson, president;
Lowell Krueger, vice president;
Margaret “Peg” Lutton, secretary;
Shirley Simpson, treasurer;

other directors are Linda Hatfield, Judy Hull, Pastor Lori Morton, and Barbara Ziegenbein ( honorary co-president ).

–Written by Shirley Simpson, 4/30/2007

February 2010 UPDATE

Since the article above, authored and written by Shirley Simpson, current Treausurer of the AAC, the Ashland Community and the Ashland Arts Councilhave lost two of their most treasured assets.

Alice J. Anderson passed away December 13, 2007
Helen K. Greene passed away February 12, 2010

The Ashland Community and the Ashland Arts Council will be forever in the debt of these pioneers in the formation of the Ashland Arts Council, the growth of the Ashland Historical SocietySaline Ford Historic Preservation Society, and the many other committees, and organizations too numerous to mention, which they each and both served and worked tirelessly with and for.