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The 2012 Annual Arts Council Art Show
“ ‘Alien Encounter’ author leads panel discussion ”
CONCERT at Saint Stephens
classical favorites plus pieces from her new CD
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2010 AAC Newsletter – Click Here > Ashland Arts Council – 2010 Newsletter
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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 www.capturingcandids.com 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
Ashland Arts Council Membership Information
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,
ASHLAND ARTS COUNCIL
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 Society – Saline 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.