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THE ARTS CENTER What’s Inside: A Word From Our Director

THE ARTS CENTER NEWSLETTER Issue 110 - May 2013 Courtesy of:


Upcoming Classes Yellow Bird Exhibit Dinner Theater - Almost, Maine Annual Members Meeting Thank yous

From the director’s desk: Our $50,000 gift, only cost us $12,500 Taylor Barnes Executive Director

Loyal Arts Center contributor Reuben Liechty came in this week and made the above statement. He and his wife, Clarice, had given the Arts Center’s endowment a gift of $50,000 in 2012. Reuben then stated, “We were able to help support the Arts Center and it only cost us $12,500. I don’t think everyone knows about this, and you should tell them.” The initial gift resulted in a $20,000 ND State tax credit – available to qualified endowments (which JFAA has). Then add an additional $17,500 reduction in federal tax liability (based on tax bracket). Giving a total of $37,500 back to the donors.

“This is all money that we were able to keep in the community. We were able to help the long term support of the Arts Center,” said Clarice. I realize that not everyone can rush out and make a gift of this size… regardless the size of the gift, the math is the same: when you give, you get back! All gifts to the endowment, a specific program or general operating support, help the organization in several ways. It’s always a challenge to meet the Arts Center’s annual budget $243,559 (this year a little tougher than others with government cut backs, continuation of a capital campaign, and city funding decreased). While this funding is essential to the daily work and operations, it’s also important to the potential foundations we contact for grant support. These foundations want to know that the organization has the support of their community… as members, participants, volunteers and as funders. These foundations also want to see that the dollars invested are doing good work. Even an abbreviated list of all the Arts Center programs, activities and events is a lengthy one. JFAA members can be proud of the good work we do in the schools, after school, on weekends, during the summer, with theatre, teacher education, work at elder care facilities, adult classes, and the list goes on. Thank you for all your support... in big and small gifts, by word and deed, and various types of donations. Remember when you give, you get back! Of course, as you consider any gift, please consult your tax advisor.

upcoming classes providing opportunities for artistic development and exploration

ClassES for adults (16 years of age and older)

Pre-registration is required for all classes. Call The Arts Center at 701-251-2496, stop by the office or register online introduction to pottery wheel with Tammy Jones Tuesdays: May 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 6 - 8:30 pm The Hansen Arts Studio • $50 members / $60 non-members Learn the basics of throwing pottery on the wheel: centering clay, creating vessels, shaping and trimming techniques. Then prepare pieces for kiln firing and glazing. Mosaic Tray with Molly McLain June 17, 18 & 24 from 6 - 8:00 pm The Hansen Arts Studio • $45 members / $55 non-members Create a beautiful, one-of-a-kind mosaic serving tray. Students are encouraged to bring their own broken dishes, favorite stones, gems, etc. Trays, grout, and other supplies will be provided.

SUMMER KIDS CAMPS (grades 1 - 6)

Summer camps start June 10th. Pre-registration is required . Call The Arts Center 701-251-2496, stop by the office for details, or

INTEREST-BASED Gatherings (These groups are FREE & open to all skill levels) PHOTOGRAPHY interest group Meets at the Hansen Arts Studio the 1st Sunday of the month from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.

Wood carving with the Woodchippers Meets at the Hansen Arts Studio Thursdays from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Except Holiday weeks

an artful happy hour - Meet People. Mix Drinks. Make Art. *Last Happy Hour of the season* Join us Tuesday, May 14th at The Hansen Studio Participation is FREE! Just bring the beverage of your choice and join us after work.

classic movie night Next classic movie is Thursday, May 23rd at The Arts Center. Showtime is 7:00 pm. Alfred Hitchcock’s, Trouble with Harry will be playing.

Readers theater group Enjoy reading with expression? The next Readers Theater Group will meet May 23 at 7:00 pm in the Hansen Arts Studio to read a play aloud and have fun becoming the characters. More information: Dina Laskowski, 269-9111,

When asked what his favorite color is, Monte replies, “BRIGHT”. “We’re only on this earth for but a short time” (words taken from an Arikara ceremonial song), He adds “If you’re going to shine, shine brightly”, which is the phrase that best describes his career and livelihood. -Monte Yellow Bird Buffalo Hunter III, 2013 by Monte Yellow Bird colored pencil on credit book of Columbia National Bank of PA, 1.25 x 17.5

exhibitions revolving gallery exhibitions every four to six weeks

“The Poor Boy and the Mud Pony, An Arikara Perspective” and “Centripetal Satires” May 1 – June 1, 2013 The May Exhibit Showcases Monte and Emily Yellow Bird. You may remember Monte Yellow Bird’s exhibit from seven years ago. Monte opened one of his first exhibitions here at The Arts Center and completed his first artist residency in Jamestown schools. Since then, his career has been wonderfully successful taking him from coast to coast completing teaching residencies and exhibiting his art. His wife Emily, who is his promotional director-extraordinare, is an artist in her own right. So when it was decided to exhibit Monte’s new work, I asked Emily to share the gallery with her husband. Interestingly, both of the artists’ work is narrative (it tells a story) and both artists have aspirations to author and illustrate children’s books. The pieces exhibited are part of what will ultimately find its way into the imaginations of many children. Monte’s pieces are part of a series called The Poor Boy and the Mud Pony, An Arikara Perspective that focuses on First Nation traditions and is interwoven with morals and character building. The works are based on stories told by Monte’s grandfather. Storytelling is greatly important to native cultures, it was (and still is) a way to relate events, educate and illustrate good character traits. Emily’s work also draws upon her heritage, which is Pennsylvania German Dutch. In her quest to learn more about her ancestors she was introduced to This exhibition is sponsored by the North Dakota Art Gallery Association with support from the North Dakota Council on the Arts.

gallery talk Scherenschnitte, German paper cutting and Fraktur, a type of German Folk Art. Emily marries these two folk traditions with her watercolor painting to create works uniquely her own.

The Three Generations, 2013 by Emily Yellow Bird watercolor, 12” x 12”

Emily’s art work is inspired by nature, flowers, birds, and landscapes. The exhibited series is titled, Centripetal Satires. Each piece is circular with familiar objects wrapped around the circle and intertwined with irony to tell a fun story with a twist. More info:

In THE arts center Lobby — A.A.S. & Matthew Leitner Arts After School student work is currently on display in the Lobby gallery through May 15. The Lobby space gives us the opportunity to revive the Student exhibit that was historically shown in the main gallery every year. One has to smile when viewing these artworks. They are colorful, whimsical and brimming with energy–much like the young artists who made them. The exhibit includes a selection of different media and some terrific papier-mâché sculptural critters. The students are very busy creating and learning throughout the year and we are delighted to have their work greeting visitors when they come to The Arts Center. Starting May 20th, the Lobby Gallery will feature the black & white photographs of Matthew Leitner. His work focuses primarily on landscapes and is reminicent of the work of early 20th century photographers. Leitner uses film to capture his images. Matthew will be teaching a traditional photography class this summer. Watch for details.

Almost, Maine

Almost, Maine is sponsored by:

performances bringing performing artists to the community

a 2nd ACT Community Theater production

Almost, Maine written by John Cariani

John Cariani’s Almost, Maine a romantic fable centering on the residents of a small, remote, mythical town in far northern Maine (close to the Canadian border) where all is not quite what it seems on this cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost— in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.

ONE-WEEK ADVANCE NOTICE FOR MEMBERS ONLY! Tickets sell-out fast, get yours today.

dinner theater performances: Thursday, May 16 & Friday, May 17th at 6:00 pm at The Arts Center, Tickets: $20 members / $25 others Tickets in advance only, payment required at time of reservation: The Arts Center, 115 2nd Street SW, Jamestown, 701-251-2496

performance only - no dinner: Saturday, May 18th at 7:00 pm Show only. Tickets $7 members / $10 others Learn more about the 2nd ACT:

It’s not just another luncheon. It’s THE ARTS CENTER ANNUAL MEMBERS meeting. • Meet peruvian ceramic artist “memo” • enjoy catered lunch by the buffalo city grille • have your say on arts center programs, the budget, and much more...

All members are invited to join us Wednesday, June 12th at 12:00 pm in the Arts Center gallery. RSVP by June 8 required: to 702-251-2496 or

special thanks Thank you to Cork & Barrel for providing excellent wines and other beverages for so many Arts Center events.

1902 8th Avenue Southwest, Jamestown, ND 58401 (701) 952-9463 donations:

Individuals & businesses who made gala donations and who worked on the gala committee, Mark Wiltermuth for theatre support, Michelle Neumiller, Phyllis Ibes to honor Tressler family and their letterpress donation, Brad Hohnadel, Rick Walentine, Joyce & Bob Naslund, Mary Ann & John Fluth, Northern Plains Electric Cooperative, Karen Crane, Marlyn Swanson, Marge Kavlie, Kay Richards, Edie Prentice, Judy Buegel

memorial: Phyllis Ibes in memory of Carol Baker, Ardell Kinzler in memory of Alma Kinzler

business memberships: Buffalo City Rotisserie Grill, Dakota Growers Pasta

special thanks to:

Aloha Kercher for staffing the office two days, Pete McElroy for being the faithful repair guy, Connie & Charles Wells for helping with office duties, Angie Kokott for art supplies, Bob Richardson for Caravanserai transport, Nam & Emira Sabir (Sabir’s Restaurant) for the ensemble dinner.

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OFFICE: 115 2nd Street SW, Jamestown HOURS: Mon – Fri, 9 am – 5 pm and Sat, 10 am – 2 pm

The Arts Center activities are supported in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Arts Center is participating in ArtsLab, a program of Arts Midwest.

Issue 110 - 052013  


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