New Century Art Guild wishes to congratulate Kaitlyn Van Patten as the winner of our First Annual Competitive Student Artist Contest and as the recipient of the 2014 Visual Art Merit Scholarship $500.00 Award!
The level of talent and creativity evident in all the submissions, especially the six finalists, made it difficult to choose just one portfolio to receive the monetary award. Here are examples from the finalists:
Over Memorial Day weekend, also known as Tivoli-fest in the Iowan Danish Villages, New Century Art Guild opened its gallery doors to a very special exhibit of international artists. The exhibit will be on view for the next three months.
Tivoli-fest brought a crowd of people into the Danish Villages:
A special (and delicious!) dinner was held in the NCAG Galleries on Friday, May 17th as a thank you to major donors and art professionals. The thought provoking artwork that surrounded guests represents a joint effort between New Century Art Guild and the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project, based in Minneapolis. This collection, entitled:Unforgetting Iraq: In Search of Recovery, is being shown for the first time in our Kimballton gallery. Once it leaves us in September, it will continue to tour across the US. The exhibition will open to the public Memorial Day weekend.
This exhibit aims to highlight, through art from both Iraqi and American artists, the aftermath of that war. This collection uses images to speak to our capacity as humans to recover from traumatic, devastating events and of our ability to extend compassion to cultures that are different than our own.
Our speaker for the evening was Mr. Rick Burns, an expert on the effect and aftermath of modern warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is also an expert in compassion –and translating that compassion into action.
Rick worked as an Army Civil Affairs officer to better understand the needs of citizens caught up in the ravages of war. After two tours in Iraq, Rick went to Afghanistan as an Army civilian to assist military commanders to better understand the indigenous culture. Through this work of helping locals deal with endless government and infrastructure problems, Rick saw firsthand the daily issues faced by families living in an unstable society.
After he returned stateside, Rick launched the Karadah Project in 2010, which sought (and continues to seek) to help those left behind in the wake of the war.
Danish filmmaker Jakob Vølver has produced a sequel TV program about the Danish Villages of Southwest Iowa. Both the original program and its recent follow-up have been big hits in Denmark and have triggered waves of interest by Danish citizens in the small Iowa towns. Kimballton, Elk Horn’s neighboring village to the north, was not mentioned in the first documentary, but it finally got its due in the sequel. Danish-speaking Loretta Christensen of Kimballton is featured in both films. She and Annette Andersen, also of Kimballton, take viewers to the new Hans Christian Andersen Sculpture Park in Kimballton. A number of the bronze statues depicting Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales, that were sculpted by NCAG Art Director Troy Muller, were seen (along with Troy) in the second film.
NCAG hosted an art exhibition of Mario Lopez’s work at a “Meet the Artist” dinner reception in their Kimballton Gallery. Mario and his lovely wife, Danielle, inspired artists and veterans alike at the event held on Saturday, March 22nd. Lopez shared his inspiration journey as a soldier, family-man, minister and artist. He said, “I am a wounded warrior but I don’t let my war injuries define me. I like that I can help people by showing them that even though life throws obstacles our way, there is no reason to give up because life is always worth living.” Mario presented a gripping slideshow and testimony that kept the audience at the edges of their seats. Mario was made a lifetime NCAG member and also sold two paintings the night of the event.
Two art galleries on Kimballton’s Main Street were open to the public to view veterans’ artwork including Tracy Stambaugh (AirForce), Ronee Smith (Army National Guard) and Bart Vargas (Air Force). Art Director Troy Muller’s artwork also remained on view. and a tasting of local wines began at 4:00p.m. A chili cook-off was held at the Cottonwood Barn at 5:30pm. Chili cooks vied for the top three prizes, determined by the most donations they collect in nearby buckets. Proceeds went to student and veteran art scholarships. Entertainment was provided by Loren Christensen on acoustic guitar and the widely popular singing-duo the “Polka Police”. This was a family friendly event; free and open to the public.
NEW CAREERS, NEW POSSIBILITIES, NEW DIRECTIONS FOR ARTISTS AND VETERANS