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.
New Century Art Guild is pleased to announce our first competitive scholarship for an art student for the 2014 – 2015 school year.
The scholarship award includes:
- $500 toward tuition for the next academic term to student’s school of choice.
- Evaluation of portfolio and academic/career direction by professional artist.
- Invitation to exhibit artwork at NCAG gallery.
- Completed application.
- Digital portfolio that includes 6-10 digital images of your best personal artwork. Only JPEG images on a CD will be accepted –Do not send photos!
- High school seniors and prospective or enrolled college students are eligible.
- Letter of recommendation from an art teacher or other art professional.
- Must be willing to submit a written report to NCAG showing how scholarship was used by the end of academic term.
Click on link below for PDF of application form:
Send your enclosed application, portfolio CD and letter of recommendation by Thursday, April 24th 2014 to:
2014 Art Scholarship Contest
New Century Art Guild, Inc.
Kimballton, IA 51543
(Please email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Best of luck!!
Unforgetting Iraq: In Search of Recovery will highlight, through art from both Iraqi and American artists, the aftermath of the Iraq war. This collection will use images that to speak to our capacity as humans to recover from the traumatic and devastating war in Iraq. The medium of art will be used to foster a dialogue between our two cultures in order to respectfully address sensitive but important issues. The exhibition will also serve as a touchstone to veterans and active duty servicemen and women of the US Armed Forces, including their families, by offering a chance to reflect upon the war and assist in the healing of emotional wounds.
New Century Art Guild Galleries:
Kimballton, Iowa 10 miles north of I-80 at Exit 54
Exhibit Dates: May 24th – September 1st, 2014
Gallery Hours: Sun 1pm-5pm, Tues–Sat 10am-5pm
newcenturyartguild.org / phone: 712-790-6354
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ART RELATED LINKS:
Artist Troy J. Muller’s Website:
Artist Les Bruning Sculpture:
Veteran-artist Mario Lopez:
VETERAN RELATED LINKS:
Lutheran Family Services’ At Ease Program Website:
Metropolitan Community College Military and Veteran Support Services:
Combat Vets Motorcycle Association : Nebraska 16-1
Bellevue University Veteran Services:
University of Nebraska at Omaha Veteran Student Organization:
IOWA’S DANISH VILLAGES RELATED LINKS:
Danish Villages Website:
Danish Windmill Facebook Page:
Audubon County, Iowa Tourism Website:
During Julefest in Kimballton,IA (in November, 2013) a group of interested crafters learned the techniques of Danish lace-making called “Hardanger”. The workshop was instructed by LaVonne Christensen
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.
Color and black and white photographer Tracy Stambaugh displayed a series of artworks in the Guild Gallery that represent Americana in the Midwest. Tracy was born and raised in Omaha, NE. After high school, he joined the Air Force and was a Law Enforcement troop with the Security Police; in service from 1995-1999. He was primarily stationed at Scott AFB, IL but spent time in Saudi Arabia and Spain. He said that the military taught him, among many other things, to pay attention to detail — a quality necessary to take good photographs. Tracy said that although he was relatively new to photography as an art form, and after picking up a professional-level camera only about two years ago, he has become completely infatuated with it: “I’m constantly thinking
about it, reading about it, looking at others’ work… I even dream about it. I never want to miss an opportunity to take a great photo, I carry my camera everywhere I go. I take photos of anything that catches my eye. I also enjoy coming up with ideas and experimenting, anything as long as I’m pushing that shutter
button.” He said he appreciated the opportunity to exhibit in the NCAG gallery to get feedback and valuable insight from gallery visitors. Tracy said his first goal is to finish school. He said, “I’m considering starting a home photography business, but want to find a niche, something that sets me apart from the rest.”