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No Artist of the Month in December


There will be no open house for the Artist of the Month in December at the Swedish Heritage Center, 301 N Charde Ave in Oakland. However, there will be other activities through the holiday season.

Contact Julie Johnson at 402-685-5652 for more information.

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Judith Shinkle is Artist of the Month


Judith Shinkle is the featured Artist of the Month for October. Judy taught piano for nearly 50 years. In the meantime, she started to paint and later was a founding member of the PASSAGEWAY GALLERY. Besides painting in oils, she travels and volunteers.

Her painting, “Piano Bouquet” was featured on the cover of “Clavier” magazine. Come see her works of art at the Swedish Heritage Center, 301 N Charde Ave in Oakland, October 4, 2015, 11:00-1:00p.m. An Italian flair meal will be available. For more information, contact Julie Johnson at 402-685-5652.

Tenney is September Artist of the Month


Hello again from the Swedish Heritage Center. Oh my, where has the summer gone? It always seems to fly by, so much faster than old man winter.
September’s artist of the month is Marilyn Tenney. Marilyn isn’t new to the area, she was the Oakland-Craig art teacher for many years and retired teaching art for 32 years. She is currently working for the Art Place America project as the team leader in Lyons. All her beautiful potter pieces will be on display and are also for sale.
Please come and enjoy Marilyn’s artwork and enjoy an old fashion bar-b-que meal. This month we thought it would be fun to celebrate the end of summer with grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, baked beans, potato salad and fresh-baked apple crisp topped with ice cream of course. A free will donation will be collected and we would also like to thank all of you for your monetary support and for your loyalty in attending all of our event.s We have been having so much fun having such a variety of artists and different food themes.
See your Sunday September 6th from 11:00 till 1:00 at the Swedish Heritage Center.
Marilyn Tenney, September Artist of the Month. Photo Courtesy of Julie Johnson.

Marilyn Tenney, September Artist of the Month. Photo Courtesy of Julie Johnson.

Dixon is August Artist of the Month


The featured Artist of the Month for August is Natalie Dixon, a senior at Oakland-Craig high school.

In April, Natalie participated in the Nebraska Young Artist Awards Day at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Come visit her at the Swedish Heritage Center, 301 N Charde Ave in Oakland, August 2, 2015, 11:00-1:00

Natalie Dixon is the August Artist of the month. Photo courtesy of Betty Dixon.

Natalie Dixon is the August Artist of the month. Photo courtesy of Betty Dixon.

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A Mexican fiesta bar will be available. For more information, contact Julie Johnson at 402-685-5652.

Maller is July Artist of the Month


The featured Artist of the Month for July is Roger Maller. Roger is a well known artist whose work is part of collections throughout the United States and many foreign countries. One of his painted eggs was chosen to represent the State of Nebraska at the White House and is now part of the Presidential private collection. Roger’s award-winning paintings will be on display and for sale.

Come visit him at the Swedish Heritage Center, 301 N Charde Ave in Oakland July 5, 2015, 11:00-1:00. A Swedish Ham Ball dinner will be available. For more information, contact Julie Johnson at 402-685-5652.

Roger Maller is July Artist of the Month. Roger is surrounded by his artwork in this picture. Photo courtesy of Julie Johnson.

Roger Maller is July Artist of the Month. Roger is surrounded by his artwork in this picture. Photo courtesy of Julie Johnson.

Dona Jean Nelson is June Artist of the Month


The artist of the month of June is Dona Jean Nelson from Oakland. She is pictured here at the Swedish Heritage Center. A brunch will be held on Sunday, June 7th in her honor from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  Dona will be present at this time.

Chicken salad, fresh fruit salad, croissant rolls and strawberry topped angel will be served to those attending the open house for Dona.  A free will donation will be taken for the meal.

Come enjoy the festivities with good food and good company.

Dona Jean Nelson, pictured with one of her many paintings, is the June Artist of the Month. Photo courtesy of Julie Johnson.

Dona Jean Nelson, pictured with one of her many paintings, is the June Artist of the Month. Photo courtesy of Julie Johnson.

 

Jan Cline-Zimmerman May Artist of Month, Open House Sunday


“I am happy to be the first artist to have a show at the Swedish Heritage Center,” stated Jan Cline-Zimmerman.

An open house will be held this Sunday from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. honoring Jan and her artwork. “The paintings on display will be Nebraska landscapes in pastel,” Jan said. The event is sponsored by Nebraska Loess Hills RC&D.

Jan began pastel and landscape paintings after her family moved to Nebraska in 1998. One of her paintings, titled Abandon, was drawn from a 3×5 picture she took of a house while living in Verdigre Nebraska. “The picture was before digital photography, so it was much smaller to draw from,” Jan stated.

The Logan Valley Artists, which Jan is a member of, held a competition recently in which one of Jan’s paintings earned Best of Show. “Best of Show and first place entries go to the state show which will be held in Columbus in June,” Jan said.

Jan can also make prints of a painting or produce the painting on canvas or have it photographically reproduced in many shapes, sizes and styles.

She also owns a business in Oakland, Creative Connections, which has been on Oakland’s Main Street for eight years. She teaches music and art classes, sharing her joy and passion with many others in the area. “I am also currently working on an album,” Jan stated. Her album will focus on her spirituality, sharing songs she has written on scripture. She has also performed in the group, Troubadour, entertaining at many area local events.

Dala horse and T-shirt painting classes are being planned over the summer as well as a jewelry making class.

Jan’s shop features many handmade jewelry items made from beads, seeds and stones of all shapes, sizes and colors. “I appreciate the dedication these individuals have to their craft. What they make is unique and beautiful,” Jan said.

Everyone is invited to attend the open house in Jan’s honor Sunday at the Swedish Heritage Center. There is also a free will donation meal being served from 11:00-1:00 p.m.

Jan Cline-Zimmerman, May Artist of the Month, holding her Best of Show Painting "Last Dance," one of the paintings being featured at an open house in honor on Sunday. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Jan Cline-Zimmerman, May Artist of the Month, holding her Best of Show Painting “Last Dance,” one of the paintings being featured at an open house in honor on Sunday. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

 

Open House for Artist of the Month Sunday at Swedish Heritage Center


By Julie Johnson, contributor 
First of all, I would like to thank all those supporters of our last event. The Nebraska Department of Humanities program featuring Darrel Draper portraying “Peter Sarpy” was so interesting and entertaining. I am embarrassed to say how much history I learned that day from his presentation. It was great to have Mr. Selk encourage the Oakland-Craig 8th graders to attend. It’s a great program; The Nebraska Department of Humanities with so many possibilities of entertainers with such a wide variety of subjects. Thanks also to all of those people who supported and enjoyed our breakfast Sunday brunch.
Sunday , May 3rd we would like to invite you back for a ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, buns and Ostakaka for dessert. Our time of serving will be 11:00 till 1:00 at the Swedish Heritage Center in Oakland. Please mark your calendar for this Sunday dinner. A free will donation will be taken.
Along with our dinner we are excited about our new monthly Artist of the Month program. This is a continuation of the RC & D’s past program a few years ago. Jan Zimmerman, owner of Creative Connections, will be featuring her artwork. Jan will be present on Sunday from 11:00 till 3:00 for an open house. Please come visit the Swedish Heritage Center and enjoy Jan’s beautiful paintings.
Jan’s artwork will be on display for the month of May. If you know of or are an artist interested in having your collection displayed please give Julie a call to book the Artist of the Month at 402-685-5652. The welcome “OPEN” flag is out and flying. Please feel free to stop in and visit Tom and the Swedish Heritage Center.
Need a quaint place for a reunion, meeting, birthday party or just a fun get together? We’d love to have you utilize the Swedish Heritage Center. Rent is a free will donation. Give Julie a call to book at Nelson’s Food Pride 402-685-5652. We can even offer you a Swedish meal or any other dessert or meal ideas.
Driving by??? check out the beautiful gardens, they are coming back to life , just like the Swedish Heritage Center.
Did your receive your donation letter in the mail? Please don’t push it aside. We are not subsidized in any way so we do need your donations and support..

Jan Cline-Zimmerman May Artist of Month; Open House Set At Swedish Heritage Center


The Nebraska Loess Hills RC&D Council has adopted the Traditional Corn Project as a new project and has brought back the Artist of the Month project.

The Culture Center students, in Macy, are learning to grow and process their sacred white corn in the traditional manner. In the fall, after the corn is harvested, a demonstration will be given to the RC&D Council.

After a hiatus, the Artist of the Month project has been resurrected. The Swedish Heritage Center in Oakland will take the lead scheduling the artists, writing news articles, and working with the artists. The Artist of the Month for May is Jan Cline-Zimmerman of Craig. Jan is a person of many talents. In addition to painting, she’s a song writer and is a member of the Troubadours, a popular music group that does Celtic and other genre of tunes. Jan’s award- winning paintings, done in several mediums, will be on display and for sale. The open house will be May 3, 2015, 11:00-3:00 at the Swedish Heritage Center, 301 N Charde Ave in Oakland. For more information, contact Julie Johnson at 402-685-5652.

HHW DIRECTORY

The RC&D has applied for funding for HHW collections in the fall of 2015. Information will be in future Little News. Craig Romary, Environmental Programs Specialist for the Pesticide Program of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, has updated the ‘Nebraska HHW Directory’ which lists permanent facilities and future HHW events that collect pesticides. The current version of the directory is posted at http://www.nda.nebraska.gov/pesticide/collection.html or bit.ly/NEhhwlist For more information, contact Craig at craig.romary@nebraska.gov or 402- 471-6883.

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