On display through the end of the month at the Wrightstone Fine Arts Gallery is "Impact's Best" a collaboration of the Nebraska's top artists, including MCC Art Instructor Rick Johnson.
Impact is a non-profit Nebraska visual arts organization founded in 1985 with a mission to educate through outreach programs and exhibitions. Impact maintains a membership of 25-30 Nebraskans.
Members work in a broad range of disciplines, styles, and directions. From its inception, Impact has been recognized for its record of professionalism and creative expression. Membership is limited to Nebraska artists, nationally recognized within their respective artistic disciplines. Artists are elected through an independent jury. Each member is committed to four years, participating in all programs, exhibitions, and meetings. Many of the founding members continue to be a part of the organization, a testament to their level of commitment and perhaps a persuasive reason the organization continues to enjoy success.
Impact offers four major exhibition packages which rotate during a four year cycle. Each follows a thematic direction. The focus is a topic or issue stemming from a Nebraska or mid plains regional source but having a national appeal. Past exhibitions have been shown in large and small venues, regionally and nationally. Impact continues a record of consistently innovative exhibitions which generate interest as well as provide quality educational experiences.
Impact's thematic shows have inspired our artists to creative inventions. But in the privacy of their studios, they have throughout their careers pursued a private vision. Abstract designs, horses, a quilt, a Belly Dancer, pottery, blown glass, metal sculpture, and landscapes painted with the wind in your face -- each artist delves into his or her passion.
For Impact Best, there are no rules and no limits -- each distinguished artist offers his or her signature work.
Johnson was recently selected as one of 13 Nebraska artists whose work will be featured in the Nebraska Governor's Residence, during the 2012/2013 season. Johnson's featured paintings will be on display Nov. 28 -- Dec. 28 at the Governor's Residence, 1425 H Street in Lincoln. He was selected via an open competition and review panel through the Nebraska Arts Council.
The Wrightstone Gallery is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Tuesdays Thursdays until 9 p.m.
MCC volleyball 'Pink-Out' night set for Oct. 16
The Oct. 16 volleyball between McCook Community College and Western Nebraska has been designated 'Pink-Out' night by Phi Theta Kappa to commemorate breast cancer awareness month. Game time in the Events Center is 7 p.m.
McCook Lettering is designing the shirts and donating the lettering which will say "McCook For The Cure." The "Pink-Out" shirts will sell for $7 with all T-shirt proceeds and concession stand sales will go toward finding a cure for breast cancer. The McCook Optimists are sponsoring free popcorn for the event.
PTK officers are currently taking orders for the shirts, which will also be on sale on game day. Officers include: Emily Wood, Barbara Leising, Amber Leising, Tiffany Anderson and Nichole Eisenach. Or anyone interested in ordering a shirt can contact PTK advisor Shannon Schaben at 345-8142.
Director seeks three more children for roles
Cast announced for 'A Christmas Carol'
McCook Community College begins work on "A Christmas Carol" tonight at the Weeth Theater, with three children's slots still open, according to Director Sue Watts.
No preparation is necessary, nor is any experience necessary. For more information, contact director Sue Watts at 345-8173.
The play will be presented Nov. 15-17 at the Fox Theater in McCook. Here are the cast members:
Scrooge: Don Harpst
Bob Cratchit: David Sandman
Fred: Joseph McCarty
Mary: Emily Wood
Woman # 1: Allison Priddy
Woman # 2: Barbara Leising
Marley's Ghost: Bryce Osterman
Ghost Of Christmas Past: Phil Lyons
Boy Scrooge: Elliott Tapia
Fran: Zooey Morris
Young Man Scrooge: Joseph McCarty
Dick: Clint Schneringer
Fezziwig: Chuck Trail
Mrs. Fezziwig: Dorothy Stevens
Belle: Emily Karr
Ghost Of Christmas Present: JeriLynn Karr
Snowball Kid: Sydney Rowe
Topper: Clint Schneringer
Ruth: Tiffany Anderson
Two Children: Elliot Tapia, Sydney Rowe
Mrs. Cratchit: LeeAnn McCarty
Martha: Amber Leising
Belinda: Denielle Bennett
Sara: Zooey Morris
Ghost Of Christmas Future: Roger Stupka
Pawnbroker: Lisa Ellis
Charwoman: Cheryl Scott
Laundress: Emily Karr
Undertaker's Assistant: Hope Rowe
Turkey Boy In Street: Elliott Tapia
Mr. Dickens: Charles Trail