Kearney TV ABC news station NTV visited the Minden Opera House to learn more about “Community Unfolding in Minden” origami landscape by Linda Stephen, created with participation by community members ages 5 to 95. Enjoy close-up views of the art and news about an oil painter also inspired by downtown Minden.
TV story here. It ran on November 23. Thanks to reporter Taylor Leverett.
Community Unfolding in Minden
Origami landscape by Linda Stephen for the Minden Opera House. Collaborative art with participation by ages 5 to 95.
“Community Unfolding in Minden”
December 10, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Gallery, Minden Opera House, 322 E. 5th St., Minden, Nebraska, just 12 miles south of I-80 exit 279. Tel: 308-832-0588; Web site: MindenOperaHouse.com
- Free and open to the public. Light refreshments. Masks recommended.
- Stay (with tickets) to see acapella singers “The Flyovers” at 7:30 p.m.!
- Shop for gifts – origami earrings, cards, ornaments & more
- Free parking in the Minden courthouse square. The opera house is on the north side of the square.
“Community Unfolding in Minden” is the culmination of a project that the Minden Opera House commissioned in February. In March and April, Linda conducted origami workshops with Minden residents ages 5 to 95 including Minden Public School students, Bethany Home residents, Jensen Memorial Library patrons, community members and beyond who made street bricks and snow piles. The art creation and assembly took 5 months and is made entirely from folded and layered papers.
The scene features the Kearney County Courthouse square, in downtown, Minden, Nebraska, which has been lit with thousands of lights each winter since 1915.
This piece is a reminder of how Minden came together during COVID-19 and the many hands and talents that make a place thrive. “Community Unfolding in Minden” is 37″ x 42″ x 2″ and will be on permanent display at MOH, thanks in part from the support of the Arthur Klinkacek Community Enrichment Fund of the Kearney Area Community Foundation.
TIME LAPSE YouTube Video: “Community Unfolding in Minden” Watch 5 months of origami art construction in 59 seconds!
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September 15, 2021
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Celebrate Nebraska’s 2021 Book Award Winners
Celebrate Nebraska’s 2021 Book Award winners with author readings and an awards presentation ceremony at the Nebraska Center for the Book’s Celebration of Nebraska Books. Held at the Nebraska History Museum on October 23rd, winners of the 2021 Nebraska Book Awards will be honored and the celebration will include readings by some of the winning authors, designers and illustrators of books with a Nebraska connection published in 2020. And the winners are:
Children’s Picture Book: Letters from Space by Clayton Anderson, Illustrated by Susan Batori. Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Design: Sy’s Barbershop and Pool Hall: New and Selected Poems and Paintings by Jay D. Gerber. Publisher: Infusionmedia
Illustration: Lily Discovers People are Like Donuts by Rob Otte, Illustrated by Carey Goddard. Publisher: Jelly Donut Publishing
Illustration Honor: The Day We Went to the Park by Linda Stephen and Christine Manno, origami artwork by Linda Stephen. Publisher: Handersen Publishing
Fiction: The Brightest Place in the World by David Phillip Mullins. Publisher: University of Nevada Press
Nonfiction Legal History: A Question of Freedom: The Families Who Challenged Slavery from the Nation’s Founding to the Civil War by William G. Thomas III. Publisher: Yale University Press
Nonfiction Memoir: Dancing with the Octopus: A Memoir of a Crime by Debora Harding. Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Nonfiction Memoir Honor: Yards After Contact – Team Jack: Scoring a Touchdown Against Childhood Brain Cancer by Andrew Hoffman, foreword by Rex Burkhead. Publisher: Nico 11 Publishing and Design
Nonfiction Military History: A Mighty Force for Peace: A History of the Former Lincoln Air Force Base by Robert M. Branting. Publisher: Infusionmedia
Nonfiction Nebraska History: Never Caught Twice: Horse Stealing in Western Nebraska, 1850-1890 by Matthew S. Luckett. Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Nonfiction Nebraska as Place: Cut in Stone, Cast in Bronze: Nebraska’s Historical Markers and Monuments, 1854-1967 by Jeff Barnes. Publisher: The Donning Company Publishers
Nonfiction Solidary: American Harvest: God, Country, and Farming in the Heartland by Marie Mutsuki Mockett. Publisher: Graywolf Press
Nonfiction Urban History: My Omaha Obsession: Searching for the City by Miss Cassette, foreword by Chris Ware. Publisher: Bison Books
Poetry: Two-Toned Dress Lucy Adkins. Publisher: Blue Light Press
Poetry Honor: Forever War by Kate Gaskin. Publisher: YesYes Books
The Celebration of Nebraska Books, on October 23rd, will also honor winners of the 2021 Jane Geske and Mildred Bennett awards. The Mildred Bennett Award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to fostering the literary tradition in Nebraska, reminding us of the literary and intellectual heritage that enriches our lives and molds our world. The Jane Geske Award is presented to a Nebraska organization for exceptional contribution to literacy, books, reading, libraries, or literature in Nebraska. It commemorates Geske’s passion for books, and was established in recognition of her contributions to the well-being of the libraries of Nebraska.
The 2021 One Book One Nebraska selection, Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II by James J. Kimble (Bison Books, 2014) will be featured in a keynote presentation by the author. The introduction of the 2022 One Book One Nebraska book choice will conclude the festivities.
The Celebration of Nebraska Books is sponsored by Nebraska Center for the Book and the Nebraska Library Commission, with support from History Nebraska’s Nebraska History Museum. Humanities Nebraska provides support for One Book One Nebraska. The Nebraska Center for the Book is housed at the Nebraska Library Commission and brings together the state’s readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, publishers, printers, educators, and scholars to build the community of the book, supporting programs to celebrate and stimulate public interest in books, reading, and the written word. The Nebraska Center for the Book is supported by the national Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the Nebraska Library Commission.
As the state library agency, the Nebraska Library Commission is an advocate for the library and information needs of all Nebraskans. The mission of the Library Commission is statewide promotion, development, and coordination of library and information services, “bringing together people and information.”
The most up-to-date news releases from the Nebraska Library Commission are always available on the Library Commission website, http://nlc.nebraska.gov/publications/newsreleases.
Saturday July 31, 10 -11 a.m.
Education Center, Homestead National Park, 8523 West State Highway 4, Beatrice, Neb.
Free and open to the public
Join past National Park Service artist in residence Linda Stephen for a special “Kids in the Park” event.
The Education Center is about 1/2 mile west of the Homestead Park museum – accessible by car (or by foot on trails through the prairie).
Time: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Ages: Program designed for ages 6-12. Families welcome.
Program: Reading origami picture book “The Day We Went to the Park” followed by an outdoor exploratory walk and indoor origami craft time to fold paper into butterflies or caterpillars.
Art exhibit: See a few of the original illustrations for picture book “The Day We Went to the Park” — hundreds of origami sculptures.
Presenter: Origami artist, author and illustrator Linda Stephen, a former artist in residence at Homestead National Park.
Signed book: Signed copies of the picture book at TheDayWeWentothePark.com or at the event
For questions on Kids in the Park weekly Saturday programs, contact a park ranger at 402-223-3514. Learn more about Homestead National Park, history of homesteading, restored tallgrass prairie, and more at https://www.nps.gov/home/index.htm.
COVID-19 Response: Consistent with CDC recommendations, people who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
MINDEN OPERA HOUSE PARTNERS WITH ORIGAMI ARTIST, SCHOOLS, LIBRARY, AND NURSING HOME TO CREATE COLLABORATIVE COMMUNITY ART PROJECT
(Minden, NE) In the midst of the isolation of the Coronavirus pandemic, people are craving and seeking out ways to connect to each other. Bringing people together through art, while also commemorating this historic time in our community’s history seemed like a natural way for the Minden Opera House to help build people up in these difficult times. Nationally award-winning paper artist Linda Stephen will work with Minden residents of all ages to create a collaborative community artwork using her skills in origami. The desire is to create a piece that is not only a nod to Minden’s history as the Christmas City for over 125 years, but to capture the spirit of this vibrant community during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Christmas City places over 10,000 lights on the Kearney County courthouse every year that are on from Thanksgiving weekend until New Year’s night. In March of 2020, the lights were lit again as a symbol of hope in an incredibly dark time. It seemed only fitting that these historic lights would become the subject of the art piece, as there are few things that unite past and current Minden residents like that beautiful display. MOH Executive Director Marcy Brandt says, “While this artwork won’t satisfy any nutritional or material needs, our hope is that it will be a healing activity amid extreme challenges, showing that even in isolation and chaos, beauty can be found.”
Artist Linda Stephen will create a fine art paper construction titled “Community Unfolding in Minden” featuring the Kearney County Courthouse with the Christmas Lights. Stephen has worked with nonprofits and schools across the country to create collaborative artworks that celebrate a place or community. The artwork will incorporate both the artist’s paper sculptures, and hundreds of small origami models made by Minden residents. Stephen will invent simple origami models to be incorporated in a type of mosaic pattern in the Courthouse and the landscapes.
Stephen and the Minden Opera House will host small in-person workshops at 4:00 and 5:00 pm on Saturday, March 13 (pre-registration and masks required). After that date, take-home kits will also be available for anyone who wants to participate. Kits will include materials and instructions required to make a piece for the collaborative artwork, as well as supplies and instructions to make a small origami object to keep.
Additionally, the Opera House and Stephen will be providing kits and instruction videos – or live online instruction – to art classrooms in all three public schools, Jensen Memorial Library, and Bethany Home Nursing Facility in Minden. The goal is to have over 500 Minden residents of all ages contribute to the final piece. All finished pieces will need to be returned to the Opera House by no later than May 8 so that Stephen can begin assembling them into her final design. The unveiling of the finished piece has not been set yet, but Brandt says that there will be a large celebration planned when the time comes. “Community Unfolding in Minden” will be on permanent display at the Minden Opera House.
Donations to help defray the cost of the project can be given to Minden Opera House, PO Box 1, Minden, NE 68959 or online at MindenOperaHouse.com. Linda Stephen’s artwork will be displayed in her show titled “Nebraska Outdoors in Origami” at the Minden Opera House Gallery in March and April.
About the Artist
Linda Stephen’s artworks are part of collections around the world including the Minden Opera House (photo shown). Her origami landscapes have won national and regional art awards and been featured in more than 150 juried exhibits across the country. Linda has more than 25 years of experience in origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. Fluent in Japanese, Linda worked and studied in Japan for six years. For more than 15 years, she has taught origami workshops to museums, schools, libraries, and arts centers nationwide.
Linda is also a children’s book author and illustrator. Her origami picture book The Day We Went to the Park (Handersen Publishing, 2020) celebrates a day of wonder and discovery outside. Learn more at LindaStephen.com or TheDayWeWentToThePark.com.
Marcy Brandt, Executive Director
Minden Opera House
Office Hours: Tues – Fri; 10:00 am – 5:30 pm