SIDNEY — In 2016, Gateway Arts Council entered its 29th year of promoting the accessibility, creation, presentation and preservation of artistic and cultural resources for the benefit, enjoyment and enrichment of the Shelby County Community.
“The year had many highly-successful events, including three Presents Series shows for families, four nationally touring children’s productions, the Princess Ball, Spring Fling Fine Art Exhibit, the Lego Design Challenge and Exhibit entitled, “It’s All About That Brick” and a film produced by Gateway called “Moving A Nation.”
In 2016, Gateway Arts Council presented “Three Red Neck Tenors,” “Supreme Reflections” and “Under the Streetlamp” as part of its Presents Series. All three of the performances were held at the Sidney High School Auditorium and they were all three sold out concerts.
Also in 2016 Gateway Arts Council hosted, at its offices, five different art exhibits, the Spring Fling Juried Art Competition, the Lego Design Challenge and Exhibit, and Mini Mozart’s (children’s piano and voice classes). The Arts Council was also able to help out other local arts organizations through funding and providing space to hold their board meetings. Gateway Arts Council held the sixth annual “Bad Art By Good People.” Twenty-four local pet lovers created artwork and competed for the title of “Best Bad Artist.”
In October 2016, Gateway Arts Council released an exciting documentary film, “Moving A Nation,” which premiered on Oct 15-16 at the Sidney Auto-Vue Drive In Theater. The film was a tribute to the rich and inspiring story of Shelby County industry and its essential role to our countyís past, present, and future. It portrayed the strength, vitality, and diversity of the men and women who work every day to make ends meet. The production captured the story of industry through the eyes of those close to it; the founders, workers, and their families. The film also was shown on television throughout Northwest Ohio.
Gateway Arts Council starts its 30th year in 2017 and many wonderful events are planned. Gateway Arts Council had a sold out crowd for “The Second City” on Feb. 12 and will also have a sold out crowd for “Liverpool Legends” on April 23. Each month the Gateway Arts Council will host a new exhibit in the gallery. In addition, Gateway will host the Spring Fling Juried Art Competition, adult watercolor classes, Princess Ball, national touring children’s shows, and the Lego Design Challenge. Gateway Arts Council is extremely grateful for the Sidney High School Auditorium and the Cameo Theater. These beautiful facilities help Gateway make the arts happen in Shelby County.
Through its many donors, sponsors, and grantors, Gateway Arts Council is proud to have become Shelby Countyís premier arts organization. Gateway is honored to be able to provide arts to Shelby County because to paraphrased words of one philosopher: “Art gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, and life to everything.”
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