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  • 23 Aug 2021 3:44 PM | Karl Pratt (Administrator)

    By Karl Pratt, executive director

    More than 20 artists of all ages will be set up at area businesses this Friday, Aug. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. for the Main Street Arts Council’s annual Main Street Art Walk even in downtown Hoxie.

    This year’s roster includes the following (subject to change):

    • Lisa Stone, Watercolor & acrylic paintings, Oscar's
    • Nancy Wolff, Acrylic pours on wood, canvas and ceramic tiles, 7 Rhodes Beef Co.
    • Brianna Glaze, Watercolor & acrylic paintings; woodburn pieces, 7 Rhodes Beef Co.
    • Kathy Launchbaugh, Quilted art pattern, H&S Sales & Repair
    • Sheridan County Historical Society & Mickey Museum, Pieces from their collection, H&S Sales & Repair
    • Sally Cameron, Quilted works, First State Bank
    • Robin Delzeit, Balloon Artist, First State Bank
    • First State Bank Staff, Wooden bank art project for kids, First State Bank
    • Russell Hull, Oil paintings, Equity Bank
    • Kristin Johnson, Gourd Art, Equity Bank
    • Karl Pratt, Acrylic & watercolor paintings, drawings, Bottle KAP Studios
    • Diane Pratt, Varied works, live demonstration, Bottle KAP Studios
    • Adleigh Ziegler, Varied works, live demonstration, Bottle KAP Studios
    • Regina Baldwin, Varied works, Bottle KAP Studios
    • Tatumn Kaiser, Varied works, live demonstration, Bottle KAP Studios
    • Rebel Mahieu, Mixed medium paintings & sculptures, Community Impact Center
    • Ethan Jay & Corbin Jay & Colby CC Art Students, Face painting; caricatures; encaustic demonstrations, Community Impact Center (outside)
    • Donna Eastman Liddle, Watercolor paintings, Cuts Colors & Curls by Jennifer
    • Jackie Campbell, Ceramics, Eland Law Office
    • Jessica Campbell, Earrings and vinyl art, Eland Law Office
    • Hoxie High School Art Students, Face painting & caricatures, Eland Law Office (outside)
    • Jesse Franich, Wood Art, Pratt Real Estate
    • Ellen Pratt, Hand-knitted items, Pratt Real Estate
    • Erica Kinderknecht, Varied works including colored pencil drawings, hand-painted stones & Carousel horse sculptures, The Sheridan Sentinel

    In addition to viewing the artwork, which ranges from hand-knitted clothing and quilted items to watercolors, acrylics, ceramics and more, the evening will also feature a variety of activities for all to enjoy, including live music, art demonstrations, face painting, caricature and portrait artists and even balloon art!

    New to the activities list this year will be a sidewalk chalk contest in which teams of up to four will recreate a classic artist’s masterpiece (of their choice) in designated squares along Main Street. Teams can register in advance at www.mainstreetartscouncil.com/artwalk or sign up at the event to participate. Participants have from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. to complete their masterpieces before they are judged. The winning team will receive a private art lesson with local artist Diane Pratt.

    The evening will also include a silent auction to raise scholarship funds for area students to study the arts and music, raffle drawings at the end of the night for those who make it around to all artist exhibits, and delicious food options from Mama Deb’s Cookin’ and Blue Blaze Pizza food trucks which will be set up between Equity Bank and First State Bank.

    All MSAC programming is made possible through the financial support of paid members, donations, and grants. To support MSAC in its endeavor to promote the arts, encourage creativity, serve the Arts community, and act as an advocate for the Arts, consider paid membership. Varying levels are available for both individuals and businesses, each offering a multitude of benefits and advertising premiums in acknowledgment of support.

    Visit www.mainstreetartscouncil.com/join-us for more information and to join today. For more information, visit www.mainstreetartscouncil.com, email mainstreetartscouncil@gmail.com or call Karl Pratt, executive director, at 785-675-1240.

  • 09 Aug 2021 2:11 PM | Karl Pratt (Administrator)

    By Karl Pratt, executive director

    The Main Street Arts Council invites all area art enthusiasts to the annual “Main Street Art Walk” scheduled for Friday, Aug. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Hoxie.

    Enjoy an evening of art, food, fresh air and fun as you make your way through Main Street viewing the artworks of area artists.

    The evening will also feature several art demonstrations, a sidewalk chalk drawing contest, face painting, 5-minute portraits, and live music by Ellen and Emma Weiner. The First State Bank is once again hosting an art project for youth.

    A silent auction featuring donated works from the participating artists will be set up and available for bidding from 5 to 7:45 p.m. at Bottle KAP Studios, 721 Main St. Funds raised will be pooled with those from the Quinter Art Walk to help support area student scholarships to study the arts and music.

    Raffle drawings for several prizes will be held once again. To participate, pick up a map from any artist, visit all artists to view their works and acquire their signatures, then drop off the map at Bottle KAP Studios (with participant name and contact information) for a chance to win. Prizes include a $50 gift card to The Elephant Bistro & Bar, a Family-level membership with the Main Street Arts Council, and an art supplies gift basket.

    Food vendors, including Mama Deb’s Cookin’ and Blue Blaze Pizza will be set up between Equity Bank and First State Bank. Picnic tables, provided by the Sheridan County Amusement Company, will be available for dining needs.

    All MSAC programming is made possible through the financial support of paid members, donations, and grants. To support MSAC in its endeavor to promote the arts, encourage creativity, serve the Arts community, and act as an advocate for the Arts, consider paid membership. Varying levels are available for both individuals and businesses, each offering a multitude of benefits and advertising premiums in acknowledgment of support.

    Visit www.mainstreetartscouncil.com/join-us for more information and to join today. For more information, visit www.mainstreetartscouncil.com, email mainstreetartscouncil@gmail.com or call Karl Pratt, executive director, at 785-675-1240.

  • 21 Jul 2021 10:38 AM | Karl Pratt (Administrator)

    At this time, we have decided to cancel the Atwood Art Walk event originaly schedule but hope to schedule another event in the future. Thank you!

    If you haven't done so yet, be sure to register for our Hoxie Main Street Art Walk to be held Friday, Aug. 27 from 5-8 p.m.

    Artists, business hosts and food vendors are all encouraged to sign up. Learn more and register!


  • 10 Jul 2021 6:04 AM | Karl Pratt (Administrator)

    We are excited for our first-ever Art Walk in Quinter scheduled for tomorrow (Sat., July 10) from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in downtown Quinter, prior to our performance of Disney's 101 Dalmatians at 8:30 p.m. at the high school auditorium!

    A silent auction of donated art pieces will be held throughout the event inside Center Pivot Restaurant & Brewery. Funds raised in Quinter will be pooled with those from our Atwood and Hoxie art walks and be made available as scholarships for area youth to study the arts!

    Join us for a full-evening of the arts in Quinter! Thank you to our area artists who will be exhibiting and the business hosts listed below!



  • 31 May 2021 6:32 PM | Karl Pratt (Administrator)

    The Main Street Arts Council is pleased to present the 2021 Main Street Summer Theater Festival lineup with performances in Atwood, Colby, Goodland, Hoxie, and Quinter!

    Visit the festival webpage to learn more.

  • 31 Jul 2020 11:48 AM | Karl Pratt (Administrator)

    At this time, we have elected to cancel the in-person 2020 Main Street Art Walk originally scheduled for Aug. 21 in Hoxie. We will be restructuring the event to a virtual format with full details to come. Thank you and stay healthy!

  • 05 Jun 2020 5:24 AM | Karl Pratt (Administrator)

    We are excited to offer six additional weeks of FREE virtual art classes this summer beginning June 9 through July 24! Visit the events page for more information and to register!

    Kiddos Ages 4 & Up

    Youth Ages 8 & Up

    Adult Recess

  • 01 Jun 2020 4:17 PM | Karl Pratt (Administrator)

    Main Street Arts Council new logo

    We are so excited to present to the world our newly redesigned logo, better representing our mission of promoting the arts, encouraging creativity, and acting as an advocate for the arts.

    The logo was designed by Madison Otter, Great Bend, who is a current graphic design student at Fort Hays State University. Madison is serving as the marketing intern for our virtual 2020 Main Street Summer Theater Festival, a position made possible through the Dane G. Hansen Community Intern Initiative facilitated by K-State Research and Extension.

    The street lamp element in the logo was chosen to represent the typical “Main Street,” often a beloved feature still seen in most northwest Kansas communities. The humanesque figure next to the street lamp is meant to evoke the senses of energy and movement, both being important elements of the arts whether performing, music or of the fine arts genres. The figure’s head is meant to represent the ignition of idea, creativity and passion for the arts through the evocation of its flame-like design.

    The colors in the logo were also chosen to strongly portray components of our mission. Magenta symbolizes harmony, passion, and creativity, with Aqua representing joy and creativity.


  • 18 May 2020 7:49 PM | Karl Pratt (Administrator)

    Registrations are currently open for the Main Street Arts Council’s 2020 Main Street Summer Theater Festival which has been restructured to a virtual format in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “With so many unknowns related to the virus and out of concern for the safety of our participants, staff and volunteers, not to mention the amount of preparatory time required, we believe modifying this year’s festival is the best decision for us at this time. We are excited, in essence, to break down a typical show into its various components, allowing us to continue to provide educational, musical and performance opportunities for youth in northwest Kansas, ages 5-18, in a new medium,” said Karl Pratt, MSAC executive director.

    Participation in the festival components remains free of charge to youth from the designated festival counties, including Cheyenne, Gove, Rawlins, Sheridan, Sherman, Thomas, and Wallace. Preference will be given to youth from these counties, though those in the surrounding areas are still encouraged to apply/participate. This is made possible, collectively, through the tremendous support of Dane G. Hansen Community Fund grants from the ACE Foundation, Cheyenne County Community Foundation, Gove County Community Foundation, Sheridan County Community Foundation, Sherman County Community Foundation, Thomas County Community Foundation and Wallace County Foundation. All organizations are affiliates of the Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation based in Bird City.

    Additional financial support for our student director internship program was made possible with a grant from the Friends of the Cottonwood Ranch, as well as our selection into the Nex-Generation Round Up for Youth, Inc. Intern program. And a marketing intern position was made possible through the Dane G. Hansen Summer Intern Initiative facilitated by K-State Research and Extension.

    “We are so grateful to our funding organizations as well as our business sponsors and individual donors for their support of our program and belief in our mission to help spread the arts across the region,” noted Pratt. “We simply can’t say ‘thank you’ enough!”

    The festival includes the following components:

    1) Theater Workshops - June 1 through July 24

    • Workshops will be held weekly for 30 minutes, broken into age groups of 5-7, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-18 years.
    • Topics will include a variety of acting exercises with weekly “homework” assignments.
    • These will be held throughout June and July.

    2) Skits and Scenes Program - June 1 through July 24

    • Participants will be cast into monologues, duets or small ensemble skits/scenes based on age (broken into age groups of 5-7, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-18 years) and ability.
    • Individual skit/scene rehearsals will be scheduled with each receiving, at minimum, one rehearsal per week for 10, 20 or up to 30 minutes depending on length.
    • Skits/scenes will be recorded, edited and made available for public viewing throughout the summer.
    • Participants will have the opportunity to participate in up to two different skits/scenes throughout the summer.

    3) Dance Program - June 1 through June 26

    • Participants will rehearse a dance routine culminating in individual participants recording themselves and submitting them to be edited into a comprehensive video that will be shared online.
    • Rehearsals will be held twice weekly for 30 minutes each broken into age groups of 5-7, 8-12, 13-18 years. Each rehearsal session will be recorded and posted to the private MSAC Vimeo page for practice purposes in between sessions.
    • The program will last for four weeks in June.
    • ***Age groups are suggestions; if individual student dance ability permits them to join a higher age group, we are happy to accommodate such requests.

    4) Virtual/Zoom Musical Production of "Mirror Image" - June 1 through July 31

    • The full-length musical “Mirror Image” will be produced virtually for students grades 7-12, including graduating seniors, only.
    • Participants from all seven designated festival counties as well as the surrounding areas will be eligible, though, casting will be limited to 31 participants.
    • Rehearsals will be held Mondays through Thursdays for up to an hour in length, held weekly throughout June and July.
    • As part of the recording process, participants will record themselves singing and acting scenes individually, submitting videos to be professionally edited (both sound and video) through a contract with the professional audio/video engineering firm, Arts Laureate.
    • The final video will be made available for public viewing on our website at the conclusion of the summer.

    Adjustments to the program schedules may be made as needed.

    Those wishing to participate are required to register online at www.mainstreetartscouncil.com/msstf2020 where they can also find more detailed festival and schedule information as well as audition requirements. A priority deadline of Friday, May 29 has been set. Those wishing to register after that date are asked to contact the arts council at mainstreetartscouncil@gmail.com to ensure availability.

    The arts council is led by Karl Pratt, executive director, and Bonnie Cameron, creative director/founder. They are assisted by Jan Moore, regional office manager. While based in Hoxie, the Main Street Art Council aims to serve the northwest Kansas region.

    Along with the summer theater festival, the arts council is currently offering FREE Virtual Art Classes for all ages via Facebook Live. Visit www.mainstreetartscouncil.com/events to learn more and register, then plan to follow along on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mainstreetartscouncil. At this time, the annual Main Street Art Walk is still scheduled for Friday, Aug. 21. A determination of whether to continue with the live event or reformat to a virtual offering as well will be decided at a later date.

    All MSAC programming is made possible through the financial support of paid members, donations, and grants. To support MSAC in its endeavor to promote the arts, encourage creativity, serve the Arts community, and act as an advocate for the Arts, please consider paid membership. Varying levels are available for both individuals and businesses, each offering a multitude of benefits and advertising premiums in acknowledgment of support.

    Visit www.mainstreetartscouncil.com/join-us for more information and to join today.

    Contact Pratt at mainstreetartscouncil@gmail.com with questions related to the summer theater festival or other general inquiries.

  • 08 May 2020 1:20 AM | Karl Pratt (Administrator)

    We are pleased to extend our virtual art classes, featuring weekly Facebook Live sessions for all ages, through the end of July 2020!

    Tuesdays
    2 p.m. - Kreative Kiddos (ages 4 and up)
    3 p.m. - Kreative Youth (ages 8 and up)

    Fridays
    3 p.m. - Adult Recess

    Visit our Events page for more information and to register.


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