Each year, the Oconomowoc Arts Center’s arts programming enriches students in the Oconomowoc Area School District, as well as members of the community and people visiting the Lake Country area.
During the summer, the OAC continues its mission to provide the highest-quality arts programming for cultural education, entertainment and enrichment.
With a Main Stage theater that can seat more than 750, the OAC attracts area dance studios for summer dance recitals, including MainStage Academy of Dance of Dousman, Hansing School of Dance of Oconomowoc and To the Pointe of Hartland last spring.
5678 Dance Studio of Oconomowoc and Elation Dance of Delafield packed the theater this summer with audiences eager to see the performances of talented, young artists.
The OAC stages and classrooms were also used for the school district’s summer band and theater classes for middle school students, and the OAC will host the Wisconsin Dance Council 2017 Conference on Aug. 19.
The arts center featured the world premiere screening of the documentary film “Amereki Kum – Escape from Dubai” this summer. The suspenseful and engaging true story captured by filmmaker Matt Johanning received a standing ovation from the audience.
The Oconomowoc Kiwanis Breakfast Club once again sponsored the Kids from Wisconsin performance this summer, which included a free “Realize Your Dream” musical theater workshop for area children.
“The OAC has been a busy place this summer. Our calendar has been filling up the last couple years, and we are pleased to have evolved into a year-round facility with a diverse array of programs,” said OAC director Michael Duncan.
Heart of the arts
In July, the OAC kicked off its 10th anniversary season by inviting the community to its annual open house, sponsored by Fox Brothers Piggly Wiggly. A record-breaking crowd enjoyed a complimentary outdoor cookout and live entertainment featuring OHS theater director Tom Klubertanz and OHS history teacher Andy Zietlow.
The community once again showed its support of the OAC by attending the special fundraising concert later that evening featuring The Differentials band.
“We are grateful for the community’s support for us over the past nine years. Without you, the OAC would not have been able to accomplish our mission to create a hub for the visual and performing arts for our schools and community. Our continued growth is not only a testament to your appreciation of the arts, but the recognition that the arts build and grow a better community,” added Duncan.
The OAC Art Gallery is sponsored by Hallett Veterinary Hospital of Oconomowoc and offers visual arts programming exhibits and events that are free of charge and available for viewing during box office hours.
Original works of art by artist Pat Rodell will be featured in the gallery through Aug. 19. The art exhibit "Watercolor: An Exploration of Pigment and Design" explores the artist’s love for the outdoors and plein air painting. For information, visit www.patrodellwatercolors.artspan.com.
Wisconsin Pastel Artists will be featured in the art exhibit "Until the Equinox" from Aug. 25 to Sept. 23. A reception for the artists will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25. The Wisconsin Pastel Artists is a dynamic group of more than 40 artists from throughout the state. Visit www.wisconsinpastelartists.com.
Summer box office
The OAC’s summer box office hours are in effect through Sept. 1. The box office will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, and noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. In addition, the box office is open 90 minutes before events.
The Oconomowoc Arts Center is at 641 E. Forest St. For more information, call the OAC Box Office at 262-560-3172 or visit www.theoac.net.