The fourth annual Spring into the Arts Festival returns to Harvey County this month with its annual celebration of visual and performing arts.
The members of the Newton Area Arts Council are presenting a variety of programs April including concerts, exhibits, a food truck rally, festival and an art contest. Carriage Factory Art Gallery in Newton will present a Third Thursday concert by Michael Knopf. Knopf from 6-8 p.m. March 16 at Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St., Newton. The event is free and refreshments will be served.
Also on March 16, online and ballot voting will begin for the fourth annual Downtown Art Contest. Works will be displayed at nine downtown businesses. Online voting is available at www.newtonarts.org. Paper ballots will be available in businesses where the art is displayed. The Historic Fox Theatre will present its first event in more than two years, a movie sing-along to “Grease,” at 7 p.m. March 17 at the downtown theater. Admission is $5. Children age 5 and younger will be admitted free.
Carriage Factory Art Gallery will also be presenting a Western Art Exhibit in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail. The exhibition opens with a reception at 7 p.m. March 18 and runs through May 13. Gallery admission is free.
Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra will present its spring concert, “Facets of Memory,” at 4 p.m. at Memorial Hall on the Bethel College campus. The concert will feature guest composer Michael Knopf. The program will also pay homage to the Chisholm Trail with a set of Western-inspired music including “The Wild, Wild West,” “Fantasia on Early American Hymns” and “Home on the Range.” Tickets are $13 for adults and $6 for students in advance and are available at www.nmkso.org or at Faith & Life Bookstore. Tickets are also available at the door.
At 5:30 p.m. March 19, the Kauffman Museum will present “Coming Home,” the museum’s spring gala. The gala will feature a reception for its current exhibit, “Memory Matters,” featuring artist Gesine Janzen and music by Nova Deco. The gala program, “Remembering,” will be presented by Janzen, associate professor of printmaking at Montana State University. She will describe how memory has influenced her art. Tickets to the gala are $50. Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau will present Ain’t No Joke Food Trucks at the Depot from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 1 downtown in front of Newton’s train depot with a performance by Tailspin. Admission is free.
The Newton Area Chamber of Commerce will host Art & Music in the Heart of Newton from 6-8 p.m. April 20 at various downtown businesses. Artists and musicians will demonstrate or perform. Art contest winners will be announced at Carriage Factory Art Gallery, where Bob Willis also will be giving a sculpture demonstration at 6 p.m. Admission is free to the public.
Also on April 20, Sybarite5, will bring a musical repertoire that ranges from Mozart to Radiohead to Hesston Mennonite Church as part of the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts series. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $17 to $20 for adults, $13 to $20 for senior citizens, and $12 to $20 for students. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit hesstonbethel.org or call (620) 327-8158. Newton Presbyterian Manor will present the annual Apple Blossom Festival from 5-8 p.m. April 28. The event will take place at Newton Presbyterian Manor, 1200 E. Seventh St., and will feature performances from the Newton Community Children’s Choir as well as food, art, dancing, crafts, antique cars, children’s activities, musicians and other activities for all ages. Advance tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children and are available at Presbyterian Manor. Tickets will be available at the gate for $9 for adults and $6 for children.
Newton Community Children’s Choir will present their Spring Concert at 4 p.m. April 30 at the Shalom Mennonite Church. Admission is free to the public. Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus will wrap up the 2017 festival with their spring concert at 7 p.m. May 7 at Hesston High School. Admission is free.
March 16 • Third Thursday with Michael Knopf, 6-8 p.m., Carriage Factory Art Gallery
March 17 • Grease Sing-along, 7 p.m., Fox Theater, $5 (under 5, free)
March 18-May 13 • Western Art Exhibit, Carriage Factory Art Gallery, Free
March 19 • "Facets of Memory" Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, 4 p.m., Memorial Hall at Bethel College, advance tickets $13 for adults, $6 for students • "Coming Home" Spring Gala, Kauffman Museum, program featuring Gesine Janzen, 5:30 p.m., $50
April 1 • "Ain't No Joke Food Truck Rally" Featuring live music by Tailspin, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Depot Park (Fifth & Main Streets). Free admission to rally.
April 20 • Art & Music in the Heart of Newton, presented Newton Area Chamber of Commerce, 6-8 p.m., downtown Newton. Free. • Art contest award ceremony, 6 p.m., Carriage Factory Art Gallery. Free. • Sybarite5 presented by Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts series, 7:30 p.m., Hesston Mennonite Church, Hesston College, $17-$20.
April 28 • Apple Blossom Festival presented by Newton Presbyterian Manor and featuring Great Plains Jazz Orchestra and Newton Community Children's Choir, 5-8 p.m., Presbyterian Manor, Newton
April 30 • Spring concert, presented by Newton Community Children's Choir, 4 p.m., Shalom Mennonite Church, newton
May 7 • Spring concert presented by Kansas Mennonite Men's Chorus, 7 p.m., Hesston High School, Hesston. Free.