Local News: Trimble Named New Director of Mars Arts Center (9/14/22)


(Sentinel Photo by Beverly Van Buskirk) Le Mars Arts Center welcomes Don Trimble as its new Artistic Director. Trimble started at the center in August and is excited about the arts in the community.

THE MARCH — After teaching art for three years at a college-preparatory school in California, Don Trimble has returned to his Sioux City roots and found a place to spend some of his days as the new principal of the Le Mars Arts Center.

Born and raised in the northern part of Sioux City, Trimble has a bachelor’s degree in painting from the University of South Dakota and a master’s degree in art history from the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

His father, a ceramist, taught at West High School in Sioux City, and Trimble learned the art from an early age.

“I started teaching high school art and art history at South Sioux City High School,” he said. “I stayed there for five years and loved every minute.”

He then connected to a college preparatory school called Oaks Christian School in North Los Angeles, and taught art and art history there for three years.

His time there allowed him to work alongside the school’s founder, Dallas Price-Van Breda, who is a noted art collector. He served as a sort of artistic liaison for the school collaborating with other private collectors, local artists, curatorial staff at Getty, LACMA, the Broad, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

The lure of returning to his roots and his wife Katie taking a position at Siouxland Christian School to start a new preschool brought the family back to Sioux City. He and Katie have two children, Tucker, 7, and Elsie, 5.

“While I was helping out, teaching a class for Siouxland Christian, we had Miss Annie (Laursen), the former director of the Mars Arts Center, come to judge an art exhibit for my students,” Trimble explained.

“I knew her, and a bunch of artists who collaborated here,” he said. “This art center is not content to stay locally in Le Mars, it extends over the territory of the three states. Everyone says, ‘Wow, the Mars Arts Center has so much to offer.’ »

Trimble continues to teach a college-level art history course, now virtually.

“I still teach for this school in the morning because this post-Covid world has made us innovative and creative, and in education, I hope it has made us realize that we can teach from anywhere,” did he declare.

“So I’m still teaching them an APR college-level art history course. I’m really teaching kids from all over the world. I’ve got kids logging in from Paris, Kazakhstan, everywhere. It’s cool to bring that artistic perspective here. For me, I love being able to connect to the world, but getting back to local artists is so important to me,” Trimble said.

As for the Center des Arts Le Mars, he found it to be a very healthy space with a lot of growth in many respects.

“This building, the improvements that have happened here and what we’re able to offer in the courtyards, bringing in artists and shows, and partnering with local events, it’s a cool place. “, he continued.

“Already, just the staff people here, the board, we have a very strong involvement of the board of local people who care about the art, knowing that there are opportunities here, has been very rewarding for me,” he said.

Trimble himself is a two-dimensional artist who paints and exhibits at art festivals.

Making connections at multiple levels is important to Trimble.

“For me, I’m really looking forward to connecting not only with local artists, but also with students. It’s not just the artists, it’s the people in the community who are looking for culture,” he said. “Anyone who comes here, I can’t wait to share stories. It’s not just about the painting or the sculpture, it’s about the people who created it. I can’t wait to talk to these people.

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