May 31

June Art Exhibits- Hinds Gallery: Valerie Light Anderson

En“Lightening” Exhibition

13340780_10206188836831233_33243309_oTranquil still lifes and quiet interiors—the paintings of Valerie Light Anderson give the viewer a glimpse of a specific moment in time. She explains: “I study natural light, every artist does. But I find myself truly in awe of the affect the light has on a moment in time. I strive to capture the quiet poetry of a single moment – to show someone else what I saw and what I felt.”

13334301_10206188836551226_716613681_oValerie Light Anderson is a painter and studio artist at
the Hot Shops Art Center in Omaha. She spent formative
years in Texas, North Dakota, Japan and Nebraska. She
lives and works in Omaha where she and her husband raised
a family of three children and nurtured a fondness of the
Midwest. Light Anderson holds a BFA from the University
of Nebraska-Omaha. Her subjects include still life, interior,
landscape and figure. Her works have been exhibited in the
Atlanta, Dallas, Sioux City and Omaha areas, and are held
in private and corporate collections. Featured in the Hinds
Gallery throughout June, we welcome Valerie and her work
to Gallery 92 West.

13321250_10206188836791232_395180712_oPlease join us for an Artist’s Reception

on Friday, June 3, from 5-7pm.

Bristol Gallery: Omaha Marian, Mixed Media

13342360_10206188844071414_746968254_nSelect student works from Omaha Marian High School
are featured in the Bristol Gallery. Guided by art teacher,
Ashley Bauer, the girls show a true understanding and
mastery of a variety of media. The large graphite selfportraits
are especially impressive. Stop in and see what
these young artists have done.

The reception for Valerie Light Anderson and
Omaha Marian High School artists will be
FRIDAY, June 3, from 5-7 p.m.

May 02

May Art Exhibits- Hinds Gallery: PJ Copenhaver and Larry Pelter

Earth and Air

Copenhaver ColorThe unique combination of PJ Copenhaver’s Feather Art and Larry Pelter’s Pottery is presented this month in the Hinds Gallery. Earth represented by the clay, and Air by the feathers, these two artists invite us to pause and consider our natural surroundings and our place within them.

Copenhaver says, “My intention is to allow us to pause, if only for a moment, to enjoy the simple beauty of a feather and to be grateful for all that is placed in our path.” Pelter adds, “My work is Earth oriented. Clay, wood, bone, antler, and stone take form through the action of water and fire to offer an experience of connecting to the mystery that is our Earth and who we are.”

PJ Copenhaver, after spending over 20 years in the corporate world, is now grateful for the opportunity to create art. She lives in Omaha with her husband, Daryl, and their four-legged family of pets.

“Feathers lift us.  They come to us on the wind, connecting us to each other, and to an unspoken, unseen Great Creator Spirit. All of the feathers used in my art are naturally fallen.  They have been found by me or given to me as gifts from a large circle of friends, family, and at times, strangers. I approach my studio work fresh each morning, Spirits’ inspiration works through me, sparked by the individuality of each feather.”

Larry Pelter grew up in Newman Grove, a farming community on the banks of the Shell Creek in north central Nebraska.  He has had a diverse upbringing experiencing, at times, life as a sheepherder, cowboy, railroad gandy dancer, truck driver, anti-submarine warfare specialist, electrical engineer, barista, and Zen practitioner.  Throughout his life, he has maintained a passion for the arts, and has studied classical and blues guitar, painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and ceramic art with a variety of teachers.

“My work in this exhibition is an exploration of pottery, tea bowls, masks, and a variety of non-representational sculptural forms.  These objects represent the wanderings of my imagination in recent months.

Pelter ColorI have been interested in Japanese and Native American pottery traditions for a long time.  The purity of form and the closeness to the earth represented by these traditions often provide a launching point for my vessel work.

I am also influenced by early Neolithic European art and the relationship it implies of our ancestors to their world…an intimacy with nature that most of us on the planet today have lost.  Do we have the potential for reconnecting with the earth the way our ancestors did?  Can art we make today open channels to that ancient relationship?

I like to work with sculptural forms in general, and to combine a variety of materials and shapes into three dimensional objects.  I play and play, combine and recombine until a form exists that satisfies my curiosity.”

Please join us for an Artists’ Reception on Friday, May 6th, from 5-7p.m.

Bristol Gallery: Fremont Public School Grades 5 – 8 Select Show

Art Classes teach kids to: observe; experiment with materials; make connections; respect others; express themselves; learn from their mistakes; clean up; reflect on their work; embrace diversity; persevere; have an opinion; appreciate beauty; break away from stereotypes; envision solutions; value aesthetics; see another point of view; and innovate.

Parents and children browse dozens of works of art created by Fremont Public Schools Fifth through Eighth Grade students as part of their select exhibition Sunday at Gallery 92 West. The exhibit will be on display through the month of May. (Chris Bristol, Fremont Tribune)

Parents and children browse dozens of works of art created by Fremont Public Schools Fifth through Eighth Grade students as part of their select exhibition Sunday at Gallery 92 West. The exhibit will be on display through the month of May. (Chris Bristol, Fremont Tribune)

The Fremont Public School Grades 5 – 8 Select Show will be featured in the Bristol Gallery through May 14th. Art Teachers, Axton Kahler, Andrea Rockemann, and Geoff Semrad have chosen works representing the highest achievements of our local middle school student artists.

Awards will be presented for best works from each grade level at an Artists’ Reception on Saturday, May 14th, from 3 to 4 pm. We welcome the student artists, their teachers and families to enjoy both exhibits this month!

Apr 04

April Art Exhibits- Hinds Gallery: ANAC Annual Select Show

ANAC = All New And Creative

More than two dozen local artists have brought some of their finest works to display at Gallery 92 West as part of the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs Selection Show during the month of April. Select works from this exhibit will go on to the statewide exhibition. (Chris Bristol, Fremont Tribune)

More than two dozen local artists have brought some of their finest works to display at Gallery 92 West as part of the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs Selection Show during the month of April. Select works from this exhibit will go on to the statewide exhibition. (Chris Bristol, Fremont Tribune)

The Association of Nebraska Art Clubs (ANAC) annual Selection Show is featured this month in the Hinds Gallery. This fiercely competitive exhibit is the first step toward the highly regarded ANAC Traveling Exhibit which will be selected from over 300 entries from across Nebraska at the ANAC State Conference.

Taking on the daunting task of judging this show, is artist and educator, Carole DeBuse. She has a studio at Hot Shops Art Center and runs her own jewelry business, Dancin’ Horse Designs. Carole also enjoys acrylic painting and ceramic sculpture.

After receiving her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southern Illinois University, DeBuse came to Nebraska. An educator for over 40 years, DeBuse has taught pottery, design, painting, jewelry, and silversmithing to elementary through college students. The Nebraska Art Teacher’s Association honored DeBuse’s work by naming her the Higher Education Art Educator of the Year. While working for OPS, she also received the Alice Buffet Outstanding Teacher Award. After retiring from OPS, DeBuse continued teaching at UNO, and has been an adjunct professor at Metro Community College and College of Saint Mary.

"There Was an Old Woman," by Linda Money Jorgensen is one of more than two dozen local artworks on display at Gallery 92 West as part of the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs Selection Show during the month of April. Select works from this exhibit will go on to the statewide exhibition. (Chris Bristol, Fremont Tribune)

“There Was an Old Woman,” by Linda Money Jorgensen is one of more than two dozen local artworks on display at Gallery 92 West as part of the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs Selection Show during the month of April. Select works from this exhibit will go on to the statewide exhibition. (Chris Bristol, Fremont Tribune)

Well-qualified, and willing, Carole DeBuse will choose this year’s Best of Show and Awards of Excellence artworks to represent Fremont at the ANAC State Conference, held this June in McCook. The conference offers members a chance to connect with fellow Nebraska artists, share, enjoy and create artwork, and attend classes and workshops.

Please join us for an Artists’ Reception and Judge’s Critique on Friday, April 8th from 5-7pm at the Gallery.

Bristol Gallery: Country Traditions Design Team Quilters

The Bristol Gallery features a collection of art quilts created by the staff from Country Traditions, the world famous quilt store in Historic Downtown Fremont. Original work from Leslie Main, Stacie Redford, Lu Ann Franzluebbers, Emily Millie, Lida Sieh, Marie Richards, Tracey Herre, and Scott Flanagan will be showcased.

The Country Traditions Design Team comes from diverse backgrounds ranging from Education to Nursing and everything in between. Combined, this passionate team of artists has over 100 years of quilting experience that they love to share—with each other, as well as the many customers with whom they work. They all share a passion for fabric yet the end results are as diverse as their makers. Finished projects can range from traditional bed size quilts to modern inspired wall hangings to three dimensional boxes. While they embrace the use of technology when creating, decorative stitches or Machine Embroidery, for example, it is not uncommon to find them with needle and thread in hand, sewing up the side of a box, or putting the finishing touches on the binding and label.

Bristol2The Design Team is continually working on new patterns to inspire customers who stop into Country Traditions quilt store. Often, their ideas are featured in magazines including Quilt Sampler, Fons and Porter, American Patchwork and Quilting, and Quiltmaker. Over the years, team members have been recognized for their work at local, State, and National Quilt Shows.

A common thread shared by the team is the desire to encourage other quilters to be creative, expand their quilting knowledge, and take a pattern and “make it their own.” They truly have a passion and enthusiasm for quilting and the quilting community, and love to pass on the joy of creating quilts with everyone they meet.

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The Reception for the April Exhibits will be held Friday, April 8th from 5:00-7:00pm

Feb 29

March Art Exhibits- Hinds Gallery: Fremont Public Schools K-12 Art

Fremont Public Schools K-12 Art

 

Youth Art MonthCreative works from the K-12 art students of Fremont Public Schools will be on display in the Hinds Gallery during March. This multi-media exhibit highlights Youth Art Month, a national celebration sponsored by the Council for Art Education, and happily supported by the Fremont Area Art Association.

The annual celebration emphasizes the value of art education for all children and encourages support for quality art programs. The program recognizes skills developed through visual arts experiences

unlike any other curriculum subjects, including:

  • Problem Solving

  • Creativity

  • Observation

  • Communication

 

fps selectStudents from Fremont High School, under the direction of Mara Hornig, Amy Gillespie and Jennifer Gay; Fremont Middle School, grades 7 and 8, taught by Axton Kahler ; Johnson Crossing Academic Center, grades 5-6, taught by Andrea Rockeman and Geoff Semrad; and 7 elementary schools, grades K-4, guided by Jesse Kiefer, Julie Bristol and Jennifer Trapp are participating in this year’s Youth Art Month exhibit.

Please join us in recognizing these wonderful young artists and their teachers at the Artists’ reception on Sunday, March 6, from 1:00-3:00pm.

Bristol Gallery: 43rd annual National AgWeek Posters

Kallan Reed, a First Grade student at Arlington Public School, is one of hundreds of area students who created posters for the Ag-Week poster contest, "How I see Nebraska agriculture." The posters are all on display at Gallery 92 West through the month of March. (Chris Bristol, Fremont Tribune)

Kallan Reed, a First Grade student at Arlington Public School, is one of hundreds of area students who created posters for the Ag-Week poster contest, “How I see Nebraska agriculture.” The posters are all on display at Gallery 92 West through the month of March. (Chris Bristol, Fremont Tribune)

The Fremont Area Chamber Agriculture Business and Natural Resources Council, along with the Fremont Tribune are the proud sponsors of the “How I See Nebraska Agriculture” art contest. Gallery 92 West is hosting an exhibit of the children’s art work in the Bristol Gallery during the month of March.

Judged by some of our Member Artists, the top three entries will be awarded prizes in the following age groups: grades K-1, grades 2-3, and grades 4-5. All of the contest entries will be on display through March 31.

Recognizing agriculture’s importance to Fremont’s economy, and promoting stewardship of natural resources, this show is just one part of the 43rd annual National AgWeek celebrations.

An Artists’ Reception and announcement of Awards, sponsored by the Cleary Corporation, will be held on Saturday, March 19 from 1:00-3:00pm at Gallery 92 West. Also on that day is the “Touch a Tractor” event. Bring the kids and grandkids to explore the big machines! Platte Valley Equipment will provide the opportunity to climb on, get in, touch and discover more about the big machines used in Nebraska Agriculture. Climb behind the wheel and find out how operators use the vehicles to provide food, fiber, clothing, and even fuel for our community! This fun hands-on activity will take place in the Pinnacle Bank parking lot across the street from the Gallery.

 

The Reception for the Ag Poster Exhibit will be held Saturday, March 19 from 1:00-3:00pm

Feb 01

February Art Exhibits- Hinds Gallery: Megan Ripke

The Art of Megan Ripke: Not your garden variety paintings

Slide 1Megan Ripke’s warm and inviting floral explorations are featured this month in the Hinds Gallery. Her paintings offer a refreshing touch of springtime to fend off the bitter chill of winter!

After earning her BFA from Concordia University Nebraska in 2008, Ripke was a middle school art teacher at Green Park Lutheran School in St. Louis, MO. Since moving to Hooper, she has taught art classes here at Gallery 92 West as well as at Immanuel Lutheran School in Hooper. Megan’s work has been featured in a variety of group shows in Nebraska and Wisconsin. She had a solo exhibit in 2013, and has been a part of the FAAA All-Member and ANAC shows for the last several years.

Slide 1A visual interpretation of the ephemeral qualities of the natural world, Ripke says her paintings “explore the transient beauty that can be seen in nature and created life. This life can be temporal, fleeting and yet beautiful. Sometimes this beauty lasts months, weeks, or even just days. Eventually, life fades and death inevitably comes for every living thing.

“Each year that natural world experiences a cycle of life and death. However, life is restored again every year in the spring. Winter comes to an end. Soil is worked and seeds are planted. My work signifies a restoration of life. For me, this restoration brings hope and peace.”

Please join us in welcoming Megan and her serene and cheerful promises of the sun to come at an Artist’s Reception on Friday, February 5, from 5:00-7:00p.m.

Bristol Gallery: Doug Rasmussen- Art from nature to the cosmos

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Rassmussen1The art musings of Doug Rasmussen will be featured in the Bristol Gallery. His pastels and paintings have an almost surreal quality that expresses his view of our place in nature and the cosmos, and what he considers the mythology of humanity

Doug grew up in a rural area and found it intriguing to depict his favorite aspects of nature. Drawing trees was his first love. To this day, he says, “whenever faced with the dreaded ‘block’ creative people inevitably encounter from time to time, I go to the organic and free flowing and forgiving rendering of our ancient arbor guardians. Shaping the gnarled, aged trunks and meandering chaotic branches, then shaping the leaves is always a first Go To for me in times of indirection.

“Coupled with my later education and the fascination that warm colors come forward to our eyes, while cool colors recede, I learned that adding depth could add a whole new dimension beyond making a mere ‘engaging image.’ In so doing, warm and cool seem to be the nature of not only color, but also humanity as a whole.

Rasmussen3”For Rasmussen, this other dimension is also bridged into his renderings of the human form, albeit highly stylized and expressive. It leads the viewer to Rasmussen’s exploration of “the myth that is our own nature in real life fantasy. We’ve all enjoyed the lore of our humanity, as we love to walk in a grove of trees or stargaze at the planets that may inspire thoughts of said ‘myths’ and all the warm and cool colors within them.”

 

Gallery hires Olson as new assistant

AngieAfter years of discussion and a growing need, Gallery 92 West has hired a part-time assistant to help Barbara with day-to-day needs.

We received many qualified applications and Barbara and Sandi Brune conducted interviews. Following these interviews an offer was extended to Angie Olson.

A life-long art lover, Angie Olson has been teaching kids art classes at the FAAA for just over a year. She holds a BA in English from Midland and also attended the College of Saint Mary legal studies program.

Angie was intrigued by the position at the FAAA because she loves spending time at the gallery, finding it peaceful yet creatively energetic.

Olson hopes her experience as a contract administrator will be useful in her duties at the FAAA, along with her love of organizing and planning. Angie is grateful to be a part of the gallery and looks forward to continuing to spread the FAAA mission.

Olson officially began just after the first of the year.

February Loft Artist- Randy Ruppert (Metal Engraving and Photography)

The Reception for the February Exhibits and will be held Friday February 5th, from 5-7pm

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