Sep 01

September Art Exhibits- Hinds Gallery: Ken Shuster Photography

Ken Shuster: What I See

shuster2Fremont photographer, Ken Shuster, has toted a camera around off and on for over 40 years. Self-taught, he began “like anyone else who has a camera…” by taking snapshots of family, kids, and events. While his first camera was a 35mm all-Manual Nikon, Ken also had the same cameras you did: the 110 Instamatic, the cameras with the bulb pack on top, Polaroids, disposables. He insists, though, that the secret to a great photograph is “What you See; NOT what you Use!”

When he grew tired of snapshots, and wanted images that were more sophisticated, he began to study. He read a lot of photography books, and even his cameras’ user’s manuals—most of which are never opened!—and visited countless galleries to study the masters. He looked at Composition. He looked at Presentation. Most importantly, he Looked. And then, he Practiced!

As a conductor for Union Pacific Railroad, he learned to take photos out the window while traveling at great speeds. He learned what worked, and what didn’t. He experimented.

He learned to really look at whatever he is shooting. If it happens to be people, he feels it is important to know them—to make a connection. Only then is he able to capture the true image of the subject. If the subject is out in nature, Ken is willing to put in the time—hours of waiting, sitting in mud, cold, heat…all to get the proverbial perfect shot. Ken developed his Artist’s Eye by sifting through thousands of images and finding the few that made him pause. He forever asks the question, “What caught my attention?” When he looks around through the lens, he doesn’t necessarily show us the whole scene we’d take in if we were out there with him. Ken uses the camera to show the viewer exactly what Ken wants him to see. “I show MY picture.”

Focused mainly on nature, Ken does shoot the occasional wedding, portrait, architecture, or home photos for realtors. His approach remains the same. Find the eye-catching moment, the pure emotion, and the interesting space. Eventually, he says, “you just see it—it just Pops.” That’s when you press the shutter!

shuster1Occasionally, Ken ventures toward the more abstract, claiming, “That’s just fun stuff!” He asks, “What If?” “What if I just did this…or what if I tried that…” and begins to explore the possibilities. All the while, he’s prepared to find the extraordinary in the everyday. On the day of this interview, Ken had three cameras with him…one with a telephoto lens, one with a macro, and a “point and shoot” with a super zoom and a wide angle… Just in case. “Always!” he said.

Ken Shuster’s photographs are featured in the Hinds Gallery this month, and he’s offering an informal class on Sunday the 18th. Along with his hundreds of followers around the world, you can also find Ken’s work on 500px and Flickr. Please join us for an Artists’ Reception on Friday, September 9, from 5-7pm.

Dia de los Muertos in Textile

muertos1Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday, celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in many cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.

     In most regions, the celebration takes place in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saint’s Day, November 1 (Dia de los Innocents, honoring infants and children), and All Souls’ Day, November 2 (Dia de los Muertos, honoring deceased adults). It is a time of celebration of the lives of the departed. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private and public altars (ofrendas-offerings) honoring the deceased using photographs, religious objects, sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed. Visiting graves of the friends and family and leaving gifts is part of the remembrance.

Dia de los Muertos art is colorful and vibrant. Brightly colored skulls and dancing, laughing skeletons are used in creating the art. The art is alive in contrast with the somberness of death. Those who celebrate Dia de los Muertos remember their deceased loved ones and celebrate their lives in color, shapes and dancing. The art, whether painting, drawing, sculpture, or fabric can take many shapes. Sugar skulls with colorful designs can be replicated in fabric or other media. Pan de Muertos (Mexican bread of the Dia de los Muertos) can be shaped into skeletons or other figures. Papel picado can be painstakingly cut into paper or fabric to form banners or folk art. Happy memories come alive in the many media of art.


Please join us for an Artists’ reception for the September Gallery Shows  will be FRIDAY, September 9th, from 5-7 p.m.

Aug 27

“I Dot Suerat!” 3rd Annual Banquet, August 27th

Gallery 92 West and the Fremont Area Art Association are gearing up for our third annual banquet, on Saturday, August 27th, starting with cocktails at 5:30 p.m., at the Fremont Opera House.

Themed after Seurat’s, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,” our banquet will add the point in pointillism!

Great food, silent and live auctions and as always, some very unique entertainment!

Look forward to a special visit from French post-impressionist painter Georges Seurat as well!Seurat

Aug 01

August Art Exhibits- Hinds Gallery: 4 Seasons

Judy Greff, Amy Sadle, Sammy Lynn and Patsy Smith: 4 Seasons

13874834_10206558779519569_907617668_nThe Hinds Gallery features works by four gifted artists and long-time friends, Judy Greff, Amy Sadle, Sammy Lynn and Patsy Smith are showing abstracts, batiks, paintings and woodcuts.
Judy Greff was born and raised in the Sandhills of Nebraska. She currently lives and enjoys a studio on the banks of the Platte River near Ashland, Nebraska. She is a self-trained artist who has studied with regional and national artists in various media including a master class with Ann Toulmin-Rothe and Robert Baxter in Provence, France.

“I paint realism as I feel it. I paint in acrylic on a prepared hardboard panel. I begin by establishing the composition, color relationships and values. Excitement grows in the refinement process, working from dark to light, positive to negative and from chaos to simplicity. What is it that drives me into the studio? Inspiration, passion and guilt. Making art is, for me, an escape into reality!”13871828_10206558779639572_2119745890_n

Amy Sadle was born in Iowa, and as a military wife, she studied and exhibited in several countries and states. She attended the University of Iowa, Iowa City and the University of Rhode Island, Wakefield. “My goal is to use observation, handset antique type, and combine materials and subjects using distorted perspective to encourage the viewer to become involved. Hopefully it will open their lives and experiences to more introspection.”

Sammy Lynn, from Glenvil Nebraska, has exhibited all across the country. Her work is featured in many private collections as well as the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney. As an active ANAC member, Sammy has received both the Best of Show and Purchase Awards. “For me, creative energy is a chain reaction that happens most often when working in the studio. Working on an idea opens the door to more ideas, and problems to solve.”

13838536_10206558780039582_556357428_oPatsy Smith is a successful member of the National Watercolor Society, and she is well-known in the region. She is a member of Impact, a non-profit Nebraska visual arts organization and a juried group of nationally recognized artists living in Nebraska. She is also very active in Creative Unlimited Arts Council (CUAC) of North Platte. Her favorite place to be, though, is at her studio on Jeffery Lake near Brady, Nebraska. There she is inspired to create the dynamic artwork she is so recognized for. Patsy’s paintings are included in private collections all across the country, and have been featured in seven museum shows. Her compositions consist of three paintings in one: the first painting defines space, the second produces the textures, and the third commits the message.


Bristol Gallery: Making an Impression Themed and Juried Show

  “Making an Impression,” our annual Themed and Juried Show is featured in the Bristol Gallery. Left up to each Artist’s interpretation, the exhibit was open beyond our Membership, and all media were encouraged.

It was suggested that artists could use the work of the Impressionist Masters as a source of inspiration, but the actual execution, understanding and representation of the theme “Making an Impression” was purposely left wide open. Each entry was submitted with a brief explanation of the work’s relevance to the theme, and those writings are included with each piece.

The entries will be judged by Susie Severson, Director of Adult Programs at Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha. Cash Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Places. Gallery Visitors can vote all month long for the Viewers’ Choice Best of Show.


Please join us for an Artists’ reception for the August Gallery Shows  will be FRIDAY, August 5th, from 5-7 p.m.

The Third Thursday Luncheon will be held August 18th , at 11:30 am

The Annual Banquet will be held Saturday, August 27th 5:30-9:00 pm

Jul 05

July Art Exhibits- Hinds Gallery: Jean Welstead Memorial Scholarship Show

Jean Welstead Memorial Scholarship Show: Special Show, Special Cause 

This month, in the Hinds Gallery we are excited to announce the Jean Welstead Memorial Scholarship Show and Auction. This is a special honor and great opportunity for the whole community!

Early this year, Marv Welstead generously donated the remaining collection of his wife’s artwork to be auctioned at Gallery 92 West. All of the proceeds from the sale will go toward an Art Scholarship in honor of Jean Welstead.

Jean was one of the FAAA’s founding members, and served as the organization’s Board
President from 1965-1971. Jean served as co-chairman of the committee that bought what is
now Gallery 92 West. It seems fitting, then, as we are ready to expand our Gallery that we come full circle with a show of Jean’s work.

At the time of her death from Alzheimer’s disease in 2009, Marv and Jean had been married
for 67 years. Marv stated that for as long as he had known her, she had loved art. Jean started studying art when she was 11 years old, taking summer classes at Midland Lutheran College with elementary art teachers. By the time she graduated from Fremont High School, she was already an accomplished artist.

They both worked during World War II at a former U.S. Air Force base in Stuttgart, Ark. When they returned to Fremont, she worked as a stenographer and chief clerk in the Dodge County assistance office until 1948, when she took time off work to raise their two sons. She resumed her artistic endeavors in the 1950s and 1960s, taking more art classes at Midland, Joslyn Art Museum and College of St. Mary.

In 1968, Jean was asked to be the artist in residence at Midland College and work with students. She went back every year and continued that association until 2002. Marv added that, “She still had Midland students who graduated 20 to 25 years prior sending Christmas cards.” Her legacy, he said, is in the lives she touched. In addition, her artwork is all over the country, including the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney, Midland University, Nebraska Wesleyan University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Wicks Alumni Center, Wayne State College, Peru State College and John G. Niehart Museum. Her work is also among several corporate and private collections.

The Jean Welstead Memorial Scholarship Show and Auction will run through July 31st. Silent auction style bidding will begin at the Artists’ Reception on Friday, July 8th from 5-7 pm, and will continue throughout the month. A “Buy It Now” option will be available. Don’t miss this last opportunity to view, and possibly own a piece of this celebrated artist’s work, and help us create a scholarship that will enable young students to pursue their dreams.

Bristol Gallery: FAAA Annual All Member Show

As is our tradition in the month of July, we at the Fremont Area Art Association celebrate who we are as an organization by featuring the work of our own artists in the annual All-Member Show. Whether they are first-timers or seasoned regulars, our members always submit a fun mix of subjects, styles and media. This year’s exhibit will be displayed in the Bristol Gallery all month. We have such a talented bunch of member artists! Come check out what your friends have done.

Please join us for an Artists’ reception for the Jean Welstead Memorial Scholarship Show/Auction, the FAAA Annual All Member Show, and Sara Sumnick Wamsat Loft Artist of the Month will be FRIDAY, July 8th, from 5-7 p.m.

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.

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