September Gallery A: Glass Work From Crystal Forge

CB14090204 Blown Away

Glass work from Ed Fennell and the artists from Crystal Forge at Hot Shops Art Center in Omaha will be highlighted in Gallery A this month. Crystal Forge started in a residential garage approximately 35 years ago.

CB14090205It now includes several artists who sell out of the gallery and work out of the glass studio. Every artist that works out of Crystal Forge has a different style. From the time Ed built his first furnace people have gathered around the forge. He once was asked, “How long does it take you to finish one of your pieces?” He replied by saying “Twenty years and twenty minutes.”

The motivation for Crystal Forge has all been for the enjoyment of blowing glass and the fellowship of the people involved. Presenting an eclectic mix of styles and techniques this show features work by Fennell, Matthew Shrader, Christopher Kemp, Daniel Grzeskowiak, Raymond Shultze, Whitney Emanuel and Mary Anne Kuk.

Gallery B: Mary Ringenberg

CB14090202‘Quirky is a Good Thing’ Mary Ringenberg will bring her truly one-of-a-kind style to the walls of Gallery B in September. Part sculptural, part paint, her pieces will keep you looking as many tell stories within stories. “I have dabbled in a variety of media, but I have to say I’m the most passionate about assemblage art,” Ringenberg said. Her art features bold colors and high contrast items including old board game pieces, buttons and more. “Every time a new theme pops into my head, I’m instantly recharged. I love taking everyday, non-art objects and materials, or to be honest, JUNK and transforming them into sculptural collage,” she added. Please stop by Gallery B in September to see what her art reveals to you. “It might look like just an old wooden cigar box, but oh the possibilities are endless!  My focus is on color, texture, nostalgia and a twist of the unusual.  Quirky is a good thing, especially when it makes you smile,” she said. Ringenberg, a long-time FAAA member and former vice-president of our board recently moved to Lincoln.

 The reception for the Crystal Forge, Mary Ringenberg, and Loft Artist: Anne Thome (Mixed Media Artist) exhibits will be Friday evening, Sept 5th, from 5-7 p.m.

September Shows are sponsored by:

First National Bank Fremont

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August Gallery A: Book Arts, Curated by Bonnie O’ Connell


BRADY TangentCoverTitlePgBooks paint a picture like you’ve never seen before.

The University of Nebraska Fine Arts Press was founded in 1972 by renowned master printer and fine press publisher Harry Duncan, as a typographic laboratory and letterpress studio. The program expanded to include courses in bookbinding and papermaking after Professor Bonnie O’Connell assumed directorship of the program in 1985.

Men_ Women_ M&W,The works in this exhibition cover all aspects of studio techniques taught in courses through the program: typography, book design, letterpress printing, hand papermaking, bookbinding and decorative pattern papers. Some of these books are from letterpress or digitally printed editions, others are “unique” or one of a kind objects. All celebrate the potential of book structures as a vital form of creative expression.

SchomburgU6The collected works come from instructors in the UNO book arts program, current and recent students, as well as program alumni who continue to practice book arts skills in graduated academic programs or as professional artists. These include: Denise Brady, Bonnie O’Connell, Barbara Gehringer, Pamela Olson, Ashley Vak, Mike Bauer, Deb Allen, Verna Johnson, Althea Satterfield, Meg Welch, Ana Garcia, Michael McDonald, and Frances Osugi  


The reception for all of our August exhibits will be Friday evening, August 1st, from 5-7 p.m. 



Gallery B: Joslyn Docents Exhibit


Joslyn_Art_MuseumA “Director’s Invitational” of sorts, fills Gallery B this month. The Docent Corps of Josyln Art Museum is an extraordinary group of art loving individuals who donate thousands of hours bringing the museum’s collections to life for all sorts of visitors. (over 16,500 tour participants in the last year alone!) Many of these folks are artists in their own right as well as members of the Fremont Area Art Association. Accomplished full-time studio artists, former art educators, and those exploring new ideas and experimenting with new materials  and techniques, Barbara has invited them all to exhibit their work in what has become an intriguing mixed media show. Join us in welcoming this diverse group into our galleries. Many of the Joslyn Docent-Artists will be here for the Opening Reception— perhaps we can persuade them to give us a guided tour!




The reception for the Book Arts Exhibit, Joslyn Docents, and Loft Artist: Michael Kreizel
will be: FRIDAY, August 1st, from 5 to 7 p.m.
August Shows are sponsored by: HyVee

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July Gallery A: All Members Show


Gallery BWe are once again thrilled to have our walls graced with art created by our own Fremont area artists during July’s All-Member Exhibition in Gallery A. Stop by to see a wide range of subjects and styles in graphite, pastels, oil, watercolor, sculpture, photography, mixed media and more.


The reception for all of our July exhibits is different than years past and will be Friday evening, July 11, from 5-7 p.m. Help us celebrate all of the wonderful art created by artists within our own organization!



Gallery B: Peck and Wilson, Mother-Daughter Retrospective


When Priscilla Wilson was approached to help us present a retrospective of her mother’s work, she excitedly agreed saying that Hortense would have celebrated her 100th birthday this year. Hortense Wilson was a very active member of the FAAA, and along with her husband Graydon, served on the Board of Directors.

CB14063002As the show evolved, it seemed appropriate to include works by Verna Peck, Hortense’s mother. Gallery B will showcase a Mother-Daughter Retrospective. “I’m thrilled to share artwork by my mother and grandmother with people who enjoy art,” Priscilla said. “There are so many family stories tied up in these pictures.”

“Grandma began painting at age 57, taking, then eventually teaching, art classes in Kansas City. She received recognition for her work at the Plaza Art Show.”

Hortense Wilson, a 1934 graduate of Southwestern College in Winfield, KS, was an artist all her life according to Priscilla. She created the pastel (above) when she was a high school student.

Hortense and her family moved to Fremont in 1958. “She painted a lot of Dodge County scenes,” Priscilla said, adding that she also depicted scenes from travels across the country and around the world. In addition, she illustrated Orleatha Kellogg’s book, Bloom on the Land, which was published in 1982.




The reception for the All Members Exhibit, Peck and Wilson, Mother-Daughter Retrospective, and Loft Artist: Jenefer Bachaus
will be: FRIDAY, July 11th, from 5 to 7 p.m.
July’s Shows are sponsored by: In Bloom

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June Gallery A: Painting Pals- A Foursome of Fine Art Friends

Four long time painters and friends have pooled their collective talents to bring a colorful show to Gallery A, titled Painting Pals.

Karen Simms and Karen Thurlow regularly meet on Tuesdays at the Gallery to paint. Bereuter and Bender, while not regulars at the Gallery, have gathered with their painting pals as well.

KarenThurlow“I have always taken my art very seriously but in the last few years I have realized, for me, it is the journey not the end results that is important,” Thurlow said. Thurlow has brought a mixture of realism and abstract pieces for the show.


“My paintings of buildings: a series of classic gas stations, old-style grain elevators, houses and barns had their origins in my art school days when I was a student at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts,” Bereuter said.


Many of Bereuter’s pieces feature the geometry of Nebraska’s early prairie farm architecture and the influence of Edward Hopper. “Though my work has a nostalgic feel of eras gone by, I see my paintings of these subjects as being almost abstract in nature,” she said.

Carole Bender’s art has been created wiCaroleBenderth mixed media and a wide range of subject matter. “Art has always been a part of my life,” she said.


Karen Simms said of her art, “When I start a new painting, I feel like a kid with a new box of crayons. I fell in love with watercolor years ago when I discovered what water and paint put on a piece of paper can do.”


“I have been fortunate to live in a community that has a thriving Art Association. I appreciate the support, opportunities and friendships I have received,” Simms said.


Gallery B: Flags For Fremont Days

CB1smallerFremont is used to seeing Military Avenue filled with American flags for many holidays throughout the year. This year’s John C. Fremont Days will see a new display of flags.

Jeff Rise, Fremont Area Art Association member and owner of Dave’s Drive-In has spearheaded a community arts project to display artist decorated flags during the city’s annual festival.

Fifty white nylon flags have been purchased by Fremont area artists, both FAAA members and not, to be decorated to fly from July 11-13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the avenue from Luther Road to Johnson Road. Visitors during Fremont Days will be encouraged to walk the avenue to view each flag close up.


We are pleased to announce that the completed flags will proudly be displayed during the month of June in Gallery B. Artists have used a variety of materials including fabric, paint, glitter, rope and more to make each flag truly unique.

Please stop by the gallery to get an advance look at the flags that will grace Military Avenue during Fremont Days.

Following Fremont Days, flags will be returned to the artists.


The reception for Painting Pals, Flags for Fremont Days Artists, and Loft Artist: Valery Wachter
will be: SATURDAY, June 7th, from 5 to 8 p.m.

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May Gallery A and B: Fr. Don Doll

D_Doll_Portrait_BWGallery 92 West is pleased to present Fr. Don Doll of Creighton University, Jesuit Priest and well-known photographer in not only Gallery A, but also Gallery B.

Doll has traveled to many corners of the Earth photographing his encounters for the world to see.

Doll1Doll’s emotional and breath-taking photos have been featured in National Geographic in 1984, with Hunters of the Bering Sea, and in 1990 with Athabascans along the Yukon.

Doll also has two books, Crying for a Vision and Vision Quest: Men, Women and Sacred Sites of the Sioux Nation, focused on Native Americans.

Doll3Doll has received several prestigious awards for his work, including Nebraska’s Artist of the Year in 2006 and the Kodak Crystal Eagle Award for Impact in Photojournalism in 1997.

We are thrilled to bring Doll’s work to Fremont and hope that all of you will bring a friend and stop by to see his work.


May Loft Gallery:  Fremont Middle School Select Awards Exhibition

photo 3Several students from the Fremont Middle School and Johnson Crossing Academic Center will be featured in Gallery 92 West during the month of May as part of the Fremont Middle School Select Awards exhibition.

photo 1According to art instructor Axton Kahler, the students’ works were chosen because they, “Creatively achieve the stated objectives for (a given) project.” Works will range from graphite, mixed media, colored pencil, acrylic as well as ceramics. Students are taught by Kahler at the Middle School as well as Amy Gillispie and Andrea Rockemann at Johnson Crossing.

Due to the scope of Fr. Don Doll’s work, these artists will get a special placement in the Loft, which is traditionally reserved for our Art Association members to sell their works.

The reception for Fr. Don Doll, SJ, and
FMS & JCAC Select Awards artists
will be: FRIDAY, May 9, from 5 to 7 p.m.
May shows sponsored by:

Castle Security & Home Integration

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