Three hundred years ago, the French explorer Bourgmont introduced the Platte River (and Nebraska) to Europe. Bourgmont had arrived at the Mouth of the Platte on June 16, 1714. According to his navigational logs, the Otoe living along the river called it the “Flat Water” the Nibraskier. Today, the river and its original Otoe name define the modern state of Nebraska.
Doug Meigs is a freelance journalist and photographer. After four years living in Hong Kong, he returned home to Omaha. His writing and photography has appeared in Omaha Magazine, The Omaha World-Herald, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, China Daily, the South China Morning Post, Indian Country Today Media Network, and various other regional and international media outlets.
Gallery 92 West is pleased to show Doug’s first exhibit in November. Please stop by to see his stunning photography.
Gallery B: The Cellar Dwellers
They call themselves “The Cellar Dwellers.” Even though a title as such may evoke images of a troll and Igor, it is quite the contrary. Linda Jorgensen and Melody Chvatal are retired art teachers that met three years ago at the Art Association and started creating pottery in the basement studio. The pair not only create works of art there but are guaranteed one hundred laughs and great inspirational moments with their studio group.
Linda believes “Art is a verb…” She says, “one has to think then carry out the various steps for each piece created. While sometimes, a ‘happy accident’ occurs, most of the time there is a plan.”
Her work consists of highly stylized functional and non-functional pottery, jewelry and collage pieces. Linda focuses on form and proportional balance while creating her work.
Melody has focused on her love of clay the last three years since her retirement. Her work is quite varied in style and structure. Many pieces have painted interlocking detailed designs. Some pieces have emphasis on surface texture and others show explorations of colored glass and glaze techniques. Melody’s creative process focuses on the energy that is within the piece and many are developed after the first firing. She enhances the unique properties in each piece, creating one of a kind ware.
Please stop by the Gallery during November to see their wonderful work.