Aug 19

Sneak Peek at our Annual Banquet Auction Items!

BanquetDeadline for reservations is only a couple of days away! Tickets are $50 each for a dinner catered by the Woodcliff Restaurant, entertainment, auction and more!! Deadline for reservations is this FRIDAY, don’t delay!! Call 402-721-7779 or email for reservations.

Live Auction Items

1. Gallery Naming Rights for 2016 Calendar Year (Gallery A and Gallery B)
Show your Art Association spirit, honor a loved one or celebrate a milestone by naming one of the main floor galleries for the 2016 calendar year!
Value: Priceless
2. Tour of Private Art Collection of Robert & Karen Duncan and
Dinner Hosted by Bill and Jane Dugan
Enjoy limousine service from Fremont to view the stunning Private Art Collection of Karen & Robert Duncan at their home in Lincoln, Nebraska. Cap off the evening with dinner hosted by Bill & Jane Dugan, prepared by Dan Rosenbaum. September or October. Donated by Duncans, Dugans and Dan Rosenbaum
Value: Priceless
3. Chicago, Chicago!
Stay 4-5 days in an elegant condo (2B/2B) in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. Gorgeous views of Lake Michigan and Chicago skyline, just steps from quaint cafes, shops and restaurants, vibrant nightlife, and the lakefront with its beaches and bike paths. Package includes $500 toward travel expenses.
Contact Greg Haskins to arrange a date. Must use within one year.
Donated by Greg and Mary Haskins and Barbara Gehringer
Value: $1,500
4. Joslyn Art Museum Guided Tour & Dinner for 6
Enjoy limousine service from Fremont to visit Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha. Guided tour of Joslyn’s collection including Grant Wood’s Stone City, Iowa, provided by Gallery 92 West Executive Director, Barbara Gehringer. Evening includes dinner at Pitch.
Donated by Joslyn Art Museum, Barbara GEhringer, TNT Limousines and Drahota Dental Associates.
Value: $600
5. Cruise Lake Ventura Progressive Dinner
Enjoy a fun and unique dining experience for 8 on Lake Ventura. Progress around the lake from cocktails to salad, cruise on to the main course, then amble on to dessert. Donated by Joan Sorensen-Ronan, Richard and Carole Seitz, Modene Realph and Sid and Patty Dillon, Jr.
Value: $600
6. Date Night Art Class taught by Sara Sumnick-Wamsat
As couples, paint a canvas reminiscent of Vincent’s Moon Glow & Sunshine. No experience necessary; guided tour of mix-on-the-canvas brush work; up to five couples; snacks and Adult Beverages provided; anytime in 2016. A Play Date to remember!
Donated by Sara Sumnick-Wamsat and Linda Klabunde
Value: $500
7. Vic Rader Aerial Photo of Home or Business
Photographer & Pilot, Vic Rader with Vic’s Photography and Video will photograph your home or business from the air. Vic will photograph from several different angles and views which you can select one for your final print. You will receive a finished 16×20 print matted and framed ready for hanging.
Donated by Vic’s Photography and Video
Value: $825
8. Cliff Hollestelle Sculpture & Dinner with the Artist,
Hosted by Ken & Alice McElhose
Original bronze sculpture perched on a walnut base, “Backyard Maestro,” is an exquisite rendering of a meadowlark. Enjoy dinner for 8 with the Artist, hosted by Ken & Alice McElhose at their home on Lake Ventura.
Value: $1,400
9. Helicopter Ride over Fremont
Depart Fremont Airport for a helicopter tour of the Fremont Area. Available September 12, 13, 18 or 19, 2015. Maximum passenger weight 500 lbs.
Donated by Nebraska Irrigated Seeds and Dave Monke
Value: $500
10. Rock Star Tickets!! Elton John’s Final Curtain Tour, Saturday, October 3, 2015
If Rock & Roll Legend Elton John is on your Bucket List, this may be your Last Chance to see him perform locally! Four great tickets to see Sir Elton and his Band in The Final Curtain Tour, Saturday, October 3rd at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha!
Donated by NRG Media
Value: $500


Silent Auction Items

1. Raise A Glass & Celebrate!
Celebrate an Auspicious Occasion with the infamous Dom Perignon! A 2003 bottle of fine champagne and two hand-painted champagne flutes. Donated by the Museum of Nebraska Art
Value: $225
2. Square Pegs: “Re-Circled” Paint
Whimsical original Acrylic on canvas created utilizing the leftover paint from a class Sara taught…Sara says: “Great colors, fun piece! Let’s Make Some Money!”
Value: $250+
3. Husker Football Tickets

Two tickets for Nebraska vs. Southern Miss on September 26, 2015 at 11am, in the North End Zone: Section 38 Row 44. This package includes hand-crafted Nebraska charm bracelet with Sterling silver charms and Huskers baseball cap. Donated by Dr. Tom and Carol Waring
Value: $150
4. Un-wine-d at Todd’s Tavern
Unwind with friends or enjoy a casual “date night” at Todd’s Tavern & Café in Cedar Bluffs. Package contains 4 Certificates: Each includes a bottle of wine of your choice and 2 Appetizers. Donated by Todd’s Tavern & Café
Value: $120
5. “Alone in the Attic”
Ignite your imagination with this fanciful Limited Edition framed print by Randall Spangler. The perfect piece to enchant your own reading room. Donated by Valerie Enholm and Clarkson Street Gallery
Value: $100
6. “Wine Down” a Long Week! Jack’s Wine Basket
Relax your way into the weekend with 2 bottles each of Ravens Wood Zinfandel and Bogle Vineyard Petite Sirah. Donated by Jack’s
Value: $60
7. Birthday Bonanza
A Memorable Birthday Celebration for your little one! Includes Face Painting, Art Making and 2 dozen custom cupcakes from Momma Jo’s Cupcakes; Redeem within one year.Donated By: Katie Roberts, Angie Olson, and Jolene Kasen
Value: Priceless
8. Remember When? Fremont Mall
Black & White, Matted and Framed Panoramic Photo of Fremont Mall when it first opened. (c. 1968) This original photo by Rich Rader measures 9” x 32”. Donated by Rich Rader
Value: $195
9. The Marvels, by Brian Selznick (Gift Boxed)
Pre-Sale Proof Book; 5 x 7 print signed by the Artist/Author Caldecott Award winner, Brian Selznick, joins two stories — one with words, the other told completely in pictures. The Marvels is a moving tribute to the power of story. Donated by Hastings
Value: $50
10. “The Works” for your car & Lunch for you!
The Works Vehicle Maintenance: Oil change, Tire rotation, brake and multi-point inspection; loaner car; and Lunch for two at J’s. Donated By Diers Ford Lincoln
Value: $120
11. A Bee’s Eye View
An enchanting original photograph of a Purple Coneflower, by Ken Shuster–framed and ready to brighten up any wall! 11” x 14”. Donated by Ken Shuster
Value: $90
12. By Design
Two hours of interior design consultation with Kris Patton, ASID. Use this time to gain a professional’s guidance in residential or commercial design project of any size.
Donated by Interiors Joan & Associates
Value: $205
13. VIP Parking
Your personal Reserved Parking Space just steps from the door for Every 3rd Thursday Luncheon for 1 Year! Donated by Gallery 92 West
Value: Priceless
14. Bling it on!
This exquisite 3-piece set was designed and crafted by Linda Money Jorgensen. One-of-a-kind 26” necklace features turquoise and graduated magnesite beads, embellished with reversible pendant. Includes matching bracelet and earrings.
Value: $150
16. Tee for 4 and “Fore” for Fun!
Four rounds of golf with cart, and for the 19th hole, enjoy this loaded gift basket with local wine and all sorts of goodies. Donated by Donna & Doug Simonson
Value: $225
17. Columbus
Original Oil by Columbus, NE native, Fred Stultz Donated by Yankee Peddler West
Value: $250
18. Instant Party—Just Add Friends!
Donated by Jeff Rise, Dave’s Drive-In
19. There’s an “App” for That!
Get together for a special evening with friends at Woodcliff Restaurant. Enjoy a nice glass of wine and gourmet appetizers for 8 at Woodcliff Restaurant. Donated by Brooke Goracke and Woodcliff Restaurant
20. “Not a Creature Was Stirring”
An amusing twist on a holiday classic, this whimsical Limited Edition framed print will delight and enchant all the little pixies in your life! Donated by Valerie Enholm and Clarkson Street Gallery
Value: $125
21. Smile!
Opalescence Take-home Teeth Whitening Kit. Donated by Drahota Dental Associates
Value: $200
22. Kathy Farris Painting
An Early Abstract Oil Painting by Fremont’s own, Kathy Farris
Value: Priceless
23. A Toast to YOU!
Make that special occasion even more memorable with this bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne vintage 2003! Includes two hand-painted champagne flutes. Donated by the Museum of Nebraska Art
Value: $225
24. Midland University Theatre and Music Season Tickets
Two season passes to enjoy the outstanding talent at each of Midland’s Theatrical presentations and to the Colors of Christmas Concert. Donated by Midland University
Value: $160

Aug 03

August Exhibits- Lubker Gallery: Jason and Meredith Schleicher

Husband and Wife share “Common Roots”

August1_2015This month Gallery 92 West presents “Common Roots,” in the Lubker Gallery. The mixed media show features the work of husband and wife artists, Jason and Meredith Schleicher.

Jason graduated from Fremont High School, and we are proud to say, was the fourth to receive the FAAA/Hazel Keene Memorial Scholarship. Jason attended UNL and earned his BFA degree with emphasis in painting and printmaking. His work has been shown in various galleries in Omaha, including the 13th Street Gallery, Fluxion, Jackson Street; at the Burkholder Project in Lincoln and Zainul Gallery in Bangladesh.

Meredith studied Fine Arts at UNL before transferring to Metropolitan Community College to specialize in Graphic Design. She has worked as a graphic designer in the Omaha area for thirteen years while continuing in the Fine Arts studying metal-smithing. She is currently apprenticing for her father, Papillion Metal Sculptor, Al Rhea. Meredith and Jason have one daughter, Rhealynn.

August2_2015The work of these two artists is diverse yet shares a common, connecting root–nature. Jason states, “I am exploring mankind’s relationship with nature–specifically trees–in the context of use or setting. The life of a tree has parallel stories of transformation and rebirth both in the natural world and in industry. By way of man and machine, a tree undergoes a significant transformation when processed for goods. Only by ending its life and taking it out of the habitat it provides in nature, does a tree take on a new existence–barely resembling its former self–contributing to and blending in with our fabricated environment.”

“Each ply [in a sheet of plywood] represents a chapter in the life of trees as the rings of the trunks have been peeled, cut, and stacked.” Jason reveals pieces of the past when layers are chiseled away and splintered. The absence of painterly brush strokes makes the transformed wood piece look like it has occurred naturally. His images then echo the essence of nature while showing a rebirth in our constructed habitat.

August3_2015Meredith adds, “I’ve always liked the idea of taking nature home with you, whether collecting shells and sand at the beach, or weaving a crown of wild flowers. Each of these treasures is a symbol of that place on earth.” It is this concept which inspires her jewelry and sculpture. She channels her experiences with nature and makes a three-dimensional representation of it. She works in mixed media, most often metal. “If I can reclaim or reuse something to make these preserved memories of nature, I also help to preserve our environment.”

Meredith’s most recent jewelry designs involve the use of copper, as she is drawn to the antique, earthy look and feel of the metal. She cuts, files and embosses the metal, then adds patina inks in layers to create a weathered look, achieving ripples and waves of varying colors and the illusion of organic materials and textures.

Similar movements appear in her sculptures. “The hard stainless steel softens as plant-like shapes appear in the swirls of metal. Using a plasma cutter, various grinding and shaping tools, and a MIG welder, I produce shapes found in nature…my memories and experiences guide me in creating these small sculptures with big feelings.”

Come meet the artists, Jason and Meredith Schleicher, at the opening reception, Friday, August 7th, 5 – 7 p.m.


B.H. Gehringer Gallery: Baines’ glass art shatters expectations

August6_2015The glass works of Fremont native Jesse Baines is featured in the B.H. Gehringer Gallery this month. Jesse is also part of the Artist’s Coop Gallery in Omaha where he has exhibited work since 2012.

He is proficient in all phases of glass work: beveling, casting, sand blasting, leaded glass, copper foiled glass (Tiffany style), beading, and crystal repair. His passion for the past several years has been using glass powders in kiln formed glass. All the color appearing in his work has been purposefully added.

Jesse is currently working with layers of color on both planes of the sheet (front and back), and if carefully lit, color is reflected onto the wall behind the works. He is intrigued by line and motion, most notably horizon lines in nature. Jesse’s designs can be deceptively simple. Sometimes he must climb a ladder to sift powders from 6 feet above the glass. This distance helps the powders fall evenly and blend better. Through multiple firings and many different temperatures Jesse controls the texture, opacity, depth, and shape of the powders.

Jesse describes his artistic evolution: “I have always loved art–my book covers were covered in doodles!” During junior high, he started to learn basic stained glass from his aunt when the families gathered at Thanksgiving. “She would bring her tools, and some scraps and I would spend the day making sun-catchers. In 9th grade art, Mrs. Tellatin taught me further and I was able to make an 8”x10” panel.” His interest in stained glass piqued, Jesse purchased the supplies to pursue this hobby. In the 1990s Jesse’s uncle purchased a stained glass business in Omaha, and helped him with classes, and more supplies.

After graduating from Fremont High School, Jesse enrolled at the University of Nebraska-Kearney to pursue an interest in architecture. Before he could begin classes, though, the program was discontinued. After one semester at UNK, Jesse moved to Lincoln and began working at Palace Glass Company. Nearly a year later, his car broke down, and he was unable to commute to work. Jesse’s uncle, Dick Baines, offered him a job at his stained glass business.

August5_2015Jesse now owns and operates that business in Omaha: Rainbow Artistic Glass & Design. “I really love how things come to be, and work out as if they were meant to happen. My only regret right now is being so busy that it is hard to find time for my own art and hobbies.”

Loft Artists: Jesse and Holly Kiefer (Mixed Media)

The Reception for the August Exhibits will be held Friday August 7th, 5-7pm

Jul 06

July- Lubker Gallery and B.H. Gehringer Gallery: FAAA All Members’ Exhibition ( local artists )

An FAAA All-Star Lineup of Local Artists

July FAAA 2015The College World Series may be complete, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a lineup of phenomenal art! This month, we celebrate US: (Okay, we’ll begin with the United States on July 4th), and continue with”us”–the Members of the Fremont Area Art Association! Both of our main floor galleries will showcase original work created by our member artists.

As a whole, we are a group of creative characters who celebrate the Art of Making Art. Individually, we work in acrylic, airbrosh, clay, glass, fiber, found objects, pastels, paper, pencil, pen & ink, photography, prints, watercolor, wood and more. This is truly a Mixed Media Showcase!

In the spirit of our mission: promoting visual art culture and education– somwill show their creations formally for the very first time; others are seasoned professionals. Everyone has been invited and encouraged to participate. The show has historically been a visible interpretation of who we are as an organization and we are proud of all of our participating artists.

Together with our many non-artist members, we applaud our friends and neighbors and offer a visual feast for the whole community to enjoy.

Please join us in celebrating our local artists during this month’s Artists’ Reception on Friday, July 10th from 5-7pm.

 Loft Artist of the Month: Sara Sumnick-Wamsat (Mixed Media)

The Reception for the July Shows will be held Friday July 10, 5-7pm

Jun 03

June- Lubker Gallery: Abby Jensen (Wildlife Photography)

Lubker Gallery takes a walk on the wild side

11354610_10204115302674175_1372958213_oAbby Jensen of Blair has become quite an accomplished photographer over the years.

Abby’s early days in photography began as hobby but bloomed into a passion and finally a carefully crafted profession. Through Jensen Photography, Abby has developed a honed eye for stunning landscape photography accurately catching a wide array of locations including the best of the American Midwest, the plains of Kenya and the lush regions of Peru.

11332859_10204115303194188_1811850276_oIn addition to a talented eye, Abby brings an extraordinary amount of patience to her work, waiting for hours to capture the perfect shot. This patience is evident in the many images capturing animals in their most natural repose.

A natural talent for capturing the beauty of the world’s animals is evident in much of Abby’s work, but shines no brighter than in her work with horses. In fact, in her younger day, Jensen was banned from photographing competitive events as her work was considered to be competition to the official photographers!

Abby has more than 20 years of experience in landscape photography. Her work has been published in publications such as NebraskaLand Magazine and the Lincoln Journal Star.

B.H. Gehringer Gallery: Linda Meigs “Farm Series” (Photography)

11348560_10204115305354242_1942192752_oThe farmland of Linda Meigs’ grandparents and great grandparents inspired this series of black and white photographs. The exhibit evolved from a series of paintings that explored a specific section of accretion land along the Platte River near Grand Island, in central Nebraska. Affectionately called simply “The Farm,” the images evoke far more than a random farmhouse, barn, and plot of carefully tilled land. Heritage, roots and generations of memories convene in the extraordinary telling of what Meigs calls “an everyday farm-story.”

11327838_10204115304674225_1384252600_oMost days from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Omaha Artist, Linda Meigs, also known as “The Mill Lady,” can be found in her studio and gallery in the historic Winter Quarters/Florence Mill. Meigs purchased the 150 year old piece of history so its spirit and legacy could live on. Linda will be here to talk about her work, and the Mill, at the June 3rd Thursday Luncheon.

ANAC Exhibit arrives at Gallery mid-June

Directly from the State Conference in Columbus, the 2015-16 ANAC Traveling Show will be featured in the BHGehringer Gallery from June 14-July 5. Chosen as the “Best of the Best,” the ANAC show represents work from Art Clubs across the state. be sure to catch this exceptional exhibit before it makes its way west!

 Loft Artist of the Month: Patty Wilson (Acyrilic Paintings)

The Reception for the June Shows will be held June 12, 5-7pm

Apr 30

May- Lubker Gallery: Sheldon Statewide Traveling Exhibit (Mixed Media)

Art for all Seasons

sheldon_15April showers bring May flowers, so it’s only natural that Gallery 92 West’s May exhibit is entitled “Depicting Nature: From the Scientific to the Sublime.” We are proud to host the 28th annual Sheldon Statewide exhibition May 8 – June 9 in the Lubker Gallery. The reception for this show will be held Friday, May 8, from 5 to 7pm.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Sheldon Museum of Art shares its collection of American art throughout the state with this traveling exhibit program. The Sheldon describes this year’s works, a collection spanning 150 years, ranging from early botanical studies and Impressionist landscapes to contemporary photographs, as presenting unique and diverse interpretations of the natural environment. From Albert Bierstadt’s “American Eden” depiction of majestic landscapes and William Sharp’s detailed chromolithograph portrayal of a blooming plant to the colorful paintings of Robert Guilder and Willard LeRoy Metcalf and the beautiful photographs by Imogen Cunningham and Edward Weston, these works invite us to explore the diverse approaches artists have used to capture the beauty in nature. In addition, the display will include contemporary artists Seiko Tachibana and Doug and Mike Starn, who, the museum states, examine how science and technology enable us to view the natural world.

We are excited that Gallery 92 West was selected as one of the venues to host this year’s Sheldon Statewide exhibit. This outreach program is made possible by the generous support of the Sheldon Art Association, Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Farmers Mutual Insurance of Nebraska and James and Rhonda Seacrest. Your support of our various fundraising efforts have helped us cover the host-site fee for us to bring this month long exhibit and associated educational materials to our community. We have applied for the opportunity to bring the Sheldon Statewide exhibit to Fremont again next year. (Sponsorship offers will be graciously accepted.)

Painter Marc Chagall once said “Great art picks up where nature ends.” Artists have forever had a fascination with the creations in the natural world. Naturally, it’s fabulous to be able to view their creations depicting this beauty – right here in our neighborhood!

B.H. Gehringer Gallery: Fremont Public School Grades 5 – 8 Select Show

fms_may_15The Fremont Public School Grades 5 – 8 Select Show will be featured in the B.H. Gehringer gallery through May 17th. Art Teachers, Axton Kahler, Andrea Rockemann, and Geoff Semrad have chosen works representing the highest achievements of our local middle school student artists. The Artist’s Reception for this show will be held Sunday, May 3rd from 1 to 2 pm. Awards will be presented for best works from each grade level at 1:45pm. Physicist Albert Einstein stated that “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” We welcome the student artists, their teachers and families to enjoy both exhibits this month!

ALSO: Starting May 18th and running through June, in the B.H. Gehringer Gallery, will be the photography of Linda Meigs, themed, “Farm Series.”

 Loft Artist of the Month: Pam Hynek (Paintings)

The Reception for the FPS Select Show (grades 5-8) will be Sunday May 3rd from 1-2 pm. 

The Reception for the Sheldon Traveling Exhibit will be Friday, May 8th from 5-7pm

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