The Art of Megan Ripke: Not your garden variety paintings
Megan 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.
A 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
The 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.
”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.”