Barbara Gehringer, the Executive Director of the FAAA and Gallery 92 West, is the featured artist in Gallery A. Barbara graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha with degrees in both Studio Art and Art History. Her areas of concentration were papermaking and printmaking, (and Chemistry, if you count the BA “Before Art” years!)
She has carried around a camera pretty much non-stop since her brother taught her how to use one when she was nine. Since college, she has been a Certified Picture Framer and co-owner of Clarkson Street Gallery in Fremont for over 20 years.
This show is a combination of all of those passions, with works in a variety of media including photography, papermaking, papermarbling, and collage. “I enjoy working with all kinds of papers, especially those I have made myself. Those can have such a rich textural quality and yet a soft hand. I have found the art of making hand-pulled marble papers the most captivating and intriguing. The opportunity for this show has allowed me to explore that whole process at a more intense level, and push beyond just producing decorative sheets to seeing and creating considerably more!”
“The auspicious timing of this exhibit coinciding with my 50th birthday has been genuinely special! It provided a wonderful challenge to create new work, allowed time for reflection, and exploration, and instigated an awesome excuse to celebrate a big birthday besides! I can think of no more extraordinary way to celebrate the Art of Living than to Make Art!”
November Gallery B: Julie Schram – Pencil Drawings
Omaha native Julie Schram was always drawing or painting as a child, “I always had to be busy or making something.” Upon high school graduation, Julie headed for Denver to attend and graduate from the Colorado Institute of Art. Her first employment was at a tile import store, where she designed and hand-painted custom tiles. After a visit to the East Coast, Julie enjoyed the area so much she decided to move there, opening her own hand-painted tile studio. However, by 2003, Omaha was calling and she moved back to Nebraska.
Her life changed with the birth of her two children, and she decided to devote all her time to them, becoming a stay-at-home mom. But the art never left her bloodstream. Her mother convinced her to become a Docent at the Joslyn Art Museum, thus nurturing her need for art in her life, yet allowing her to devote most of her time to her children.
The docent position allowed her to observe and study the variety of shows the Joslyn offers the Omaha area. One show, “Beyond Realism; The Works of Kent Bellows” had a pro- found impact on Julie. She realized the pencil media could allow her to work on her art while the children were involved in their activities – it’s very easy to transport anywhere she goes, doesn’t need to dry. Her need to artistic endeavor, which she had put aside, is now sated.
Julie loves to take pictures of her kids and their friends, using them as subjects for her drawings. She likes to use shots in which the kids are not posed, but rather going about their daily routine. “I love the emotion in their eyes.”
The reception for Barbara Gehringer, Julie Schram, and loft artist of the month, Pat Lontor, will be Saturday, November 16th, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Gallery Hours: 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays.