Nov 01

November Exhibits- Lubker Gallery: Debra Joy Groesser Oil Paintings

Groesser Art is a Breath of Fresh Air

Groesser2Nebraska artist Debra Joy Groesser is passionate about plein air painting in oils. Her landscape paintings have garnered national recognition and awards. Being outdoors in God’s creation, whether in her perennial garden, in the mountains, or by the sea, provides endless inspiration for her work. Debra’s ability to capture mood, emotion, atmosphere and a sense of place in her work attracts collectors, both private and corporate, worldwide.

Debra also paints portraits and figurative works. In 2011, she was commissioned by Omaha Performing Arts to create a large portrait of Richard and Mary Holland, which hangs at the Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

Groesser received her BFA degree in art in 1978 from Bellevue College (now Bellevue University) in Bellevue, Nebraska. She has studied with such renowned artists as Kevin Macpherson, Scott Christensen, Kim English, John Cosby and Kenn Backhaus.

“I started painting in oils but switched to watercolor when my children were small and I didn’t want to use solvents in my home,” Groesser says. She used watercolors to create commissioned architectural renderings and house portraits. Later, she taught art to children in the basement of her home, as a way of staying involved in painting while selling real estate and raising her children. In 1997, Groesser was able to build a studio/gallery and leave real estate behind. “I switched back to working in oils and began to participate in workshops, including several taught by Kevin Macpherson; he encouraged me to stop painting from photos and instead paint from life. That advice was tremendously valuable and has made all the difference in my work and my career.”

The subjects that appeal to Groesser tend to be those with dramatic lighting and atmosphere, often situations in which the light emanates from behind the subject. “Of all the subjects I have painted, I have to say that the California coastline is my favorite,” she says. “I think it has something to do with the fact that I was born on the southeast coast of England and my parents walked me along the top of the cliffs there almost daily. I may not have a clear visual recollection of that, but I think that’s why there is something in my soul that makes the Pacific coastline feel like home to me.

Groesser1“My greatest satisfaction in being an artist comes from successfully connecting with people on an emotional level through my artwork. My challenge is to create a sense of place and to render my subjects in such a way that the viewer will feel their spirit, the emotions I felt as I painted, and understand what attracted me to the subject.”

Groesser is the current president and a signature member of the American Impressionist Society, a signature member of American Plains Artists, a signature member and board member of Plein Air Artists Colorado, and an associate member of Oil Painters of America. She is represented by SouthWind Art Gallery, Topeka KS; Bay Art Gallery at Sister Bay Trading Co, Sister Bay WI; Abend Gallery, Denver CO; and Geren Gallery, Tubac AZ.

B.H. Gehringer Gallery: “Changing Phaces,” Mixed Media Portraits

Javier by Pat Lontor“Changing Phaces” is a mixed media collection of portraits created from live models. This exhibit features the work of five artists who gather on Sunday evenings in Omaha to sketch, draw, paint and hold each other accountable to her art. Each presents a unique vision of the session’s model from a particular vantage point, in a singular style, and in her preferred media. As viewers we are invited into the studio, in a way, to witness various phases of these colorful faces.

Pat Lontor has always loved art, both the history of and the making of. She has studied with artists in Baltimore, St. Louis and Omaha as well as participated in many workshops. Although Pat has “dabbled” in many media, including pottery and welding, she enjoys painting in oils, especially portraits, best. She is currently a member and past president of Omaha Artists, Inc., a docent at the Joslyn Art Museum, and teaches art to Englishas-a–second-language students.

by Renee MehrerRenee Mehrer is originally from Wray, CO and after studying at Colorado State University, earned her BA in Art from Hood College in Frederick, MD. Her work was featured in a solo show at the Psychiatric Institutes of America in Washington, D.C. Renee has also participated in group shows at Hood College, the Lutheran Medical Center Employees Exhibition, in Denver, Colorado, HotShops Art Center in Omaha as well as here at Gallery 92 West. Renee serves as a Docent at Joslyn Art Museum and her current media of choice is graphite.

A native of western Nebraska, Cindy Simon has a BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts, with an emphasis in drawing. After raising her family in western Nebraska, Cindy continued her art education attending drawing and painting workshops in Colorado and Arizona. Cindy primarily enjoys drawing and painting the figure.

Jim by Cindy SimonRachel Mindrup, is a professional artist and art educator. She received her BFA from the University of Nebraska – Kearney and continued with atelier studies at the Art Academy of Los Angeles. She received her MFA from the Art Institute of Boston. Her current painting practice is about the study of the figure and portraiture in contemporary art and its relation to medicine. Mindrup’s client list includes: Kiewit Corporation, Boys Town, Creighton University, Boys Town National Research Hospital, and the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. Her artwork is held in many private collections including those of Primatologist Jane Goodall and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Kurt by AzaretAzeret, known by her alter ego as Teresa Armagan, grew up in North Dakota, finally coming to rest in Omaha, Nebraska. She started painting for the first time in 2005, after a bout with ovarian cancer made her realize she was possibly mortal. She started taking art courses in 2010, when a friend asked her to manage a small art gallery in his silver shop (Silver of Oz). Azeret joined the portrait group at its inception. Her style of using bright colors and often distinct boundaries continues to evolve. She works in oils, acrylics, watercolors, and inks, preferring inks for abstract portraits rich in color with sometimes surprising effects.

Bart by Rachel Mindrup

November Loft Artists: Melody Chvatal and Barbara Gehringer, Mixed Media

The Reception for the November Exhibits will be held Friday November 6th, from 5-7pm

Oct 14

Gallery 92 West Seeking Part-Time Help!

Are you friendly and approachable? Do you have a love of art? Do you have an eye for detail?

The Fremont Area Art Association and Gallery 92 West are looking for an energetic individual that would like to engage more in the daily affairs of the not-for-profit world. Duties will include data entry, gallery tours, inventory, administrative tasks and more. Microsoft Office software knowledge is a plus, but not required. No two days will ever be the same! Ten hours per week, semi-flexible scheduling.

Mail application to:
Gallery 92 West
92 West 6th Street
Fremont, NE 68025
Scan and email to:

Application Deadline:
Friday, November 13, 2015 4:00pm

92West Application

Oct 04

October Exhibits- Lubker Gallery: Child’s Play Themed and Juried Show

Child’s Play: Members Get Playful With Their Art

child’s play n. 1: an extremely simple task or act

Child's PlayThe contributing Artists to the exhibit featured in the Lubker Gallery this month would probably disagree with that definition! Two simple words, limitless possibilities of expression—narrowing those options proves anything but simple! However, perhaps the impression that Artists make the creative process appear easy qualifies…

Back by popular demand, the Themed and Juried Show is here! Artists were challenged to represent the intentionally broad, and wide-open-to-creative-interpretation theme, “Child’s Play.” Each work is accompanied by a brief statement from the Artist which explains the connection to the theme, and his or her thought process in its creation.

The idea for this challenge was inspired by the exhibit at Fremont’s Louis E. May Museum currently on view. May Museum Director and Curator of their “Child’s Play” exhibit, Jeff Kappeler has agreed to judge the entries for us. Awards will be announced during the Artists’ Reception on Friday, October 9th.

childs2YOU are invited not only to come view the diverse interpretations of the theme, but also to become the Judge! An additional prize will be awarded: “Viewers’ Choice Best of Show.” Votes may be cast all month long, and will be counted when the exhibit closes on October 25. The Viewers’ Choice Award will be announced in the November Newsletter.

B.H. Gehringer Gallery: All Dolled Up With Some Place To Go- Carolyn (Faltin) Holtzmann

A few words from Carolyn (Faltin) Holtzmann:

dolls1I grew up on a farm by Dodge, Nebraska, and currently live in Yankton, South Dakota, where I escape the reality of weeding and cleaning my house by sneaking upstairs to design period doll outfits. My challenge is to use vintage materials such as old curtains, aprons, gloves and men’s ties to create an outfit that a 19th century woman would be proud to wear. Hats and shoes complete each outfit. My mom made sure her girls could sew and after years of striving for perfection in 4H, in high school I decided to drop all the sewing rules and paper patterns and just place the material directly on the doll and start playing. Later I discovered that what I was doing is called designing. It’s been an adventure ever since!


October Loft Artist: Barb Tellatin (Fiber Arts)

The Reception for the October Exhibits will be held Friday October 9th, from 5-7pm

Sep 03

September Exhibits- Lubker Gallery: 29th Annual Sheldon Statewide Exhibition

Sheldon delivers out of this world artwork

20150907_180129Featured in our Lubker Gallery from Sept. 2-27, the 29th Annual Sheldon Statewide Exhibition, “The Romance of the Moon,” will make Gallery 92 West the first stop on a trek across the Nebraska during the 2015-16 Academic year. “Sheldon Statewide is an education and exhibition outreach program of the Sheldon Museum of Art at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Its mission is to serve Nebraska communities throughout the state by sharing the museum’s outstanding collection of American art. Since its inception in 1987, the program has reached over 275,000 people in 24 Nebraska communities.

20150907_180220In 1865 Jules Verne wrote From the Earth to the Moon, a novel in which the technological advancements of the late Victorian era are used to send humans to Earth’s closest neighbor. The subject of lunar landing shifted from fantasy to reality as astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon’s surface in 1969. Over the last century and a half, scientific and popular fascination with the moon has spurred numerous missions into outer space, invigorated research in aeronautics technology, inspired new cinematic techniques, and provided fodder for scores of writers and illustrators. It is against this backdrop that the artists in this exhibition boldly approach and inhabit the intersection of art and science.

On the 150th anniversary of Verne’s pioneering and prophetic novel, we explore the rich visual history of science fiction. The artwork in this exhibition examines several themes commonly found in this interdisciplinary genre, including space exploration, environmental crisis, the cosmic uncanny, the relationship between human and machine, close encounters, and creative innovation. This constellation of interests manifests itself in a variety of media through abstraction, realism, hyperbole, and humor.”

B.H. Gehringer Gallery: Omaha Marian High School

20150907_175916This month, the artworks of Omaha Marian High School students are featured in the B.H. Gehringer Gallery. Marin Art teachers, Ashley Thompson and Jeremy Cisco have chosen an excellent showcase of the girls’ work, in a variety of media, including pencil drawings, acrylic paintings on wood and canvas, even hand-painted tennis shoes.

The technical skill achieved by these young women is amazing! Marian High School has a strong and active visual arts program, and this collection will surely surprise and delight all who come to see it!

September Loft Artists: Mara Hornig and Chris Sell (Mixed Media) 

The Reception for the September Exhibits will be held Friday September 11, from 5-7pm

Aug 31

Fremont Area Art Association at a Glance

Fremont Area Art Association at a Glance:


Here’s a brief overview of some of the great things going on at Gallery 92 West!

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