July Gallery A: All Members Show


Gallery BWe are once again thrilled to have our walls graced with art created by our own Fremont area artists during July’s All-Member Exhibition in Gallery A. Stop by to see a wide range of subjects and styles in graphite, pastels, oil, watercolor, sculpture, photography, mixed media and more.


The reception for all of our July exhibits is different than years past and will be Friday evening, July 11, from 5-7 p.m. Help us celebrate all of the wonderful art created by artists within our own organization!



Gallery B: Peck and Wilson, Mother-Daughter Retrospective


When Priscilla Wilson was approached to help us present a retrospective of her mother’s work, she excitedly agreed saying that Hortense would have celebrated her 100th birthday this year. Hortense Wilson was a very active member of the FAAA, and along with her husband Graydon, served on the Board of Directors.

CB14063002As the show evolved, it seemed appropriate to include works by Verna Peck, Hortense’s mother. Gallery B will showcase a Mother-Daughter Retrospective. “I’m thrilled to share artwork by my mother and grandmother with people who enjoy art,” Priscilla said. “There are so many family stories tied up in these pictures.”

“Grandma began painting at age 57, taking, then eventually teaching, art classes in Kansas City. She received recognition for her work at the Plaza Art Show.”

Hortense Wilson, a 1934 graduate of Southwestern College in Winfield, KS, was an artist all her life according to Priscilla. She created the pastel (above) when she was a high school student.

Hortense and her family moved to Fremont in 1958. “She painted a lot of Dodge County scenes,” Priscilla said, adding that she also depicted scenes from travels across the country and around the world. In addition, she illustrated Orleatha Kellogg’s book, Bloom on the Land, which was published in 1982.




The reception for the All Members Exhibit, Peck and Wilson, Mother-Daughter Retrospective, and Loft Artist: Jenefer Bachaus
will be: FRIDAY, July 11th, from 5 to 7 p.m.
July’s Shows are sponsored by: In Bloom

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June Gallery A: Painting Pals- A Foursome of Fine Art Friends

Four long time painters and friends have pooled their collective talents to bring a colorful show to Gallery A, titled Painting Pals.

Karen Simms and Karen Thurlow regularly meet on Tuesdays at the Gallery to paint. Bereuter and Bender, while not regulars at the Gallery, have gathered with their painting pals as well.

KarenThurlow“I have always taken my art very seriously but in the last few years I have realized, for me, it is the journey not the end results that is important,” Thurlow said. Thurlow has brought a mixture of realism and abstract pieces for the show.


“My paintings of buildings: a series of classic gas stations, old-style grain elevators, houses and barns had their origins in my art school days when I was a student at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts,” Bereuter said.


Many of Bereuter’s pieces feature the geometry of Nebraska’s early prairie farm architecture and the influence of Edward Hopper. “Though my work has a nostalgic feel of eras gone by, I see my paintings of these subjects as being almost abstract in nature,” she said.

Carole Bender’s art has been created wiCaroleBenderth mixed media and a wide range of subject matter. “Art has always been a part of my life,” she said.


Karen Simms said of her art, “When I start a new painting, I feel like a kid with a new box of crayons. I fell in love with watercolor years ago when I discovered what water and paint put on a piece of paper can do.”


“I have been fortunate to live in a community that has a thriving Art Association. I appreciate the support, opportunities and friendships I have received,” Simms said.


Gallery B: Flags For Fremont Days

CB1smallerFremont is used to seeing Military Avenue filled with American flags for many holidays throughout the year. This year’s John C. Fremont Days will see a new display of flags.

Jeff Rise, Fremont Area Art Association member and owner of Dave’s Drive-In has spearheaded a community arts project to display artist decorated flags during the city’s annual festival.

Fifty white nylon flags have been purchased by Fremont area artists, both FAAA members and not, to be decorated to fly from July 11-13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the avenue from Luther Road to Johnson Road. Visitors during Fremont Days will be encouraged to walk the avenue to view each flag close up.


We are pleased to announce that the completed flags will proudly be displayed during the month of June in Gallery B. Artists have used a variety of materials including fabric, paint, glitter, rope and more to make each flag truly unique.

Please stop by the gallery to get an advance look at the flags that will grace Military Avenue during Fremont Days.

Following Fremont Days, flags will be returned to the artists.


The reception for Painting Pals, Flags for Fremont Days Artists, and Loft Artist: Valery Wachter
will be: SATURDAY, June 7th, from 5 to 8 p.m.

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May Gallery A and B: Fr. Don Doll

D_Doll_Portrait_BWGallery 92 West is pleased to present Fr. Don Doll of Creighton University, Jesuit Priest and well-known photographer in not only Gallery A, but also Gallery B.

Doll has traveled to many corners of the Earth photographing his encounters for the world to see.

Doll1Doll’s emotional and breath-taking photos have been featured in National Geographic in 1984, with Hunters of the Bering Sea, and in 1990 with Athabascans along the Yukon.

Doll also has two books, Crying for a Vision and Vision Quest: Men, Women and Sacred Sites of the Sioux Nation, focused on Native Americans.

Doll3Doll has received several prestigious awards for his work, including Nebraska’s Artist of the Year in 2006 and the Kodak Crystal Eagle Award for Impact in Photojournalism in 1997.

We are thrilled to bring Doll’s work to Fremont and hope that all of you will bring a friend and stop by to see his work.


May Loft Gallery:  Fremont Middle School Select Awards Exhibition

photo 3Several students from the Fremont Middle School and Johnson Crossing Academic Center will be featured in Gallery 92 West during the month of May as part of the Fremont Middle School Select Awards exhibition.

photo 1According to art instructor Axton Kahler, the students’ works were chosen because they, “Creatively achieve the stated objectives for (a given) project.” Works will range from graphite, mixed media, colored pencil, acrylic as well as ceramics. Students are taught by Kahler at the Middle School as well as Amy Gillispie and Andrea Rockemann at Johnson Crossing.

Due to the scope of Fr. Don Doll’s work, these artists will get a special placement in the Loft, which is traditionally reserved for our Art Association members to sell their works.

The reception for Fr. Don Doll, SJ, and
FMS & JCAC Select Awards artists
will be: FRIDAY, May 9, from 5 to 7 p.m.
May shows sponsored by:

Castle Security & Home Integration

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April Gallery A: The Artists of ANAC

Several Fremont Area Art Association members have also paid their dues to be a part of ANAC.


That additional membership gives them the opportunity to participate in the April exhibit featured in Gallery A.

Participating artists can submit up to three pieces to the show to be judged at the April Reception.


The ANAC show always contains a wide variety of outstanding artwork including photography, oils, pastels, pencil drawings, acrylics, sculptural pieces and more.

This year’s judge is Nancy Fairbanks. Fairbanks is a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University and is a studio potter who experiments with various firing techniques including raku.

“I make both functional and decorative pottery. A few of my favorite pieces are the goddesses, cats, and raku,” she says of herself on her Online blog.

She currently lives in Grand Island where she continues to create her art. The judge’s critique during the reception gives each artist constructive feedback regarding their works. Pieces selected by the judge will then be added to ANAC’s annual statewide competition.

The execution of the ANAC exhibit has been accomplished in large part because of the efforts of FAAA secretary and ANAC vice president, Pam Hynek, and Art Association board member Mary Ringenberg. A big thank you goes out to both of them for their hard work.

April Gallery B:  Midland University Seniors

Five Midland University seniors will show off their years of hard work and education as they bring their works of art to Gallery 92 West in April.

CB14033101Ashley Meyer, Heidi Belgum, Katherine Albin, Colter Burkey and Kayla Hansen have spent countless hours in the classroom and art room honing their skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, pottery, sculpture and computer graphics in order to build a body of work to display.

Please stop by the gallery in April to help them celebrate their achievement!

Meet the artists in person and learn more about their inspiration during the gallery reception.

The reception for the FAAA ANAC Selection Show,
Midland University Seniors and Loft Artist Cody Wheelock will be: SATURDAY, April 5, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Gallery Hours:  1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.  Closed Mondays.

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March Gallery A: Fremont Public Schools K-12 Select Student Art

In celebration of National Youth Art Month, (March) we are pleased to present the wonderful artwork of Fremont youth grades kindergarten through high school seniors. Thanks to the hard work of dedicated art teachers: Mora Hornig, Christie Gutzmann and Cody Wheelock at senior high level; Andrea Rockeman and Amy Gillespie at the Johnson Crossing Academic Center, Axton Kahler at the middle school; and Julie Bristol, Erin Wesely and Jesse Kiefer at the elementary level; we have another fantastic display of children’s artwork! Gallery B

As an organization dedicated to the visual arts, we are so thankful that the Fremont Public School System continues to support and fund the visual arts for the students of Fremont, continuing quality programs for our children. This is not true of all school systems. Creativity is a huge part of a child’s development and strikes a wonderful balance with the core classes – actually enhancing performance in all areas of the curriculum.

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If you have never attended a reception for this show, you don’t know what you have missed. The children and their families know they have a piece of artwork there, but no clue what it might be.
The excitement as the families enter our doors, and their search for that special piece, is a joy to behold. Mark March 9th on your calendar, and plan to attend the reception for these young artists. It will be one of those warm and fuzzy experiences!

March Gallery B:  The Department of Agriculture Nebraska Children’s Poster Contest

National Agriculture Week runs March 23rd through March 30th. In recognition, the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce Agricultural Business and Natural Resources Council and the Fremont Tribune have invited area children in Kindergarten through 5th grade to create a poster depicting what Agriculture means to them!

Children are given the opportunity to create an original work of art. An entry form is sent home to students in Fremont and the surrounding area schools. Some teachers take advantage of the opportunity and make the poster contest into a class project. There are three age categories: kindergarten and 1st grade; 2nd and 3rd grades; and 4th and 5th grades. The top three entries in each category are awarded prizes donated by local businesses. ag 3
The objective of the Council’s contest is to encourage children to think about how Nebraska’s agriculture affects them. It is evident that children clearly understand the significance agriculture has on the state and their community. Farming seasons, livestock production, ethanol and feeding the world are just a few of the subjects drawn. The creative ways these students portray the concept of agriculture’s place in their lives is truly amazing. ag 1
We are pleased to host the show for these wonderful works of art during the month of March. The reception for the Nebraska Agricultural Week Children’s Art show, is sponsored by Cleary Building Corporation.

The contest winners will be announced at the reception, March 8th, at 2:30 p.m.

The reception for the young artists in the Ag Poster Contest will be Saturday, March 8th from 2 to 4 p.m.

The reception for the Fremont Public Schools K-12 artists will be Sunday, March 9th, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Gallery Hours:  1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.  Closed Mondays.

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