Dec 06

December 2017 Exhibits: Tracy Gallery-Todd Williams “Legacy of Nebraska” Paintings; Hinds Gallery-Patty Wilson, Nancy O’Connor, and Adrienne Herbert

Featured in the Hinds Gallery is a wide variety of works by FAAA Members, Patty Wilson, Nancy O’Connor, and Adrienne Herbert.

Oct 31

November 2017 Exhibits Tracy Gallery: Todd WIlliams “The Legacy of Nebraska”; Hinds Gallery: Artists from Omaha’s Hot Shops Art Center

TRACY GALLERY: Todd A. Williams The Legacy of Nebraska

                    Sponsored in part by First National Bank Fremont

Born and raised in the great state of Nebraska, Todd A. Williams has always been inspired by the awesome sunsets of his childhood. After receiving his education in Central City, Nebraska, from grade school to high school, he enrolled in classes at the Central Community College in Columbus, and graduated with an Associates Degree. Williams transferred to the Kansas City Art Institute and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.Todd WIlliams worked for Hallmark Cards until 2002, when he officially resigned to pursue his own art.

The Legacy of Nebraska project by Todd Williams is recognized as a Signature Event of the Nebraska Sesquicentennial. The exhibit commemorates the nostalgia and history of Nebraska with 123 paintings, at least one from each of the state’s 93 counties.

Williams’ mission for the past five years has been to depict significant historic, geographic and figurative elements from founding-era Nebraska. Gallery 92 West is honored to be one of thehandful of venues to exhibit this important work.

Todd Williams says of the Legacy of Nebraska Project:  It is my vision to give recognition and awareness of my great State and bring its beauty to life on canvas.  I desire to show not only the historical legacy but all the diversity and simplicity of the landscape and landmarks. Under the influence of turn of the century American Impressionists, some of the Legacy of Nebraska paintings have been created en plein air and others in the studio.  My heart’s desire for this project is to reawaken an appreciation for the Arts while preserving the unique beauty and heritage that Nebraska has to offer.

 

Hinds Gallery:  Artists from the Hot Shops Art Center – Omaha

In 1999 a group of established artist studios and interested investors purchased the old Serta Mattress Factory just north of the Old Market area in Omaha, with the idea of sharing molten resources while giving artists in Omaha a studio of their own amongst a village of other artists.

The Hot Shops Art Centr gets its name from the four anchor studios or “shops”.  Each deals in various fiery disciplines to shape their artistic expressions, which require thousands of degrees to create.  These trades require crucibles of melted metals, forges of molten glass, and kilns of baked clay.

Crystal Forge uses glass furnaces and annealing ovens for producing flat art glass and glass jewels to be used by stained glass fabricators, unique glasses and vases, stunning bowls and decorative plates, as well as one-or-a-kind “art glass”.  They also produce customized glasswork for architects and interior designers.

Bruning Sculpture is a foundry for casting bronze, aluminum, and iron for production of unique fine art and interesting architectural details.

Hot Shops Pottery produces ceramic pots and sculptures ranging from the very small to the really big.  Deep inside the studio is a rather large, walk-in kiln.

C.K. Fabrication is a fully functioning blacksmithing shop.

The Hot Shops Art Center also features 58 artist studios, and three art galleries.  The studio spaces, which occupy almost the entire building, house over 100 artists of all disciplines.  An energizing influence on development of art, Hot Shops ultimately creates relationships among artists and fosters a sense of community.  Open to the public seven days a week, the Hot Shops Art Center offers a unique art adventure, and constantly changing array of artwork!

 

Oct 04

October 2017 Exhibits: Shea Wilkinson “Scene From Above,” and Brian Weber Photographs

Shea Wilkinson’s free motion quilts are on view in the Tracy Gallery throughout October. An Artist’s Reception will be held on Friday, October 6th from 5-7pm. Ms. Wilkinson will also be the featured speaker at the 3rd Thursdy Luncheon on October 19th.

This series is called “Maps: New Discoveries,” which might lead one to think of the latest in cutting edge mapping technology, satellite imagery, or ground penetrating radar. Presently, there is hardly a corner of the world left to be discovered by the naked eye and wandering feet, rather we are uncovering the world anew in layers – what lies below this, or above that – making our maps deeper.

With the influx of this technology, maps are more complex, detailed, interconnected, and accessible. They are an embedded encyclopedia of culture. A future archeologist would just have to find one thumb drive full of GIS maps to learn the most relevant things about the society – how it retrieved its water and food, traveled en masse, developed its urban centers over time, and more – all in just a few gigabytes of data.

While I find this all very interesting, and an asset for our globalsociety, I am captivated by the hand-drawn and engraved maps of old, particularly those of Lewis and Clark’s expedition of 1804 -1806. There is a quality and mystery to them, as if we really can’t solve the puzzle of Earth’s surface; all we can do is approximate it before and unti the landscape shifts yet again.    I’m also interested in utilizing the oldest mapping equipment around – our brains – to make these places come alive. When I’m working on these pieces, every group of stitches represents an elevation or depression, and I enjoy daydreaming of the contours and deciding how steep the hills and valleys should be, and whether there will be subtle erosion or drastic alterations to the land. There is another reality that comes to being with each group of swooping stitches, the story of the landscape becoming clearer with every pass of the needle through the surface.

 Mostly, my stories tell of glacial activity. I live near the LoessHills of Iowa, which are composed of a very unique soil created by moving glaciers. It’s quite a stretch of the imagination to first try to envision the scale of the glaciers that once resided right next door and covered miles of the surface, and second to then envision those gargantuan chunks of ice sliding, grinding, and crunching over the land.

HINDS GALLERY: Brian Weber Photography

Born and raised in Nebraska, artist-photographer Brian Weber has been admiring this beautiful state, armed with his camera, for over 20 years. Brian has been constantly looking through the lens trying to capture God’s amazing moments in time.

     With only an Associate Degree in Fine Art, Brian has been virtually a self-taught photographer surrounding himself with how-to books and hundreds of magazines. Some of his best lessons although have been from relationships he has developed over the years as a member of the Fremont Area Art Association. Brian did an exhibit titled “Double Exposure” with the well-known outdoor photographer, Roy Farris, at Gallery 92 West in 2004.

     Another great mentor in Brian’s encounters as a member of the FAAA was Jack Schirmer. Over the years, many of the Awards of Excellence that Brian’s photos have received as a member of the Association of Nebraska Art Club, have come by the assistance of Jack Schirmer.

Most recently at this year’s ANAC selection show, Brian had two photos receive an Award of Excellence which then went on to the 53rd Annual ANAC Conference in York, NE. His photo titled, Spring Reflection 16 received a Certificate of Excellence at this show. Also, this year Brian’s photo Yankee Ped 10 was selected from over 800 photos submitted from all 93 Nebraska counties to represent Dodge County in the Hildegard Center for the Arts “Bridges” traveling exhibit during the 2017 Sesquicentennial year.

Brian encourages us all this month to explore the Gallery 92 West and see what he’s been “Looking at through the Lens…”

Aug 30

September Art Exhibits- Brad Johnson’s Photography

Gallery 92 West is proud to host Omaha photographer, Brad Johnson’s first solo exhibit in the Tracy Gallery in September. The Artist’s Reception has been rescheduled for TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, from 5-7p.m. Brad is generously donating ALL proceeds from his gallery sales this month toward our West Building Renovation project. Thanks, Brad!

Nearly 50 years ago, (48 to be exact!), Brad Johnson’s love of photography began with a Hawkeye Instamatic camera he started using at the age of 15. He was immediately interested in photography, and began taking photos for the newspaper and yearbook at Bellevue High school.   Before earning his Business Administration degree at University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1985, he studied photography at Metro Community College and was especially interested in film and print processing in the darkroom.

He later spent over a decade as a Professional Wedding, Portrait, Event, and Sports Photographer including traveling throughout the Midwest photographing gymnastics meets.

Brad is now primarily a landscape photographer, taking pictures of land, sky, and whatever else he may come across in his adventures around Nebraska and Iowa.

Brad was born at Offutt Air Force Base and settled in Nebraska with his family after living in Boston and Japan throughout the majority of his early school years.  He now resides in Omaha with his wife, Terese.  He enjoys playing tennis and spending time with his three grown children and two (soon to be 3!) grandchildren.

The Hinds Gallery will feature a selection of work from the FAAA Permanent Collection.

Aug 03

August Art Exhibits- Tracy Gallery: Go West Private Collection

Get Ready to Go West!

 

We have a special treat this month in the Tracy Gallery–

a Private Collection of Western art & artifacts. The exhibit features a wide range of fine art pieces in a variety of media, as well as saddles, bridles, beadwork & more. Open your mind to a broader sense of the eternal question, “What is Art?”

Included will be work by such notable artists as:

Clarence Ellsworth, Artist of the West, who resided in Fremont for a time; walk back in time with a re-creation of his art studio

Miles Maryott, Born in Tekamah and a life long resident of Nebraska

Einar Petersen, a traveling artist with much time spent in Nebraska

Donna Toelke, Mountain artist, “She lived the west”

Show also includes:

  • Prison made Horsehair Bridles, a unique American folk art

  • Advertising Pieces depicting the Old West

  • Numerous Indian made beaded works showing intricate designs

 

Hinds Gallery: Goin’ West Juried Show

“Goin’ West,” our annual Themed and Juried Show will be featured in the Hinds Gallery. Left up to each Artist’s interpretation, the exhibit is a mix of our Member’s work and all media were encouraged. The entries will be judged by Linda Meigs, “The Mill Lady” and director of The Historic Florence Mill in North Omaha.

Cash Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. Gallery visitors can vote all month long for the “Viewer’s Choice” Best of Show which will be announced at the Goin’ West Event August 26th*.

LOFT ARTIST FOR AUGUST: Jana LeGrande

 *: Goin’ West! Fundraiser event will take place on August 26th at Gallery 92 West from 5:30-7:00pm for cocktails then continuing on to the Fremont Opera House for Meal, entertainment, and fundraising events. $60 per person or $480 per table If you would like to attend please RSVP by August 18th as Seating is Limited.

The Reception for the August Exhibits (with Judges Remarks at 6pm) will be held Friday, August 4th from 5:00-7:00pm

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