En“Lightening” Exhibition Tranquil still lifes and quiet interiors—the paintings of Valerie Light Anderson give the viewer a glimpse of a specific moment in time. She explains: “I study natural light, every artist does. But I find myself truly in awe of the affect the light has on a moment in time. I strive to capture the quiet poetry of a …View full post
Earth and Air The unique combination of PJ Copenhaver’s Feather Art and Larry Pelter’s Pottery is presented this month in the Hinds Gallery. Earth represented by the clay, and Air by the feathers, these two artists invite us to pause and consider our natural surroundings and our place within them. Copenhaver says, “My intention is …View full post
ANAC = All New And Creative The Association of Nebraska Art Clubs (ANAC) annual Selection Show is featured this month in the Hinds Gallery. This fiercely competitive exhibit is the first step toward the highly regarded ANAC Traveling Exhibit which will be selected from over 300 entries from across Nebraska at the ANAC State Conference. …View full post
Fremont Public Schools K-12 Art Creative works from the K-12 art students of Fremont Public Schools will be on display in the Hinds Gallery during March. This multi-media exhibit highlights Youth Art Month, a national celebration sponsored by the Council for Art Education, and happily supported by the Fremont Area Art Association. The annual celebration emphasizes …View full post
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 …View full post
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Earth and Air
The unique combination of PJ Copenhaver’s Feather Art and Larry Pelter’s Pottery is presented this month in the Hinds Gallery. Earth represented by the clay, and Air by the feathers, these two artists invite us to pause and consider our natural surroundings and our place within them.
Copenhaver says, “My intention is to allow us to pause, if only for a moment, to enjoy the simple beauty of a feather and to be grateful for all that is placed in our path.” Pelter adds, “My work is Earth oriented. Clay, wood, bone, antler, and stone take form through the action of water and fire to offer an experience of connecting to the mystery that is our Earth and who we are.”
PJ Copenhaver, after spending over 20 years in the corporate world, is now grateful for the opportunity to create art. She lives in Omaha with her husband, Daryl, and their four-legged family of pets.
“Feathers lift us. They come to us on the wind, connecting us to each other, and to an unspoken, unseen Great Creator Spirit. All of the feathers used in my art are naturally fallen. They have been found by me or given to me as gifts from a large circle of friends, family, and at times, strangers. I approach my studio work fresh each morning, Spirits’ inspiration works through me, sparked by the individuality of each feather.”
Larry Pelter grew up in Newman Grove, a farming community on the banks of the Shell Creek in north central Nebraska. He has had a diverse upbringing experiencing, at times, life as a sheepherder, cowboy, railroad gandy dancer, truck driver, anti-submarine warfare specialist, electrical engineer, barista, and Zen practitioner. Throughout his life, he has maintained a passion for the arts, and has studied classical and blues guitar, painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and ceramic art with a variety of teachers.
“My work in this exhibition is an exploration of pottery, tea bowls, masks, and a variety of non-representational sculptural forms. These objects represent the wanderings of my imagination in recent months.
I have been interested in Japanese and Native American pottery traditions for a long time. The purity of form and the closeness to the earth represented by these traditions often provide a launching point for my vessel work.
I am also influenced by early Neolithic European art and the relationship it implies of our ancestors to their world…an intimacy with nature that most of us on the planet today have lost. Do we have the potential for reconnecting with the earth the way our ancestors did? Can art we make today open channels to that ancient relationship?
I like to work with sculptural forms in general, and to combine a variety of materials and shapes into three dimensional objects. I play and play, combine and recombine until a form exists that satisfies my curiosity.”
Please join us for an Artists’ Reception on Friday, May 6th, from 5-7p.m.
Bristol Gallery: Fremont Public School Grades 5 – 8 Select Show
Art Classes teach kids to: observe; experiment with materials; make connections; respect others; express themselves; learn from their mistakes; clean up; reflect on their work; embrace diversity; persevere; have an opinion; appreciate beauty; break away from stereotypes; envision solutions; value aesthetics; see another point of view; and innovate.
The Fremont Public School Grades 5 – 8 Select Show will be featured in the Bristol Gallery through May 14th. Art Teachers, Axton Kahler, Andrea Rockemann, and Geoff Semrad have chosen works representing the highest achievements of our local middle school student artists.
Awards will be presented for best works from each grade level at an Artists’ Reception on Saturday, May 14th, from 3 to 4 pm. We welcome the student artists, their teachers and families to enjoy both exhibits this month!
ANAC = All New And Creative
The Association of Nebraska Art Clubs (ANAC) annual Selection Show is featured this month in the Hinds Gallery. This fiercely competitive exhibit is the first step toward the highly regarded ANAC Traveling Exhibit which will be selected from over 300 entries from across Nebraska at the ANAC State Conference.
Taking on the daunting task of judging this show, is artist and educator, Carole DeBuse. She has a studio at Hot Shops Art Center and runs her own jewelry business, Dancin’ Horse Designs. Carole also enjoys acrylic painting and ceramic sculpture.
After receiving her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southern Illinois University, DeBuse came to Nebraska. An educator for over 40 years, DeBuse has taught pottery, design, painting, jewelry, and silversmithing to elementary through college students. The Nebraska Art Teacher’s Association honored DeBuse’s work by naming her the Higher Education Art Educator of the Year. While working for OPS, she also received the Alice Buffet Outstanding Teacher Award. After retiring from OPS, DeBuse continued teaching at UNO, and has been an adjunct professor at Metro Community College and College of Saint Mary.
Well-qualified, and willing, Carole DeBuse will choose this year’s Best of Show and Awards of Excellence artworks to represent Fremont at the ANAC State Conference, held this June in McCook. The conference offers members a chance to connect with fellow Nebraska artists, share, enjoy and create artwork, and attend classes and workshops.
Please join us for an Artists’ Reception and Judge’s Critique on Friday, April 8th from 5-7pm at the Gallery.
Bristol Gallery: Country Traditions Design Team Quilters
The Bristol Gallery features a collection of art quilts created by the staff from Country Traditions, the world famous quilt store in Historic Downtown Fremont. Original work from Leslie Main, Stacie Redford, Lu Ann Franzluebbers, Emily Millie, Lida Sieh, Marie Richards, Tracey Herre, and Scott Flanagan will be showcased.
The Country Traditions Design Team comes from diverse backgrounds ranging from Education to Nursing and everything in between. Combined, this passionate team of artists has over 100 years of quilting experience that they love to share—with each other, as well as the many customers with whom they work. They all share a passion for fabric yet the end results are as diverse as their makers. Finished projects can range from traditional bed size quilts to modern inspired wall hangings to three dimensional boxes. While they embrace the use of technology when creating, decorative stitches or Machine Embroidery, for example, it is not uncommon to find them with needle and thread in hand, sewing up the side of a box, or putting the finishing touches on the binding and label.
The Design Team is continually working on new patterns to inspire customers who stop into Country Traditions quilt store. Often, their ideas are featured in magazines including Quilt Sampler, Fons and Porter, American Patchwork and Quilting, and Quiltmaker. Over the years, team members have been recognized for their work at local, State, and National Quilt Shows.
A common thread shared by the team is the desire to encourage other quilters to be creative, expand their quilting knowledge, and take a pattern and “make it their own.” They truly have a passion and enthusiasm for quilting and the quilting community, and love to pass on the joy of creating quilts with everyone they meet.
The Reception for the April Exhibits will be held Friday, April 8th from 5:00-7:00pm
Fremont Public Schools K-12 Art
Creative works from the K-12 art students of Fremont Public Schools will be on display in the Hinds Gallery during March. This multi-media exhibit highlights Youth Art Month, a national celebration sponsored by the Council for Art Education, and happily supported by the Fremont Area Art Association.
The annual celebration emphasizes the value of art education for all children and encourages support for quality art programs. The program recognizes skills developed through visual arts experiences
unlike any other curriculum subjects, including:
Students from Fremont High School, under the direction of Mara Hornig, Amy Gillespie and Jennifer Gay; Fremont Middle School, grades 7 and 8, taught by Axton Kahler ; Johnson Crossing Academic Center, grades 5-6, taught by Andrea Rockeman and Geoff Semrad; and 7 elementary schools, grades K-4, guided by Jesse Kiefer, Julie Bristol and Jennifer Trapp are participating in this year’s Youth Art Month exhibit.
Please join us in recognizing these wonderful young artists and their teachers at the Artists’ reception on Sunday, March 6, from 1:00-3:00pm.
Bristol Gallery: 43rd annual National AgWeek Posters
The Fremont Area Chamber Agriculture Business and Natural Resources Council, along with the Fremont Tribune are the proud sponsors of the “How I See Nebraska Agriculture” art contest. Gallery 92 West is hosting an exhibit of the children’s art work in the Bristol Gallery during the month of March.
Judged by some of our Member Artists, the top three entries will be awarded prizes in the following age groups: grades K-1, grades 2-3, and grades 4-5. All of the contest entries will be on display through March 31.
Recognizing agriculture’s importance to Fremont’s economy, and promoting stewardship of natural resources, this show is just one part of the 43rd annual National AgWeek celebrations.
An Artists’ Reception and announcement of Awards, sponsored by the Cleary Corporation, will be held on Saturday, March 19 from 1:00-3:00pm at Gallery 92 West. Also on that day is the “Touch a Tractor” event. Bring the kids and grandkids to explore the big machines! Platte Valley Equipment will provide the opportunity to climb on, get in, touch and discover more about the big machines used in Nebraska Agriculture. Climb behind the wheel and find out how operators use the vehicles to provide food, fiber, clothing, and even fuel for our community! This fun hands-on activity will take place in the Pinnacle Bank parking lot across the street from the Gallery.