May 30

June Art Exhibits- Tracy Gallery: Art Quilts by FiberWorks

“Larger Than Life” Art Quilts by FiberWorks

The quilts featured in the Tracy Gallery were made by 12 textile artists from the Lincoln and Omaha areas who are members of Fiber Works, a group from seven cities in eastern Nebraska who have hundreds of years of quilting experience between them. They have been working together for about eight years to expand their knowledge and push the boundaries of their creativity. They learn from, inspire and support each other in all sorts of fiber art endeavors. The group has capped its membership at 12 so it doesn’t outgrow monthly meetings at members’ homes where they explore new techniques.

These aren’t your great-grandmother’s quilts, but they are rooted in the precise seams and intricate designs of bedcovers sometimes drafted to hang as doors or room dividers in rude prairie dwellings during pioneer days. Quilting has long been a mainstay of self-sufficiency; homesteaders had to take advantage of all of their resources, yet they found ways to make recycled products beautiful. Today quilting isn’t as much about recycling, but has grown into an amazing art form, incorporating modern and traditional techniques. These quilts are destined to grace a gallery wall, not brighten a bedroom.

Stitches in art quilts are created with free-motion quilting. That means rather than stitching in a straight line, the fabric is moved around as it passes through the sewing machine to anchor the batting between the top and bottom layers. The design dictates the stitch pattern. The quilters and artists invite non-traditional quilting techniques and media, such as buttons, cheese cloth, dyed fabrics and photographs printed into the fabrics. Fiber Works members include: Jo Drueke, Sheila Green, Merrilee Hansen, Dorothy Heidemann-Nelson, Cynthia Levis, Karen Murphy, Roxann O’Hare, Lynne O’Rourke, Cindi Pape, Peg Pennell, Marilyn Rembolt and Pat Stava.

Hinds Gallery: “Beauty Everywhere” Julie Collins – Mixed Media

Gallery 92 West is pleased to introduce Omaha artist Julie Collins, in her first solo exhibit. Through photos, paintings, and sculptures, Collins’ art explores the beauty of the everyday, and indeed the everywhere.

She describes her artwork as “seeing, capturing, and noticing the magical beauty of the simple things in life. ”Often lost in the hustle and bustle of our busy lives, plain, honest joys are too easily overlooked. Collins contends those things are around and readily available for us every day–we just need reminding! She enjoys finding “the hidden shapes, the dance of color, and the subtle movements that when combined, create endless compositions.”

Photography is the constant as well as the inspiration for creativity in Julie Collins’ work. Her well-developed and keen eye for finding surprises through the lens has led her to explore those images in other media. Not merely copies of her photographs, her paintings and sculptures have become instead a rendering of the mood and emotions experienced at that time.

The journey turns inward. “Photography and painting are a meditation for me. These tools still my mind, outside noise, internal noise, fade unknowingly, until soon I am only able to see and feel beauty everywhere and in everything.”

LOFT ARTIST FOR JUNE: Sara Womsat (Mixed Media)

The Reception for the May Exhibits will be held Friday, June 2nd from 5:00-7:00pm

May 01

May Art Exhibits- Tracy Gallery: Face: The Icons of Presence

Face: The Icons of Presence

Jane Tan Creti’s interest in iconography was first inspired by her brother. In the 1960’s he wrote icons for the New Skete monastic community in Cambridge, New York. In 1999, after several years of independent study, Tan Creti attended her first icon writing workshop held at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. The workshop was offered by Vladislav Andrejev, master iconographer and founder of The Prosopon School of Iconology. Jane continued taking workshops around the country and eventually began hosting her own workshops in Omaha. In 2006, Tan Creti attended a full cycle of master classes.

Jane Tan Creti’s work is framed within the Prosopon School of Iconology (with roots in the Byzantine – Russian tradition of icon painting); her works are 24 karat gold leaf on wood panels written with egg tempera (in which egg yolk serves as the binder, holding the pigments together). Egg tempera achieves a luminosity in the finished icon that is a signature of 14th century Russian Masters.

For Tan Creti, each work is an act of prayer, connecting the writer and recipient in the context of the spiritual mystery being depicted. While practicing her art, Tan Creti senses herself releasing a deeply seated light that she feels will flow from her work to the observer. For Tan Creti, iconography is both art and ministry. Jane Tan Creti continues to facilitate classes for The Prosopon School, write commisioned icons and host iconography classes in her own studio.

Hinds Gallery: Fremont Public Schools Select Show Grades 5-8

Gallery 92 West and the Fremont Public Schools welcome the Select Show of artwork from grades 5-8 inthe Hinds Gallery through May 14. The Art Teachers from Fremont Middle School and Johnson Crossing Academic Center have chosen works representing the highest achievements of our local middle school student artists.

On Sunday, May 7th from 2-3 pm, special Awards in both 2D and 3D categories will be announced for each grade level. Please join us in honoring these young artists!

The Reception for the May Exhibits will be held Friday, May 5th from 5:00-7:00pm

Apr 03

April Art Exhibits- Tracy Gallery: Sheldon Statewide: “Shape Up! Visualizing the Geometric World”

Sheldon Statewide: “Shape Up! Visualizing the Geometric World”

 

Sheldon Statewide, now in its thirtieth year, is the longest running exhibition and educational outreach program at the Sheldon Museum of Art. We are pleased to announce its return to the Tracy Gallery this month.

Sheldon Statewide is an annual exhibition and outreach program through which original artworks from the museum’s collection travel to communities across the state. Since its inception in 1987, the exhibition series has reached 300,000 people in 24 Nebraska communities.

This year’s exhibit is titled, “”Shape Up! Visualizing the Geometric World.” Mathematics and art have teamed up for millennia to bring about some of the most important discoveries, technological advancements, and artwork ever created. Although young learners in today’s classroom often move between distinct spaces for the study of mathematics and the practice of art, the two fields have historically been paired to produce radical results.

This annual Sheldon Statewide exhibition features projects that blur the boundary between these disciplines and speak to the potential for productive partnerships. Shape Up! includes original works of art made over the last 150 years and is presented in four sections geometric abstraction; geometry and the built environment; geometry and the natural environment; and the geometricized body. Each subtheme provides a framework for exploring the diverse and innovative ways artists use geometry to visualize the world around us.

 

Hinds Gallery: Nebraska 150 Photographs from 93 Counties

Gallery 92 West is proud to partner with the Keene Memorial Library to bring the “Bridges” Exhibit to Fremont! Endorsed by the Nebraska 150 Commission as a “Signature Event,” the show promises to link history, generations and cultures as it travels across Nebraska for the state’s sesquicentennial celebration in 2017.

Hildegard Center for the Arts, in collaboration with the Nebraska Tourism Commission and the Nebraska State Historical Society issued a call to amateur and professional photographers to capture images of historic sites or hidden treasures from all 93 counties across Nebraska. The intent of this juried exhibit is to serve as a BRIDGE to connect Nebraskans with their culture and heritage.

The photographers were also invited to share photos that had a community or personal significance to help tell Nebraska’s story. One photo from each of the 93 counties was selected for this statewide photo exhibit. A yearlong trek across the state will ultimately end at the Durham Western Heritage Museum in Omaha.

Over 800 entries were received, and two of our own FAAA members’ works were chosen. Congratulations to Brian Weber and Angela Carroll! Thirty of the show’s Winning Photos will be featured on our walls. A video presentation of all 93 county photographs will also be on view.

In conjunction with the exhibit, a lovely “coffee table book” has been produced. Nebraska: 150 Years Told Through 93 Counties, by the Omaha World Herald’s David Hendee, will be available for sale at the Reception on April 7th.

The Keene Memorial Library will also have copies of the book for checkout. To compliment the exhibit, the library has gathered a collection fo books about Nebraska, each of its counties and our shared history.

Representatives from the Hildegard Center for the Arts will sharethe details of creating this exhibit at the Reception, as well as at this month’s Third Thursday Luncheon on April 20th.

 

The Loft: ANAC (Association of Nebraska Art Clubs) Selection Show

 

 

The LOFT Gift Shop has been transfomed this month to feature the FAAA ANAC Selection Show, an annual juried competition. Over 25 of our members have entered work in a wide range of media.

Omaha ceramicist, Jesse Ross, will serve as the judge. Winning artworks from this show will go on to compete at the State Conference, held June 7th-10th in York, Nebraska. The judge’s comments and awards will be presented during the Artists’ Reception on April 7th, at 6:15pm.

Jesse Ross received his MFA in Ceramics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In the 13 years since then, he has taught at colleges and universities in and around Omaha. his eclectic experience as an instructor includes 2D and 3D Design, Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics and more.

In 2012, he and Tracy Shell launched Clementine Porcelain Inc., a wholesale design and production company specializing in slip cast porcelain tableware. They currently serve retail clients throughout the US and beyond. Ross is also the Ceramics Technician at the Union for Contemporary Art in Omaha.

The Reception for the April Exhibits will be held Friday, April 7 from 5:00-7:00pm

Mar 01

March Art Exhibits- Tracy Gallery: Fremont Public Schools K-12 Art

Fremont Public Schools K-12 Art

 

Youth Art MonthCreative works from the K-12 art students of Fremont Public Schools will be on display in the Tracy 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:

  • Problem Solving

  • Creativity

  • Observation

  • Communication

 

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 5, from 1:00-3:00pm.

Hinds Gallery: 44th Annual National AgWeek Posters

The Fremont Area Chamber Agriculture Business and Natural Resources Council and Cleary Building Corporation 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 Hinds 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. All of the contest entries will be on display throughout the month of March.

Recognizing agriculture’s importance to Fremont’s economy, and promoting stewardship of natural resources, this show is just one part of the 44th annual National AgWeek celebrations.

An Artists’ Reception and announcement of Awards, sponsored by the Cleary Corporation, will be held on Saturday, March 18 from 1:00-3:00pm at Gallery 92 West.

 

The Reception for the Ag Poster Exhibit will be held Saturday, March 18 from 1:00-3:00pm

Jan 31

February Art Exhibits- Tracy Gallery: The Paintings of Robin Zagurski

The Paintings of Robin Zagurski

Robin Zagurski is an artist, therapist, and social worker living in Omaha, Nebraska. She beganpainting in 2009 after many years of attending tothe spirits of others and neglecting her own. She initially began working in acrylics, but now works extensively in wax mediums. She enjoys working in cold wax and oil paint for the sheer joy of smooshing paint around. Her works focus on the luminosity of color that can be brought out by the wax when applied to a paper surface. She has found that wax allows for a freedom of experimentation that she had not found in acrylics.

Zagurski’s art has been shown at the Encaustic Art Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and at the Niza Knolls Gallery in Denver, Colorado. She has a studio at the Hot Shops in Omaha.


Hinds Gallery: Effects of PTSD Paintings by Elizabeth Boutin

In 2014, I allowed access to a chapter of my life which had been tucked away for years…

From 2003-2006 as a military spouse, one of the many places our family was stationed included Ramstein Air Base in Germany. In 2005 I had the honor of becoming an American Red Cross Volunteer for Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. I helped the nurses tend to our soldiers who were wounded during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom, it exposed me to the soldiers’ wounds, both external and internal. Each day I volunteered there were so many faces, so many stories, and so many wounds from too many soldiers. Using a journal helped me cope with my experiences at the hospital. This was my first encounter with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Anxiety, long endless stares, sadness and depression were just a few of countless symptoms witnessed at the hospital.

On November 5th 2010, PTSD became even closer to me than I could ever have imagined. A good Army friend of mine took his life due to PTSD.

To this day, I have friends who suffer from this disease. Soldiers have difficulty after a deployment adapting back into society. They can’t sleep, take numerous medications, drive cautiously to the store, or jump at the slightest sound of a loud noise. They struggle every day.

In 2014 I began to open my journal and display it…on canvas. Effects of PTSD is a series devoted to expressing just that, the effects. The objects used in the painting can be recognized by the viewer, but represent symbolize a deeper meaning. While studying Art History, I was intrigued by an early 17th century genre of still-life paintings in the Netherlands known as Vanitas. These collections of paintings and the objects within held symbolic meaning—some of artwork takes on different meanings; usually the title leads the viewer to these meanings.

The use of oil paint affords a liberality to mix colors and a lengthier drying period. Painting in oil allows me to soften certain areas on the canvas with the help of a soft, dry brush. For this series the use of certain colors are found in all of the paintings. The color Paynes gray is used mainly in backgrounds, so the viewer experiences a more subdued feeling. The color of Payne’s gray, not too bright and not too dark does that, it is, plus it makes the viewer take in what they see in the foreground of the work. Yellow ocher. can be seen in highlights and shading on certain subjects in the paintings, helping to push out the subject within the painting but quietly, not vibrantly. I work with transparency and opacity. I don’t mind having the canvas appear through some of my subject matter, especially in areas requiring the color white, or areas of texture. Letting the brushstrokes be seen mostly in the backgrounds of the paintings, gives a sense of movement.

My time at LRMC will always be a part of me and someday my journal from paper to canvas will be complete.The use of representation and symbolism in my work will continue in my paintings. Becoming an art historian and an artist has enabled me to express my encounters at LRMC and utilize these tools to bring awareness for the audience in my series Effects of PTSD.

Please join us for an Artists’ reception for the February Gallery Shows  it will be held FRIDAY, February 10th, from 5-7 p.m.

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