May- Lubker Gallery: Sheldon Statewide Traveling Exhibit (Mixed Media)

Art for all Seasons

sheldon_15April showers bring May flowers, so it’s only natural that Gallery 92 West’s May exhibit is entitled “Depicting Nature: From the Scientific to the Sublime.” We are proud to host the 28th annual Sheldon Statewide exhibition May 8 – June 9 in the Lubker Gallery. The reception for this show will be held Friday, May 8, from 5 to 7pm.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Sheldon Museum of Art shares its collection of American art throughout the state with this traveling exhibit program. The Sheldon describes this year’s works, a collection spanning 150 years, ranging from early botanical studies and Impressionist landscapes to contemporary photographs, as presenting unique and diverse interpretations of the natural environment. From Albert Bierstadt’s “American Eden” depiction of majestic landscapes and William Sharp’s detailed chromolithograph portrayal of a blooming plant to the colorful paintings of Robert Guilder and Willard LeRoy Metcalf and the beautiful photographs by Imogen Cunningham and Edward Weston, these works invite us to explore the diverse approaches artists have used to capture the beauty in nature. In addition, the display will include contemporary artists Seiko Tachibana and Doug and Mike Starn, who, the museum states, examine how science and technology enable us to view the natural world.

We are excited that Gallery 92 West was selected as one of the venues to host this year’s Sheldon Statewide exhibit. This outreach program is made possible by the generous support of the Sheldon Art Association, Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Farmers Mutual Insurance of Nebraska and James and Rhonda Seacrest. Your support of our various fundraising efforts have helped us cover the host-site fee for us to bring this month long exhibit and associated educational materials to our community. We have applied for the opportunity to bring the Sheldon Statewide exhibit to Fremont again next year. (Sponsorship offers will be graciously accepted.)

Painter Marc Chagall once said “Great art picks up where nature ends.” Artists have forever had a fascination with the creations in the natural world. Naturally, it’s fabulous to be able to view their creations depicting this beauty – right here in our neighborhood!

B.H. Gehringer Gallery: Fremont Public School Grades 5 – 8 Select Show

fms_may_15The Fremont Public School Grades 5 – 8 Select Show will be featured in the B.H. Gehringer gallery through May 17th. Art Teachers, Axton Kahler, Andrea Rockemann, and Geoff Semrad have chosen works representing the highest achievements of our local middle school student artists. The Artist’s Reception for this show will be held Sunday, May 3rd from 1 to 2 pm. Awards will be presented for best works from each grade level at 1:45pm. Physicist Albert Einstein stated that “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” We welcome the student artists, their teachers and families to enjoy both exhibits this month!

ALSO: Starting May 18th and running through June, in the B.H. Gehringer Gallery, will be the photography of Linda Meigs, themed, “Farm Series.”

 Loft Artist of the Month: Pam Hynek (Paintings)

The Reception for the FPS Select Show (grades 5-8) will be Sunday May 3rd from 1-2 pm. 

The Reception for the Sheldon Traveling Exhibit will be Friday, May 8th from 5-7pm

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April- Lubker AND B.H. Gehringer Gallery: ANAC Selection Show

ANAC Selection Show

2015 April LandscapeThis month, the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs (ANAC) Selection Show will fill both of our main floor Galleries. The work exhibited is from a variety of FAAA Member artists who work in different styles and media. A juried exhibit, this is just the first step in one of the most unique art shows in Nebraska. The award winning artworks from this show will join the top choices from clubs across the state for a second round of judging at the State level.

Nebraska is the only state in the US which has an organization encompassing art clubs throughout the state. Established in 1965, there are currently over 40 Nebraska art clubs that belong to ANAC. The reasons cited most often for membership in ANAC are the annual conference/exhibition, workshops, classes, and social events.

While some of the Artists represented are full-time career artists, others juggle a “day job,” family, and a wide variety of volunteer obligations. They live in large and small communities across Nebraska. What they share is a passion for art and membership in the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs. Artists’ primary affiliation is to a local club; these range in size from two to 90-plus members and present opportunities tailored to the group and location. As an umbrella organization, ANAC’s offerings are statewide.

This year’s ANAC Conference will be held in Columbus from June 10-13. The main attention-getter, the pièce de résistance, is the juried exhibition of members’ work. Over 350 original works of art selected from the local clubs are displayed, and this fabulous exhibit is open for public viewing. A nationally known artist is chosen to serve as the judge for this show. Award of Excellence pieces, including Best of Show, form an exhibition that travels the state during the subsequent year.

2015 April riderThe MONA Purchase Award is another coveted prize of the exhibition. Russ Erpelding, ARTreach coordinator, Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) chooses one work of art to be included in the museum’s permanent collection. The MONA Purchase Award selection is then represented in the traveling exhibition by a framed photograph.

Relationships develop through ANAC. Members become friends and colleagues; they encourage, support and respect each other. And each year they acclaim one member for outstanding contributions. ANAC promotes community involvement in the visual arts, education, and encourages both beginner and professional artists to get involved.

Please join us on Friday, April 10th for the Artists’ Reception and Judge’s Critique of Fremont’s ANAC Selection Show!

The exhibition runs from March 31-May 6th. Awards will be announced at the reception.

The reception and Judge’s Critique for the ANAC Selection Show will be: Friday April 10th from 5-7pm. 

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March- Lubker Gallery: Fremont Public Schools K-12 Select Show

Celebrating Youth Art Month

fps selectYouth Art Month was started in 1961 through the Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. in cooperation with the National Art Education Association. This annual celebration directs attention to the value of visual art education in a student’s overall success. Studies show students participating in the arts have higher grades, score better on standardized tests, have better attendance records, and are more active in community affairs.

Youth Art Month provides a forum for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences that are not possible in other curriculum subjects. Art education develops citizens of a global society. Art is a necessity for the full development of better quality of life for all, and encourages divergent and critical thinking.

Throughout March, a variety of activities take place across the country at the local and state levels. At Gallery 92 West, we understand the potential of the arts and its positive impact to students–our mission is “to promote visual art culture and education.” Featured in the Lubker Gallery is the student artwork from Fremont Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade 12. Please join us in our efforts here to spotlight art education.

Our Fremont Public Schools Art Specialists are: Julie Bristol, Jesse Kiefer, Jennifer Trapp, Axton Kahler, Andrea Rockemann, Geoff Semrad, Mara Hornig, Amy Gillespie and Cody Wheelock.

B. H. Gehringer Gallery:  Agriculture Week Ag-Poster Exhibit

fps select ag posterMarch also brings us Agriculture Week! American Agriculture is responsible for providing the necessities for everyday life; food, fiber, clothing and even fuel. This month, it will also bring us ART!

Gallery 92 West will feature the Ag-Poster Exhibit in the B.H. Gehringer Gallery for the fourth consecutive year, with a special Artists’ Reception during Ag-Week, Saturday, March 21, from 1:00-3:00pm. The Fremont Area Chamber Agricultural Business & Natural Resource Council, in partnership with Cleary Building Corporation, are the proud sponsors of the “How I See Nebraska Agriculture” Art Contest.

Our gallery will be delightfully covered with artwork from students in grades K-5 depicting that theme. This juried show will hang all month. Come view the farming world through these creative kids’ eyes!

 Two March receptions!

The reception for the FPS Select Show and Loft Artist Jack Zeleny will be: Sunday March 8 from 1-3pm. 

Reception for the Agriculture Poster Artists will be: Saturday, March 21st, from 1-3 p.m.

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February- Lubker Gallery: Aaron Chvatal- Costume Design

Former Fremonter’s Work Takes Center Stage

Feb a gallery 2015 1Costume design—a singularly fantastic occupation that walks the narrow line between actor and audience, glorious on-stage recognition and unrecognized backstage toi­l—fabulous whirlwinds of fittings, fabrics, and fringe, and exhaustingly long hours of quiet historical research in the library. Its appeal is evident, and it hooked Aaron Chvatal at an early age. “The seed was definitely planted by the amazing Fremont High School musicals, to which my parents took me every year from an early age,” says Chvatal. “My mother (retired FHS Art Teacher Melody Chvatal) tells me that even as a young boy, I sat quietly through every musical, enthralled by the spectacle on stage.” Aaron also recalls a trip with his father to see CATS the musical in Omaha to be particularly magical. “You feel rather grand in your assigned seat in an opulently gilded theatre house. Then the lights dim, a hush falls over the audience, and the curtain rises. Suddenly, another world is created, just for you. I always knew I wanted to be a part of that.”

After high school, Aaron chose to pursue costume design in earnest. A BFA in Theatre Arts from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota gave him occasions to explore and expand his talents in costume design. During four years at Hamline, Aaron worked full-time in the costume shop producing any and all looks necessary for the main stage productions. He experienced an industrial sewing machine for the first time and quickly learned to “sew like the wind.” Skills such as draping, pattern-drafting, millinery, and makeup were taught on the job, as well as in the classroom.

After graduation, Aaron turned his search to grad school. The University/Resident Theatre Association is a collection of graduate theatre design schools with professional training courses and affiliated professional theatres. U/RTA holds yearly conferences in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles connecting applicants with programs accepting students. “It was exhilarating and terrifying!” says Chvatal. “You are each given a table–all identical–and you set up your portfolio. Your work is all that speaks for you, and if they like your work, they sign up for an interview slot.

Feb a gallery 2015 2“UMKC was the final choice,” says Aaron, “because of the classes offered, the caliber of the productions done there.” UMKC has a reputation for turning out graduates who know how to draw. One of the first graduate design programs to do so, UMKC requires all students to take live model drawing all 6 semesters. By drawing the human form repeatedly, students eventually gain an instinctual understanding of the body. “It was a huge leap for me, to be able to draw a body from the image in my head, and not have to spend hours searching the internet for a picture I could trace.” Many portraits from these studio sessions are featured in the exhibit, including a few amusing self-portraits. Beyond the art skills, the UMKC graduate degree is in Costume Design AND Technology – teaching students the skills and techniques to construct the garment they have conceived.

Since graduating from UMKC in May 2013, Aaron has worked professionally in theatre full time, first in Kansas City and now in St. Paul, Minnesota. For the last 3 summers, he has travelled to Virginia to participate in the Castleton Opera Festival. Starting as a stitcher, he climbed the ranks to Assistant Costume Shop Manager, Shop Manager, and returned this year as Shop Manager and designed a main stage production. He has also designed/coordinated 5 operas for Opera on the James in Lynchburg, Virginia. It’s his goal to work full-time in opera, travelling around the country (and eventually around the world!) designing glorious period costumes.

B. H. Gehringer Gallery:  Norm Melichar


feb b gallery 2015Norm Melichar, a retired teacher from Millard Public Schools has turned his attention from counseling to creating art. His exhibit Ancient Elements – Masks, Sculpture, Collage and Mixed Media is the focal point in the B. H. Gehringer Gallery in February.

“I am an artist that seems to find beauty in the oddest of places. Dumpsters, highways, discarded materials. I love to give a second life to all of these delightful finds. You may find masks out of a hoe, or sprinkler, as well as using papier-mâché packing material. All of my art encompasses these found treasures,” Melchar said.

The show will highlight the ancient elements of Fire, Water, Air and Earth with a variety of art presentations. There will be masks for each of the elements, along with other whimsical characters hitching a ride in each category. Each mask becomes a “character” with a biography to make you smile, laugh and think.

“It is difficult for me to present art without words, so I often will include poetry or short stories to lead you through the show. There will also be a set of totems, one for each element as well as two large pieces showing the unity of the elements. Sculpture, collages and mixed media will help to finish the tribute to these ancient markers of the universe,” he said.

 The February reception for the Aaron Chvatal, Norm Melichar, and Loft Artist: Agneta Gaines (Weaving/Fiber Arts) exhibits will be:

Friday, Feb 6th, from 5-7 p.m.

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January Lubker Gallery: Patrick E. Barton Photography

Barton’s Marine Photography is “See”-Worthy

barton1Water, water everywhere, might be an accurate way to describe the photographic works of Patrick E. Barton.

Barton, a current SCUBA instructor, has been an avid diver for more than fifteen years utilizing his many opportunities to travel to exotic locations to shoot up close and personal with life under the sea.

Through previous design projects, Barton introduced himself to photography. In 2003 he purchased his first Digital SLR and combined that with an order for an underwater housing.

According to Barton, “The process of trying to dive into both arts at one time seemed overwhelming and at many times still does. The rewards are well worth the mind-boggling preparation.”

barton2Barton was born and raised in the Midwest. Most of his training and experience have been derived from working on corporate designs over the last 20 years. His career, to date, has consisted primarily of work with two independent Midwest-based companies. Most recently he is focused on design projects through Barton Visions.

Barton’s experience has allowed him to work on a large variety of projects and produce art in all types of media.

He has exhibited throughout the United States and in Europe.

Patrick is a member of the Ocean Artists Society and a volunteer diver with Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium.

B. H. Gehringer Gallery:  FPS Select Student Work

fpsgalleryBFremont Public Schools Art Specialists, Julie Bristol, Jesse Kiefer and Jenny Trapp bring us a select show of elementary student artwork. These teachers inspire creativity while teaching about artists, the Elements of Art, and the different media and techniques used in the creative process. The students are encouraged to communicate their thoughts and ideas in a style that represents their personal ideals and beliefs. Their work is colorful, delightful and quite insightful!

Also featured this month is portfolio work that was completed during the past fall semester from Cody Wheelock’s Art III/IV class at Fremont High School. Each student was asked to create a series of work based around a theme of his choice. A wide range of themes is present within the class’s body of work, including: brokenness, beauty, equality, social issues, and identity, to just name a few. Students were given the freedom to create work in whatever media they felt strongest in order to best represent their theme. The show includes both three and two-dimensional pieces and media ranging from ceramics and wood to oil paint and graphite drawings. Each student also created a website featuring their work, including a biography page and an artist statement.

 The January reception for the Patrick E. Barton, FPS Students Exhibit, and Loft Artist Anthony Brown (paintings) exhibits will be:

Friday, Jan 9th, from 5-7 p.m.

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