Jul 05

July Art Exhibits- Hinds Gallery: Jean Welstead Memorial Scholarship Show

Jean Welstead Memorial Scholarship Show: Special Show, Special Cause 

This month, in the Hinds Gallery we are excited to announce the Jean Welstead Memorial Scholarship Show and Auction. This is a special honor and great opportunity for the whole community!

Early this year, Marv Welstead generously donated the remaining collection of his wife’s artwork to be auctioned at Gallery 92 West. All of the proceeds from the sale will go toward an Art Scholarship in honor of Jean Welstead.

Jean was one of the FAAA’s founding members, and served as the organization’s Board
President from 1965-1971. Jean served as co-chairman of the committee that bought what is
now Gallery 92 West. It seems fitting, then, as we are ready to expand our Gallery that we come full circle with a show of Jean’s work.

At the time of her death from Alzheimer’s disease in 2009, Marv and Jean had been married
for 67 years. Marv stated that for as long as he had known her, she had loved art. Jean started studying art when she was 11 years old, taking summer classes at Midland Lutheran College with elementary art teachers. By the time she graduated from Fremont High School, she was already an accomplished artist.

They both worked during World War II at a former U.S. Air Force base in Stuttgart, Ark. When they returned to Fremont, she worked as a stenographer and chief clerk in the Dodge County assistance office until 1948, when she took time off work to raise their two sons. She resumed her artistic endeavors in the 1950s and 1960s, taking more art classes at Midland, Joslyn Art Museum and College of St. Mary.

In 1968, Jean was asked to be the artist in residence at Midland College and work with students. She went back every year and continued that association until 2002. Marv added that, “She still had Midland students who graduated 20 to 25 years prior sending Christmas cards.” Her legacy, he said, is in the lives she touched. In addition, her artwork is all over the country, including the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney, Midland University, Nebraska Wesleyan University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Wicks Alumni Center, Wayne State College, Peru State College and John G. Niehart Museum. Her work is also among several corporate and private collections.

The Jean Welstead Memorial Scholarship Show and Auction will run through July 31st. Silent auction style bidding will begin at the Artists’ Reception on Friday, July 8th from 5-7 pm, and will continue throughout the month. A “Buy It Now” option will be available. Don’t miss this last opportunity to view, and possibly own a piece of this celebrated artist’s work, and help us create a scholarship that will enable young students to pursue their dreams.

Bristol Gallery: FAAA Annual All Member Show

As is our tradition in the month of July, we at the Fremont Area Art Association celebrate who we are as an organization by featuring the work of our own artists in the annual All-Member Show. Whether they are first-timers or seasoned regulars, our members always submit a fun mix of subjects, styles and media. This year’s exhibit will be displayed in the Bristol Gallery all month. We have such a talented bunch of member artists! Come check out what your friends have done.

Please join us for an Artists’ reception for the Jean Welstead Memorial Scholarship Show/Auction, the FAAA Annual All Member Show, and Sara Sumnick Wamsat Loft Artist of the Month will be FRIDAY, July 8th, from 5-7 p.m.

May 31

June Art Exhibits- Hinds Gallery: Valerie Light Anderson

En“Lightening” Exhibition

13340780_10206188836831233_33243309_oTranquil 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 single moment – to show someone else what I saw and what I felt.”

13334301_10206188836551226_716613681_oValerie Light Anderson is a painter and studio artist at
the Hot Shops Art Center in Omaha. She spent formative
years in Texas, North Dakota, Japan and Nebraska. She
lives and works in Omaha where she and her husband raised
a family of three children and nurtured a fondness of the
Midwest. Light Anderson holds a BFA from the University
of Nebraska-Omaha. Her subjects include still life, interior,
landscape and figure. Her works have been exhibited in the
Atlanta, Dallas, Sioux City and Omaha areas, and are held
in private and corporate collections. Featured in the Hinds
Gallery throughout June, we welcome Valerie and her work
to Gallery 92 West.

13321250_10206188836791232_395180712_oPlease join us for an Artist’s Reception

on Friday, June 3, from 5-7pm.

Bristol Gallery: Omaha Marian, Mixed Media

13342360_10206188844071414_746968254_nSelect student works from Omaha Marian High School
are featured in the Bristol Gallery. Guided by art teacher,
Ashley Bauer, the girls show a true understanding and
mastery of a variety of media. The large graphite selfportraits
are especially impressive. Stop in and see what
these young artists have done.

The reception for Valerie Light Anderson and
Omaha Marian High School artists will be
FRIDAY, June 3, from 5-7 p.m.

May 02

May Art Exhibits- Hinds Gallery: PJ Copenhaver and Larry Pelter

Earth and Air

Copenhaver ColorThe 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.

Pelter ColorI 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.

Parents and children browse dozens of works of art created by Fremont Public Schools Fifth through Eighth Grade students as part of their select exhibition Sunday at Gallery 92 West. The exhibit will be on display through the month of May. (Chris Bristol, Fremont Tribune)

Parents and children browse dozens of works of art created by Fremont Public Schools Fifth through Eighth Grade students as part of their select exhibition Sunday at Gallery 92 West. The exhibit will be on display through the month of May. (Chris Bristol, Fremont Tribune)

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!

Apr 04

April Art Exhibits- Hinds Gallery: ANAC Annual Select Show

ANAC = All New And Creative

More than two dozen local artists have brought some of their finest works to display at Gallery 92 West as part of the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs Selection Show during the month of April. Select works from this exhibit will go on to the statewide exhibition. (Chris Bristol, Fremont Tribune)

More than two dozen local artists have brought some of their finest works to display at Gallery 92 West as part of the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs Selection Show during the month of April. Select works from this exhibit will go on to the statewide exhibition. (Chris Bristol, Fremont Tribune)

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.

"There Was an Old Woman," by Linda Money Jorgensen is one of more than two dozen local artworks on display at Gallery 92 West as part of the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs Selection Show during the month of April. Select works from this exhibit will go on to the statewide exhibition. (Chris Bristol, Fremont Tribune)

“There Was an Old Woman,” by Linda Money Jorgensen is one of more than two dozen local artworks on display at Gallery 92 West as part of the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs Selection Show during the month of April. Select works from this exhibit will go on to the statewide exhibition. (Chris Bristol, Fremont Tribune)

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.

Bristol2The 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.

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The Reception for the April Exhibits will be held Friday, April 8th from 5:00-7:00pm

Feb 29

March Art Exhibits- Hinds 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 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:

  • Problem Solving

  • Creativity

  • Observation

  • Communication

 

fps selectStudents 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

Kallan Reed, a First Grade student at Arlington Public School, is one of hundreds of area students who created posters for the Ag-Week poster contest, "How I see Nebraska agriculture." The posters are all on display at Gallery 92 West through the month of March. (Chris Bristol, Fremont Tribune)

Kallan Reed, a First Grade student at Arlington Public School, is one of hundreds of area students who created posters for the Ag-Week poster contest, “How I see Nebraska agriculture.” The posters are all on display at Gallery 92 West through the month of March. (Chris Bristol, Fremont Tribune)

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.

 

The Reception for the Ag Poster Exhibit will be held Saturday, March 19 from 1:00-3:00pm

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