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*.


 *: 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

Jul 10

July Art Exhibits- Tracy Gallery: Annual All Members Show

All Members Assemble!

July is a month filled with celebrations that include our country’s Independence and a festival honoring John C. Fremont. The Fremont Area Art Association also celebrates who we are and the wonderful things that happen at Gallery 92 West by showcasing the creativity and artwork of our membership.

All members are invited to submit two pieces to display in our All-Member Show. Once again, we’ve outdone ourselves! The Tracy Gallery is delightfully filled with an entertaining mix of subjects, styles and media. What better testament to our mission?! You might see something that was made in one of our classes or a veteran artist’s award winning creation. You may discover an unknown talent connected to a familiar name and face! Come see what your friends have created! AND… for those who are still unsure of your artistic abilities, this is your gentle encouragement… Next Year! (Also look ahead on our Events Calender for fun opportunities to get started at our “Try it Tuesdays”)

Plan to attend our July 14th Artists’ Reception, during John C. Fremont Days. Get out of the heat, enjoy  some refreshments and recharge with the energy of art!


Hinds Gallery: Jay Allen Michelsen

Gallery 92 is happy to announce Jay Allen Michelsen’s paintings will be featured in the Hinds Gallery this July. Michelsen was born and raised in Fremont. Michelsen’s frist art teacher was his mother, a gifted artist herself. Jay’s list of art teachers also includes our very own member, Barb Tellatin. Michelsen recalls Barb helped him refine his drawing skills and introduced him to other art media. Growing up, art made Michelsen feel included and successful.

Jay later joined the US Navy and continued creating. He worked on art ventures for various Naval bases including murals and flag designs. He even worked on portraits of other sailors’ girlfriends.

In 1982 Michelsen began pursuing his BA in Fine Arts at the University of Nebraska Omaha. His focus at UNO was primarily drawing and art History. Jay worked as a probation officer in Omaha before moving to Texas to pursue his dream of attending law school.

Jay now lives and works in Hastings as a public defender with his wife, Karol Ann. Together they enjoy creating and helping one another with ideas and projects. Jay and Karol Ann find inspiration in their love of art and each other. As Jay put it, “It’s a beautiful life.”


LOFT ARTISTS FOR JULY: Jason and Meredith Schleicher (Mixed Media)

The Reception for the July Exhibits will be held Friday, July 14th from 5:00-7:00pm

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

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