Jan 02

January Art Exhibits- Tracy Gallery: French Impressionism

Edouard Cortès and Antoine Blanchard

This month, we are pleased to present a rare treat—a selection of
French Impressionist paintings on loan to us from a private collection.
The majority of this exhibit features the work of two contemporaries,
Edouard Cortès and Antoine Blanchard. Both artists painted many
scenes of Paris in all its glory.

For most of the late 19th and early 20th centuries Paris was the
bustling heart of the art world, a thriving metropolis teeming with ideas
and innovation that drew collectors and artists from all corners of the
globe. Edouard Cortès was a French post-impressionist artist known as
“the Parisian Poet of Painting” because of his diverse Paris cityscapes in
a variety of weather and night settings.

Cortès was born in 1882, in Lagny-sur- Marne, about twenty miles
east of Paris. His father had been a painter for the Spanish Royal Court.
At the age of 17, Edouard began his studies at the École des Beaux-Arts
in Paris. His first exhibition in 1901 brought him immediate recognition.
Edouard Cortès became the city’s lyrical recorder, capturing the delicate
intonations of its light, the fickleness of its weather, the passing seasons,
its market stalls, and crowded streets with Impressionistic delicacy. He
was a prolific painter who found, in the many visitors to the city, a huge
demand for his work.

By the 1950s his works still showed horse-drawn carriages and
styles of clothing long-vanished from the real streets of Paris. When
asked why, he stated that he wished simply to halt history at 1939,
before the trauma of the Second World War changed Paris irrevocably.
Life is there, under his brush, in the shadow of the historical heritage
whose monuments stand out as symbols.

Antoine Blanchard is the pseudonym under which the French
painter Marcel Masson painted his immensely popular Parisian street
scenes. He was born in a small village near the banks of the Loire and at
age 22, moved to Paris to join the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He won the
coveted Prix de Rome.

Like Cortès, Antoine Blanchard essentially painted Paris and the
Parisians in bygone days, often from vintage post cards. He painted the
same Paris landmark many times, in different weather conditions or
various seasons. The most recurrent topics were views of the capital city
on cloudy or rainy days, showing streets busy with pedestrians in a rush
to go home, and bright storefronts reflecting on wet streets. Many of the
subjects and scenes he portrayed were taken from images he collected of
Paris during the 1890’s.

One Art Historian said his works “are a marvelous invitation to an
ideal walk through old Paris, so different from that of to-day. Although a
large number of historical monuments remain, today’s Paris has little in
common with Paris at the turn of the century; In his paintings, Blanchard
invites us to relive this period by showing us pleasant strolls along
embankments, squares and boulevards at a period in Parisian life when
time did not count, when one had all one’s time to idle, to stroll along the
streets, to window-shop, to walk quietly along the boulevards or spend
the afternoon in a sidewalk café.”

Like his contemporary, Édouard Cortès, Blanchard devoted his
artistic career to the depiction of Paris through all its daily and seasonal
changes. He was not an imitator of Cortes, but rather depicted the life of
Paris at the turn of the century from his own point of view and with his
own, unique style.

Please join us for this once in a lifetime opportunity to view these
exquisite French paintings on exhibit through January 29th.

Take a virtual stroll through the Bell Epoque– turn of the century Paris, at the
Opening Reception on Friday, January 6 from 5:00-7:00p.m

Hinds Gallery: Fremont Public Schools Elementary Art

What happens when the Fremont Public Schools Art Specialists
enter the kindergarten through 4th grade classrooms in our
elementary schools?

Wonderful things!

Early exposure to the fine arts (including visual arts and
performing arts programs) promotes healthy activity in the brain.
In the elementary years, children begin to develop important
aspects of self-concept. At this age, they begin to make social
comparisons. These comparisons help them to understand who
they are and their place in the world.

Through art courses students are encouraged to communicate
their thoughts and ideas in a way that is clear and representative
of their personal ideals and beliefs. Participating in Art activities
helps students to gain the tools necessary for understanding
human experience, develops tolerance and respect for others’
ways of working and thinking, and the refines of creative problem-
solving skills.

The kids learn about artists, the Elements of Art (space, line,
shape, form, color, value and texture); they learn about different
media and techniques. They are able to express themselves in
ways no other school subject allows.

Fremont Public Schools Art Specialists Julie Bristol, Jesse Kiefer
and Jenny Trapp enter the classrooms, inspiring wonderful works
of art. This select show is representative of work created daily in
the elementary schools of FPS. Stop by to view the young artists’
work – there is nothing else quite as insightful, and full of the
personality of the children.

It’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face!

Please join us for an Artists’ reception for the January Gallery Shows  it will be held FRIDAY, January 6th, from 5-7 p.m.

Nov 29

December Art Exhibits- Hinds Gallery: Barb Gallaher & Darlys Vande Voort (Dar)

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Barb Gallaher received her BFA, majoring in Jewelry and Silversmithing, from the University of Kansas in 1979.  She incorporates materials in combinations of gold, silver, copper, and various precious gemstones, utilizing many silversmith techniques into the creation of her jewelry, such as forging, repousse, chasing, and casting.  Gallaher’s work varies in style of Modern, Art Nouveau and Organic in Nature.  “I am always striving for balance in my designs, and it is important to me that I magnify God in the work I do, for which He truly gave me the gift of design.”


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Darlys Vande Voort (Dar) is originally from Pella, Iowa and has been in the area for 20 years. She works from her home studio in Council Bluffs, IA, and from Studio #215 at the Hot Shops Art Center in Omaha. She is also a member of the Artist’s Cooperative Gallery in the Omaha’s Old Market. Dar has always been involved in the arts by teaching private lessons, group workshops, in schools, and in art therapy classes for special needs clientele. She enjoys participating in public art projects, and has several large sculptures displayed across the country. VandeVoort specializes in portraiture, and periodically incorporates puzzle pieces into her work.

Bristol Gallery: Kathryn Schroeder

Kathryn Schroeder is a ceramic artist and teacher who creates pottery designed to bring joy, reflection, and ingenuity to daily routines and domestic spaces. She is currently enrolled in the MN NICE program at the Northern Clay Center and earned a BFA from The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She was born and raised in Omaha, NE and grew up in the heartland, valuing things smartly made by hand.

“I overlay functional forms with surfaces designed to symbolize our changing social landscape. The interaction of different color clays, glazes, and terra sigilatta is critical to the tone of my work. Terra sigilatta harkens back to limited technology that makes clever use of simple, available materials. I repurpose the trimmings of different clay bodies into terra sigilatta, just as a quilter repurposes family fabrics into a new quilt. Overlapping these, using resists, creates shapes with sharp edges that have tension, and shows the layers of clays dissolving into glazes demonstrating release. I hope that my work will remind people to open up and reflect about what is happening around us, as good pottery always speaks about people and place.”

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Please join us for an Artists’ reception for the December Gallery Shows  will be FRIDAY, December 9th, from 5-7 p.m.

Nov 02

November Art Exhibits- Hinds Gallery: Kris and Harvey Harrington (Photography)

Imagination Transformed: An Essay in Photography- A Journey in Poetry


trandscention-master_edited-3Kris and Harvey Harrington express their photographic essay through the lens of a large format film camera because of its unlimited color palette and expansive densities. Their photography transcends documenting a scene at a given moment in time. It is an art form in photographic storytelling without entering the genre of fantasized photography available in common software packages.

Each photograph is accompanied with a short journey in poetry to share the emotion the Harringtons felt at the time each photograph was taken. It is a combination of story and photograph that completes their artistry.

rain-forest-mapleThe Harringtons have owned galleries in the western United States and have sold their photography  throughout the United States and many foreign countries. Their national park posters have been enjoyed by thousands of visitors for many years.

Imagination Transformed: An Essay in Photography— A Journey in Poetry will be featured in the Hinds Gallery through November 30th. Please join us for an Artist’s Reception on Friday, November 4th from 5-7pm.
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Bristol Gallery: Fremont High School (Select Work)

Loft Artist: Chrissy Shefferd (Photographs)

Please join us for an Artists’ reception for the November Gallery Shows  will be FRIDAY, November 4th, from 5-7 p.m.

Oct 02

October Art Exhibits- Hinds Gallery: Sandy Fisher (Fiber Arts)

Sandy Fisher: What I See


fisher3rSandy Fisher has been a professional weaver for well over 30 years. Her interest in weaving began when she first touched a piece of yarn realizing that with her hands she could create something very beautiful.

 She was first introduced to weaving while in college at Chico State University in the late 1970’s where Sandy Fisher then earned a BA degree in Art with an emphasis in weaving. “I knew I needed to learn more…and in 1980 I went to Turriff, Scotland to study under David Gurney of Russell Gurney Weavers.” Her time in Scotland only strengthened the desire to learn and create. Fisher was on a new path—one she is still exploring today!

 Fisher explained that she has woven bolts of fabric; created a line of woven and knitted sweaters; found a large niche in handwovens for the interior: table runners, placemats, and wall hangings; and created a whole line of hand bags. Her work has been shown and sold throughout the US and internationally in Europe and Japan. Gallery 92 West is proud to present a retrospective of Sandy Fisher’s woven collection!

fisher-3Fisher is currently an Associate Faculty member at Butte College in Chico, CA, teaching Textile Arts in addition to running her business under the name of Sandy Fisher Woven. She has also created a community wide project called Organizing for Fiber: The Linen Project to establish a Flax industry in Northern California.

Continually experimenting, Fisher is now exploring Natural dye plants to create color in her latest weavings. Some of this new work will make its debut here in Fremont! Please join us in welcoming internationally acclaimed weaver, Sandy Fisher, at an Artist’s Reception on Friday, October 7 from 5-7pm.

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Bristol Gallery: Marcia Musson (Watercolors)

Watercolors by local artist, Marcia Musson, will be featured in the Bristol Gallery during October.

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

Sep 01

September Art Exhibits- Hinds Gallery: Ken Shuster Photography

Ken Shuster: What I See

shuster2Fremont photographer, Ken Shuster, has toted a camera around off and on for over 40 years. Self-taught, he began “like anyone else who has a camera…” by taking snapshots of family, kids, and events. While his first camera was a 35mm all-Manual Nikon, Ken also had the same cameras you did: the 110 Instamatic, the cameras with the bulb pack on top, Polaroids, disposables. He insists, though, that the secret to a great photograph is “What you See; NOT what you Use!”

When he grew tired of snapshots, and wanted images that were more sophisticated, he began to study. He read a lot of photography books, and even his cameras’ user’s manuals—most of which are never opened!—and visited countless galleries to study the masters. He looked at Composition. He looked at Presentation. Most importantly, he Looked. And then, he Practiced!

As a conductor for Union Pacific Railroad, he learned to take photos out the window while traveling at great speeds. He learned what worked, and what didn’t. He experimented.

He learned to really look at whatever he is shooting. If it happens to be people, he feels it is important to know them—to make a connection. Only then is he able to capture the true image of the subject. If the subject is out in nature, Ken is willing to put in the time—hours of waiting, sitting in mud, cold, heat…all to get the proverbial perfect shot. Ken developed his Artist’s Eye by sifting through thousands of images and finding the few that made him pause. He forever asks the question, “What caught my attention?” When he looks around through the lens, he doesn’t necessarily show us the whole scene we’d take in if we were out there with him. Ken uses the camera to show the viewer exactly what Ken wants him to see. “I show MY picture.”

Focused mainly on nature, Ken does shoot the occasional wedding, portrait, architecture, or home photos for realtors. His approach remains the same. Find the eye-catching moment, the pure emotion, and the interesting space. Eventually, he says, “you just see it—it just Pops.” That’s when you press the shutter!

shuster1Occasionally, Ken ventures toward the more abstract, claiming, “That’s just fun stuff!” He asks, “What If?” “What if I just did this…or what if I tried that…” and begins to explore the possibilities. All the while, he’s prepared to find the extraordinary in the everyday. On the day of this interview, Ken had three cameras with him…one with a telephoto lens, one with a macro, and a “point and shoot” with a super zoom and a wide angle… Just in case. “Always!” he said.

Ken Shuster’s photographs are featured in the Hinds Gallery this month, and he’s offering an informal class on Sunday the 18th. Along with his hundreds of followers around the world, you can also find Ken’s work on 500px and Flickr. Please join us for an Artists’ Reception on Friday, September 9, from 5-7pm.

Dia de los Muertos in Textile

muertos1Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday, celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in many cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.

     In most regions, the celebration takes place in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saint’s Day, November 1 (Dia de los Innocents, honoring infants and children), and All Souls’ Day, November 2 (Dia de los Muertos, honoring deceased adults). It is a time of celebration of the lives of the departed. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private and public altars (ofrendas-offerings) honoring the deceased using photographs, religious objects, sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed. Visiting graves of the friends and family and leaving gifts is part of the remembrance.

Dia de los Muertos art is colorful and vibrant. Brightly colored skulls and dancing, laughing skeletons are used in creating the art. The art is alive in contrast with the somberness of death. Those who celebrate Dia de los Muertos remember their deceased loved ones and celebrate their lives in color, shapes and dancing. The art, whether painting, drawing, sculpture, or fabric can take many shapes. Sugar skulls with colorful designs can be replicated in fabric or other media. Pan de Muertos (Mexican bread of the Dia de los Muertos) can be shaped into skeletons or other figures. Papel picado can be painstakingly cut into paper or fabric to form banners or folk art. Happy memories come alive in the many media of art.


Please join us for an Artists’ reception for the September Gallery Shows  will be FRIDAY, September 9th, from 5-7 p.m.

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