EXHIBITING JULY 3- AUG 11
-IMPACT ARTISTS OF NE (25 NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED NE ARTISTS)
In Nebraska the sky is always prevalent. Mysterious, enchantingly beautiful, and at times foreboding, it is inescapably entwined into the fabric of our daily lives. What might you see when you look into the sky?
Impact is a non-profit Nebraska visual arts organization. It was founded in 1985 with a mission to educate through outreach programs and exhibitions. From its inception, Impact has been recognized for its record of professionalism and creative expression.
Member artists work in a broad range of disciplines, styles, and directions. Membership is limited to twenty-five Nebraska artists, nationally recognized within their respective artistic disciplines. Artists are elected through an independent jury. Each member is committed to four years, participating in all programs, exhibitions, and meetings. Many of the founding members continue to be a part of the organization, a testament to their level of commitment and perhaps a persuasive reason the organization continues to enjoy success. Impact offers four to five major exhibition packages which rotate periodically. Each follows a thematic direction. The focus is a topic or issue stemming from a Nebraska or mid plains regional source but having a national appeal. Past exhibitions have been shown in large and small venues, regionally and nationally. Impact continues a record of consistently innovative exhibitions which generate interest as well as provide quality educational experience.
EXHIBITING JULY 17- SEP 1
ARTIST OF OMAHA, NE
STARTING OUT DOING SHOWS AT THE LOVE JAZZ TO NOW HAVING HIS PAINTINGS HUNG IN LOLO'S CHICKEN & WAFFLES, HUGO'S ART GALLERY AS WELL AS 3 DIFFERENT GALLERIES IN COLORADO - MEET THE "YOU DREAM IT, I'LL PAINT IT" ARTIST AND OWNER OF STUEY DUMB ART SHOP, RICKY POWELL.
RICKY HAD BEEN INVOLVED WITH ART SINCE THE AGE OF 4, BUT PICKED UP A PAINT BRUSH FOR THE FIRST TIME ONLY 2 YEARS AGO. BEFORE JULY 13, 2016, HE HAD NEVER DONE ANY PAINTING.
IN FEBRUARY 2017, RICKY GAVE HIS TWO WEEKS NOTICE TO THE COMPANY HE'D BE WORKING FOR AT THE TIME AND AS OF MARCH 2017, HE'S BEEN WORKING FOR HIMSELF EVER SINCE.
PR: What set me on my path is my Pastor's wife, Loretta Collins, telling me I should work for my self about 3 years ago. July 6, 2017, I met famous abstract artist, Cecil Bernard, who told me I was dope at my craft. I specialized in portraits and I was big into Prisma colors - expensive colored pencils like pastel without the mess. He told me, if I would start painting I will sell more work. Until then I hadn't been into painting, my high school art teacher had been trying to get me to paint for years. I took in what he said and I heard God tell me, 'why don't you try it', went to Youtube and taught myself how to paint. The rest is history.
IN 2017, HIS FIRST FULL YEAR OF PAINTING, RICKY SOLD 104 ORIGINAL PAINTINGS AND 5 PRINTS. HE IS CURRENTLY WORKING ON HIS SECOND CLIENT OF THIS YEAR.
“From portraits to abstract to everything in between, I can do it. You dream it, I’ll paint it.” RICKY WAS RECENTLY SIGNED IN NOVEMBER TO A BIG ART GALLERY IN DOWNTOWN DENVER CALLED THE INCREDIBLE ART GALLERY. LAST NOVEMBER, HE ALSO PARTICIPATED IN A SHOW FOR THE CK COMIC COLLECTIVE IN MADISON SPRINGS, A SHOW THAT GARNERED HIM THE ATTENTION TO SHOWCASE IN THE GALAXY FEST FEBRUARY 9-11. THE GALAXY FEST IS SIMILAR TO A COMICON, USUALLY HOLDING AN AUDIENCE OF 4,000+ PEOPLE, BECOMING THE BIGGEST EVENT OF RICKY'S CAREER TO DATE. COMING IN APRIL, HE HAS 3 DIFFERENT SHOWS IN COLORADO, ONE SPANNING A FULL MONTH AT COTTONWOOD ART GALLERY IN COLORADO SPRINGS. "THERE WERE A LOT OF UPS AND DOWNS FOR ME, BUT I PUT GOD FIRST AND HE OPENED DOORS FOR ME." Don't give up. Whatever you love to do, whether it's the arts or other, find out what you love to do and make it a career. Whatever you would do everyday for free, make it a career. I was doing art everyday for free and now I get paid for it. Put God first and nothing can stop you. I am just a vessel and he creates through me. Without him I am nothing. With him, I am everything.
To check out more art from Ricky as well as events that he has coming up, stay updated with his Facebook page.
Tuesday Through Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS
ALLIANCE TRACTOR AND IMPLEMENT
Carnegie Arts Center
204 W 4th St
Alliance NE 69301
WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE NEBRASKA ARTS COUNCIL AND THE NEBRASKA CULTURAL ENDOWMENT