Elevators, the castles of the plains, have a special fascination and as a result there are more than a few grain elevator pictures in both negative and digital form in his files. Like the cathedrals and castles of Europe, elevators change as the sun strikes pipes, stacks, guy wires and storage bins as the day goes by. This presents a changing view all of the time.
There is something about hanging art on a wall in your house. It reflects who you are, what you’re interested in, what you see as beautiful or provocative. It can hang there for a really long time, or just a while. It is part of the whole space. There’s furniture and rugs and books but when the art goes up, it makes the space come to life, it makes the soul. Appreciating and learning about visual art, and all the arts, can be a lifetime exploration. Living with art and seeking out art makes us all more interested and more interesting.
Rachel Brownlee is a self-taught artist from the Nebraska Sandhills. She attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha and later graduated with a degree in IT Innovation in 2015. She first began her artistic career in her teenage years when she began selling commission pieces of fine art. Her work is inspired by the harsh realism of life in the Sandhills and she seeks to show highly realistic details of that life. Much like her great-aunt Mari Sandoz, Rachel grew up working on her family’s ranch and saw the toll such work and such a life takes on the people of the Sandhills.
-FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION OF THE HERITAGE CENTER AT RED CLOUD INDIAN SCHOOL
Today, The Heritage Center offers a rare opportunity to view an outstanding collection of Native American fine arts and historical Lakota arts. It continues to serve its mission—first noted by Br. Simon so many decades ago—to collect, preserve and exhibit the fine arts and traditional arts of Native Americans. The Center concentrates on the fine arts of all Native Americans and the traditional arts of the Lakota, and promotes the arts to bring a greater appreciation of their cultures.
-FROM THE COLLECTION OF BRIAN PLANK
Zylla aspired to become a nationally and internationally renowned visual artist. Declaring himself mostly self-taught, Zylla’s unique style caught on with thousands. As his career blossomed, Zylla’s work caught the attention of Brown & Bigelow, one of the world’s largest suppliers of promotional products . He was commissioned by B & B to produce 12 original prints per year for that company’s calendars, and next to the iconic Norman Rockwell, Zylla became the most used artist for their calendars worldwide during the past decade.
These people, at perhaps the most fragile moment in their lives, never waiver from the daily challenges of the issues created by physical and/or mental detriments. They allowed themselves to be captured and put on display, proudly and without fear of ridicule, accepting where they are in their lives and teaching the rest of us how to do the same.
-MARIA LENA MEDINA
I collage them on canvas, notebooks, and other substrates. Collaging to me is like painting with paper. I drip, splatter, spray and use bold strokes of paint. I paint bold, exhilarating, jubilant, funky and eclectic art. I create layers of color, symbols, patterns, handwriting, scribbling, words and doodles. I use my handwriting as a way of self-expression, in a form of a favorite song, or my deepest thoughts. I outline shapes I see and scribble using black or white to give it more depth. Then the painting emerges. I create mixed media and abstract paintings, collages, one of a kind artist books/journals and notebooks.
-JUDGED AND JURIED EXHIBITION
The Anniversary Show features works from artists within Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, and South Dakota. The pieces entered first go through a juried selection process and once the final pieces are selected for the show they are judged and awarded ribbons based on their media category
Rapid City, SD artists Bryan and Molina Parker. Bryan's work consists of pop art imagery, often times referencing traditional Native American icons with a modern spin. The works often carry a touch of subtle humor. Molina's work displays incredible detailed hand-made jewelry with intircately created images of flowers, instects, animals, and patterned pieces.
I explore my own lived experiences and my body's interaction with space as
subject matter for my biogrammatic work, in which I seek to give physical presence to my own ethereal encounters with the external world via lived diamgrams. My biograms are records of the lived moment, of specific periods of time and particiular spaces of my own life. They consider how I move through and between familiar spaces.
I create hand worked embroidery which is often referred to as “women’s work”. But “women’s work” has a lot to offer and a lot of power. From days past of weaving spells to present advances in fabrics that can harbor sweat or provide warmth independent of the sun, the presence of fabric as a protector, of what can and can not be shown all these topics inform a diaglogue persistent in fibers work.
By looking at her pieces, one can easily see how this interest for honoring the old, the discarded and the forgotten translate into her work. She sees the value in the "little things”. Her whimsical pieces breathe new life into old photos, buttons, jewelry, trinkets, and even doll heads. Through her creative process, broken and fragmented pieces become whole and go on to tell a new story of their own.
These documentary styled paintings are all done with the assistance of those portrayed coordinating their own photo shoots and celebrating their vocations or hobbies. Together we work on how the portrait should be handled. Each participant writes his or her own biography and ends it with a positive note for all of us to ponder and live by! Please view the entire collection at: http://www.facebook.com/ManyFacesNF
-PRISCILLA SANDOZ AND TOM SAMSON
Priscilla Sandoz of Gering, NE and a native of Alliance, NE. Her work consists of brightly colored oil paintings that fracture realistic subject matter, the result of which strongly references cubism and impressionistic movements. Her works cover a broad range of subject matter, everything from common household items, to local buildings in Alliance, Scottsbluff, and Gering, to images of the plains.Priscilla’s pieces lend a new perspective to traditional still lifes and western subject matter.
Tom Samson lives in Minatare, NE and began his career in art as a wood worker, creating detailed carvings of animal wild
life. Tom does a few carvings now but mainly works in scratchboard. As opposed to building up an image by drawing on paper, the surface you start with in scratchboard is completely black. You have to take away from the surface by scraping off the black reveal your subject. Tom’s subject matter revolves around plains scenery and plains wildlife.
-SPENSER ALBERSTON FROM KANSAS CITY, MO
Spenser Albertsen has always had a fascination and love of painting as well as a considerable capacity for the form. He has often experimented in different mediums from artistic sound design and compositions, digital performance arts pieces to illustration and small-scale mixed media works. His main passion is in medium - large-scale oil paintings. The subject matter is a minimalistic composition juxtaposed with stylized, expressionistic portraiture. Spenser attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and graduated in 2011 with a major in Studio Fine Arts with a secondary emphasis in Graphic Design. He currently resides in Kansas City, MO.
-IMPACT ARTISTS OF NEBRASKA
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.
WNCC Art Instructor.
Over the years, I’ve explored many themes and subjects, including landscape, cityscape, still life, and figure, in a variety of media. I’ve been interested in responding to situations and issues life present to us in a more symbolic way.
My ever-present interest in the human figure, human character, and state of mind is given a wide playing field in these more abstract works. I often use the human figure and patterns as a metaphor for an emotional state or a personification of different character traits.
This exhibit is a visual documentary of the artist's grandparents Grace and Carl. The images depict their story as wife takes on the role of caretaker for her husband who suffers from dementia. It is not only a testament to the resilliance and strength of Grace, but to the love and dedication of a couple in the last stage of their lives.
"Bridges: Sharing our Past to Enrich Our Future"
Endorsed by the Nebraska 150 Commission as a “Signature Event,” Hildegard Center for the Arts, in collaboration with the Nebraska Tourism Commission and the Nebraska State Historical Society, issued a call to both amateur and professional photographers to capture images of historic sites or hidden treasures from all 93 Nebraska counties. Photographers were invited to share photos of community or personal significance to tell Nebraska’s story. Over 800 photo submissions were received!
"Horses N' Hills; Visions of Western, NE"
-Rick Yusten & Joan Buckles
Rick Yusten Bio:
Rick's paintings are currently displayed at the Prairie Edge Art Gallery in Rapid City, South Dakota. He resides in Gordon, Nebraska, where he has a studio.
Joan Buckles Bio:
Joan Buckles has always been inspired by “The Horse,” from the time she was a first grader and saw the photo of “The Horse Fair” by Rosa Bonheur. Her husband, Buck, used saddle horses and work horses, daily, giving her an opportunity to use her camera to capture many future paintings. Her work can be viewed at The Italian Inn and The Chamber of Commerce store in Gordon, NE.
"The Backroads in Pixel & Paint"
- Beth & Gary Cole
Gary Cole: Someone once said, "I need to take photographs because I could never explain how beautiful something is with words." Pictures truly are worth a thousand words. I think it is important to take photographs that include the human element, to touch one's emotion in some way.
I paint from life and photographs I take on my drives across Nebraska. Once I find a scene or a photograph I want to paint, I create a small thumbnail sketch using simple shapes and values. I always try to remember why I love the scene I am painting and try to bring the mod and atmosphere into it.
"24th Anniversary Show"
-Judged and Jurried Exhibition
Carnegie’s 24th annual Anniversary Show. We call out to Artists from all over to enter their work of various media, concepts, and subject matter. The exhibit included 45 artists and 100 pieces of work. All media and age groups are represented, with amateurs and professionals alike. This show is selected through a jury process, then once hung was judged and ribbons were awarded.
The subject of my work contains variations on the theme of ecotone, the area where two communities meet and integrate. Traditionally, the term refers to ecological communities, such as the zone where the plains and desert meet the rainforest and the biodiversity that occurs there. Yet it can also refer the zone where “nature” and “culture” intersect—where city meets the preexisting natural environment and the tension resulting from this intersection. It may also refer to a metaphorical overlapping of narrative and place.
The stark contrast of cut paper is reflective of the investigation of physical, ecological and cultural boundaries. The stories and fables I select are narratives that ultimately attempt to destabilize the modern notion of an unbridgeable boundary between ‘human’ and ‘animal’. I continue to investigate and describe the conflict between human and animal, hoping to reveal what animals teach us about our humanity.
Ricki Klages has been an exhibiting artist since 1984. Her paintings have been exhibited both nationally and internationally, She has received many awards in Juried exhibitions, and has been published in the International Painting Annual, through Manifest Gallery and Drawing Center four times.
Ricki started teaching at the University of Wyoming in the Department of Art in 1995. She returned to the University with her husband and two children after an extended three year leave of absence in northern Italy in the Lake District at the foothills of the Alps. It was there that she learned the Italian arts of drinking fine wine, eating great food and relaxation. She has been the Head of the Department of Art and Professor of Painting at the University of Wyoming for eleven years.
My medium is pastels – colored pencils and colored inks combined. The subjects that I’m drawn to are the innocence of youth, the life stories in an old face and the movement and majesty in nature. I also mat my own work and make my own frames out of recycled materials. I customize my frames to enhance the subject in my drawings.
The Valentine Sand Painters Guild
Featured in the upstairs galleries we have 16 talented artists from the Valentine Sand Painters. The Sand Painters Art Club is an organization open to all persons interested in the creation and or promotion of the visual arts. With emphasis in the North Central Nebraska and south Central South Dakota area. It was formed in 1965 by Veronica Heelan, Betty Kime and Alice Cumbow and is a charter member of the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs.
I am inspired by nature, typography and surrealism. After I studied Fine Arts at The University of Lincoln-Nebraska. I moved back to my hometown in Western Nebraska to be closer to my family. Back home I was able to set up a studio and get back to painting, drawing and photographing.
"West of the Heartland"
David Dorsey, Mary Hunt, and Michelle Denton
Three people with similar roots grounded in faith, family values, a strong work ethic and an artistic nature that could not be denied. Those values come through in diverse ways in the work of Michele Denton, David Dorsey, and Mary B. Hunt.
"Association of Nebraska
The Association of Nebraska Art Clubs is unique in that it is the only club in the United States that supports all the art clubs in the state. We host a conference every year where we invite a nationally known artist to judge work from all over the state. The top 25 pieces travel the state, displayed throughout the year.
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-JANICE & ARCHIE LAWRENCE
-BOX BUTTE GENERAL HOSPITAL
Carnegie Arts Center
204 W 4th St
Alliance NE 69301
WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE NEBRASKA ARTS COUNCIL AND THE NEBRASKA CULTURAL ENDOWMENT