about the exhibit
West Nebraska Arts Center, with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, is pleased to present Western Connections with exhibiting artists Barbara Barella, Marj Bisiar, Barbara Kuxhausen and Michele McDonald from Casper, WY in the Main Gallery.
Using form, design, and color, these four artists will showcase artwork in various types of mediums including; watercolor, mixed media, ceramics, acrylics, depicting nature’s beauty in landscapes, flowers, fruits, paper collages and abstracts.
There will be an opening reception on Thursday, February 28th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. we will serve hors d’ oeuvres and refreshments. Gallery receptions and exhibits are always free and open to the public and everyone is welcome. Western Connections art exhibit will run through Sunday, March 31st.
I love working with watercolors. There is such a light and translucent quality about the medium that just seems to work with whatever I envision. I some-times just get "caught up" in the moment and I am taken to a peaceful and serene place. There are also many times when I need to think in a more objective manner in order to obtain balance and design.
My inspiration comes from nature. The real challenge is to reproduce with clay what I sketch. Every piece I make is initiated with a walk, a trip, a conversation or a drawing—my surroundings, my friends, and my family. Clay is the medium I presently use and it is a constant challenge to create a useful and attractive vessel that is different than something you can buy in a department store. For this show, I have concentrated on creating and layering glazes, altered pots, and added articles to reflect my love of the West.
My collages feature handmade paper attached to watercolor paper or canvas enhance by; watercolor, acrylic, artifacts, rubbings, themes and messages. These are influenced by historical references that I piece together in my creative process. My goal is to compliment the naturally textured handmade paper with artist expression that is unique and aesthetically pleasing.
I work in watercolor and acrylic because of the instant results the medium allows It gives me the opportunity to develop a painting while the inspiration is still vivid and exciting. All around me I see vibrant color, intense shadows, value changes, unique form, and something I want to paint in an outlandish manner. Through my paintings, I strive to communicate my impressions of life. Copying nature is not important. The important aspect is the ability to instill my personality and viewpoint to make it a part of who I am.
A special thanks to volunteers Vic Bentley, Jan Durnin, Vicki Schmitt, Mary Hunt, Karen Mecklem, Judith Moore, Elaine Lebruska, and Cheryl Wilkinson for their assistance in the gallery. And thank you to the WNAC Board members and Questers for providing food for the opening reception.
The West Nebraska Arts Center is a 501c3 cultural non-profit organization committed to education, awareness and excellence in the arts, serving the North Platte Valley Region. WNAC is located at the corner of 1st Avenue and 18th Street in Scottsbluff, NE. Visit the gallery free of charge Tuesday through Friday 9 to 5, Weekends from 1 to 5. www.thewnac.com. find us on Facebook.
The West Nebraska Arts Center is a cultural non-profit organization committed to education, awareness and excellence in the arts, serving the North Platte Valley Region. WNAC is located at 106 East 18th Street in Scottsbluff, NE. Visit the Arts Center’s website, www.thewnac.com or find us on Facebook to learn more. The Nebraska Arts Council, a state agency, has supported this program through its matching grants program funded by the Nebraska Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Visit www.nebraskaartscouncil.org for information on how the Nebraska Arts Council can assist your organization, or how you can support the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.