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about the exhibit

West Nebraska Arts Center, with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, is pleased to present 2018 President’s Show – FIRE, an exciting collection of original artwork base on a theme. This year’s theme is “FIRE” and was chosen by Marvin Richard, WNAC Board President. A judged group show open to all media and artistic styles, participants are invited to submit original artwork that conveys an interpretation of the theme.

WNAC Board President, Marvin Richard, selected Grace Blower’s stained glass, Ignited by the Light of the Moon, for the President’s Choice award.

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Three other awards were chosen by this year’s judge, Grace Blowers. This year’s winners are Best of Show Jane Moran of Scottsbluff, NE, with her piece, Fireman Tom McCarthy, a portrait done in graphite,

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Honorable Mention award goes to Lusk, WY resident, Carla Stroh, for her acrylic piece titled, Two Year Old. The second Honorable Mention winner is The Shooter, digital photograph by Kimberly Sharples of Kimball, NE.
 

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The second Honorable Mention winner is The Shooter, digital photograph by Kimberly Sharples of Kimball, NE.

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Artists ages 18 and older have submitted artwork that conveys an interpretation of the theme. The exhibit opens Thursday, June 28th, with a reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., wine and hors d’oeuvres, will be served and everyone is welcome. This year’s exhibit is generously sponsored by G.A. Fliesbach Foundation and the Fliesbach Family Foundation.

“Congratulations to all the award winners as well as everyone who participated. We always look forward to the President’s Show and excited to see what the artist’s interpretation of the theme will be,” says WNAC Program Manager, Maria Lena Soto.

Grace Blowers lives in Loveland, Co and is a mosaic artist by trade. While taking a respite from years of cutting glass and tesserae, she stumbled upon the enchanting world of wire wrapping. The process is fascinating, and requires much skill and patience. The possibilities of the vast array of wrapping patterns are confined only by the limits of my imagination. she uses all rust and tarnish proof wire in many different gauges. she wrap stones, raku pottery and whatever “finds” intrigue me.

By trade, I was a therapist for seventeen years, and moonlighted as a firefighter and EMT for the last seven of those. Then I retired, to raise three boys, build a house nearly single-handedly, and run a successful kennel. Consecutive back surgeries finally stripped me from my ranch on the ridge, high on the Wyoming plains.

In 2004, my boys and I moved to Scottsbluff, Nebraska, where I began management of an apartment complex. And it was there, amidst the red bluffs of the panhandle, that I discovered the world of mosaics.

Though I had done leatherwork and paintings, large scale tile design and architectural work, nothing prepared me for the challenge, intensity and skill involved in doing mosaics. But I was drawn to the medium, and felt born to it immediately. 

A northern Minnesotan by birth, I traveled extensively as a child. The high country captured my spirit in my early twenties, and I have lived west of the Mississippi River for most of my adult life. I am 55, but feel ageless. My past draws from me visions of the lakes of Minnesota, the Pacific coast, and the mountains and sage plains of Wyoming. Coupled with years working with people, I find my pieces emerging with much vibrant color and personal passion, reminiscent of my life experiences.

After only five months of starting to create mosaics, I was offered a one woman show at the Nebraska Arts Center in Scottsbluff. The show ran during February, 2005. I have since done another show at the Nebraska Arts Center during November 2008 consisting of eighty pieces. My third solo exhibit opens in January 2014 with 130 pieces. Additionally my work is on display at Trimble Court Artisans, Fort Collins, Colorado. I currently reside with my husband in Loveland, Colorado.

2018 President’s Show:  can be viewed June 29th through July 29th. NOTE: WNAC will be closed Monday, July 2nd, through Wednesday, July 4th for the holiday. Visit the gallery Tuesday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Closed Mondays. Gallery admission is FREE and open to the public. 

special thanks

A special thanks to volunteers Vic Bentley, Vicki Schmitt, Jan Durnin, Mary Hunt, Michele Denton, Karen Mecklem, Doug Hoevet and Marvin Richard for their assistance in the gallery. And thank you to the WNAC Board of Directors & Questors for providing food for the opening reception.

about WNAC

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.

Sponsored by

G. A. Fliesbach Foundation
Fliesbach Family Foundation

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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.