West Nebraska Arts Center, with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Vince & Vicki Bjorling are pleased to present Fire & Water by Rod Clause of Scottsbluff and Jerry Hartline of Mitchell in the Main Gallery. This display of art will feature watercolors, ceramics, paintings and other mediums.
There will be an opening reception on Thursday, August 1st from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. We will serve wine and hors d’ oeuvres. Gallery receptions and exhibits are always free and open to the public. This art exhibition will run through Sunday, September 1st.
Rod Clause – Biography – Artist Statement
Clause’s work involves explosions of colors and textures. He combs through organic, geomantic and abstract elements to help create a unique piece of art. His formal Education includes BA in Studio Art, BS in Art Education and MFA in Sculpture. A lot of his “education” came from working in Bronze foundries and being an Artist every day of his life. Rodney was a professor of art at Chadron State College and since then, continues to teach at WNAC for the After School Art Program. Clause also owns, operates and teaches ceramic classes at Der Topfer Gallery and Studio located in Scottsbluff.
Jerry Hartline – Biography – Artist Statement
“I like most forms of artistic expression. Through the years I have tried may mediums of art an chose transparent watercolors as my preferred medium. When I was 50 years old, I concentrated on developing the skills I had been blessed with and found a wonderful teacher, Nancy Fortunato (Transparent Watercolor of America Master – President Emeritus), while living outside of Chicago. I studied with her for six years. Even though my career as an Automation Engineer was very enjoyable, I have always loved watercolor. I have done watercolor paintings for 20 years and am now retired. I am ready for a new chapter in my life. This chapter will concentrate on developing my watercolor talent. I am a traditional watercolorist and I try to paint the beautiful things that interest me: barns, lighthouses, classic architecture, landscape, animals, birds, and antique cars. I hope to paint watercolors for many years to come,” says Hartline.
A special thanks to volunteers Vic Bentley, Vicki Schmitt, Jan Durnin, Mary Hunt, Michele Denton, and Karen Mecklem, for their assistance in the gallery. And thank you to the North Platte Valley Artist Guild, Sheila Miller and friends for providing food for the opening reception.
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