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Color is center focus in Norfolk Arts Center’s winter exhibitions



Artist Engagement: Playing With Pastels: Thursday, November 9 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. 
Free Opening Reception: Thursday, November 9 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  


In celebration of the turn into the holiday season, the Norfolk Arts Center is excited to announce two artists whose play with color is sure to impress: Holly Ann Schenk “Connecting The Dots” and Sharon T. Ohmberger “There and Back Again.” Work will be on display November 2 – December 28 with a free opening reception held on Thursday, November 9 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. During which the public can mingle with the artists and listen to them speak about themselves and their work. The NAC invites all to attend. Snacks and refreshments will be provided by the NAC Ladies Guild. Jeff Hoffman will provide reception music. 

Another highlight of the exhibition will be Holly Ann Schenk’s artist engagement held just prior to the reception on Thursday, November 9 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. During the class, “Playing with Pastels” Schenk will demonstrate techniques using pastels and students will work from photo reference to create artwork. All skill levels are welcome. The workshop is $75 and parties can sign up by calling NAC at 402.371.7199 or via the website: norfolkartscenter.org 

Holly Ann Schenk

“This is truly one of the best exhibition pairs we’ve had in a long time,” comments Assistant Director, Denice Hansen. “Both artists use color and texture in such fascinating ways that perfectly play off of one another. Sharon Ohmberger’s unique vessel shapes of pottery are whimsical and intriguing and Holly Ann Schenk’s brilliant color combinations and extremely detailed paintings are sure to draw you in. These are two great examples of current art and it doesn’t take a degree in Fine Art to recognize or appreciate that.” 

Gallery artist, Holly Ann Schenk grew up in Battle Creek, NE and has both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Arts Education as well as a history of working for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, KS. While she enjoys both objective and non-objective, traditional and non-traditional work, color is always a central focus. Schenk loves looking at the world and seeing the amazing array of colors and shapes. “It’s fun to see the relationships that surround us every day, and then to share that vision through my artwork,” comments Schenk. “I can’t imagine not being able to express myself through my art; it’s an integral part of my life. And, being able to give the viewer a bit of joy in the process is more than just an added extra!” 

Sharon T. Ohmberger

Sharon T. Ohmber is also a Nebraska native who has been working in clay since 1993. Hand-built pottery satisfies her need to create things expressive of both beauty and potential utility; as such the medium allows her to remain true to both her own expressive desires and her practical rural background. Her most basic personal requirement for her work is that she continue to enjoy making it, as she believes good art and fine craft pieces carry the energy of their maker. 

Admission to the NAC gallery is free. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.