June 7 – August 30
Reception: Thursday, June 14 | 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Always FREE and open to the public.
Dean Staberg is a retired battalion chief from the Lincoln Fire Department. He has responded to thousands of emergencies locally, regionally and nationally including Urban Search and Rescue missions to New York City, NY following the 9-11 terrorist attacks and New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. He experienced destruction of varying degrees for over 40 years. Dean believes his desire to create woodturning pieces is a result of his life’s work.
Staberg harvests the majority of his raw material from the forest surrounding his current home in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. He also rescues material, destined for the fireplace, from friends and neighbors wood piles in the mountains. Dean especially enjoys turning wood from trees that hold special memories for his customers. This allows the tree to live on in the form of functional bowls or displayed story starters.
Learn more about Dean and his craft! Watch for more details to come.
As an artist, I am still really trying to find my focus. I love realism just as much as I love abstraction. The focus involved with realism is extremely rewarding, however, the freedom of abstraction is profoundly liberating. I really enjoy taking ordinary objects and enhancing them so they take on a whole new life and meaning. I focus on texture, highlights and shadows. I enhance highlights more than you would see in the natural world, which gives my work more dynamic, visual effect and interest. The artist’s ability to create a visually interesting image is important, but I also feel like the content and meaning is just as important. While not all of my work has an underlying narrative, I try to provide content that makes the viewer question the image and make their own analysis. That, in my opinion, is what draws people to art, not just the aesthetic value but its ability to interact with the viewer both visually, emotionally, and psychologically. For me, if my work doesn’t make the viewer “think” then I haven’t properly done my job.
Kari Kollars is a graduate of WSC with a degree in studio arts. She is the daughter of Ken and JoAnn Woockman of Crofton Nebraska. Kari is now married to Jesse Kollars of Crofton, a special education teacher at the Randolph Public Elementary school. They have a three-year-old daughter, Mabel Rayne and a six-month-old son, Sullivan Hendrix. At a very young age, I took an interest in art. My earliest memory of attempting to create art involved me taking a long match that was used to light our fireplace fires and using the charred end to draw an image on the bricks. I had no knowledge of the art of charcoal drawings, but I was fascinated by my ability to smudge and manipulate the material. My love for charcoal continued throughout high school and I received many acknowledgments for my work. As I matured I discovered painting and really turned my focus in that direction. When I finally pursued an art degree at Wayne State College I discovered sculpture and felt as though I had finally found my calling. As a now 33-year-old wife and mother, I have started my own business that provides painting classes to children and adults. I have built a studio space in Randolph Nebraska called Mint Clover Art. I have decided to put all of my energy into my art career and my family. Because, now, is always a good time to begin following your dreams.
Join Kari for a special edition of NAC’s Second Saturdays as she leads a session about connecting emotions to art. Watch for more details to come.