March 3 – April 7, 2018
Reception: Saturday, March 3 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Always FREE and open to the public
March is National Arts Education Month. To celebrate, each year the Norfolk Arts Center welcomes Norfolk Public, parochial, and home school students to display their work for the enjoyment of the entire community. Families and friends come back year after year to proudly view their budding artist’s accomplishments. New this year is the extension of the show’s duration. The NAC strives to represent all practicing young artists in the area. For more information on this exhibition and ways to participate, please contact NAC.
Continuing to build from last year, faculty artwork will also be on display. Participating art teachers are encouraged to bring their own work, in addition to their students’ artwork, and demonstrate their accomplishments to the next generation of artists.
Christ Lutheran School
Sacred Heart Elementary
Norfolk Catholic High School
St. Paul’s Lutheran School
Norfolk Public Schools
Norfolk Area Home Schools
January 4 – February 22, 2018
Reception: Thursday, January 4 • 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Refreshments provided by NAC Ladies Guild
Portraits have always had a powerful grasp on my imagination. It is the idea of duration – or earthly immortality – that gives such a mysterious interest to the painted portrait. Studying the history of portraiture techniques has allowed me the ability to begin to integrate those concepts into relevant contemporary narratives.
My son Henry’s diagnosis has been the motivation behind my series of portraits “Many Faces of Neurofibromatosis (NF)”. Through this series of paintings, I am the conduit, transforming genetic complications into something secondary and portraying the individual personalities first. Using social media as a connection, I hope to raise funds, educate, and ideally find a cure for NF.
To watch Rachel’s Artist Talk, please follow this link:
Rachel Mindrup, is a professional artist and Resident Assistant Professor at Creighton University. She received her BFA from the University of Nebraska – Kearney and then continued with atelier studies at the Art Academy of Los Angeles. She received her MFA from the Art Institute of Boston. Her current painting practice is about the study of the figure and portraiture in contemporary art and its relation to medicine.
Mindrup’s client list includes: Kiewit Corporation, Boys Town, Creighton University, Boys Town National Research Hospital, and the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. Her artwork is held in many private collections including those of Primatologist Jane Goodall and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
The mission of my work is to promote the visceral. With my pieces I want you to get a sense of a practical–yet beautiful reality. My hope is to lure you from across the room. I want you to be seduced into asking questions ranging from the story behind the piece to the aesthetics of it. I’m interested in making clay into an object intended to deceive the viewer into believing it is the object itself: a greasy oil can well-worn and stained but has never seen a day’s work. My ceramic oil cans are made in the trompe l’oeil style, intended to give a convincing illusion of reality.
Kelly Rush is a native Nebraskan born in Axtell, Nebraska. Her art reflects the practicality and simplistic beauty of her rural upbringing. Working in sculpture, she explores the role of objects found in the home, on the farm and in nature. Her goal is to magnify the beauty of those objects while depicting them in a unique way by using clay as her medium.
Kelly works with low-fire earthenware that she glazes with Terra Sigillata, one of the oldest forms of glazing. Terra Sig is a colored clay that is brushed on the piece before the first firing. Once fired, oxides are used to stain the piece to add more depth and to further the process, mineral washes are added, such as soda ash and Borax.
She has also been part of NET Television, Nebraska’s public television station for over 31 years, working in many aspects of production, including television camera operator, production assistant for many local and national documentaries, and now as Senior Promotion Producer. She has been recognized locally and nationally for her on-air promotional work and has been honored at several film festivals for her short films. Recently she co-produced the half hour documentary “Emery Blagdon and His Healing Machine”. Self-taught artist Emery Blagdon is known by art collectors as a man with boundless visionary creativity — an artist of great significance. “Emery Blagdon and His Healing Machine” was broadcast on the NET Network and also nationally on PBS. And it continues to be shown on PBS stations throughout the country and international on the web.
Kelly earned her Bachelor of Science in Broadcasting at the University of Nebraska-Kearney and has studied ceramics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
November 2 – December 28
Reception: Thursday, November 7 • 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Refreshments provided by NAC Ladies Guild
Music by Jeff Hoffman
Her paintings are acrylic underpainting with acrylic and oil dots, primarily on gallery wrap canvas. While she likes doing both objective and non-objective, traditional and non-traditional work, color is always a central focus. She loves looking at the world and seeing the amazing array of colors and shapes. “I grew up in Nebraska, where I received both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Art Education. I moved to Kansas City in 1982, and was an art director at Hallmark Cards for twelve years. I have taught art in numerous settings, including both public and private elementary and high schools, the University of Nebraska-Kearney, and The Kansas City Art Institute. My artwork consists primarily of acrylic paintings and pastels, although I venture into almost everything two dimensional, including caricatures and collage. Having been an art teacher for students of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels, I’ve grown comfortable with many different media and styles. My favorite is a form of pointillism using acrylics.”
Sharon Ohmberger born & raised in Nebraska and has been working in clay since 1993.Sharon received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art from the University of Nebraska in 1992; her specialty is ceramic art with minors in English and Great Plains Studies. She has a studio in Firth, NE, where she resides with her husband, also an artist. 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. She finds inspiration in a variety of sources: the wild and cultivated landscapes of the Great Plains, the seasonal comings and goings of the insects, flora and fauna in her back yard and all kinds of textures and embellishments from clothing to furniture. 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.
September 7 – October 26
Reception: Thursday, September 14 • 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Book Signing and Discussion with Omaha World Herald’s David Hendee: Thursday, September 14 • 4:15 p.m.
Endorsed by the Nebraska 150 Commission as a “Signature Event,” the “Bridges” Sesquicentennial Traveling Photo Exhibit is sponsored by Hildegard Center for the Arts of Lincoln in collaboration with the Nebraska Tourism Commission and Nebraska State Historical Society. Together, the three organizations issued a statewide call to amateur and professional photographers, inviting them to capture photo images of historic sites or hidden treasures located throughout Nebraska. These historic treasures could be listed on the National Register of Historic places, or be a place of community or personal significance. The statewide call for photographs of historic places garnered over 800 photo submissions! They collected images from all 93 counties in Nebraska and named a winner for each county. Handful of images are selected for the particular show to portray a regional representation, but ALL photos will be shown on a slideshow at the exhibit!
Nebraska 150 memorabilia including magnets and posters by designer Timothy Wright available for purchase at Norfolk Arts Center.
Guest Speaker David Hendee of Omaha World Herald to discuss his book on Nebraska’s 93 counties Thursday, September 14 at 4:15 p.m. at NAC. Free and open to public.
David Hendee wrote “Nebraska: 150 Years Through 93 Counties’’ as part of the Omaha World-Herald’s coverage of the 150th anniversary of Nebraska statehood this year.
Hendee is a regional reporter for The World-Herald. He has worked as an editor and reporter during a 41-year career with the newspaper, filing stories from the White House, the Canadian Rockies, America’s last homestead in Alaska, the ballistic missile submarine USS Nebraska, the Demilitarized Zone in Korea and across Nebraska and the Great Plains.
He joined The World-Herald in 1976 after working at his hometown newspaper, The Sidney (Neb.) Telegraph, for two years. He is a journalism graduate of Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Nebraska.
Born to Nebraskans at Camp Pendleton, a Marine Corps base near Oceanside, California, David is a fifth-generation Nebraska. He and his wife, Polly (the former Polly Schulze of Tilden, Nebraska), have two daughters and two grandchildren.
The 190-page coffee table book was published last fall and is in its second printing.
FREE Tours Available!
Great opportunity for schools and service groups! Ask staff for details.
July 6 – August 31
Reception: Thursday, July 13 • 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Growing up on a Nebraska farm, Beverly Todd often took off on long walks across field and timber, finding a grassy spot, looking up at the sky, breathing in all that beauty. She still does that, and Knows she Is blessed to be on that patch of earth in that moment. It is wonder she captures then shares back. Juicy, colorful, full of energy wonder, at times expansive, peaceful, liberating.
Thanks to our sponsors for your support!
Bob and Michelle Dudley
Scott and Lori Williams
This series can be defined in terms of cosmology and the study of galaxies, alternative universes, black holes and stars. Albert Rhea is interested in the origin, structure, and space-time relationships of the universe. He utilizes stainless steel arcs and spiral elements with painted wooden spheres that combine to form structure.
Thanks to our sponsors for your support!
Sufi Practice Group
Denise Dendinger’s pieces are made in her garage. The leaves, which come from plants she grows, are the inspiration for her work. She starts by finding leaves that are deep veined and free of damage. She uses sand to mold the leaves into their specific shape. After her process, she feels as though she has created a masterpiece!
May 4 – June 29
Reception: Thursday, May 11 • 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Metalpoint, mark-making in silver, gold, copper, platinum and other metals on a prepared smooth surface, allows a diversity of artistic expression totally in keeping with today. In its lustrous restraint, metalpoint is the perfect counterpoint to the technicolored urgency of our world.
Jeannine Cook and Jeffrey Lewis are artists who have long used metalpoint, and especially silverpoint, as a vehicle to express the more reflective, quieter aspects of their art. Both also paint, but these shimmering monochromatic drawings allow an examination of their worlds in a different way. Both artists are aware of the shimmering, quiet and healing voice that metalpoint drawings can project. Each artist believes that in today’s tumultuous, violent and complex world, this medium can offer viewers reminders of order, beauty and centering calm.
Thanks to our sponsor for your support!
Karla Huse Visual Arts Endowment
Lonn Atwood was born in Los Angeles, CA and raised in Norfolk. Lonn has pursued many creative disciplines including: Architectural/Interior Design, Theater/ State Design, Painting, Sculpture and Floral Design. He is also a published Writer/Poet. In these days of grossly publicized destructive forces, it is more important than ever to be vessels of creativity, to take our inherited energy, expose it to inspiration and make something positive. Objects of hope to hold up in the face of doubt.
Thanks to our sponsor for your support!
Wes and Karen Wingett
April 1 – April 27
Reception: Saturday, April 1 • 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Celebrating 10 great years of lifting up local creativity in and around Northeast Nebraska – the NAC’s Annual Juried competition is back! This year over 130 entries came in, and with only 25 slots available, competition was fierce. Judge, Russell Nordman of the University of Nebraska at Omaha has curated the exhibit, and will also award cash prizes to top work.
Thanks to our sponsors Norfolk Arts Center Ladies Guild, for believing in the arts in our community!
CASH PRIZES AWARDED BY JUDGE AT OPENING RECEPTION
$250 Best of show | $150 1st Place | $100 2nd Place
Join us for a special exhibition featuring faculty from the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media. The show will feature artwork from UNO faculty: Barb Simcoe, Jave Yoshimoto, Katie Temple, Jody Boyer, Joe Pankowski, Amy Haney, Bonnie O’Connell, David Helm, Colin Smith, Jeremy Johnson, Ashley McFeely, James Sewing, Russ Nordman, Howard Paine and Luke Severson.
Thanks to our sponsor J. Marlene Mueller for your support of the arts in Northeast Nebraska!
March 4 – March 24
Reception: Saturday, March 4 • 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
*Note new addition: home school students’ and area art teachers’ work will be on display!
March is National Arts Education Month. To celebrate, each year the Norfolk Arts Center welcomes Norfolk Public, parochial and home school students to display their work for the enjoyment of the entire community. Families and friends come back year after year to proudly view their budding artist’s accomplishments. New this year is the addition of Norfolk area home school students to the show! The NAC strives to represent all practicing young artists in the area. For more information on this exhibition and ways to participate, please contact NAC. In addition, continuing to build from last year, faculty artwork will also be on display. Participating art teachers are encouraged to bring their own work, in addition to their students’ artwork, and demonstrate their accomplishments to the next generation of artists.
FEATURED SCHOOLS: Christ Lutheran School • Sacred Heart Elementary Norfolk Catholic High School St. Paul’s Lutheran School • Norfolk Public Schools Norfolk Area Home Schools • Lutheran High Northeast
Thanks to our sponsors for supporting youth artwork!
Phil Hawkins is a contemporary sculptor, painter and graphic artist focusing on sculptural installation design. He was born and raised in Omaha and holds degrees in Graphic Design from Metropolitan Community College and Arts Management from Bellevue University. He prefers to work systematically during the process of creating and sees his art as a visual product of personal and emotional manifestations.
As an artist Courtney Kenny Porto is inspired by everyday life, by the frustrations and joys as well as its ironic and incongruous nature. Her work depicts various situations, struggles and revelations that she has experienced. She believes that in order to be truly genuine, artists must portray ideas and concepts that are close to their own heart. The truly powerful artists do this in such a way that others are also able to deeply relate.