Ron Nordyke – Gallery Artist
“Made by Hand“
Painting pieces of the American Landscape we love, and like a quilter…using every scrap.
Just like the quilts he often paints, he assembles ideas and images in refreshingly new ways to create intriguing acrylic paintings that speak of things we love. He uses common everyday objects and presents them in fascinating and thought provoking compositions.
WE WROTE IN THE LAND
A native of Nebraska, Ron and his wife Dianne live in Chappell, Nebraska, both retired teachers. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 1971, the Nordyke’s spent over twenty years in the upholstery business. They have three grown children and eight grandchildren. They enjoy walking, traveling, family “get togethers” and camping.
Nick Gadbois – Atrium Artist
NICK GADBOIS- I am a painter residing in Ottawa Kansas. The landscapes I paint are drawn from subjects in Kansas, Nebraska, and paths westward. Many of the works reflect time I have spent in the Flint Hills region. When I was a boy growing up in Minnesota, our family took road trips out West. I also watched a lot of TV Westerns in black and white. The landscape seemed a strange adventurous place where cowboys and Indians and bandits fought it out. At an early age, I was struck by the wide expanses of prairie that seemed to go on forever. Learning about the journeys of the pioneers westward served to deepen my attraction to this vast area of mid America. To me there is something mythic about the histories that hover above the grasslands and hills of the West. In more recent years, trips along old Route 66 provided compelling subject matter for me. Although my paintings appear realistic I am more interested in creating the mood of a place than in any objective realism.
Opening Artist Reception: December 14 | 5 – 7 pm
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