Tuesday, September 4 - Sunday, September 30

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Four artists will feature new work in“CONNECTIONS” September 4 to 30, 2018 at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, 405 S. 11th St. in Omaha. September feature Artists Judy Greff, Glenda Larson Musilek,  Virginia Ocken, and Dottie Seymour will host a First Friday opening reception  6 p.m. – 9 p.m., September 7, 2018.
 
CONNECTIONS: ART, the universal language in whatever medium an expression of unique ideas, emotions and or philosophies in essence is created to share... to connect.
 
Judy Greff - “I like putting things together using found and profound objects. Happy hours are spent making decisions… does this work with the piece, or maybe that? It all comes down to problem-solving and using cold CONNECTIONS (no welding). Sometimes the assemblages are more serious, mostly not. What I’m saying in my work is this, “Stop the violence and have fun.”
 
Glenda Larson Musilek - “For this show “Connections”, I have created a body of abstract paintings which incorporate the figure with abstract.  This is a new direction I seem somewhat drawn to lately and somehow ties in with my entry into creating some figurative sculptures. My hope is the viewer will feel a connection to my work and find something in it that speaks favorably to them.”  
 
Dottie Seymour - “This body of work is abstract using cold wax as my medium. I’ve used wooden substrates of various sizes, with exception of two pieces which are painted on Arches Oil paper.  In May of 2017 I visited Krakow, Warsaw, Poznan and Jaslo to not only see but learn of their history.  Needless to say it was a powerful and memorable experience. Upon returning home I wanted to capture these moments on paper. After giving it some thought I felt led to work with cold wax, intuitively in abstract…..I feel successful that I captured and expressed many of my feelings, emotions, and experiences.”
 
For years Virginia Ocken devoted attention to the human figure. Drawing from her childhood love of penciling horses on paper, she now returns to that passion. The soul of the horse may be glimpsed in Virginia’s interpretations in the show, CONNECTIONS.  The horse has often been a symbol of freedom, wealth and adventure.  Beauty, power, social, loyal, and intelligence are also often attributed to the horse. The audience will find local Iowa horses, Arabian horses, and wild horses from Arizona.  Virginia hopes your heart in some way will make a connection

Tuesday, October 2 - Sunday, October 28

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Octobers feature show “Shadows and Reflections” features the photography of Cortney Christensen, the paintings of Cindy Rae Mathiasen and Elisa Morera Benn. The artists will host a First Friday opening reception 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., October 5, 2018. The show will be up from October 2 thru October 28, 2018.

Nature has always been a staple of Cortney's photography, and has been a frequent source of inspiration and creativity for him. When preparing for this exhibit, he chose to narrow the subject matter by focusing on plant life. He started with images of entire trees, flowers, and other flora. After several photo shoots, he became more and more interested with the small, intricate details of the leaves and petals, with all of the contrasting colors and textures. While his camera got closer and closer to the subjects, he was drawn to the insects that often entered the frame. They became the subjects themselves, as they interacted with the plants and flowers in this great web of life. His creative journey in this exhibit ends with many abstract photos, as he concentrated on the movement of light and color. They are all images of flora, but with long shutter speeds and intentional camera movement that mimic how they are affected by the wind, water, and other natural elements.

Cindy Rae’s paintings are inspired by nature and human emotion.  Her work conveys the emotional connection hidden in reflections and shadows and although inspired by place and person, it is rarely representational. She uses gold leaf and a loose abstract approach to represent human emotion within the framework of nature.

Painter Elisa Morera Benn is inspired by reflections in gold and silver leaves and the feelings of women. She loves the artwork of Klimt. His work touches her soul and inspires her expressionist style. She was born in Costa Rica, a tropical country that has intense colors and wants to capture that in her paintings. Working with women, she wants to communicate the atmosphere, using symbolism and eroticism, to try to catch the feelings and the expressions of the model. She loves the challenge of painting real people and some friends that inspire this work. Elisa likes the spectator to hopefully feel the emotions in a painting that is the most important aspect of her creativity.