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. www.cortneychristensen.com

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. www.cindyraeart.com

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. www.artmorerabenn.com

Tuesday, October 2 - Tuesday, October 30

Showing at the Burkholder Project, 719 P Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Opening Reception - Friday, October 5, 5:30-8:00 pm.

Linda Hatfield - “Friends and Monsters”. Pyrography and Acrylics

Richard Markoff - “Modern Styles”. Mixed Media

George Skuodus - “What’s Old is New Again”. Assemblages

Pete Wroblewski - “Bronze Sculpture”

Tuesday, October 30 - Sunday, December 2

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Artists Cooperative Gallery features three of our member artists in “re’flekSH(e)n” during the month of November. Frank Daharsh, Hope Dendinger, and Dar Vande Voort explore the reflection of light using painting, and glassblown objects.  Please join us in celebrating our artists and their works at an opening reception on Friday November 2, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and throughout the month of November.

Glassblower Frank Daharsh “The luminescent qualities of glass, texture, and layering of multiple colors and patterns intrigue me as it responds to light, I am drawn to the potential of a material that can vary from a translucent to an opaque medium in a brilliant range of colors and gradations.  I am driven by a passion for the process as well as the untapped potential of creating with a beautiful and seductive medium”. In Frank’s final show at the gallery he will be incorporating artificial lighting for special effects.

Painter Hope Dendinger Hope Dendinger is a self-taught artist based out of Omaha, Nebraska.  She specializes in contemporary abstract works focused on Mother Nature, city skylines, human figures, portraits and non figurative abstracts.  These works are inspired by her passion for nature, traveling, fashion and beauty.  Dendinger’s creative approach to these subjects has given her a distinct style, which is shown through heavily textured backgrounds complimented by dramatic and alluring forms.  Ultimately, each work is emotionally striking, bold and unique.

Painter Dar Vande Voort “For this show, I have decided to play with knives, palette knives. My inspiration comes from Cannon Beach, Oregon, where I love to feel, witness, and listen to the ocean roar.”

Tuesday, December 4 - Sunday, December 30

CHAIR-ity" Silent Auction Fundraising Event

Artist Members of the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery are using chairs as the theme for the month of December. The artists are painting, sculpting and altering chairs for this event. The artists will have a silent auction with a buy now option during the month. The proceeds of this auction will go towards maintenance and repair to the building. The Gallery has recently replaced windows, renovated the small gallery and bathrooms and replaced an air conditioner. They currently need funds to repair the roof and are hoping to replace the remaining air conditioner and two furnaces. They are a 501(c) 3 nonprofit gallery.

The exhibition will be on display from December 4 through December 30, 2018, with a reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, December 7, 2018 where you will have a chance to bid on a chair to support the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery.

Starting 40 years ago in space above M’s Pub, the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery has always had at its core strong professional artists from the region. Several of the gallery’s current members have been involved for decades. Check the gallery’s Facebook page and Instagram for updates and feature shows.

Members of the Artists’ Co-op conduct educational and cultural outreach activities, and maintain and staff a gallery that features works in a wide variety of media, including sculpture, weaving, painting, pottery, photography, printmaking, glass, jewelry and drawing. Monthly opening receptions provide opportunities to meet member artists and learn more about their work.