Eclectic mix at the Artists’ Coop
June 21st, 2011
Omaha, NE – An eclectic mix of art is on display at the Artists Cooperative Gallery this month.
This monthâ€™s membersâ€™ exhibit showcases the work of three local artists, with widely varied work. The first artist, Richard Markoff, is a retired art teacher in Omaha, who has created large, bright floral paintings with striking backgrounds. Dar VandeVoortâ€™s work might be familiar to some Omahans, who may have seen her signature puzzle pieces embedded within boldly-colored paintings.
â€œAll of the pieces are so textural, and have such color sense that itâ€™s really fun,â€ said Linda Hatfield, the third featured artist in the exhibit. Hatfield said each artistâ€™s work, though different, shares a common theme of bold colors and use of texture.
For her work, Hatfield uses wood burning and acrylics to create tongue-in-cheek pieces about the darker side of life. Sheâ€™s a collector of artwork typically used in the annual Mexican festival: Day of the Dead. Hatfield says the holiday looks at death and darkness a little differently.
â€œNot the way our culture views death,â€ she said. â€œThe skeletons are fun, and in the images of Day of the Dead, theyâ€™re doing fun things, playing music and dancing, and theyâ€™re brightly colored. Itâ€™s really just a light-hearted look at things that many people think of as scary and unsavory.â€
In Hatfieldâ€™s work, she plays off the lighthearted darkness of Day of the Dead, with voodoo dolls and cartoonish figures of Satan.
â€œI have his third grade picture and his eighth grade picture. So itâ€™s like school pictures of Satan,â€ she laughed. â€œTheyâ€™re quite fun, and his little goatee that he had even in preschool is getting quite big by the time heâ€™s in the eighth grade, and heâ€™s also taken up smoking by eighth grade. So itâ€™s just a fun topic to explore.â€
This eclectic mix of local art is on display in the More is More exhibit at the Artists Cooperative Gallery in downtown Omaha through June 26th.
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