Eclectic Visions opens at Artists’ Cooperative Gallery
August 10th, 2011
Omaha, NE – From wood cut figures to surreal oil paintings, a mix of local artistsâ€™ work is on display this month at the Artists Cooperative Gallery.
â€œThe exhibit shows four different ways that people look at the world,â€ Artist Virginia Ocken said as she described the mix of talents on display at this monthâ€™s Coop exhibit.
Ocken said, â€œWe all have color, we all have texture, we all have shapes, we all have feelings behind our works of art.â€
Ocken is one of four artists with work on display. The others include local artist Dona Golden. Golden has been a member of the Coop for about 20 years. She creates large watercolor abstracts, along with linoleum and woodblock prints. Her imagery is abstract, with embellished representations of nature. They also include the human figure â€“ a favorite of Virginia Ocken, who concentrates on the human form in her own work.
â€œScenery and flowers and still life just donâ€™t have any appeal to me,â€ said Ocken. â€œWhen I start drawing the figure, theyâ€™re just very interesting shapes that I see and find. I try to look for unusual perspectives. I guess I really love being and working with the shapes presented in front of me.â€
Ocken uses a variety of media in her work â€“ from watercolor on paper to dyes on silk. Duane Adams, is from Griswold, Iowa, and one of the Artistsâ€™ Coopâ€™s earliest members. Adams works in two and three-dimensional media, creating pencil drawings, oil paintings and ceramics â€“ of surreal explorations and naturalistic portraits.
Ocken said, â€œHeâ€™s kinda played with shapes, you know there might sections of a face, sections of a scenery, and sections of another face within one piece of art.â€
The final artist, Carol Ellington is from Plattsmouth, NE. She uses patterns, texture and contrast in her prints. In her artistâ€™s statement, Ellington said printmaking presents the â€œultimate challengeâ€ being â€œopen to many possibilities and interpretations.â€ She added the observation and study of art has helped her understand â€œthe emotion and life in a piece of art,â€ helping her direct her own passion into her work.
Eclectic Visions is now on display through August at the Artists Cooperative Gallery in Omahaâ€™s Old Market.
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