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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (March 4, 1997)
Painter feels Joyfully free
without typical ‘real’ Job
By John Fulwider
Laura Nothem is living proof
that one can take forever to gradu
ate from college, not get a “real” job
afterward and love every minute of
Her art professors told her she’d
never make a living as an artist —
that she’d have to get that always
loosely defined “real” job and do
art on the side.
More than two years after gradu
ating from the University of Ne
braska-Lincoln with a bachelor of
fine arts degree (on the seven-and
a-half-year plan), Nothern isn’t
quite making a living yet; she gets
some support from her parents. But
she’s doing what some people only
dream of — working full time at a
job she passionately loves.
“It’s really a joy for me. I mean,
I just love painting so much,” she
says, brimming with enthusiasm and
smiling broadly as she paces the
hardwood floor of her attic studio.
Nothem has a solo exhibition
opening Wednesday at Gallery 9,
124 S. Ninth St. The opening recep
tion is Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Among her 50-or-so oil still lifes
will be “Sunbeam,” a portrait of an
electric mixer. She picked up the -
mixer when her neighbors were
cleaning out their attic.
Why paint a kitchen appliance?
“I don’t know. I think they just
Please see NOTHERN on 8
Courtesy of Noyes Art Gallery
“PRAIRIE WINDS,” a watercolor landscape by Lais Meysenberg, is one
of 50 paintings, sculptwos and craft objccti created by Nebraska mothers
now on display at Noyes Art Dallery, 119 S. Ninth St. The Mothers show’s
opening reception is Friday evening from 6:30 to 9:30. *
Artwork produced by Mom’
showcased at Noyes galleiy
By John Fulwider
At Noyes Art Gallery right now,
there’s nothing more American than
mom, art and... art.
The Nebraska Mothers
Association’s Annual Creative Arts
Exhibition is now up at the gallery,
119 S. Ninth St. There are no paint
ings of apple pie, but among die 50
entries there is something for just
about every taste from oil portraits
to watercolor landscapes — all pro
duced by Nebraska mothers.
There were three first-place win
ners in the three categories of a con
test held Saturday at Noyes. “Night”
by Amy Sadie of Syracuse won in
fine arts, “Ancient American An
thropomorphic Figures” by
Gretchen Olberding of Burwell took
the crafts award and “Self Portrait”
by Lincoln’s Elise Marie Clarke
won in sculpture. »
( The three will represent Ne
braska April 30 in Scottsdale, Ariz.,
at the National Art Competition of
the American Mothers Inc.
Clarke’s entry in the fine arts cat
egory was “Untitled,” a watercolor
painting. It features Christ as part
of a roughly cross-shaped, leafy
tree. From the holes in Christ’s feet
sprout new leaves, and babies clad
in pink and blue occupy spaces in
the tree’s roots.
Clarke, an art student at the Uni
versity of Nebraska-Lincoln, said
her painting has several levels of
meaning: that Christ is the tree of
life, that all life springs from him,
and that he is the sacrifice for child
victims of sexual abuse and babies
who have died in miscarriages and
Lincolnite Lois Meysenberg
took second place in fine arts in
1993’s national competition.
Her two entries in the local com
petition this year were “Prairie
, Winds/’ a watercolor landscape,
and the mixed-media “Alley Way
New Orleans Style.” The self-taught
artist of nine years says in her artist’s
Please see MOTHERS on 8
Courtesy of Gallery 9
LAURA NOTHERN, a UNL graduate, created this oil-on-canvas painting,
“Sunbeam,” in part to playfully spite a former art professor who told her
she simply couldn’t do a red-yellow-blue composition. The opening reception
for her solo show at Gallery 9,124 S. Ninth St., is Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.
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JOHN LEBOEUF created these tiny sculptures, which will be Included in a
dual exhibition at Hayden Art Gallery, 335 N. Eighth St. Clockwise from
top right are “Gourd Vessel,” “Articulated Figure,” “Knife” and “Antler
Vessel.” The exhibition* opening reception Is Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Antler sculptures, photographs
part of dual exhibit at Haydon
i By John Fulwider
Open now at Haydon Art Gallery
is a dual exhibition by White River,
S.D., sculptor John LeBoeuf and
Omaha photographer Michael
LeBoeuf’s friends collect shed
deer and elk antlers for him. Then,
when he’s not teaching art at White
River Public Schools, fie carves the
antlers into tiny sculptures that
Please see HAYDON on 8
By John Fulwider
“I’m late! I’m late! I’m very, very
You could show up at a certain
Lincoln art gallery March 14 wear
ing a rabbit costume and screaming
the above. Not a single person would
look at you funny.
Especially not the drag queens. Or
the fortune tellers. Or the magicians.
The art harpies have gone mad.
Follow them “Through the Looking
The Lewis Carroll-esque show at
the Burkholder Project promises to
be a spectacle, at the very least. Be
sides seeing more than 10 established
artists working outside their usual*
mediums, there will be Lincoln’s be
loved drag queens Buddy Starr and
Friends in “Bad Taste on a Stick.”
Buddy Starr (a.k.a. Paul Pearson,
director of Lincoln’s Futz theater)
promises that her audience will be
offended. Never seen Tammy
Wynette in a wheelchair wailing
“Stand By Your Man”? You will.
Guests are invited to wear cos
tumes (not necessarily of funy bun
nies) and munch on the hors
d’oeuvres. All for free.
Getting back to the gallery artists
—the unusual medium they’re work
ing in is art mirrors. That is, mirrors
that have been manipulated in some
way. Some pieces will have painted
fraitaes, others will have paint applied
directly to the glass.
It should be quite the whimsical
evening from 7 to 9 at the Burkholder
Project, 719 P St. The drag show
starts about 8.
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