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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Dec. 3, 1998)
Haymarket galleries develop alternate holiday exhibits that showcase local artists
By Sean McCarthy
As the holiday buying season hits
the art world, many local studios are
shunning typical holiday-fare type
displays in favor of more ambitious
and less structured themes.
The Noyes Art Gallery, 119 S.
Ninth St., will feature both bronze and
marble sculptures by Ginny Bowers,
abstract paintings by Julia Noyes,
wood carvings by Vic Schoonover
and faux fur designs by Lois
Williams. Mike Fluent and Janna
Harsch are slated as the featured
artists in the main gallery.
Noyes, owner of the Noyes
Gallery, said she has been working on
her abstract display for more than five
years. As she was working on the
paintings, she would keep turning
them around and work at different
angles until she was satisfied with the
“They’re not done before they feel
right on all four sides,” Noyes said.
While Noyes said there was no
theme title to this month’s display, she
said there was an organic connection
between all of the artists' work. Aside
from the obvious sculptural connec
tion to Schoonover’s wood carvings of
wildlife, Noyes said Bowers' pieces
were organic in their material (stone,
bronze) and in their movement. And
even though Williams’ fur is faux,
Noyes said it encouraged an organic
connection to patrons by encouraging
them to feel Williams' work.
Though Noyes’ work is abstract,
she used leaves as a recurring theme
throughout her 15-plus paintings.
While she was painting, she would
keep leaves in her pocket for inspira
“I’m always picking them up,”
The Noyes gallery will have its
open house Friday from 6:30 p.m. to
9:30 p.m. Russian folk musicians
Yelena Sorokin and Luydmila
Kuznetsov have been scheduled to
provide music for the event.
Gallery Nine, 124 S. Ninth St., is
offering a free handmade print to its
first 200 visitors during the month of
December. The gallery’s theme,
“Wrapped Up in Art,” features origi
nal fine art and crafts from the co-op
artists. The reception runs from 6 p.m.
to 10 p.m. Friday. Keyboardist Daniel
Schriber will be on hand for the open
The Burkholder Project, 719 P St.,
is opening three levels of studios for
patrons to view works including
sculpture, photography, oil on canvas
and stained glass. The theme, “Color
Me Christmas,” refers to 50 orna
ments by 50 artists in the atrium.
Though the ornaments are holi
day-themed, artist Bobby Sward said
most of the artwork for December
was not geared toward Christmas, or
anything in particular.
“Nothing around here is typical,”
Sward said with a laugh. This
includes several pieces of wildly
painted furniture, including an
ornately decorated highchair that
even a 3-year-old would treat with
As her contribution to the event,
Sward will display floral paintings, a
new artistic avenue for the veteran
artist. Unlike landscape paintings,
Sward said floral paintings demanded
“You can fudge a landscape paint
ing, but not a floral one,” she said.
The Burkholder Project will open
its doors from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.
The Haydon Gallery, 335 N.
Eighth St., will feature more than 250
new works by 100 of the Haydon
artists. The catch: There is only one
way to fit so many works in one
gallery: small canvases. Artists were
required to paint on canvases of an
almost intimidatingly tiny size.
Hence the theme of the December
show: “Small Treasures.” Artists will
get the chance to display their “Small
Treasures” during the open house
from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.
With Christmas possibilities such
as organic sculpture, painted furniture
and miniature paintings, Furbys seem
a little ... too easy.
NECTAR,” by Jack
pure steel with stain
less steel in a sculp
ture of a trumpet vine
LAMPS” by area
artist Mayumi Jones
are displayed at the Noyes Art Gallery during
the holiday season.
AT FAR LEFT, “FISHERMAN,” one of several
organic pieces at the Burkholder project,
was crafted by local artist Julie
McCullough, one of 50 featured artists.
CENTER, THE BURKHOLDER PROJECT boasts
an array of mediums for the holiday season,
including some with spiritual inspiration
such as stained glass windows. “Nativity”
was created by Julee Lowe.
LOCAL ARTIST and gallery co-owner Julia Noyes is one of several local artists with work on display and for sale at the Noyes Art Gallery, 119 S. Ninth St.
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