Hanging the show was an amazing experience. Virginia and I hadn’t seen each other’s work in person, but we knew this was a theme that resonated with both of us. We started by just laying artwork out and moving it about. With a lot of help from Virginia's husband, we staged and hung the show in just over three hours. And that’s 120 feet of artwork!
The exhibition is gorgeous! The artwork starts on the right-hand wall with earthy golden tones and works down through leafy greens to watery blues. Then it crosses over to the other wall and starts in blues and works back to the earthy golds. The circular flow of landscape colors is amazing. Virginia and I both said WOW when we were done, and we have hung a lot of exhibitions.
I do hope you are able to see Land Lines in person. Please sign our guest book while you are there. We would love to read or hear your comments.
I’m excited to announce Land Lines, an exhibit featuring the mixed-media artwork of Virginia A. Spiegel and myself, opening August 2 at the Jewish Community Center Art Gallery in Omaha, NE.
Virginia and I both work with abstract imagery drawn from the natural world. We create lyrical and subtle tributes to specific places incorporating memory and emotion.
Virginia and I have known each other for more than fifteen years since we met at a group exhibit at, yes, the JCC! We have spent many an hour creating (and laughing) together at the KHN Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, NE where Virginia lived for seven years.
Boundary Waters 61 by Virginia A. Spiegel
Vista by Karen Stiehl Osborn
Our artwork has been shown in juried and invitational exhibits in the U.S. and abroad as well as published in numerous books, magazines, and exhibit catalogs. To see more of our artwork, please visit ourwebsites:
The Jewish Community Center Art Gallery is located at 333 South 132nd Street in Omaha. Gallery hours are 8 am-9 pm Monday – Thursday, 8 am-5 pm Friday, and 11 am-5 pm Sunday. Land Lines continues through August 30. Contact Gallery Manager, Lynn Batten, (402-334-6564) for more information.
Every morning, when I first enter my studio, I create a "warm-up" collage. I've been doing this for years as a way to jumpstart my creativity each day. I use whatever materials are on hand (paper scraps, cloth, junk mail, etc.), and I spend about 15 minutes on it from start to finish. I have been using recycled cereal and cracker boxes as the base layer, but now I am actually running out of boxes. I never thought I would run out of recycled materials!
This is the time of year that is hard for me to remember patience. I am ready to start planting and working in the gardens, yet I know that there is still a chance of a late snow. So, I have been painting and creating in the studio, inspired by what is starting to appear in the gardens. This is one of my favorite new works of art, and I'm happy to share it with you!
It seems like Howard barely got moved in, and he was headed back out the door to his forever family. He is such a little, cuddly sweetheart, and they instantly fell in love with him. This was a "feel good" adoption, where I think they are the perfect family for him, and he is the perfect dog for them!