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Our 2019 "Childhood Memories" Omaha Artists, Inc. Art show at the Hot Shops Art Center has a total of 96 entries from 56 artists. It is a beautiful show, full of images of children, animals, and things that kids like to do. Our judge was Charles Novich, a local artists who has shown and sold his paintings all over the U.S. The winners are :

First Place C. Sue Loyd Okiboji Beach 1057 Acrylic
Second Place Marilyn Evelo Hanson Big Tree Alcohol Ink
Third Place Jean Barban Radio Flyer Rider Oil
Fourth Place Wendy Maliszewski Feathered Friends Mixed
Honorable Mention Becky Kinloch Gravel Road Watercolor
Denise Lueke Claire's Chore Oil
Liz Thurman First Catch Acrylic
Nancy Ralston Mousketeers or Us Scratchboard
Judge's Recognition Albert Rhea Secret Garden Photograph
Janet Vadon Midwest Majestic Oaks Pastel
Dorothy Tuma Poppy Field Cold wax oil
Tom Reardon Can't Catch Me Photograph

Congratulations to all of you!! Our next Omaha Artists, Inc. art show will have the theme "From Farm to Kitchen". We are planning on compiling a cookbook with recipes from our members and with artwork from some of the entries in this show as a fundraiser. So the subject matter runs the gamut from fields of wheat, farm animals, prepared food on a plate, kitchen scenes, garden scenes, etc. It will be held at the Leavenworth La Casa. Here are the dates: Registration: Monday, November 6, 11 - 1pm Reception: Monday, November 13, 5 - 7 pm Take Down: Monday, January 6, 2020, 11-1 Call me if you have any questions.

Judge Charles Novich

Our Judge for this show is Charles Novich. He was born in Worcester, MA but has lived in Nebraska since his formative years. His art education included 1992 Metro Community College watercolor painting with John C. Miller, 1990 Metro Community college oil and acrylic painting with Steve Roberts, and he received his BSCS from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln with a minor in Fine Arts in 1980.

His artist statement: I have been working with the figure for more than a dozen years. I work in watercolor, pencil and oil. I paint mostly watercolors, for the reason that it tends to be distinctly intriguing in its own way. The sense of my work is base on an appreciation of the physical world; specifically, the human figure. Moreover, I am inclined to believe that a subject's accurate representation provides for a more subtle interpretation of life and physical being. Using the representative form, I attempt to construct a narrative together with a slight neo-romantic mood.

Regarding working methods, I use sketches as a way to investigate composition and form. From there, I take photographs of live subjects to exploit design decisions and to provide physical detail. I use the photograph as a reference for color, gradation, etc.

His work has been in shows all over the country. Selected Publications 2006 "Traditional Rebel", Artist's Magazine, March, F&W Publications, Cincinnati, OH 2004, "Letters", Studio 360, NPR, New York, NY 2004 "Beyond Real", Watercolor Magic, August, F&W Publications, Cincinnati, OH