Recipients/Winners of the 2019 Scholarships:
- Category: News
- Published: Sun. Jun 9, 2019
Omaha Artists Inc Memorial Scholarship – Sherry Reese
I am so happy to be a part of Omaha Artists, Inc.! First, I would like to thank OAI for believing in me and awarding me the OAI Memorial Scholarship for 2019. It is helping me to continue my vision of being "a pas-sionate artist currently pursuing a feast for the eyes" thru acrylic painting and mixed media. It is a good thing to continue to learn and excel - this will be happening for me by attending a 5-day painting workshop with Robert Burridge in Dillman's Bay, WI at one of their Creative Art Workshops. The workshop is called "Loosening Up With Aquamedia". As an artist and former art teacher 30+ years, I look forward to coming home, using these new methods and sharing them with all of you! We will be doing a Fun Shop Class in May 2020. So mark your calendars and stay as excited as me!
I joined OAI in November 2018. I was looking for a group of artists to share thoughts and ideas with about art, a variety of experience, skills and ages, and to "hang out" a few times a month. This group certainly surpassed my expectations with their warm and welcoming attitude, friendliness and adventures in art!
At Auburn University (back in the 70's) and through my years of teaching, I've tried just about everything in art. I love learning. My main focus for years was drawing with ink and colored pencils from a 4 x 5 in. all the way up to a 16 x 20. I started concentrating on abstract acrylic painting, collage and mixed media after my bout with colon cancer in 2009. After retiring in 2015, I've had more time to paint and enjoy my life as an artist. It is a pleasure for me to be a part of this group and I hope to keep learning and excelling along with all of you.
***On a side note, Shirley Schmidt, Fun Shop Chair has reported that Sherry Reese has already signed up to be an instructor in the lineup of next year's Fun Shop Schedule, Thank you, Sherry
Genie Schafer Art Memorial Scholarship – Linda Jones
I really appreciate the Genie Schafer Art Memorial Scholarship and plan on utilizing local instructors to enhance my knowledge and skills. Currently I've taken two workshops with Becky Kinloch on pastels and plan to continue with her for watercolor tutorials.
I've been an artist all my life and was a skilled typesetter and print production manager. Even was tabletop stripper at a print shop to earn my way through college. Done working now and want to draw and paint what I want, when I want.
My medium is pastel and watercolor but have done oil or alcohol ink to change up and mess with my brain cells.
It is wonderful to see our club invest back to their members so they can pursue their dreams.
Genie Schafer Art Memorial Scholarship – Margaret (Peg) Watkins
First off, thank you and OAI for affording me this wonderful opportunity. I plan to put the award towards the USB Cold Wax Class offered by Rebecca Crowell & Jerry McLaughlin. It is a 5 hour, 29 part video that included all the demos, techniques, and topics that they present in their 5 day workshop. I purchased their wonderful book a year ago and loved every page. It has wonderful information & photos. I learned about them from Diane Lounsberry Williams from whom I have taken numerous classes.
I joined OAI in the Spring of 2017. I have been a glass artist since about 2005, and a potter since 1975. After working 30 years for the City of Omaha Recreation Department I was finally able to retire and devote my time to my art. In about 2018 I started painting again, hadn't done that since college! Working with some great teachers and being encouraged by some great friends and customers I now spend most of my time painting. I started with abstract acrylics, and have been exploring cold wax/oil since about 2015.
Once again thank you for encouraging me to keep exploring, to have the opportunity & confidence to display my work, and to met new creative friends.