February 3 - March 1,2020 Gallery 92 92 West 6th St., Fremont, NE
Take Down: Monday, March 2, 11 - 1 pm
Judge's Bio for the Gallery 92 Art Show
Bart Vargas is a multi-disciplinary Artist and Educator from Bellevue, Nebraska. Vargas earned his Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and his Master of Fine Art at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He creates playful, and thought-provoking objects and images that strive to act as artifacts and evidence of the early 21st century. Vargas has exhibited nationally and internationally, and his work can be found in many collections throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. His works have also been featured in many publications including Sculpture Magazine, New American Paintings, and HGTV Magazine.
I am recently retired from the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District. I served for 40 years as Information and Education Coordinator for the NRD. Before that, I produced and directed educational television programs and films for KYNE-TV at UNO.
Tell us about your history with Omaha Artists Inc?
I have been a member of Omaha Artists for about two years. I joined following the urging of my wife, Barbara Egr, who seems to think that I have some talent with photography. I have enjoyed making new friends in the club and having an opportunity to display my photography at OAI shows. I help set up the microphone and speaker system for the luncheon meetings.
How did you get involved in art and what is your favorite medium?
My duties at the NRD included a fair amount of photo journalism. Today, I am shifting gears toward a more artful form of photography.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I enjoy fishing. We have a boat and enjoy taking the boat to various lakes in Nebraska and South Dakota. Fishing for walleye is my favorite. I also enjoy doing home improvements and landscaping our yard.
What are your travel experiences?
Barbara and I love to travel. We have been to the Caribbean, Hawaii, Alaska and to many of our nearby western states – Colorado, Wyoming and Montana are favorites.
What are you known for?
Landscape and wildlife photography are my favorites. I try to capture lots of images when I travel outside of Nebraska. However, Nebraska is also a beautiful state and many beautiful photos are taken here. I follow many photography-oriented Facebook pages with Nebraska thru the Lense and Natural Nebraska among my favorites.
What skills would you like to learn?
In some ways I am relatively new to art photography and have much to learn about the capabilities of my mirrorless camera. Photoshop is my post-processing software choice. However, I am a believer in the “Less is Best” approach to enhancing images.
Omaha Artists, Inc. offers two scholarships yearly. The application deadline for both scholarships is March 1, 2020. The scholarships will be awarded at the March meeting.
The Genie Schafer Art Memorial Scholarship awards $400 each to two recipients to attend an art workshop. Learn more.
The Omaha Artists Inc. Memorial Scholarship awards one member $500 to attend an art workshop of their choice. The recipient must be willing to share what they have learned with other Omaha Artists members at a Fun Shop. Learn more.
Happy New Year! This month is one of packing away the decorations, getting out the 2020 calendars, dusting off the exercise bike and writing a new story of hopes and dreams in your journal. What are your hopes, goals and resolutions for the new year? A New Year’s resolution is said to go in one year and out the other. Don’t make a spectacle of yourself (play-on-words): let’s dream big and make it happen!
Not long ago, when one asked what you would be doing, you could easily have answered, “I don’t have 2020 vision.” Now with the new year, we all have 2020 vision! Omaha Artists Inc. has a bright and dynamic calendar of events planned. Take a look at our roster and see the Fun Shops, Programs and Art Shows we have lined up for 2020!
With hopes and dreams, there are plans and deadlines. In our future, there are scholarship applications to be completed, recipes to be submitted and a gala to be planned! The clock is ticking as we step into an exciting New Year! Join in the fun and keep the good times rolling…
Katie Johnson, President
“Life is like a camera. FOCUS on what’s important. CAPTURE the good times. DEVELOP from the negatives and, if things don’t work out, take another SHOT!” --- Ziad K. Abdeinour
Due to weather conditions, today's lunch and program have been cancelled.
January 22, 2020
11:00 Board Meeting 12:00 Luncheon – General Meeting and Program to follow.
Charlie’s on the Lake 4150 So 144th Street Omaha, NE
Order from the menu.
Sarah McWilliams acrylic artist, has enjoyed an eclectic life history which included studying art history and has always loved animals. She will share how she developed her signature style. “Uniquely You! Discovering Inspiration and Your Personal Style” is the subject of our next luncheon program.
Join us to learn how to: Develop Your Artistic Sense of Style
Have you ever noticed how some artists just have a signature style?
You can identify their artwork within a show.
Did you ever wonder how this “style” was developed?