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Currently On View In The Opera House

Currently On View In The Opera House

Ethanol Plant by Linda Welsch
Catherine Meier and her work It Happened Here: West of Chambers
Kent Haruf, West of Last Chance
Monday, June 16, 2014

On view now in the historic Red Cloud Opera House are works by three artists who have all used unique mediums to capture the essence and beauty of the Great Plains. All of the exhibits are free and open to the public, and can be viewed Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Sundays from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. We invite you to take in the incredible artwork created by artists whose love for the plains, prairies, and the land shows up brilliantly in their pieces. 

Linda Welsch

Inside the lobby of the Red Cloud Opera House, are a series of oil paintings by Nebraska artist, Linda Welsch. Her paintings depict Nebraska landscapes and images familiar to those who call this state home. A well-rounded artist, Linda works in several mediums including oil, charcoal, and watercolor. Her work has appeared on book covers for Cather’s Kitchens, Catfish at the Pump, and The Convivial Cup. Linda has also produced several illustrations for the magazine Nebraska Life.

In Nebraska, Linda’s artwork has been displayed at the Museum of Nebraska Art, the Haydon Art Center, the Dawson County Museum, and as a part of the Nebraska Art Council’s exhibition in the Governor’s Mansion.

Linda participated in the Willa Cather Foundation’s April Twilights exhibition of works inspired by Cather’s poetry, and also created an original work based on O Pioneers! in celebration of the 100th anniversary of its publication.

She lives in Dannebrog, Nebraska with her husband, Roger 

Catherine Meier

Nebraska native, Catherine Meier, has travelled all over the world to take in what inspires her artwork…open spaces. From the Mongolian Steppe to the sandhills of Nebraska, Meier finds vast, open grasslands to be stunningly beautiful due to the simplicity of their composition. Having grown up in a rural Nebraska town and spending seven years exploring the Great Plains as a cattle truck driver, she has an appreciation of the subtle nuances of the prairie landscape.

Meier holds an BFA in Studio Arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an MFA from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Her awards include a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship for Graduate study, two from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, and a McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship.

"Drawing and personal experience in the physical landscape form the core of my artistic process," says Meier. "The places and figures I draw originate from my travels throughout the land, which I document through field drawings and photographs. I have created graphite drawings in large-scale on rolls of paper, and my woodcut prints are expansive fields of color that bring to life delicately carved details and are printed on long rolls of paper."

On display in the gallery now through mid-July are several of Meier's large scale woodcuts.

Peter Brown

On view in the auditorium is the exhibition, West of Last Chance. Showcasing the photography of Peter Brown with accompanying text written by author, Kent Haruf, West of Last Chance depicts the life and landscape of the Great Plains. Taken from the book of the same title, the mesmerizing photos show the beauty and sometimes difficult life in the states that make up the Great Plains.


Peter Brown, a native of Massachusetts who now resides in Texas, has captured the essence of the rural landscape of America's heartland with his photographs. Traveling from Texas to the Dakotas, as well as Nebraska, Kansas, and Okalahoma, Brown, along with Kent Haruf, paint a haunting image of the wide open spaces that residents on the plains call home.

Brown has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including an Alfred Eisenstadt Award, an Imogen Cunningham Award, and an Artist's Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His work is held in numerous collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the J. Paul Getty Musuem, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth.

"You have to know how to look at this country. You have to slow down. It isn't pretty, but it's beautiful." - Kent Haruf, West of Last Chance

West of Last Chance is at the Red Cloud Opera House with the support of Heritage Bank and a grant from Humanities Nebraska. This exhibition has been organized by the Museum of Nebraska Art.This exhibition will be on view now through August 14.