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Mother and Daughter: One Vision, Two Perspectives

Mother and Daughter: One Vision, Two Perspectives

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 1:15pm to Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 1:15pm
Red Cloud Opera House Gallery
413 North Webster Street
Red Cloud, NE 68970

We welcome the artistic talents of local Mother/Daughter artists Gwen and Christi Lewis.  This show is titled “Mother and Daughter: One Vision, Two Perspectives.” As the title suggests, viewers will see the individual and unique talents of both artists. 

About the Artists

Artist Biography

Christi Lewis was raised on a farm in northern Kansas, attended Red Cloud Community Schools, and graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a BA in Art Education K-12. She currently teaches K-12 Art in Red Cloud, NE where she resides.  Her artwork mostly consists of ceramic sculptures and assemblage collages, focusing on emotional response through the use of different textures and shapes. Christi has shown art for eleven years with the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs, the McCook, Nebraska Open Show, and the Noyes Gallery in Lincoln, NE.

Gwen Glover Lewis was born in Red Cloud, NE and raised in near-by Northbranch, KS.  She is a self-taught artist with a lifelong interest in art. A Cloud County Community College evening course began her art career, which she has continued by studying extensively on her own and taking workshops given by nationally and internationally known artists.  She has won numerous awards in juried shows in several states, including Best of Show and Awards of Excellence. Gwen is President of the Red Cloud Area Artists and a board member of the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs (ANAC).

Gwen and her husband farm south of Red Cloud, near the Willa Cather Memorial Prairie, and many of her paintings reflect her love of that landscape. She shares a studio, Imagine That Art Studio, with her daughter and fellow artist, Christi Lewis, in Red Cloud, NE.

Artist Statement

Christi Lewis

My artwork is the way I express my emotional reactions to life. Often I do this by abstracting from nature and life to express these emotions.  Using a variety of textures, contrasting elements and materials, I hope to pass on these feelings to the viewer. The use of clay allows me to explore different textures and the contrast between them.I use the smooth and delicate vs. the rough and hardness of the clay to express the balance of life’s harsh realities and wondrous adventures. I use only found objects and recycled materials in my assemblage collages. It is the stark contrast of texture and shape that allows me express deeply personal emotions through my artwork. Every piece is a unique and original expression of the way I interpret life. If my pieces invoke an intense emotional reaction from the viewer, then they are successful works of art.

Gwen Glover Lewis

I work mainly in the mediums of oil and pastel. My subject matter primarily involves representational landscapes and nature. I have a deep love and appreciation for the prairie, pasture land, rural scenes and wilderness areas, and hope to transfer that feeling to the person viewing my art.

I feel that the mediums of oil and pastel best allow me the freedom to express my vision. I enjoy working in oil because of the depth and richness of the medium. I use a limited palette of white, ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow, alizarin crimson and cadmium red. All colors are mixed from those four pigments. Pastel, on the other hand, provides an immediate palette of a vast color range. My mission as a landscape artist is to make a person stop, look and appreciate a single moment in time.

The quote I best relate to is: “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way-things I had no words for” by Georgia O’Keeffe.