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Willa Cather Foundation - Red Cloud Nebraska (NE)

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Prairie Perspectives

Prairie Perspectives

Thursday, March 2, 2017 to Sunday, April 30, 2017
Red Cloud Opera House
413 North Webster Street
Red Cloud, NE 68970

This unique show will show two different perspectives of the Nebraska Prairie.  One from a long time resident that grew up on the prairie and another from the East Coast that had intense, even transformative, experience on the prairie.  Stop in to enjoy these two unique views of the Nebraska prairie.  


About the Artist

Ki Doolittle Slaymaker, Artist

Ki (K-eye) is a third generation ranch wife and artist, living in the sand hills of Nebraska near Atkinson. Having grown up in the saddle and working with cattle and horses her whole life brings an intuitive connection to the art that she creates.  Light, shadow and detail & texture are the strongest themes that define most of her artwork. Studying with nationally known teachers while being involved with art clubs has benefited her education.   Ki is the past president of the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs (2004-05) and served for several terms on the exhibit board. While rodeos were a strong favorite for many years, 3 trophy saddles were earned, now finding time to paint is a priority.

Ki enjoys photography, oil painting, acrylic, water color, pastel and colored pencil. Favorite things: Horses, Reading, gardening, hiking, her cow/calf operation, fishing, life drawing with fellow artists and enjoying time with her Mother,  4 kids, 4 grand kids & Blue, the cow dog.   

Katie Weiss

I fell in love with art while studying art history in college. After completing a degree in Clothing and Textiles, I studied painting at the Brooklyn Museum Art School, NY Studio School, and earned an MFA in painting at Queens College, CUNY. My work is representational, grounded in an emotional connection to the subject. For many years, my primary subject was the city streets of New York. More recently, my focus has shifted to more natural settings. In addition to painting, I also like to do printmaking, especially monotypes. My work has been exhibited most frequently NY, NJ and CT. I taught studio art in a public high school in New York City for many years. Currently I live and paint in my studio in New Jersey. I am a member of the Prince Street Gallery in New York City.

Artist Statement by Katie

In June, 2015, I traveled to Nebraska to see and sketch the landscape. I had never been to the state before, but was inspired by scenes in the movie, “Nebraska.” Something about the vast openness of land and sky seemed to me an essential aspect of America, very different from the East. My weeklong road trip ended in Red Cloud. Having been moved by Willa Cather’s novels, I wanted to see the place she had written about. In the restored prairie outside of Red Cloud, I found what I was looking for. Standing in the prairie was an intense, even transformative experience. Back home in New Jersey, I did a series of paintings based on watercolors, photographs and memories of the prairie. I hope some of that experience is expressed in these paintings.

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