Denise Lemaster: Canadian Foothills
July 30 – November 30, 2014
A Canadian artist makes her U.S. debut at two art museums this year. Paintings by Canadian artist Denise Lemaster are exhibited July 30 to November 30, 2014 at Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art in David City, Nebraska. The paintings travel to The Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, Wyoming for exhibition Jan. 30 – May 17, 2015. This American debut of the artist’s paintings is commemorated with a 20-page exhibition catalog.
This is the museum’s first exhibition of work by an artist from outside the U.S. The Nicolaysen Art Museum focuses on contemporary art of the Rocky Mountains and High Plains, stretching into Canada. The museums have joined together to tell Lemaster’s story—through fine art that reflects the natural landscape and celebrates agrarian life.
The exhibition Canadian Foothills captures a variety of terrain in the mountains and plains surrounding Calgary, British Columbia. Lemaster paints the landscape of Canada with reverence toward the land. She hopes that people will remain connected to the land by enjoying and conserving the natural landscape. Through painting, she celebrates the beauty of Canada’s wild land and glorifies it without leaving her own footprint.
Lemaster has been inspired by the Group of Seven as well as artists such as Carl Rungius and Andrew Wyeth. The artist constantly learns and experiments with neutral to bright colors and light. By furthering her art through en plein air (painting outdoors) Lemaster creates a sense of immediacy and connection to the natural world.
Prairie Grass Portraits
Prairie Grass Portraits by Kristine Allphin Brakenhoff featured a presentation on Gardening with Nature In Mind by Bob Henrickson, Nebraska Statewide Arboretum
July 2 – November 2, 2014
Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art presents Prairie Grass Portraits by batik artist Kristine Allphin Brackenhoff July 2 through November 2, 2014 at the museum in David City.
Educational programs enhanced the public’s experience of the exhibition. On July 8 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm area 4-H club members participated in a two-hour workshop led by Justin Evertson, Green Infrastructure Coordinator at the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum. The hands-on workshop helped 4-H members learn to identify and tend native grasses which contribute to a healthy ecosystem.
Members of area 4-H Clubs will contribute volunteer hours to plan and begin planting native plants in the back yard of Bone Creek Museum.
On August 14 at 5:30 pm Horticulture Program Coordinator at the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum Bob Henrickson provided a presentation entitled, Gardening with Nature In Mind.
Kristine Allphin Brakenhoff has been working in fine art batik since 2011. “It didn’t take long to realize these prairie grasses, like the river, were the perfect subject to be expressed in this unpredictable medium of batik,” said Kristine. She has received acclaim within batik circles and her work is in collections as far away as Sri Lanka, where batik is highly praised. Prairie Grass Portraits is Kristine’s latest series in response to her exploration of her new home near Hastings, Nebraska. This exhibition and its accompanying educational programs are meant to cause the viewer to reflect on the importance of preserving Nebraska’s native grasses.
Canadian Foothills Reception
Recently Denise Lemaster spoke about her art and life as an artist as part of the Canadian Foothills exhibition. See the exhibition before it ends November 30.
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