Pastoral, Bucolic, Idyllic: Home with Wendy Hall
November 29, 2013 – March 23, 2014
Pastoral landscapes and bucolic scenes of Nebraska are synonymous with oil painter Wendy Hall.
Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art welcomes the Ashland, NE painter for a one-woman show Nov. 29, 2013 through March 23, 2014. Artworks in this show, Pastoral, Bucolic, Idyllic: Home with Wendy Hall, include horses, cattle, and the rolling hills of Eastern Nebraska.
An opening reception will be Dec. 7, 2013 from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. at the museum.
Wendy Hall has been painting since the mid-nineties. She has received multiple museum exhibitions in the state.
She is originally from Rye, New York, a few hours north of New York City. Her mother would take her into the city to go the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a young girl. There she fostered her love for art. She was an art director for years before turning to the canvas herself. Now her cattle are her models.
She paints the surrounding of her husband’s great-grandparents 160 acre homestead outside Ashland. The property used to be the site of a one-room country school. A bit of the foundation and the flag pole are all that remain. Like so many of Nebraska’s farms, original home sites are just a memory.
Images of the farm are tranquil; showing a misleading life of easy days, just standing and laying around. There are rarely human figures in Hall’s work. When the work is being done, she is out there helping. There is no time to take pictures for potential paintings. Those pictures come later, when the work is done; the animals and land at peace.
Winter: Sleeping or Stirring?
November 29, 2013 – January 19, 2014
An exhibition in the South 80 Gallery examines the changing of seasons. Winter welcomes a stark change in outdoors activity, particularly for farmers in the Midwest and Great Plains. Mother Nature offers the crop land a respite during winter.
But not everything hibernates. Explore artworks from the permanent collection that speak to the activity on the land even in the apparently dormant season. Fowl appear to be the most active during the winter months in paintings like Sheila Orr’s “One Cold Morning” and Thomas Manglesen’s photograph of sandhill cranes, “Peace Dance.” Other critters such as “Snow Bunny” by Russ Duerkson make a less obvious appearance as they brave the cold winter days.
Tom Bartek’s serigraphs show that animals are not the only ones that come out to play in the snow. Winter was a common subject for Bartek. He often placed the viewer at a window, looking out to see his sons playing in the snow.
Dale Nichols also captured winter activity in his nostalgic farm scenes. “Morning Chore” was subtitled “Breaking Ice” because at the center of the composition is a man breaking the ice in the stock tank. Nichols scenes were especially popular for reproduction on commercial and utilitarian objects. On display is a collection of these items, including a metal tray, cookie tin, puzzle and Christmas cards.