The Agrarian Figure with Johne Richardson
January 22 – April 27, 2014
Kansas City based painter Johne Richardson has captured a diversity in the agrarian man and woman. His paintings are combined with figurative pieces from the permanent collection to inspire conversation about what it means to live and work on the land and in our natural surroundings.
Imagining the agrarian figure does not result in a singular form. Included in this exhibition are cowboys, farmers, musicians, soldiers, fathers and mothers, students. Who they are and how they are portrayed greatly varies. Explore the diverse ethnicity, religions, social positions, professions, idealized and realistic portrayals of the agrarian figure.
Richardson excels at watercolor painting. He painted more landscapes than anything else until recently. While attending a Civil War re-enactment, he observed the textures and colors of fabrics in the costumes worn by the participants and rediscovered a passion for painting the figure.
More recently, Richardson has been exploring new media such as acrylic and large canvases. This technique allows him to more freely explore the tonal abstractions to create an expressive character.
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 features work by the Ashland, NE painter Nov. 29, 2013 through Mar. 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 was held 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.