Due to health restrictions because of COVID, Jean Barban is unable to present her Rock Painting class in October.
OAI member Sue Loyd has graciously accepted to do a class for us on Plein Air – Acrylic/Watercolor/Oil. Sue attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, majored in Fine Art, and married before completing her Bachelor's degree. In addition to family life, Sue was active in Midwest Photo Company (her family's photo lab) until the lab closed. She then worked at Omaha Public Schools. At that time, she began painting with plein air artists locally. Upon retiring in 2018, Sue stepped up her painting, sought out artistic communities, and participated in juried and organizational art shows. Sue is a new member of the Artists' Cooperative Gallery this year, is active in Omaha Artists, Inc., (where she has won a first place award in a showing), has work on display at the Hoff Family Arts and Cultural Center in Council Bluffs, and is a member of Nebraska Women's Caucus for Art. She is married to David Loyd, who is also a member of the Artists' Cooperative Gallery.
We will meet at Zorinsky Park using the East entrance off 168th Street. The entrance is the first east turn into the park south of Center Street (look for the balloons at the entrance sign). There is a covered pavilion and restroom facilities are at this location.
Easel or flat work surface for watercolors
Stretched canvas or canvas board for oil or acrylic. Small sizes work well because of the short time span
Watercolor paper. (Dick Blick and Strathmore have watercolor pads that work well as surface also; Cold
Press is rougher and Hot Press is smoother.
Folding chair or stool (unless you prefer to stand)
Paints, the fewer the better. I bring a color wheel too for reference
Water for cleaning brushes
Water, solvents, and mediums as needed for mixing paints. Squeeze bottles or spray bottles work well.
Palette knives (acrylic or oil)
Paper towels or rags and bag to put trash in & clip to attach bag to worksurface or easel
Pencil to make preliminary sketch
Camera to take reference photo
Frisket for watercolors
Compact easel sets available from artist supply stores
Backpack to make it easier to carry supplies
Small, wheeled tote box (available at office supply stores/Walmart)
Do you work full-time? Is joining a gallery on your bucket list? Well, 2020 is the PERFECT year to make this happen, and this evening meeting will give you the information you need. You will not want to miss this opportunity!
Please come join us Wednesday, October 28 IN THE EVENING at 6:30- Covid style - at Valentino’s 102nd and Maple Street. We will wear masks, set only three to a table, and social distance. Valentino’s has a large room in which we will meet.
Photographer Ashley Stevens will share her journey as an artist/photographer/multiple gallery member from Dallas to Gretna. A question and answer session will follow her program.
Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 at 6:30 pm Valentino’s, 102nd & Maple Street – Function Room
Hi! My name is Ashley Stevens. I am a local Nebraska photographer. I am in four different art galleries, here in Nebraska. I participate in shows and events and run a portrait photography business. I strive to be a one-stop shop for all photography needs. I print my own fine art prints and can create anything of which you dream. I capture everyday moments in my art so others can enjoy the beauty of life. I begin my career shooting portraits in Omaha, and I enjoy working with all types of subjects.
I was born in Illinois but raised in Omaha. I love the Midwest and the changing seasons. I was the “surprise that turned into the blessing.” (my parents’ words)! My grandmother lived with us and we hung out together a lot.
Emmett and I knew some mutual friends who introduced us. We have nine grandchildren and three children.
I went to Metro and was trained as a commercial artist. I worked for the Yellow Pages way back when. However, I felt “the call” to become a teacher in my 30s. How great is it that we live in a country where we can return to college at any point in our lives? So, I returned to college and earned a teaching degree.
I taught first grade for 15 years. After my brother passed in 2012, I took a hard look at my life and decided I would leave the classroom and sub. I was working about 70 hours a week and I was afraid I would be so busy I would not participate in my grandchildren’s lives. I wanted them to know me and I wanted to know them!
About three years ago, I joined the Passageway Gallery in Omaha’s Old Market. It is a co-op gallery, and everyone is quite helpful in teaching artists how to grow. Last year, just before Covid-19, I joined Nebraska City’s Self Expressions Gallery. Both galleries have been a lot of fun!
Tell us about your history with Omaha Artists, Inc?
My mother passed before I was 30. At that time, I knew a fellow artist, and some of you know her, too. Her name was Maxine Tatreau. She became my “adopted” mother. She had been a member of OAI, and she encouraged me to join when I left the classroom.
What do you like most about this organization or the people?
I love the membership! We are fortunate to have a diverse group – some of our artists are professionals while others are just beginning the journey. I am a people-person. It is from others I gain energy and when we meet for Fun Shops or general meetings to learn about others, I draw a star on my calendar for a “red letter day!” Remember, if you’re not enjoying this thing called “life” then you’re doing something wrong! Now, of course, we all have bad days and even chapters in life, but OAI adds spice to life for me.
Anything you would recommend to new members or those thinking of joining?
Let us know you want to get involved, please! We are looking for three people, right now, to help on an easy committee!
Tell us about a couple of your favorite books you have read (name and author)?
“Business Boutique” by Christy Wright and “First Phone Call from Heaven” by Mitch Albom
What are your travel experiences?
Our family camped all over the Midwest as I was growing up. I saved up my pennies and visited relatives in Germany when I was 20. I have visited many, many National Parks, Alaska, Hawaii, and the Caribbean
What are you known for?
I am tall, patient, kind, and cannot tell a joke, although sometimes I am naturally humorous!
What skills would you like to learn?
I love watercolor. It is a goal to keep some areas of the composition negative and just keep the white paper.
Has anything or anyone changed your life?
I believe my parents had a huge influence on my attitude. They were positive and saw problems as “stepping stones from which to grow”. When I asked my father what he thought about me returning to college to become a teacher he said, “Go for it, kid!”
What is your favorite quote or saying?
Be positive...it’s my blood type and motto for life!
Our member and friend, Barbara Mitchell, passed earlier this year. At our September Fun Shop, each guest was given a rose in remembrance of Barbara!
Barbara’s family recognized the joy and contributions this dear artist added to our club. Therefore, they have authorized the creation of a memorial fund, in Barbara Mitchell’s honor, funding a watercolor workshop next year. Your contributions may be sent to:
This cookbook fundraiser is to help reduce the cost of the OAI 2021 GALA. Please read all instructions carefully and submit a maximum of FIVE (5) recipes per artist. We have a new deadline for all recipes, we don't have enough yet.
Deadline for all recipes is November 15, 2020. Learn more.
June 2020 was the passing of the rose ceremony. Pictured Katie Johnson-President, Barbara Egr-Vice President, Judy Freeland-Secretary and Jo Anne Nielsen-Treasurer. We welcome the new Executive Board (2020-2021), Barbara Egr-President, Sherry Reese-Vice President, Linda Leary-Secretary and Jo Anne Nielsen-Treasurer! During her presidency, Katie Johnson totally appreciated each member who was on the OAI Board. These volunteer positions are each an important cog in the wheel that makes this organization successful. The passing of the gavel to Barbara Egr will make for a smooth transition during this bumpy COVID road!
At the installation of officers, two members were awarded “The Extra Mile Award” by Katie Johnson. Susan Stevens, a past Vice President, manages the OAI Website, co-chairs the Membership Committee, handles the email communications, is on the Cookbook Committee, has published the rosters and has provided other services and advice. She willingly fills many needs of OAI without complaint. During COVID, there were many times Susan sent out blanket emails each time we had to cancel or postpone an event.
Jo Anne Nielsen, a past vice president and president, Hostess Committee, then and now co-chair of the Membership Committee, since 2001 has been on the ANAC Committee, Newsletter, Treasurer (Executive Board), assisted with art shows, published numerous rosters and is a wealth of information and help for anyone with questions.
For almost 20 years, through the generous donations of our membership, Omaha Artists, Inc. has given art supplies to various groups. We continue with this worthwhile giving opportunity every November at the holiday Fun Shop. We are no longer able to take any used supplies, and the list has changed a bit. Please consider helping us to gather items that will be appreciated and used by the Life Care patients at the Lied Transplant Center, Nebraska Medicine. If you are unable to attend or shop, monetary donations help fill in areas of need or where we are short on supplies.
First of all, thank you for the honor of representing and leading our membership this upcoming 2020-2021 year. I am honored and excited.
Recently, the Officers and Board members met at the Lutheran Church of the Master. I am extremely grateful to this church for allowing our club to meet – COVID style:
Entering the north door (look for balloon)
Three to a table
So, the 2020-2021 art year for OAI officially began with...
COVID is everywhere. Have you noticed? It’s in our news, workplace, demands for masks, on my bank statement and yet I urge you all to set fears aside– yes, Covid-19 is real. I’m not suggesting anyone put themselves or family members at risk – I’m encouraging you all to set concerns and fears aside and focus on nurturing your creative juices.
If you’re staying home, use this time to reorganize your studio. Overwhelmed? Try working on this project fifteen minutes a day...set your timer. No studio? Create a small corner just for you somewhere in your dwelling.
Then, start a new series! No ideas? Draw, paint, or sculpt your breakfast dishes after you've eaten!
So, I will not allow this pandemic to rob me of the joy I derive from making art. Please join me on this journey.
Our Fun Shops will look a little different this year – like everything else on the planet!! If you can, come anyway.
I look forward to seeing and hearing about your artistic endeavors.
Creatively, Barbara Egr Omaha Artists Inc. President Email Barbara