UNO Alumna Featured in Artists' Copperative Gallery Exhibit
Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 23, 2013 21:09
This month’s feature show at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery located in downtown Omaha brings glassblower Frank Daharsh and painters Virginia Ocken and Dar VandeVoort.
The Artists’ Cooperative Gallery has been in operation in Omaha since 1975, giving local artists the opportunity to show their work. The gallery also brings together two or three different artists’ works each month to create a feature show.
September’s feature show, Connections, consists of Omaha native Daharsh, and two painters from Council Bluffs, Ocken and VandeVoort.
Ocken received a degree at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and then taught art in various elementary schools in Council Bluffs. She later retired and started painting for the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery. “My gallery is mainly based on acrylic on canvas, but I have also worked with silk, pottery, oil and charcoal drawing,” she said.
Ocken’s work is all based on charcoal drawings she sketches from live models. It takes her anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes to finish this part of the process. She then traces the drawing onto the canvas to paint it.
She uses the values from the drawing to create the values in the paint. She likes to work with composition, so her paintings always end up being the size of her drawings. The drawings are made on big pieces of paper in order to trace them onto the canvas to create a more realistic perspective.
What the audience finds the most interesting from Ocken’s paintings is the process she uses to create them. It is a long and methodic process, and there is no time limit on when she has to finish it; every piece is different. “How long does it take you to make a thousand decisions? Cause that’s how long it takes me,” she said.
VandeVoort is another feature artist of September. Her work is mainly based on real images and then is transformed into a very abstract piece of art using a pallet knife.
VandeVoort is very imaginative and spontaneous. Her work is also built up on acrylic and the combination of vivid colors in her pieces is what really makes her stand out from the rest.
The third feature artist of the month is Daharsh. His work consists of glassblowing and he also has a studio in the Omaha Hot Shops. He has particular ideas and he bases his work on spontaneity and abstractness to express daily life.
His interesting sense of humor is what makes him such a different artist; he is witty and names his pieces in unexpected ways. Some examples of his work are “Streaming social media” and “Honey, the Internet is down.”
Next month’s feature show, “Night Shades”, opens Friday, Oct. 4 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.