In an effort to enhance the educational value of Impact exhibits and further involve the viewer, each artwork includes a brief descriptor.
Descriptors may describe an unusual artistic technique, tell a story, give insight into the artist's thinking, or provide other educational background material. Following are examples from each show.
Impact Willa Cather Exhibit
Artists respond to American writer and Pulitzer recipient, Willa Cather.
As If They Were Persons
From: Book 1 Chapter 4
by Willa Cather
"Trees were so rare in that country, and they had such a hard fight to grow that we used to feel anxious about them, and visit them as if they were persons."
Floor of the Sky
Oil on Canvas
From: Book VII Chapter 4
Death Comes for the Archbishop
by Willa Cather
“Elsewhere the sky is the roof of the world; but here the earth was the floor of the sky. The landscape one longed for when one was away, the thing all about one, the world one actually lived in, was the sky, the sky!”
Like the steady rhythm of time, life goes on—sunrise, sunset, year after year.
The bits and pieces in this rusty landscape vary in age. Some are new and smooth, others are over a hundred years old—weathered and timeworn—collected from fields, tracks, dusty roads, byways, and places untold. Imagine the stories they could tell! Discarded and cast aside with little thought, scraps of history, now rearranged and reconfigured into a new vista, chained together in this present time for a journey through another hundred years.
North Platte, Nebraska
This special painting captures the spiritual essence of connection—between musician, instrument, and the rhythmic flow of music.
The shifting passages of watercolor further enhance this sensation.
In this painting, I portray the double bass which is the largest of the string instruments in the symphony orchestra. Its low tones often provide a rhythmic and harmonic foundation which makes the whole orchestra sound richer and more resonant.
School District # 29
Nebraska roots run deep, and some of the strongest grew from our one-room schoolhouses.
Our pioneer families saw fit to cultivate the education of our children, and these young roots reaped the benefits of their education wherever they decided to grow.
Acrylic / Mixed media
This painting was inspired by an Aurora Borealis I saw in Alaska. I thought it looked like an abstract expressionist painting. The Aurora Borealis, known as the Northern Lights, is a result of electrons colliding with the upper levels of the Earth’s atmosphere. Layers of blues, purples, gold, blacks, fuchsias, and oranges move across the sky, creating a magical skyscape.