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When it comes to art shows, typically the works of one or two artists are featured.

But a new show at Gallery 92 West will feature works by a family.

The public is invited to an artists’ reception for the Meister Family from 5-7 tonight in the Fremont Area Art Association building, 92 W. Sixth St. The show and reception coincide with an exhibit of Tom Harnack Pottery. The public is invited to the reception and admission is free.

Those attending can view the Meister Family exhibit in the Dugan Gallery and the Tom Harnack Pottery in the Hinds Gallery, both of which are in the art association building.

The Meister exhibit will include paintings, woodworking, fiber art, pottery, pastels and photography.

Attendees will have opportunities to meet Meister family members.

As a young girl, Myrna Meister remembers disappearing with her watercolor set and sitting on an orange-crate desk, painting cherry blossoms. She attended Peru State College, where she took art classes. She raised three children and drew for the Yellow Pages before digitalization.

About six years ago a friend said artists were going to start meeting at the art association on Tuesdays to get back to painting. She spends Tuesday’s there. Several of her paintings have been chosen to go to ANAC. She is currently working in watercolor or acrylics, an FAAA newsletter states.

Meister’s husband, Ray, taught English and speech and later became media director at the local high school. This involved him in video production and leading district libraries into the age of computers. He also was a charter member of Fremont’s Pathfinder Chorus.

While teaching, he took an adult woodworking. He creates serving trays, jewelry boxes, birdhouses and cabinets, mostly out of native hardwoods from the Meisters’ family farm in southeast Nebraska, and also exotic hardwoods from Africa and South America.

Meister family members enjoy music and art.

Kate (Meister) Baird took high school and college art classes. Before she had children, she spent six years honing her wheel work at the magnet school for pottery at Brookhaven College.

Recently, she took an eight-week sabbatical and spent most of her time using her pottery skills, learning to weave on floor looms and working toward attaining 10,000 hours of painting time.

Currently, Julie (Meister) Fahrlander’s favorite medium is pastels. She paints in an impressionist style. Her subject matter includes still life, portraits and landscapes.

Her pastel, “On the Verge” won Best of Show at the 2018 FAAA Association of Nebraska Art Clubs Selection Show.

Scott Meister has loved music, photography, videography and creating most of his life. He began experimenting with Super 8mm cameras and claymation as an elementary student.

He began painting with his daughter, Coco, in recent years.

Coco, a self-taught artist, enjoys working with clay and paint, and likes making claymation videos.

Tom Harnack started working in clay in the mid-’70s.

He received Scholastic awards throughout junior high and high school, including the 1984 Director Award in Ames, Iowa. Harnack studied ceramics at the University of Northern Iowa on an art scholarship and earned a master of fine arts degree at the University of Iowa in 1995.

Harnack has worked with professional artists Jun Kaneko (the Fremont California Project) and Taku Kawasaki. Harnack opened Omaha Clay Works in the Old Market with Dan Toberer in 2000.

Omaha Clay Works provides working space, gallery and a teaching facility for local artists.

Harnack was a recipient of the Greenfield scholarship as an Artist in Residence at the Armory Arts Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. There he built many of kilns and worked with the Lighthouse School of Art in Tequesta, Fla. He now operates his personal studio in Malvern, Iowa, and teaches.

The art association is a non-profit service organization with a mission to “promote visual art culture and education” in Fremont and the surrounding area.

Gallery 92 West, housed in the FAAA building, hosts many different exhibits each year, featuring works from international, national, regional and local artists.

Each month, it hosts an artists’ reception which is free and open to the public. The receptions give visitors a chance to meet artists.

Regular gallery hours are 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays. Admission is free.

The art association also offers a variety of classes.

“The FAAA offers opportunities all throughout the year for folks to explore their own brand of creativity,” said Barbara Gehringer, executive director.

More information is available at the gallery at 721-7779.


News Editor

Tammy Real-McKeighan is news editor of the Fremont Tribune. She covers news, features, religion stories and writes the weekly faith-based, Spiritual Spinach column.

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