Patty Wilson was in her early 20s when a friend, who was teaching Tole painting, invited her to a class.
Wilson had never taken a painting class.
But the Fremont resident agreed to try this form of decorative painting.
“I fell in love with painting and art,” Wilson said.
This month, Wilson and fellow Fremont Area Art Association members — Nancy O’Connor and Adrienne Herbert — are displaying their works at Gallery 92 West.
The public is invited to an artists’ reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday in the gallery at 92 W. Sixth St., in downtown Fremont. Admission is free.
Those who attend will see paintings, drawings and pottery. Stained glass, prints and sculpture also are included in the exhibit of some 60 pieces.
“They’ve been working hard for a year to make this happen,” said Barbara Gehringer, FAAA executive director.
For O’Connor, the collection of works represents a combination of people and places she loves along with “nine months of angst, my curiosity and in incurable urge to ‘make’ something,” states FAAA information.
Herbert is an Illinois native, who has spent much of her time near the Gulf Coast of Florida and near Lake of the Woods in Canada.
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Her primary sources of inspiration have been nature and people.
Whether hiking in the woods or swamps or sitting on a beach, she has a camera ready to capture her subject and savor memories of the experience to paint them.
Herbert paints in an Old Master’s technique. She also teaches painting.
And although she discovered a love of art from the Tole painting class, Wilson said she didn’t paint for several years.
“I was raising a family and working full time,” she said. “After I retired, I looked for a place where I could start painting again.”
She found the Fremont Area Art Association online and began attending their “Open Art Tuesdays.”
Since then, she’s done lots of painting.
“I’ve also taken up pottery and stained glass and I’ve got a little bit of all of that displayed in this show,” Wilson said.
Wilson enjoys art.
“I just love it,” she said. “I love creating. I love any kind of art – whether it’s pottery, stained glass or fiber art, but I always seem to go back to painting.”
Now, Wilson urges others to try their hand at art.
“I never thought I had any artistic talent,” she said. “So many people have this hidden talent they don’t even know about.”
Wilson commends the FAAA for the opportunities it provides.
“The art association is a fabulous place,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity for anybody who’s got any desire to be creative.”
This show will be on view throughout the month. Regular gallery hours are 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays and admission is free.
At the same time, gallery guests also have the opportunity to see “The Legacy of Nebraska” paintings by Todd Williams through Dec. 30.
The entire collection of those paintings is on display at five different galleries across the state including the FAAA building.
“At the end of the year, they’ll be dispersed to their private collections and will likely not be shown together again,” said Gehringer, urging area residents to use this opportunity to come and see the works.
Barb Tellatin, exhibits committee member, also noted that someone bought copies of Williams’ book, “The Legacy of Nebraska.” Those same copies now are being sold at the FAAA building with all proceeds benefiting the art association and its programming. Such proceeds can help the FAAA, which pays to bring some shows to the gallery.
A new lineup of shows is planned for both the front and back galleries of the art association building for 2018.
In January, the FAAA will host a show by Robert C. Therien Jr., retired art department chairman at Midland University. The show will be on exhibit in the main gallery. In the back gallery, area residents may view works by Fremont Public Schools students.