MEMBER ARTISTS

Learn about the member artists of the gallery! If you'd like to become a member, apply here!

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Desiree Christenson

CO-OWNER OF THE GALLERY

Painting and Mixed Media

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Painting and crafting in her grandma’s sewing room is one of Desiree’s earliest and favorite memories. Following in her grandma’s and mother’s footsteps, Desiree has always been busy creating art. From jewelry making to re-purposing to painting, she describes most of her art as whimsical and eclectic. She especially enjoys experimenting with acrylic paint on canvas, wood, and glass.

 

Desiree also loves to help others tap into their artistic side. She has led paint parties and classes for all ages and ability levels. Groups of friends, coworkers, and 4-H club members have all ended up successful artists under Desiree’s step-by-step guidance.

Originally from Northern California, Desiree now calls Aurora, Nebraska home. She and her husband, Phil, enjoy camping, fishing, live music, making barn quilts, and traveling.

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Judy Brumbaugh

Painting and Mixed Media

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Judy paints vibrant abstract mixed media pieces.

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Kelsey Gooder

Kelsey Pralle Gooder grew up on a small farm near Wymore Nebraska which continues to influence her work today. You will find the influence of farm animals, farm machinery/equipment, and farm life in her body of work.

 

She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with an Emphasis in Art K-12 and currently works as a K-12 Art Educator at Hampton Public School in Hampton Nebraska. Because of her work as an educator she dabbles in many different mediums in teaching students what art has to offer and what they are working on in the classroom can affect what she is working on in her own studio. Her favorite mediums to work in are acrylics, watercolors, and pastels.

 

She is passionate about sharing her love and joy for art with her students and with those who enjoy it! She looks at her ability as a gift given from God to which He deserves all the glory. 

 

For each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s grace. -1 Peter 4:10

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Lindsay Griepenstroh

Letterpress and Bookbinding

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Hi! My name is Lindsay! I run a letterpress shop based out of Lincoln, Ne. In college, I fell in love with type and paper. After being in graphic design for 10 years, I stumbled across letterpress and everything clicked. Century-old, cast-iron machines get me emotional and the community of people around it is an amazing group. Since then, I've also gotten into some bindery work.

What is letterpress? It is the old-school process of printing using movable lead type and a cast-iron printing press. Paper and inked type are pressed together giving a beautiful tactile impression as the end result. Every project that comes through the shop is printed by hand on a little Kelsey Excelsior 6x10 press. Each color that is chosen is mixed especially for that project. I love letterpress because each piece is personally made and thought over. You can tell that work and time were lovingly put into that printed paper and you feel special because someone took the time to make it for you.

I'm inspired by my family, Bible verses and the beautiful world God created. His truth gives me the courage to create.  Our value does not come from what we create. Our value is in being who our Creator made us to be.

My website is truthpapers.com

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Tanya Grosshans

Tanya Grosshans is a small town Artist from Aurora, Nebraska. She is a wife, and mother to four wonderful children.  She uses acrylic in most of her creations on canvas, finding inspiration from the Midwest landscapes and farmsteads she’s known since childhood.  Old buildings, windmills, and cattle often find their way into her artwork, though she’s willing to branch out into just about any subject her clients request.
 
Tanya has always wanted to find a way to continue her passion for painting.  Even in elementary school, art was the highlight of her day. After finishing high school, getting married and starting a family, artistry was put on hold, though she found ways to express her creativity throughout her home and in gifts she made for friends and family.  Now that her children are  all in school, she can devote more time to her art.  Her pieces are often displayed at the local boutique, in Jim’s Usave pharmacy, and exhibited at local events.  She also attended The Cattlemans Ball in 2018.  
 
Tanya views each day as a blessing from God.  She is grateful for every moment, either with her family or in her home studio.  She gives all credit to her Creator for,” He has made everything beautiful in its own time.”  Ecclesiastes 3:11  
 
You can find her on Facebook at The Country Canvas and also purchase her work at thecountrycanvas.com.

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Kate Laing

I am a fiber artist and illustrator, with the intention of creating goods that bring forth whimsy, warmth, and a sense of adventure. The great outdoors wildly inspire my creative soul, and much of my work is influenced by our National Parks and public lands. I am drawn to the red rocks of the American Southwest's wilderness, and the forested areas of our Nebraska landscapes. 

I am currently based in western Kansas near Lake Scott State Park, though my Nebraska roots run deep. I am a Hastings College graduate (2016), and grew up in the Omaha area. I've illustrated a children's book called "Rachel the Raccoon's Camp Adventures," and also collaborated on the design and illustration work for a board game called "Machinations: A Game of Devious Schemes." I've been featured in several writing publications and podcasts, speaking about bravery and creativity.

To view additional fiber and illustration work, please visit katelaing-kateworks.com or find my Instagram corner at @bravelykatelaing.

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D&M Stained Glass

Stained Glass

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D&M Stained Glass work with glass, lead came, copper foil and solder. They enjoy making small stained glass pieces like Sun-catchers. Hanging them in your home gives pops of color to rooms as well as showing what interests you might have.

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Teri Martens

Metal Sculpture

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Teri Martens was gifted with a strong mechanical ability. She was raised in the city, but spent lots of time on her grandparents’ farm growing up. In her early twenties, Martens was a partner in a start up bicycle business, but rather than working in sales or accounting, she became a mechanic, building racing wheels and repairing bicycles.  Over the years, Martens got a BS in graphic design, had a family and worked in advertising. In 2009, she took an industrial welding class at a community college.  She excelled in the class and a metal artist was born. In 2013 Martens did her first large exhibition, a RAW Art event which was the first of many shows, exhibits and eventually gallery representation.

 

Martens works exclusively in steel, either new or scrap and many sculptures are assemblage pieces.  She enjoys creating, owls, foxes, birds, fish, horses, and cats but she also creates trellises, birdbaths, arbors and suns and other outdoor pieces. She has refined her methods and processes for the past 10 years moving from two dimensional work into almost exclusively 3D sculpture. She describes her work as mostly problem solving.  “I find a piece that I think will work for an owl’s wing, for example, but it may need to be cut or reshaped, heated and bent or drilled and attached with screws.”  Every piece is a series of problems solved. “Sort of like a jigsaw puzzle,” she says. Martens’ mission in life as well as in her art is simple: Be kind, be useful, be productive.  Every day as she enters her studio, located in the Loess hills of western Iowa, she is grateful that she can create art that uplifts, surprises and is loved for the way it makes her collectors feel.

 

You can check out Teri’s latest work at her website: martensmetaldesign.com

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Teresa Miller

Macrame

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Studio TJM started as a small business for my creative energies. One project will often lead to several others and I enjoy making and creating every day. If you don’t see it, contact me and I can create something special for you. I would love to bring your vision to life! I visualize and get inspiration for my work from many other creative souls out there and also from my love of travel. I love to experience other cultures, their food and their arts and crafts. I oftentimes start a piece not knowing fully where it will go, and intuitively it will come to me as I’m working and creating. I love this about my work and my process. I find joy in tying knots and beading as well as weaving and crochet.

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Tori Swanson

CO-OWNER OF THE GALLERY

2-D Art

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I am an artist based in Nebraska! My passion as a painter is to capture rural life with light and color, and show others the beauty in the simple. I graduated in 2017 with a BA in Art from Hillsdale College, and have since pursued a career as an artist.

While my main mediums are oil and watercolor, I also enjoy acrylic, charcoal, and graphite. My goal is to call attention to the beauty and dignity of God’s creation, and ultimately I hope that my art brings others joy and peace.

Besides art, my other passions are cooking, chilling with my dog Oakley, and anything outdoorsy!

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Susan Wilder-Madsen

Quilts

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I am a retired teacher and elementary school librarian. I moved to Aurora from Texas in 2016. I began sewing quilt tops for my church’s womens group to tie. I had little sewing experience. I love fabric shops and buying fabric. I am learning as I go! Material Girl in Grand Island quilts my tops and I hand sew the binding. I enjoy quilting and want to share them with others.

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Anna Marie Steffenson

Anna Marie Steffenson is an international artist who grew up half in the Middle East and half on her family farm in Nebraska, 50 miles east of Aurora.  She has developed a new watercolor technique called Rashatain that allows her to push the physical limitations within that medium.  Anna Marie specializes in watercolor and bilingual calligraphy.  Her body of work focuses on bridging cultures. 

Anna Marie’s work is found in private, public, corporate, and religious collections throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.  You can find her work at AnnaMarieSteffenson.com

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Cindy McClellan - BeNt Shadows

Sculpture and Photography

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Simple, sculptural and peaceful describes the BeNt Shadows art. Light and shadows transform throughout the day allowing the art to be ever changing.

Cindy McClellan is from Aurora, Nebraska. She has been showing art in galleries since 1995. Her primary focus is on simple shapes.

"BeNt . . . it all started with an artist challenge to paint on bent canvases. I used bendy plywood as the structure. Since I am more of a sculptor than painter, I was not sure what my bent artwork would be. I built the background and late at night, I was moving 20 foot sticks of steel rod over the top of the bent wood background and wow . . . bent shadows! The shadows cascaded across the piece and I was fascinated by the line and shapes, thus the concept of Bent Shadows was born." — Cindy McClellan

The pieces are influenced by simple lines and shadows found in everyday objects. In a sometimes over stimulating world, BeNt Shadows art gives you moments of a peaceful pause for your eyes to relax.

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Jon Bigelow

Photography

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I am a Nebraska photographer with a passion for anything that allows creative freedom. My interest in the arts started at a young age with a love for drawing and was recently revitalized about a year ago when I started hyperrealism drawing. However, patience never being a strength of mine; I needed a new creative outlet and started exploring photography.

I love capturing landscapes in a unique way and showing off the beauty that can be found locally.  I find the process of driving to a location, exploring, and composing shots to be very calming and relaxing as well as extremely rewarding.  I have since branched out into other forms of photography, but nothing will ever beat the feeling of a solo hike in Nebraska with a camera in hand.

If you are interested in seeing some of my other landscape photos, please check out my Instagram: BiggieThePhotographer

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Nancy Fairbanks

Pottery

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Nancy has been a professional potter for over 30 years. Her works range from whimsical critters and beautiful sculptures to functional dinnerware and custom orders. Nancy Fairbanks is available for Artist In Residence in schools grades k-college through the Nebraska Arts Council. Fairbanks Pottery Studio offers workshops for adults and children as well as birthday parties! Contact Nancy for details: catsinclay@aol.com

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Danielle Eastman

Handcarved Paper

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Danielle Easdale is an Award Winning, International Paper Artist who creates portraits and artworks out of paper. Australian born, she now resides with her family in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. 

By daylight she works in the recycling industry where she developed a love of all things paper.  By night she hand carves, cuts and manipulates paper with a scalpel blade into intricate works of art. 

Danielle fell in love with the contrasts of paper - both incredibly fragile, yet somehow durable, withstanding the tests of time.  An avid traveler, Danielle likes to stop and see the beauty in the small things in life and draws her inspiration from the fine details surrounding her.

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Brush Needle Hoop

Crochet

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Hello, my name is Shari.  I am the owner of brush needle hoop and I love all types of yarn.  My grandmother taught me how to crochet a single chain when I was young and that is about as far as I got. As I got older, I taught myself how to knit and discovered that both knitting and crochet allow me to take my hobby where ever I go........softball fields, basketball courts, in the carpool lane, you get the idea??  I L-O-V-E to knit or crochet in public.  It's a conversation starter and allows me the opportunity to talk about my craft. It also keeps me off my phone and doing something productive!  I love all types of fibers especially those that have been recycled or repurposed. My head is always alive and buzzing with new ideas.   I am constantly thinking of you guys, the customers, and what you might like to see next. 

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