Two shows at WNAC display photography, artist ephemera

February 3, 2019

SCOTTSBLUFF — Two shows that recently opened at the West Nebraska Arts Center are well worth the stop in to browse.


In the upstairs gallery, WNAC’s 37th IMAGE exhibit contains a collection of 59 photographs from 25 artists in the Panhandle and surrounding area.

Professional photographer and former Star-Herald Special Projects Editor Steve Frederick, of Scottsbluff, judged the show and selected the awards, with one Best of Show and two Honorable Mentions given in each division: professional, adult and youth. One photographer in the adult division was the recipient of the Jim Downey Award for Best Landscape. The winners received monetary prizes.

The Best of Show in the Professional Division went to Kimberly Sharples of Kimball for her digital photograph, “Kinetic Light Show in Downtown Denver.”

“Arresting, memorable visual magic, bringing order to a chaos of shapes, lines, colors and textures through a filter of cones, leaving plenty of creative space for the viewer’s imagination to roam,” Frederick wrote in his comments on Sharples’ image. “It draws me in to study the wealth of details. Masterful use of shadows to give the image depth. No distractions — well lighted, composed focused with nothing overdone in editing.”

Honorable mentions in the Professional Division went to Gina Campell of Scottsbluff for her digital image, “Be’Be Ballerine,” and to Sara Sharples of Colorado Springs, Colorado, for her digital photograph, “Fontanna Zdroj in Market Square, Wroclaw, Poland.”

In the Adult Division, Anita Chadwick of Scottsbluff’s image, “This is Egypt,” took Best of Show, with honorable mentions going to Yelena Khanevskaya of Scottsbluff’s image “Fireball,” and Dan Lewis of Torrington’s “Yesteryear.”

In the Youth Division, Ethan Sharples of Kimball won Best of Show with “Forgotten in the Field,” with honorable mentions going both to Daniela Sharples for “Art By God” and “Dakota in the Tree.”

The Jim Downey Award for Best Landscape went to Jerry Fegler of Bayard for his image, “Chimney Rock Springtime.”

This year’s IMAGE exhibit was sponsored by Laura Clark and dedicated in memory of William J. Clark. The exhibit is open now and runs through Feb. 25.


In WNAC’s Bronson Gallery, you can catch a glimpse of textures and ephemera curated from the collections and minds of local artists with the “Creative Pages” exhibit, which is open now and runs until March 31.

The group non-juried show consists of scrapbooks with single and multiple pages, art journals, altered art books and cards — basically, things people create with paper.

WNAC Executive Director Michele Denton said the exhibit is a blend of more traditional scrapbooks paired with wilder and more experimental collage works.

“It looks like junk to some people, but to the artist, a journal is their format for storing ideas that they want to revisit,” Denton said. “It helps refresh their memories.”

The pieces in this show seem to clash a contrast between the minds of artists who prefer arranging things organized and orderly with the aggregations and oddments of artists who tend more toward free association.

In addition to the exhibit, the Creative Pages Makerspace will also be open in the Bronson Gallery from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays each week during the duration of the show.

Adult and youth artists are welcome to stop in and bring their own materials or use supplies provided by WNAC to create their own works from paper, all while soaking in inspiration from the exhibit works.

“We’ll also have a sit-in night one of the nights to allow people to come in and lay out all of their things,” Denton said. “We’ll be able to all sit together and share our ideas and make things.”

For more information, contact WNAC at 308-632-2226.

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