Two painters and a sculptor will feature examinations of mood and spirit in “Night Shades” Oct. 1 to Oct. 27, 2013 at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, 405 S. 11th St. in Omaha. Judith Anthony Johnston, Katrina Methot-Swanson and Tom Sitzman will host a First Friday opening reception 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 and will discuss their work in an art talk at 6 p.m. Oct. 10, 2013 at the gallery.
In March of 2013, painter Judith Anthony Johnston walked a 600-mile pilgrimage through Spain, the Camino de Santiago. “It was life changing in every way,” she says. In her new series of artworks, she “contemplates symbols and figures of the Camino, reflecting upon their capacity to connect one to personal truths. Compassion, faith, honesty, inclusion and knowledge…art speaks to this part of my existence.”
“Everything changes at night. Light slowly fades, and the world becomes a mysterious, sometimes scary place,” says painter Katrina Methot-Swanson. “In my recent series of paintings, I want to portray the everyday mundane activities that shift into a different mood at night. Each brushstroke is an experiment in the unspoken word. This slightly looser feel to my style of painting will entice viewers to be drawn in and be captivated, creating their own details.”
Sculptor Tom Sitzman includes several interpretations of a nighttime theme. In “Ode to the Planets” he reflects on the orbits of heavenly bodies, while considering one’s innermost thoughts in “Days Reflections,” which includes the outline of a human figure. He also will include revisited and reworked pieces in this month’s show.