Fred Simon Gallery
The Fred Simon Gallery presents the artwork of a select number of Nebraska artists each year. You are welcome to visit the gallery, which is located in the Nebraska Arts Council offices at the historic Burlington building at 1004 Farnam Street, Lower Level, in Omaha's popular Old Market District.
Gallery hours of operation are 8 – 5, Monday through Friday. For more information about the gallery, contact J.D. Hutton or call 402/595-2142.
Peg Pennell and Lora Rocke: March 24 - May 2, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, March 28, 5-7 p.m.
In Living Color, an exhibition of textiles by Peg Pennell, and Ordinary People, an exhibition of textiles by Lora Rocke, are on display in the Fred Simon Gallery March 24 through May 2, 2014.
Peg Pennell, Textiles, Ashland
Working with fabric has always been a primary joy in my life. I love nature and delight in creating quilts with a vibrant and playful flair. When working on larger, more realistic designs, I nearly always have a smaller, more whimsical piece going, thereby satisfying a “split art personality.” I relish the mental stimulation of designing and executing a particularly challenging project and combine my own hand dyed textiles with commercially available fabrics to achieve designs. As a quilt designer, for more than 25 years, I have won over 200 awards, both locally and internationally. Hoping to enlighten the public that quilts are not just bed coverings, I continue to search out venues that will show my work in a gallery setting. --Peg Pennell
Lora Rocke, Textiles, Lincoln
As a lifelong Nebraska resident, it seems that I have always been involved in its art community. In high school and as a student at the University of Nebraska, my interests drew me to the study and production of art. After graduation I continued to be interested in a variety of media. I created a self-motivated study of techniques and experienced drawing, painting, weaving and dying through classes and workshops. In the 1980s, I developed a skill at batik, producing numerous portraits using the traditional hot wax method. In the early 1990s quilt making classes and fabric research led me to the discovery of the history and variety of antique quilting. I became enamored of the textures and surprises of printed, dyed and painted cloth. My adventure into quilting had begun, quilting and quiltmaking became my artistic media. Happily, I was able to develop my ideas to create patterns and books for quilters. Eventually my explorations led me to an intense use of thread to create painterly portraits of people with a feeling of depth and light.