A new art exhibit opened at the Artists’ Cooperative Fine Art Gallery last Tuesday featuring local Omaha artists.
The art exhibit, called re’flekSH(e)n, features work from Frank Daharsh, Hope Dendinger and Dar Vande Voort, and it explores reflections of light through glass-blown objects and paintings.
The opening reception took place at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery’s location at 10th and Harney.
Frank Daharsh is one of the featured artists and a glassblower of 20 years. He has been a member of the Cooperative Gallery for 10 years.
“They are all local artists,” Daharsh said. “It’s a well-known community for artists.”
Daharsh noted that the creation of the theme for this exhibit, reflections, came naturally to Daharsh, Dendinger and Vande Voort.
“Dar does a lot of reflective work in her work,” Daharsh said. “And my glasswork automatically goes toward that theme because of the reflective quality of glass.”
The re’flekSH(e)n exhibit also incorporated technology on behalf of Daharsh. Sound-activated lights and a remote control allow the viewer to interact with the pieces.
Tammy Partsch, an art enthusiast and educator in Nebraska, spoke of the importance of the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery.
“Any space that gives artists and the viewing public a chance to mingle and communicate at such an intimate level,” Partsch said. “That is an excellent place for conversations about our opinions to begin.”
Creighton students similarly voiced the value of having Omaha artists portray their work.
“It’s important to have local artists because it can tell you a lot about Omaha,” Heider College of Business sophomore Gisselle Estevez said. “It can tell future generations about our experiences and what we value.”
Estevez has been taking art classes at Creighton and encouraged Creighton students to get more involved in the art department.
“In art class, you find out that there is intention behind every piece,” Estevez said. “I think that message gets lost in our generation.”
The Artists’ Cooperate Gallery has shown regional art for more than 40 years. It is open Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The re’flekSH(e)n exhibit will close on Dec. 2.
More information on the Gallery and the artists can be found at artistscooperativeomaha.com.