Pamela S. Douglas in the main gallery
Omaha Clayworks in the side gallery
Exhibition Showing: June 3rd-July 27th
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 5th
5:00pm to 7:00pm
SPECIAL! Artist Talk by Speaker Tom Harnack
The Ankeny Art Center gallery and receptions are free and open to the public
Wine and appetizers will be served
“Investigations into the Psychological Use of Color”
Pamela S. Douglas specializes in painting and drawing. Like many professional artists her work has evolved from a traditional approach to a more intense exploration of elements of a medium. In this exhibit Pamela shares with us artwork that evokes investigations of the psychological use of color. Her works are built from a method of layering color to build variations of depth and patterning to produce both tension and harmony.
Pamela is currently living the Clive community. She has been teaching and working there for over ten years. In 2010 and 2011 she presented 10 day workshops in plein air painting in Pesciano, Umbria, Italy.
“As painters, we strive to take a two-dimensional surface and make objects look as if they have weight, volume, and specific orientation in space. This is a challenge and can be approached in many ways. In my work, the interaction of color intensity and temperature creates the illusion of a sense of light, color, and form. Through my continued investigation of this psychological use of color, I work to exceed the limits of depth and invite, you, the viewer, to enjoy the experience of exploring my use of color.
For this show, my subject matter includes familiar containers, vessels, and organic objects that have specific orientation set in space. These are structured by the impact of color and evolve from a method of layering color to build variations of depth and patterning producing both tension and harmony. I respect the local or intrinsic color of an object, but I deliberately chose color to create the strongest sense of depth, light and form.
The use of complementary color is very important in my work. This method gives me the most vibrant contrasts and intensifies color as I lay it on over the under painting. As opposites in temperature, I enjoy how complements help broaden the tonal range on my paintings and enrich contrasts. Using complements also establishes color balance and harmony in compositions and sets objects in space.”
Omaha Clay Works
The artists of Omaha Clay Works will be displaying as a group at the Ankeny Art Center. The Omaha Clay Works is a fully equipped facility which offers a unique opportunity for those interested in clay art. The facility provides classes, studio space for working clay artists and a small sales gallery. Artist Tom Harnack, owner and founder of Omaha Clay Works, will be displaying his work and will also be speaking after the opening reception.
Tom started working in clay in the mid-70’s at an early age. By the time he reached junior high school, he could center and throw with proficiency and achieved Scholastic awards throughout high school, including the 1984 Director Award in Ames, Iowa. He later received an art scholarship to the University of Northern Iowa and studied ceramics until 1987 when the program was closed down. Tom then moved onto an apprenticeship doing production pottery in central Iowa for a year.
In 1988, he moved to Omaha to work in an old brickyard called Omaha Brick Works. The owner, Maurice Cullen, has supported both national and international clay artists to
work and fire with the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. It was there he met Jun Kaneko and worked with him on the Fremont California Project. In 1992 he was accepted into the graduate program at the University of Iowa and by 1995 achieved his Master of Fine Arts degree. Tom then moved back to Omaha and taught classes for Metropolitan Community College and Iowa Western Community College along with furthering his work as a professional artist.
In the fall of 1997 he was invited to Shigaraki, Japan to work with Taku Kawasaki. It was there he met Shiho Kanzaki and fired with him for 10 days in a traditional anagama wood firing kiln. “It inspired me to return to Nebraska and build a 300 cu/ft anagama kiln into the side of a hill in Fort Calhoun, Nebraska. Since then, the kiln has been fired 42 times in the last decade. It takes two days to load 300-400 pieces of work, firing 6-7 days to reach temperatures of 2400º F. with 14 days of cooling.” –Tom Harnack
“The color and the aesthetic value of the pieces are determined by the position, placement in the kiln and the wood that is used. Each piece is unique and made by kiln design, the clay that is formulated, and the process in which we proceed that makes the art work one of a kind. The work I produce is about being self-sufficient, creating my own energy and glazes (ash). It is a conscience state of moving away from dependence. I try to understand each part of the process in which I am involved.”-Tom Harnack
“I was a recipient of the Greenfield scholarship as an Artist in Residence at the Armory Arts Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. There I built a number of kilns and worked with the Lighthouse School of Art in Tequesta, Florida.
In the spring of 2005 I built a kiln and conducted a two-week workshop in Arrezzo, Italy with Terry Thommes, a sculptor from Stuart, Florida. The journey that I have been on has been a direct path of artistic vision and one that has taken me to many places in my lifetime.
In 2000, I opened Omaha Clay Works in the Old Market with Dan Toberer.
Omaha Clay Works provides working space, gallery and a teaching facility for local artists. We have accomplished a history of supporting clay in the surrounding area as an educational facility, as well as some of the finest clay being produced in the area.”
he Ankeny Art Center is located in a city park at SW Third and State Front Road. Gallery hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 9 am to 1 pm, Thursday 4 pm to 7 pm, Friday 9am to 1pm and Saturday 9 am to noon. The Center is closed Sunday and Monday.