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Biophilia Group Exhibition


July 7 – August 30

Artists were invited to submit original artwork relating to the theme- Biophilia.

Biophilia translates literally as the love of life and all living things


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Alissa Hansen

Alissa Hansen, a resident of Wahoo Nebraska, grew up in Overland Park, Kansas. In 2004, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, with an emphasis in drawing, from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. In May of 2005 she moved to Denver and quickly fell in love with the area. After 13 years in Colorado, Alissa made the decision to move to Nebraska, with her husband and children, to be closer to family after her mother’s dementia diagnosis.

“Though my artwork goes through phases, I always find myself returning to the themes of place and human connection. I am interested in people and their stories, whether it is a relative, whose life I know intimately, or a stranger passing by. I am constantly scanning and observing my surroundings. Much of my art is a personal record of these observations – filtered through my own eyes, emotions, and imagination, of course. By drawing and painting these moments of pause, I’m allowed to linger with them a bit longer. I like to allow the viewer to personally connect with my art, while leaving room in my work for them to create their own narrative about the subject.”

Anna Stoysich

Anna’s paintings are created in response to her observations of nature, especially of the Loess Hills landscape and the grassland biome as it relates to various systems and larger order structures. She uses a lot of color and paints in a post-impressionist style in order to make her art relatable and visually interesting. These paintings often highlight specific locations where public and private land meet in order to show the results of commodification and conservation of the land.

Anne Newman

Anne Newman is an Omaha artist who recently graduated from University of Nebraska at Omaha with a BFA in Studio Art. Throughout her life, art has been an unavoidable compulsion and a language more satisfying than the spoken or written word. Anne seeks beauty and mystery in her art through a reverence of the natural world. While working in her home studio, Anne creates art that reflects her ongoing research into myth, folklore, archetypes, and symbolism. She uses traditional painting and drawing media like oil paint, watercolor, and pen and ink. 

Aspen Laboy

I am a queer, Black and Puerto Rican artist from Omaha, Nebraska. Glass is the primary medium I work with, though I also publish poetry, develop analog photography, make short films and relief prints. The glass I use is all recycled and then repurposed into mosaics and sculptures, therefore no glass is wasted. Environmentalism is the main reason why I use recycled glass, which is heavily reflected in various scenes of nature I create. The second reason is because it proves the fact that nothing is ever created or destroyed, only recreated. Lastly, I admire knowing the process is dangerous yet delicate at the same time. All the art I do is inspired by nature, science, consciousness, and hermetic philosophy.

Aubrey Niemoth

Originally from western Nebraska, Omaha based artist Aubrey Niemoth has been making art since childhood. She earned her Associates of the Arts in Fine Art at Metropolitan Community College and worked as a studio assistant under sculptor Littleton Alston. Some of Aubrey’s creative influences include the American landscape, Japanese ukiyo-e prints, and her grandmothers.

Aubrey’s work contains an impressive understanding of the subtleties of light and shadow, skillfully capturing light across multiple mediums including pastel, oil, and textile. Her background of growing up in small-town Nebraska is reflected in the subjects and techniques she features- from small landscapes and animal skulls to quilt-making. Throughout her collection of work, viewers can see a desire to explore the boundaries of her subjects- both in art and in life.

Becky Kinloch

I grew up on a farm outside of Malvern, Iowa. Graduated from college with a degree in art education with an emphasis in ceramics, painting, and drawing. I taught art at Papillion Junior High for thirty-eight years. I currently lead art workshops, make wheel thrown pottery, take photographs, garden, and make some art.

Art is everywhere. The images are already here. Painting is allowing the fleeting to become visible through color, technique, and style. Through creating we come to appreciate the richness and the possibilities of the images in a world that surrounds us.

I paint subjects that interest me and challenge what I think I know and see. I try to expand my skills by exploring media in and out of my comfort zone. I often say- “Why not?

Becky McCarville

At Glacier Creek Preserve, a 525-acre prairie restoration tract surrounded by cornfields and subdivisions at the northwestern edge of Omaha, I try to imagine the vast expanse of Nebraska’s pre-cultivated prairie. My fingertips brushing the diverse plant life, I carefully pick my way through head high big blue stem, thickets of milkweed, grey-headed coneflowers (they’re yellow), lead plant with the deepest taproot, graceful bouteloua, and the spiky rattlesnake master. I look for the elusive prairie orchid, trying not to trample over the diminutive plant.

I combined prairie plants from Glacier Creek Preserve (used with permission) with photo negatives my daughter and I took while strolling along the mown paths of the preserve to make the large-scale prints on fabrics and papers. I love the distinctive monochromatic blue of cyanotypes and the process of making them, which only requires cyanotype solution, UV light, water, and time — creating art with an earth-friendly historical photo process while enjoying the outdoors. Cyanotype blue makes me think of the earth, the cosmos, and of dreams. I work as an upholsterer, so using the cyanotype fabric that I made on vintage Homecrest chairs was gratifying.

Brad Marr

Here is my story.

I am an acrylic painter living in Omaha, Nebraska.  After graduating from the University of Nebraska-Omaha with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, I was a residency technician for an artist-in-residence program at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.  From there I have worked in the restaurant industry for 20 years.  During the COVID pandemic, and after a couple of months without a job, I rediscovered how much art was a huge part of my life and decided to reset and involve painting back into my life.  

My artwork takes on different aspects of life, including how we look at ourselves and how we perceive the environment and life that surrounds us.  The work often references symbols of change, rebirth, and nature.  In doing so, my work explores how this subject matter connects us to our inner selves while changing our perspective on our contribution to ourselves and to the world.  While fabricating each individual piece of artwork, I often use acrylic paint and gold leaf throughout the work.  The gold leaf is an homage to one of the original uses of when Egyptians used it to wrap items that would be sent with the dead into the afterlife, a way of making things ‘sacred’.  In harnessing this idea, the gold leaf becomes my way of considering the subject matter sacred and spiritual.

While exploring this subject matter, it is important to think of ourselves as tourists on earth.  This word ‘tourist’ has two meanings in my mind.  One, we as artists are tourists of the world around us and it is our duty to ignore or explore, interpret, and fabricate. The other meaning that this word has to me is the fact that we are all tourists of this world.  Earth has existed 4.5 billion years and although we often fight as individuals or as countries over politics and religion, maybe we should focus more on compassion for each other and for our planet, which is a borrowed planet, earth does not belong to us.

Buffy Nelson

My focus for my work revolves around my own innate desire to connect to the natural world. I focus on subjects in nature that I personally find beauty and calmness in. What originally began as something simply to ease my anxiety by painting what I enjoy, became a love letter to the natural world and how it can relate to humanity.

In my current work I am exploring the coexistence of frogs and carnivorous plants, and the comparisons to community support. Carnivorous plants use color, nectars, and fragrances to attract insects to their traps. As a result, frogs also enjoy the smorgasbord of insects the carnivorous plants attract to these bogs. This serves as a beautiful comparison of how we humans can help not only each other, but the natural world all around us. By growing food, flowers, and even carnivorous plants, we give back to our fellow man, as well as the other fauna and flora that exists all around us.

Cherine Bishara

Cherine Bishara lives in Omaha, NE. Born in Iowa City, she attended the University of Iowa and received a BFA with an emphasis in ceramics, printmaking, and a certification in art education. Cherine has diverse life, work, and personal experience. Her art is a reflection of her processing of those experiences and whatever else may land outside of her head.

Grace Gaard

My art pieces over the years have been tied together by my love of nature and the desire to capture the beauty that I see outside. The submissions for Biophilia were all inspired by things I saw with my own eyes that made me pause in wonder, awe, or astonishment at the light, lines, and colors. When creating artwork, I utilize close observation skills to bring these natural scenes or species to life in acrylic, gouache, watercolor, oil pastel, marker, graphite, and ink. I’ve begun incorporating salvaged wood into some of my work recently, which allows me to share my love of antiques and giving old items a second life too.

Having a slight obsession with detail is great for art, but it can sometimes be stressful in life! Working on drawings and paintings allows me to embrace when mistakes are made and turn something that perhaps wasn’t intentional into the aspect, I love most about a piece. Ultimately, I hope that my artwork depicting scenes of nature and outdoor concepts can capture the attention of my community and lead them to having a greater interest in the types of plants, animals, and landscapes living around them. As an outdoor educator and artist, I hope to inspire all people to conserve the biodiversity found in Nebraska and beyond through my work.

Grace Gaard is a native of Omaha, Nebraska who enjoys sharing her love of all things nature through her artwork. Nebraska’s landscapes and species continue to inspire her various works, and the more she explores the more she hopes to create. These pieces of art come to life with gouache, watercolor, acrylic paint, pen, graphite and more. Grace’s goals as an artist and an outdoor educator include inspiring her community to experience awe by spending time in nature and using that wonder to conserve biodiversity in our landscapes.

Grant Goldstein

My name is Grant Goldstein. I am a multidisciplinary artist from Omaha. 

I recently received my bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Denver. I would definitely consider myself to be a biophiliac.  I think that reflects through my artwork as a lot of it circles around life and living things. Personally, I gravitate towards 3D media such as sculpture and installation, but I also love drawing, painting and printmaking. For this show I chose to showcase some of my printmaking.

Holly Tharnish

I am constantly inspired by things old and historical. Folktales and storybooks, anecdotes passed down through generations, old photographs, and historical imagery are among the primary influences of my art practice. My work examines themes of history and heritage, introspection and identity, womanhood, memories, and the contrasts between the world we live in, the stories we tell, and the narratives we keep inside our minds. Whether I am working in oil paint, watercolor, graphite drawings, or any other medium, these concepts are at the forefront of my mind. When encountering these ideas, I am struck by the way ancestral details and figures mirror those I recognize in my own life. By highlighting the parallels, drawing connections between our lives now and life in a different time, I strive to draw a sense of comfort from the nostalgia of what once was, and bringing these ideas to the surface allows us to find empathy with our past and attempt to fill in missing memories.

Jeffrey Mack

A great challenge for landscape photographers is how to convey the scale and emotional impact of a scene. Having been a diabetic nearly all my life, hiking itself sometimes presents another hurdle. Years ago, while taking a break from the studio and going for a hike, I came upon a beautiful vista. As I got there, my blood sugar had dropped unexpectedly, and the hypoglycemia created a powerful and emotional experience. The sight touched me, and as I tended to my blood sugar, I continued to be amazed at nature’s beauty.

Once I had returned to a safe blood sugar, I took out my camera and snapped a few photos to capture the moment. Back in the studio later, I looked at the photos, and while they were well executed, they didn’t convey the visceral awe that I felt when I was there.

It was a while until I discovered infrared photography. As I explored the media, I started to see these images with surreal color and contrast. Everything was recognizable, but the glowing white of vegetation and the high contrast added what I had been missing. They had emotion and weight. It reminded me of the scene I had seen earlier with low blood sugar.

My photography is about communicating the awesome feeling of connecting with nature in a way that conveys the emotion and wonder I feel observing the world around us.

Jim Pattavina

Jim Pattavina was born in Omaha and raised in New Jersey. A former downhill mountain-bike racer, Jim is also a master mechanic who currently works at Trek Bikes in Omaha. He is creative by nature, and can transform metal, wood, paint, and hardware into works of art. He is often drawn to the beauty and energy of flowers, and you will find this subject matter in both his paintings and sculptures. Outside of work and art, Jim excels at sim racing, which is a virtual motorsport that accurately simulates many of the real-world variables of auto racing. 

Julie Wolter Jenowe

Within the sphere of nature, I create works of art in observation of our innate and sacred connection to it, a necessary bond for our humanity. My drawings are narratives with nature, I am the scribe recording my perspective of the stories relayed. Using plant and animal symbols such as the ginkgo leaf and turtle, universal and ancient symbols like the labyrinth and the heart shape, and sacred geometry such as the spiral of life, I design modern day totems within paintings, sculpture, jewelry, and clothing to have, and to wear, as personal empowerment and inspirational healing tools which serve as reminders of, tethers to, our individual and collective place in the journey through this life.

Karen Klein

I find my joy in seeing and photographing abstract design in nature. The patterns and textures and edges and juxtapositions fascinate me. I revel in the magic light creates – reflections, backlit glow, highlights, and shadows.

My favorite photos are often touched by other-worldliness, where light and dark create an ethereal, pensive beauty. Photos that reveal a place of wonder and possibility, and reflection. My style relies on realism, with only minimal editing.

I want my art to inspire people to give their attention to the natural world around us; to look deeply, to foster curiosity and creativity. I want them to look and to wonder. How did this come to be? What process made this shape or pattern?

My interest in photography and nature as art began during my studies in Landscape Architecture. After a career in city planning, I became a Nebraska Master Naturalist, where fellow naturalist photographers encouraged me to further pursue my own work.

Kate Jobe

Exploring the unseen expansiveness of the world around us has been my focus throughout the last 25 years in both my art and my work as a shamanic practitioner. Fifteen years ago, I became engrossed in exploring the possibilities of using electronic applications to create mandalas that appeared to capture a timeless quality. I never have a definite end in sight when I begin them, but start with a source image that calls to me or has interesting lines and shapes that I perceive will interpret dynamically. This creative process evolves, layer upon layer, until I come to the moment when it begins to clearly speak its truth to me. At this point, I work with that image to tell its story with what I feel is the most powerful visual impact.

The pixels resonate as particles that are electronic representations of the energetic essence of the original source image. When enlarged, these mandalas often appear to be hand drawn or painted and can even have the appearance of woodcuts. Their impact is the most profound when observed at a distance. Regardless of what I see in their imagery, however they “speak” to the viewer is the emotional, spiritual, and visual relationship that is true for them.

Gaia is life, the very soul of the earth. In ancient civilizations she was revered as mother, nurturer, and giver of life; she became the Earth, birthing all forms of landscape, plant, and creature. Original source images used to create these pieces were of plant life, land masses or wildlife. Some originated from photographs of my original mixed media drawings. The mandalas in this series reflect aspects of the inner and/or magical realms of the earth…The Realms of Gaia.

Kim Zach

I began my artist’s journey only a few years ago, after decades of believing the ability to draw was an artistic prerequisite. I fed my creative instinct with sewing, cooking, and writing instead. But the desire to be a “real” artist persisted.         

I discovered my path only by chance when I found on a random library shelf a book about collage. It was a revelation: I couldn’t draw but surely I could glue paper! Vintage ephemera—fragile dress patterns, handwritten letters, tattered sheet music, spattered recipe cards, strips of yellowed tape—all inspired me. I pieced together fragments of past lives, hoping to conjure memory and emotion for the viewer.

Recently, the longing for a new challenge led me to abstract painting. I’m learning to play and experiment, something the child me was never encouraged to do. Now guided by intuition and playfulness, I’m exploring bold colors, gestural mark-making, and texture. When someone views my abstract paintings, I want them to ponder the mystery and the depths embedded within the many layers.

Kyra Marsh

I’m a self-taught artist that grew up on the East Coast, outside of D.C.  My husband is originally from Omaha, so we moved here in 2016 before starting our own family. I’ve had a love for painting and doodling for as long as I can remember!  I primarily focus on natural themes ranging from floral illustration to more children’s storybook aesthetics.  My two girls are a major inspiration for me, so I often find myself painting things to fill their nurseries and hopefully bring them joy.  I’ve dabbled with a variety of different media but primarily utilize watercolors, gouache, and ink in my paintings.  Most recently, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2021 at the age of 29.  I have been unable to work due to my complex medical treatment and have been utilizing my painting as an outlet for meditation and healing through this journey. 

Laura Snyder

Laura Snyder is a wife, mother, teacher, and photographer from Council Bluffs, Iowa.  She holds a BS in Elementary Education with an Endorsement in K-8 Art from Wayne State College and an MS in Elementary Education from University of Nebraska at Omaha.  She has been an elementary art teacher for 20 years and has been pursuing photography since 2012.

Laura’s photography focuses on landscapes and abandoned structures throughout the Midwest.  Capturing dilapidated, crumbling structures (especially old school buildings) helps her process the mental, physical, and emotional exhaustion that comes with teaching in an urban school.  She finds the solitude of cruising gravel roads therapeutic.  Laura enjoys creating photographs with both digital and 35mm film cameras. She is constantly experimenting and trying new techniques that fit with her life and artmaking philosophy of “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.”

Leigh Calfee

I’m Leigh Calfee from Nebraska City. I spend my time advocating for children in Nebraska’s foster care system, so getting away to deserted, lonely places is a balm for my soul. I photograph the natural world, including weather, insects, and plants. I’m also fond of dilapidated barns and other forgotten structures.

Lisa Saarela

People ask me what’s the best photograph I’ve ever taken, and I always respond – “I haven’t taken it yet.”

Photography, for me, is therapeutic.  It is not planned, scripted, or authorized.  The thrill is never knowing what I am going to discover, never knowing what I am going to truly see for the first time.

Photography, for me, is communal.  This is somewhat ironic given the often solitary nature of my work.  Nevertheless, my goals are both to capture never repeatable moments and to share them with others.

My greatest reward is when a viewer connects with an image I’ve taken, connects with it physically, emotionally, or spiritually.

Photography, for me, is a relationship with nature.  Nature offers an infinite expression of our world, and photography is a means of expressing that affirmation.

It is the constant hunt for the beauty and wonderment nature provides.

Madison Tharnish

Growing up in a home that was filled with dozens of houseplants and gardens made me take a deeper look at how humans assert their power over nature as their own. Within my art, I look at places that humans have claimed, as well as the emotions and memories that can come from nature. The main medium I use is printmaking, while also incorporating aspects of others, such as collage or watercolor. Through my imagery, it allows viewers to create a deeper understanding of how humans directly affect and damage natural spaces.

Maggie Prochaska

I am a native of Wahoo, Nebraska, but I’ve traveled the U.S. and abroad and have resided in South Dakota, Colorado, and Arizona.  My journey into the art world began in kindergarten when I discovered how much I adored drawing.  As an adult I wanted to paint, like my mother.  So, when a friend asked me to paint anything I wanted on her planter A year ago I chose a bird, and it made my heart soar.  Soon I was filling my house with paintings of birds.  I paint pet portraits as well.

Mary Wolford

Mary has shown her art in a variety of places in Omaha and recently in March in Council Bluffs at the Harvester Lofts Gallery called ‘An Evening of Cabaret and the Unveiling of the Diva’s”.   Most of her shows features her pop art featuring redheads, blondes, and brunettes…a flair of fashion and fun.  Just last June (2022) she had a sampling of her work at La Casa restaurant in Midtown.   She also has done several commission pieces and has taught classes. Presently you will see five of her paintings at the Hoff Family Art Center in Council Bluffs.


Mary has taken art classes at Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa, Wayne State College, Wayne, New Jersey, and Metropolitan Community College of Omaha, Nebraska

Nate Sandercock

Concrete Jungle began as a tongue-in-cheek sculpture, a final monument to earth long after humanity has drained her of her resources.

This is not the end of the world,

No matter how dire it may seem for the current inhabitants. Using traditional architectural motifs and iconography, the sculptural machine works as a literal manifestation of a tree – creating a piece of architecture solely for the benefit of the organism which once harbored humanity’s salvation. What is our role in repairing the organism to which we have caused irreparable damage? Or is the assumption of our superiority futile? The exhibition seeks to examine the next phases of earth and its story beyond mankind’s period of domination, the symbiocene.

Educated in architecture, Nate’s works aim to bridge the gap between art and architecture through image-making, digital modeling, and narrative. Since graduating with his Master’s of Architecture degree, he has used this interest to work as an aspiring architect and artist in Nebraska, Minnesota and throughout the rest of the Midwest.

Using digital rendering and illustration, his art investigates the role of the computer as a medium to create spaces unimaginable through traditional architecture and design. This amounts to immersive works presented through media such as video, illustration, and 3d printing. The forms and narratives take cures from architectural precedents, such as MVRDV, Henning Larsen, and OMA. These ideas blend with artistic cues taken from works such as el lissitzky, Bruno Munari, and Sol Lewitt.

Through the synthesis of these ideas, Nate’s works use intricate visuals to tell stories of impending but conceivable futures. In a professional setting, he mixes this creativity with a focus on communication and collectivism to lead architectural concepts and proposals.

Peggy Krist

With this painting of the American Native Pony, I hope to show the story of the Indigenous peoples and their relationships with animals, as they are a result of tens of thousands of years of connections to their environments. The American Indians are intricately intertwined with places and environments, therefore only taking what is needed from the land they so respect and love.

Tricia Menard

“Our bodies are a record of our life experience.” That quote encapsulates the reason I wanted to capture these particular events of movement and play in nature: A spontaneous moment during a pandemic, a winter weather advisory, and I’m rarely in a swimsuit. 

Trilety Wade

Trilety wade works in paint, ink, charcoal, digital photography, embroidery, and the written word. She’s never been good at “staying in the lines,” so much of her work is raw and evocative. In all mediums, she is drawn to the following subject matter; the body, the land, and birds & bugs. Beyond her work as a writer, she is currently learning Spanish and loves riding her bike. 

Trinity Noblecameron

My work focuses on connection; be that the connection between individuals or between an individual and nature. In an attempt to bring the outside world in, my work acts as a reminder that the world is greater than oneself. It causes the viewer to pause and reflect on the world around them and the part they play in it. I hope to instill the same love and fascination with the world around us as I had during the works creation. Through a variety of materials, I construct environments that cultivate discussion and contemplation on environmental and social issues in the hope of changing the attitude and habits of the viewer. 

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