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L. Kent Wolgamott: Susan Puelz’s Brilliant, Dynamic Landscapes At Kiechel Art

There are no purple roadways, blue hay bales or intense pink lines cutting throughout rivers and creeks in the genuine Nebraska landscape. But there are when Susan P. Puelz changes those landscapes into paintings.And, as her exhibition on view through Might 29 at Kiechel Art bears out, her work never ever has actually been more vibrant, brought to life by her vibrant use of pastels.Puelz, who produced 20 paintings since January for the show takes

her motivation from vehicle trips she took as a youngster from Lincoln to her grandparents ‘farm in Salem when she spent a few hours enjoying the passing landscapes.”Not so much for future creative compositions but since it kept me from getting’automobile ill,'”Puelz writes in her artist’s statement.”Little did I know that my observations of raked fields, red barns, dirt roads, stands of trees and colorful skies would end up being the subject of my fully grown paintings. The memories of the Nebraska landscape collected as a kid affect my work even more today than it performed in the past.”Puelz begins her paintings with a layer of watercolor, then adds the pastels, working without effort to create the imagery that is based upon fact however taken in engaging brand-new directions by the brilliant colors and strong lines.So, for example, a red barn roof turns pink in the horizontal”Night Shift II,” the pink mirroring lines in the sunset-colored sky.

A highway curves from the frame on the ideal side of the wide landscape that depicts barns, farms and a town in the distance. However it’s not gray; rather, it is purple with a line of pinkish-orange that pulls the eye up the curve.Similarly, the moving water of” Niobrara River “curves through the photo aircraft, powered through the surrounding trees by fast-shifting pastel lines, and “Roca Roadway” runs up the side of a painting significant for its use of neon green.The subject of the paintings, while landscape, differs from looks at little geographic areas of, say, a river to bigger expanses that consist of sprawling vistas of littlevillages, fields and farmstead, while the horizon line goes up and down, developing much more range in the views.Puelz’s work varies in size with some pieces 5 feet wide and an eight-piece suite, titled” Coalescence, “at 14 inches square. Naturally, the bigger

works have higher dynamism.Puelz’s 2015 paintings are enhanced by a few earlier works, including 2012’s” Prairie Phonics,”which puts a farmhouse front and center, another spin on the rural landscape.There are

two more types of”art work “from Puelz that are on view at Kiechel– birdhouses and ceramic pots and bowls.The vibrantly colored birdhouse might not be the most practical for hanging outdoors for feathered friends

. However plants and flowers would be right at homein the house in the terracotta pots, onto which Puelz has painted acrylic landscapes, brightly colored, of

course.They’re good enjoyable. So is the entire, attractive show.UNL Clay Club and Picture Club Sales Friday and Saturday The annual spring Photo Club and Clay Club sales of work by University of Nebraska-Lincoln students, professors and alumni, will be held Friday and Saturday at Richards Hall, at Arena

Drive and T Street on the UNL campus.The Clay Club sale and raffle will take place 9 am to 6 pm Friday and 9 am to 5 pm

Saturday in Richards Hall Room 118. The sale will certainly include work that covers a broad wide range of styles, methods and concepts. A raffle of work contributed by students, professors and alumni likewise will be offered.The Fine Art Photo Club sale will be held from 10 am to 7

pm Friday and 10 am to 6 pm Saturday in Richards Hall Space 21. The sale will certainly consist of work by undergraduate and graduate students. The image club raffle will certainly include work by professorsprofessor Dana Fritz and Walker Pickering, and graduate students.Proceeds from the shows support the clubs ‘shows, which includes bringing speakers into school and taking a trip to exhibitions and workshops.

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