River Runs Through It

Multi-media effort channels Missouri River in Artist Co-op exhibition


Determined to provide more focus than an ordinary summer feature show, artists Lori Elliott-Bartle, Marcia Joffe-Bouska and Tom Quest decided to join forces on a single work that drew their three disciplines together. Their individual works as well as the result of their collaboration are on view in Rivers, Roads, Remains, a show that opened on June 2 at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery in the Old Market.

Elliott-Bartle is a painter who prefers working in wax and oil to make suffused views of nature that range from the sweeping to the intimate. Mixed-media artist Joffe-Bouska combines elements of collage, mosaic and geometric abstraction into works linking memory and place. Ceramic artist Tom Quest impresses organic shapes and other textures into the bodies of his glazed vessels and platters.

Their collaborative effort, the result of two years of conversations, is a synthesis of ideas and images of the Missouri River as it runs by Omaha, incorporating various natural and built features. The variety of materials composing the triptych, including clay, glass, oil paint, pinecones, rhinestones, walnut shells and wax, add texture, visual interest and layers of meaning.

Rivers, Roads, Remains can be seen at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, 405 S. 11th Street, through June 28.


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