The Panhandle is showing off its incredibly talented artists here at Carnegie Arts Center! We are proud to announce the arrival of Rachel Brownlee’s exhibit “Light by Darkness” on display from Sep 22- Oct 31. The exhibit is composed of hyper-realistic chalk drawings of western imagery with a mix of a few paintings and pencil works. Rachel Brownlee is a self-taught artist from the Nebraska Sand Hills. She attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha and later graduated with a degree in IT Innovation in 2015. She first began her artistic career in her teenage years when she began selling commission pieces of fine art. Her work is inspired by the harsh realism of life in the Sand Hills and she seeks to show highly realistic details of that life. Much like her great-aunt Mari Sandoz, Rachel grew up working on her family’s ranch and saw the toll such work and such a life takes on the people of the Sand Hills. Her work explores the fine details of western life in very traditional media such as charcoal and paint, but in a contemporary form of realism depicted using techniques found in photography. Today she is a fine artist and contract software engineer living with her husband on the JHL cattle ranch north of Ashby, Nebraska. The exhibit is on display in our upper Garwood and Skala galleries.

On display in the Studio Gallery is Alliance artist Jelinda Nye’s show “Odds and Ends”. It will be up until Oct 10. Jelinda is the retired former president of the Box Butte Art Society. She has attended numerous prestigious art workshops over the years and has competed in countless art shows. Jelinda's exhibit is a blend of oil painting, sketches, and photography. Despite varied media, the works all share a common theme of rural life, depicting rolling prairie, windmills, farm life, and plains animals.

We want to thank our September Sponsors, Charles and Ellen Lierk, Farmer’s State Bank, and Dave’s Pharmacy. We also want to thank our upcoming October sponsors Cover-Jones Motor Company, Western Valley Irrigation, and JM Associates of Alliance. We’d also like to thank our grantors the Nebraska Arts Council, the Nebraska Cultural Foundation, Peter Kiewit Foundation, Dillon Foundation, Story Foundation, the Mission Store, and the Snow Redfern Foundation! Thank you for your support!

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