Notes from Meadowlark Gallery
By the Perkins County Area Arts Council
Paintings on display for gallery’s July show
Tristan Gorgen of Grant is this month’s featured artist at Meadowlark Gallery in Grant.
A total of 17 paintings and two sculptures by Gorgen are awaiting visitors to the gallery during July.
Gorgen focuses primarily on landscapes in his paintings, borrowing heavily from ancient texts such as the Iliad, Gilgamesh, Herodotus, The Odyssey and the Bible as subject matter.
“These books and stories were written so beautifully, the poet’s words become a visual picture,” said Gorgen.
He strives to compose theatrical scenes depicting simple pleasures, beauty and most prominently, the overwhelming and uncontrollable forces within nature.
“Nature is the one thing that man has no control over, and I feel that I must treat the subject matter as that,” he said.
He continually experiments with different styles and application methods to convey the unpredictable nature of the environment.
Gorgen received formal art education at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.
An open house in honor of the artist will be held Sunday, July 14 from 1-3 p.m.
Refreshments will be served by the arts council.
Photographs by Katie (Lagler) Arndt, a Grant native currently residing in Kearney, will be featured during August.
Visit Meadowlark Gallery on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6-8 p.m. March-November and check the arts council’s Facebook page for past shows and a current gallery schedule.
The gallery is operated by the Perkins County Area Arts Council, who meets the second Thursday of each month, 7 p.m. at the gallery. The community is invited to attend.