HASTINGS — The galleries in the Jackson Dinsdale Art Center at Hastings College are filled with art from Dave Stewart and Eva Ellis this summer.

“Old and New” and “Strings in the Earth and Air” on are display through Aug. 24. A closing reception is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 22, at the gallery, 700 E. 12th St.

“Old and New” features works by Hastings native Dave Stewart. It incorporates old work from various art collections, and new work by Stewart. He is known as making the old new again every day.

Stewart was a successful owner of a plumbing company. After retiring from plumbing, and moving to working as a janitor in the Hastings College Art Department, he began making sculptures in 1988. By 1995 he was heralded by Norman Geske, then director of the Sheldon Museum of Art, and Kyle McMillan, art critic for the Omaha World-Herald, as being among the most important living artists in Nebraska.

Pieces for this show are from the Museum of Nebraska Art, the Robert and Karen Duncan Collection, the Hastings College Permanent Collection and the Dave Stewart Studio.

“Strings in the Earth and Air” features works by Eva Ellis, a member of the Ohio Watercolor Society. She creates non-representational and abstract paintings in watercolor and mixed media, including textiles and metal.

She comes from a family of musicians and storytellers and she said her art resembles that part of her life.

Her work has been accepted into many juried exhibits and has won numerous awards.

Summer gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Friday. The gallery is also open until 8 p.m. Tuesdays.

Joslyn highlights the ‘Art of Seating’

OMAHA — Few works tell the history of modern design as eloquently as the chair.

“The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design” pulls this most familiar of everyday objects out from under the desk and dining room table to surprise visitors with the exceptional style and creativity to be found in this seemingly humble piece of furniture. Drawn from the Jacobsen Collection of American Art and organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Fla., the exhibition presents an exploration of American design from the early nineteenth century to the present day.

“The Art of Seating will be on display in the Joslyn Art Museum from June 1 through Sept. 8.

Considering the chair not only as an everyday item but also as functional sculpture, each of the forty chairs in the exhibition reflect important artistic, social, economic, political and cultural influences. The exhibition also offers a glimpse into the dedication and passion of a collector, who collaborated with curators, scholars, and specialists to assemble a collection that not only exemplifies the majority of important movements in American design over two centuries, but also traces the vibrant and progressive history of this country’s ingenuity and creativity.

Examples include a modest rocking arm chair from the 1840s, common to a middle class home or front porch, simply designed for comfort and function; later 19th century furniture that drew its inspiration from European Gothic, Rococo, and Renaissance Revivals and exotic Asian-influenced designs; clever “Patent Furniture” using new materials to allow foldability and flexibility from the office to the railway car; and the Craftsman Movement, admired to this day for its simple, forthright designs.

The 20th century saw the emergence of elegant and futuristic designs using industrial materials, such as aluminum tubing and plastics. In the vital period after the Second World War, American designers wowed the world with modernist designs that were light, compact, and inexpensive yet also projected an energetic and bright outlook. Contemporary chairs reflect a groundbreaking use of materials and design, often mirroring challenging trends in architecture.

Although designed first for function, each chair tells a story about ingenuity, creativity, and the unique history of American decorative design. From chairs made by anonymous craftsmen to a who’s who of modern designers and architects from Frank Lloyd Wright to Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Isamu Noguchi, and Frank Gehry, “The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design” highlights creativity and inspiration from the kitchen counter to the corner office.

This is a ticketed exhibition: $10 for general public adults; $5 college students with ID (tickets for those with a UNMC student ID are free); free for members and youth ages 17 and younger. Special Thursday pricing (4 to 8 p.m.) is $5 for general public adults. All visitors, including members, must obtain a ticket at the admissions desk for entrance to the exhibition. Programs with visits to the exhibition will be priced accordingly for general public adults.

For a complete schedule of programs and activities affiliated with this exhibit check the museum’s website.

Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St., is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. The museum is closed Mondays and major holidays.

General admission is free; some special exhibits may carry and extra charge.

For more information, call (402) 342-3300 or check online at www.joslyn.org .

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