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'Kent Bellows, American Artist' Celebrates Artist, Studio Namesake

22 selected images to be displayed and available for purchase





 

WHAT: Opening for "Kent Bellows, American Artist"

WHEN: Thursday, June 28th, 6-9pm

WHO: presented by The Kent Bellows Studio & Center for Visual Arts

WHERE: The Kent Bellows Studio & Center for Visual Arts, 3303 Leavenworth St., Omaha, NE

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Exhibition continues through Friday, July 20th.  Additional hours for the exhibition are Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, by appointment.

Kent Bellows said "I can't imagine a life without making art".  And neither can many of the students touched by the programs and projects at his namesake organization, The Kent Bellows Studio & Center for Visual Arts.   Students at the studio work hands-on with established artists to pursue their own creative goals while giving back to their community in a myriad of ways including individual artwork, public arts projects, murals and other collaborative work. 

To celebrate Bellows' work and to support this mission, The Studio is proud to announce the print release of 22 select Bellows' paintings and drawings for purchase and display.  The release will be marked by an exhibition, opening with a reception on June 28th, 6-9pm, at The Kent Bellows Studio, 3303 Leavenworth Street. 

"We hope that these wonderful works by Kent, most of them never before available, will allow more people to experience and enjoy his art, learn more about him, and celebrate his legacy through ownership of these beautiful images," said Doug Wesselmann, Advisory Board and Legacy Committee Member.

Kent Bellows has been recognized as one of America’s greatest masters of Realism since first exhibiting in New York in 1985. The Nebraska-born artist, whose father was a commercial artist and watercolorist, began his career as a free-lance science fiction illustrator in the late 1970s for publications such as Omni and Rolling Stone. He moved into commissioned portraiture and then figurative realism by the early 1980s, reaching national acclaim when he was discovered by the New York art market through Tatistcheff Gallery and then later Forum Gallery in New York.
 
The exhibition continues through July 20th, 2012, Tuesday-Friday, 11pm-4pm by appointment. Email anne@kentbellows.org or call 402.505.7161 for an appointment.  Images will also be available for purchase at www.kentbellows.org.

Proceeds from the sales of these prints will support the ongoing programs of The Kent Bellows Studio and Center for Visual Arts as we continue to mentor, teach, and inspire our community's young artists.  Special thanks goes to Hugh & Jane Hunt and Mangelsen's for their support of this project. 

 

About The Kent Bellows Studio
Founded in 2007, The Kent Bellows Studio and Center for Visual Arts (www.kentbellows.org) strives to ignite the creative spark in individuals, encouraging them to reach their highest potential through self-expression in the visual arts. Our mentoring programs for high school-age artists balance the freedom to create with the guidance of professional mentors to deliver hands-on art experiences that inspire both creative thinking and action.

It is our honor and privilege to live out Kent Bellows’ incredible legacy of artistic creativity and mentorship. Kent was an Omaha-based artist and is recognized as one of the greatest masters of American Realism. Beyond his artwork, Kent is admired and remembered for his dedication to mentoring other artists and drawing out their own individual creative power.  For more informaiton, visit www.kentbellows.org.

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