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Public Building Commission
Current Artist

January - March, 2017
County-City First Floor Exhibition Gallery
555 South 10th Street, Lincoln, NE
Gallery Hours - 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

My Spherical World
by Janette Amberg

From early on in my life I have always found myself attracted to bright, bold colors and circles/polka dots of any size and shape. When helping my mom pick out fabrics for her quilts I would be drawn to polka dot patterns although, she didn’t have the same love as I did for them; I even had a dress for graduation that was polka dots because I got to pick the fabric. I grew up in a very crafty house; we always were working on some project. I would live for art class in high school where I realized I loved painting with acrylics and mixing up new colors. I have always been creative in many different ways (i.e. scrapbooking, card making, mixed media, photography, quilting, crocheting, etc.) but I found my way back to acrylic painting within the last few years. Although, I have painted some realistic animals and scenery for family members my true love is abstract, I love the uncertainty of it and I also appreciate how it can mean so many different things depending on the set of eyes looking at each individual piece.

When I start the creative process I usually have a design in my thoughts and a just “go for it” attitude on the blank canvas. Sometimes I will be thinking about a painting for days before I start it. I also carry a little sketchbook with me where I can jot down rough ideas. I am usually not the type of artist that likes to sketch a lot of things before I work on the canvas, I like to move fast and just see where the painting takes me. I am usually working on a few projects at the same time while I wait for paint to dry or using leftover paint from one project onto another project, I do not like to waste. I often find inspiration in the scenery around me, especially the clouds. I love to window shop - as there are so many design elements in advertising which I find intriguing, I had the chance to window shop on Rodeo Drive in LA this last summer and each window, in itself, had its very own piece of inspiration. Using color makes me smile and my hope is that smile will be contagious to my audience as well. I am fascinated with circles; I can’t get them out of my mind. Circles are a universal symbol that can represent wholeness, the infinite, eternity, timelessness, or all cyclic movement which I try to portray in my paintings. I try to incorporate into my paintings my feelings as I am doing them, trying to create movement and emotion throughout the piece.

I have been honored to be chosen for the ‘Nebraska By Heart’ public art project and my piece titled “Polar Opposites” will be on display this summer within Lincoln. I am on a creative journey and I can’t wait to see where my dreams will guide me next!

You can reach me at 402-470-0654 or janetteamberg@gmail.com


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