MEET THE ARTISTS
Presenting the creative forces behind Brick Road Artists
Carol is originally a “Nebraska farm girl” raised in Burt county. This is where she learned to appreciate all the wonderful colors, textures, and dimensions found in nature. Carol worked as an RN in Omaha for 46 years while raising her family. She and her husband have lived near Blair for 11 years. Now, she has time to work on her passion of exploring various art techniques. Her works have been displayed in Iowa and Nebraska. She is a member of the Omaha Art Associate. One special “labor of love” is her drawings inspired by the documented experience of inmates in WW2 Nazi prison camps. She has showed in the Jewish Community Center in Omaha. This thought-provoking display and lecture is available for schools or other interested parties.
Cheri Oelke lives in Fort Calhoun, Nebraska with her husband, Tim.
After attending a number of workshops and classes in various mediums, her focus is now on pastel art.
She is a member of Omaha Artists, Inc. and the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs.
She also shares her love of art with tours of the Joslyn Art Museum where she is a docent.
Tom is a graphic designer by trade who also specializes in bright acrylic paintings and photography. Passionate and driven to bring the arts front and center in Blair, he is a driving force behind the success of Brick Road Artists.
Jean Welborn was born and raised in Atkinson, NE. In 2012 she completed a Bachelor's Degree in art with honors from Chadron State College. Since then she has pursued a career as a freelance artist. Welborn currently lives in Blair with her high school sweetheart-turned-husband and two rowdy Mini Aussies.
Welborn often uses the word “twisted” to describe her art. Inspired by artists such as Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte, Welborn uses her imagination to bring the contents of her mind to the canvas. Working in acrylics, her paintings include the use of dark contrasts and bold colors. Her art illustrates her love for the whimsical and all things imagined. Never far from her small town Nebraskan roots, Welborn also explores rural themes and portraits in her signature style. While some pieces represent a straightforward interpretation, one can always bet that a little twist is not far off.
See more at jeanwelborn.com
RANDY "BEAR" BARRINEAU
Bear is a landscape artist from Blair, NE. He likes working large and using his imagination to create stunning scenery. Versed in both oil and acrylic he uses his paintings to bring the vast mountains and waterfalls in his mind into reality.
Jan, along with Cherri Yost, runs The Art Room LLC Creative Connection. Their business located in Blair provides art classes for people of all ages and Jan additionally teaches music lessons for guitar and piano. When not at her thriving art center Jan enjoys showing her art including acrylic, oil, watercolor, and collage, at the Heartland Tasting Room.
In her retirement Carolyn began taking art classes. Beginning with watercolor, and now diving in to the world of acrylics, she loves the challenge and reward and being able to show her work.
Heather Boyd creates whimsical acrylic paintings, jewelry, clothing, furniture and specializes in upcycling old finds into new pieces of one-of-a-kind art. She runs Boyd Hollow Designs and sells at The Heartland Tasting Room in Blair, NE, Carnes Collective in Blair, NE, and The Garden Gallery in Elkhorn, NE.
I am a retired preacher, serving several small churches and as a Pastor at Open Door Mission for some time. Art has always interested me but since retirement I've gone at it like a crazy man. Using a wood burner for many years I've recently combined my burning with wood stain (think Minwax) and I call it BurnStain Art. Basswood, birchwood and Bristol Board are used to burn and stain gorgeous people Portraits as well as favorite pets. All I need is a good clear picture and I'm ready to burn. Mostly, the Portraits I burn are gifts that memorialize a loved who is no longer with us. I love what I do and get great satisfaction from helping others see and remember a favorite uncle or gramma.
Annie she has a fever and fervor for junk journal art. She just lights up a big smile when she puts this old trinket on top of that old paper or lace along with an old coin or two and presto - beautiful art comes alive in her hands. All of her life she seemed to think she had no artistic talent at all and how thrilling that in her later years she has discovered what she thought she could never do.