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February 2nd. 2017
7-10PM
116 N 14th. Lincoln, NE.
Above Gomez Art Supply
Closing Feb.24

Tugboat Proudly Presents:
“Pathways”

A group show featuring work by Megan McClintic, Nadia Shinkunas, and Shawn Teseo Ballarin.

“Pathways” brings together three artists whose approach to space takes three very different styles, yet whose dedication to environment and precision remains.

Nadia Shinkunas: I live for the shadows, negative space, and details perceived as insignificant, but couldn’t be farther from that. We absorb a massive amount of visual information daily, but do we really comprehend what we see? In this fast paced world, I focus on how seemingly minuscule variables, light, shadow, location; constantly alter our perceptions without us even noticing.

Megan McClintic: Currently, I ask others for objects to paint. I request the object has importance to them but allow them to interpret what that means. For example, the importance might be the struggle for a better life for a daughter or remembering a loved one. Gathering objects from people began as a self-healing method and became a project that touches the lives of others.

After experiencing trauma, moving forward is difficult. The comfort of knowing what to expect can be easier than facing the fear of the unknown. Past trauma misled me into believing I could not form meaningful connections with others. My work challenges this thought. I reach out to others and learn important details of their lives. I celebrate their accomplishments and offer comfort for pain. In return, I receive gratitude and triumph over trauma.

The #metoo Movement influences the way I approach my work. #metoo became a battle cry for awareness and change. Although #metoo has made positive strides, it is not entirely conducive for survivors’ healing. Survivors stand in different places in their path towards hope. Tarana Burke started ‘Me too’ as a subtle way for survivors to share comfort between one another. While the need for bold change persists, so does urgency for a softer, compassionate form of healing. Although I do not strictly ask survivors for objects, my work demonstrates the idea of tenderness in social change.

Shawn Teseo Ballarin: My paintings explore the themes of travel, isolation and change through simple, sometimes primal subject matter. The rhythmic use of pattern and expressive brushstrokes are intended to give the paintings a soothing, comforting quality that I hope reflects the human tendency to find peace or even beauty when faced with struggle or pain. I am interested in straddling the line between abstraction and representation. I hope the layers in my paintings, particularly the deepest ones that are often barely visible, inspire viewers to look carefully at the work and to reflect on what else might lie underneath.


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January 5th. 2017
7-10PM
116 N 14th. Lincoln, NE.
Above Gomez Art Supply

Tugboat Proudly Presents:
“Teamwork Makes the Dream Work”

“Teamwork Makes the Dream Work” portrays what Live Yes Studios aims to accomplish on a daily basis: local artists encouraging clients to express themselves in an environment free of judgment. Together, they’ve created collaborative pieces ranging from paintings to embroidery and other mixed media. Each work utilizes combined interests between client and staff which include animals, old cars, tattoo art, outer space, and more!

Live Yes Studiosis a nonprofit art and music studio in Lincoln, Nebraska which supports adults with disabilities. Through the arts, the artists learn life skills to better enrich their lives and fulfill their potential. They seek to break down societal barriers and celebrate the unique abilities each person brings to this open and creative environment. Live Yes Studios is a program of Resources for Human Development. More information can be found at liveyesstudio.com or on Instagram (@liveyesstudios) and Facebook.


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December 1st. 2017
7-10PM
116 N 14th. Lincoln, NE.
Above Gomez Art Supply

Tugboat Proudly Presents:
“Iron Sharpens Iron”

Iron sharpens iron like one person sharpens another.

Iron Brush tattoo is a collective, the energy of the group pushing each artist. Our inspirations stemming from the tattoo world, but not limited to purely tattoo derived images. The wide range of mediums speaks to the individual spirit, and the individual vision.

Our culture promotes a large number of styles, creative elements, and images, one hand firmly holding onto tradition, and the other hand reaching to bring our form of personal story telling to this vital art form.
Always classic but always unique.

We hope the viewer finds new ideas from these talented and driven artists taking their time to produce this wide range of works using watercolor, ink, acrylic and more.

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