Tiffany Schank, Adam Brass featured in upcoming West Nebraska Arts Center exhibit

March 1, 2017

The West Nebraska Arts Center (WNAC), with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, will present an eclectic exhibit of art, Ebb & Flow, by Adam Brass, of Gering, and Tiffany Schank of Scottsbluff. The duo exhibit, which includes original works of art in acrylics, colored pencil, graphite, watercolor, oil, and photography, opens Thursday, March 2, with a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“What an exciting and diverse show,” Maria Lena Soto, WNAC program manager, said. “I encourage all to stop by to view their artwork.”

Adam Brass is a multimedia artist with an associate’s degree in visual arts from Western Nebraska Community College. Brass has been a tattoo artist for seven years at Elixir Tattoo in Scottsbluff. He initially wanted to do animation, but later became interested in tattoos. Becoming a tattoo artist has helped Brass in order to make a living.

“Over the past few years it has become a pretty big passion.” said Brass.

He also strives to portray tattoos as an art form and be an advocate for tattoos being seen as a fine art. His work relies heavily on the unique flow, symmetry, and color nature exudes.

“A lot of my art touches on personal experiences throughout my life. It’s about the journey and how every negative also has a positive.”

This idea contributed to the naming of Ebb & Flow. Regardless of the medium or canvas, he continually attempts to produce work true to his style with a modern flair.

“When I set out to create, I often have a story I am trying to tell. Usually, that idea is comprised from work before it and those stories spill from one piece to the next. Like any good story, things are rarely linear and evolve greatly with time. There are many peaks and valleys, but ultimately everything comes full circle. At first it may seem that this is a story about humanity and our vast differences. However, this story is not really about what separates use from the natural world. It is about the inherent connections we share and what it truly means to be human.” Brass said.

Tiffany Schank recently graduated from Fort Hays State with a masters of liberal studies in art. Tiffany is currently seeking a doctorate degree in humanities through Faulkner University. She has already obtained an Associate Of Arts from Western Nebraska Community College and Bachelors of Fine art with a Studio Option from Chadron State College. Homeschooled all through high school, Schank was able to focus on art by taking private lessons with Jennifer Berge. Schank assisted Tom Nuesca through the past five years as a darkroom assistant at Western Nebraska Community College and began adjunct teaching film photography at the college in 2017. She teaches art lessons to children ages five and up, and spends summers teaching art in the Upward Bound program.

Schank was asked to do the display of Ebb & Flow with another artist of her choosing. She chose Adam Brass because of their similar styles and prior knowledge of each other. The duo graduated from Western Nebraska Community College together and have known each other since then. Ebb & Flow has been in the process of production for two years now. Schank’s inspiration for her work has come from prior education and all of her art is based on human emotion.

“My intent behind it is to portray a feeling of humanity to the viewer.” Schank said.

When asked why she would be displaying her artwork, Schank said that she likes the idea of displaying the human condition and to also show off her work and dedication from these past two years.

“This shadow that falls between conception and creation and emotion and response is filled with inspiration; the inspiration to create, inspiration to bring an emotion to the viewer, to gain a response. The inspiration that comes from the people that step into your life — family, friends, colleagues, even people on the street; the people who catch your attention and love; the places that you go to, the traveling that you do, and of course, the colors of life, the color the world brings, and the colorful people, places, and things it brings. Through my art and photography, I try to convey the essence of what inspires my work, to portray an emotion and the response through my photography and art. I want to inspire other people in their artwork and photography and above all, to inspire people to believe that anything is possible.” Schank said.

Beer and pretzels are on the menu with catering by Twisted Pretzel and beer served by Racks Wine and Spirits. Avid Dischord, along with Gabriel Brute, aka the Brute, will be performing. Food and non-alcoholic drinks are complimentary. There will be a cash bar for the beer. The exhibit and reception are free and open to everyone.

Ebb & Flow will be on display at West Nebraska Arts Center MArch 2 - 26. It is sponsored by Elixir Tattoo and Schank Roofing.