Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts

May 2012

Nebraska has a reputation for being flat, and, being on the Great Plains, a reputation for being, well, plain.  But if you thought that would be true of Nebraska City, you’d be as wrong as I was.  With rolling hills and giant old-growth trees, Nebraska City was more like visiting a small town in Ohio or New Jersey.  Or really more like visiting a small town in Ohio or New Jersey in 1963.  But all part of the charm.

The rolling hills are a product of the land flowing down to the river that separates Nebraska from Iowa.  The giant trees are a product of the fact that Nebraska City started Arbor Day, which is a product of the fact that once, someone came to Nebraska city and said “You know what?  This would be a nice place if it wasn’t so flat and… plain here.”  And then planted several thousand trees.

Below, a random business, one of about 500 charming houses, and the great old bank and courthouse building.

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The view of my studio complete with computer setup and piano, and view of courtyard adjoining studio.

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And the best part–the great group of women I spent the weeks with:  from L to R, 1 and 4 are Pat and Jenni, our staff and administrators–by far the coolest staff of any residency I’ve done–and 2, 3, and 5:  Deborah, Jenni and Jenny, visual artist, poet, and visual artist, respectively.  Sometimes it’s nice to be immersed in a creative arts environment with those who understand your work from the inside and feel your pain.  Good company for a great residency.

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