Lois Smith – Nebraska native, Lois Smith has turned to her love of watercolor to present her expression of the beautiful Nebraska landscape that she loves. The brush strokes that are loose and free and colors that can be vivid and unexpected tell her story of the land, the towns and the people who have formed her vision of our state. En Plein Aire (painting outside in the elements)has become a favorite for her.

Guided by her creative Grandmother, Lois has developed a distinctive and expressive painting style that has evolved over time by taking workshops with nationally known artists. She continues her artistic journey by teaching watercolor classes to adults and children alike.

Lois has been named a signature member of the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs, and was juried into the twenty-five member Impact Nebraska Artists. She has received the All Nebraska Artist designation at the Nebraska State Fair and was given the Citizen Volunteer Award by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce in recognition of her art support to the youth of the city. She is honored to have received state, national and international awards and to have her work hang in
offices, businesses and homes throughout the Midwest.

Lois and her husband Howard (Red) make their home in central Nebraska, close to the beautiful Nebraska countryside.


Kimberly Grothen - is a watercolor and ink artist from Juniata, NE. She has taken courses in watercolor painting and expressive photography along with many other artistic endeavors and has a background in Graphic Design.

This artist loves mixing the softness of watercolor with the defining crispness of ink. Kimberly’s current interest is in capturing our abandoned countryside. Old vehicles, machinery, and buildings are her subjects with pastures and expansive skies as the background. These things are close to Kimberly’s heart as she lives on a farm with wide open views of the countryside and sky, with all their many colors and moods.
Kimberly can be reached by phone at 402.469.2300 or 402.751.2525, or email at  kim.idlewilderoad@gmail.com


Kristine Allphin - Kristine's education and experience in illustration and composition bring an original style, sensitivity, and craftsmanship to her batik work. She has won numerous awards and exhibitions including Stuhr Museum and Nebraska Arts Council and Museum of Nebraska Art. She was featured in the April 2016 issue of Art and Architecture Magazine as an emerging artist to watch. Her work has been purchased for use on Hollywood movie sets, corporations, hospitals and private collectors as far away as Canada and Sri Lanka.

Although Batik is a challenging medium, Kristine's goal and purpose as an artist are to push it's limits to a level of fine art. She utilizes her knowledge of illustration and design and experimentation of non-traditional batik materials to produce the many complicated color blends and combinations.

She and her family reside in the Hastings Nebraska where she finds inspiration in the always changing seasons, native grasses and vast prairie landscapes.Type your paragraph here.


Jude Martindale - Jude bases her work on subjects ranging from nature to people, animals and politics. Jude has exhibited nationally and internationally injuries shows at venues such as the Wichita Center for the Arts (Wichita, KS), Banana Factory (Bethlehem, PA), Welsh Group (Wales, UK), National Watercolor Society (San Pedro, CA), among others. Her work has traveled the state of Nebraska to eighteen venues per year, a total of seven years with the Association of Nebraska Arts Club (ANAC).

      Jude’s illustrations and paintings have been featured in the International Society of Experimental Artists (ISEA) & National Watercolor Society (NWS) book, Lincoln 55+ and the National Strength and Conditioning Association Journal.   Jude has earned signature membership in ISEA and ANAC and has been juried into 12 exhibitions.  She has had 8 solo shows in Nebraska and has received many awards.  Martindale earned her BS from the University of Nebraska and studied at the Art Student League in New York before earning her MS in illustration from the University of Arizona.

Jude currently lives in Lincoln, Nebraska and can be reached by email at jude.martindale@gmail.com. Her website is judymartindalefineart.com.


Kevin Houchin - Kevin is an Artist, Lawyer, and Workforce Readiness Strategist from Fort Collins Colorado. His art explores the interplay of figure and form, geometry and gesture. His work is primarily in batik.  Ultimately, batik is a spiritual medium and very therapeutic. In addition to batik, Kevin also dances with the impermanence of watercolor, the mess of linocut printmaking, and digital gestures of figures in motion. http://kevinhouchin.com/


Susanne Uerling Osberg - Susanne portrays paintings of escape, vitality, energy, love, adventure, courage and fun.  She initiates the viewer to see the world through her creative vision. Along with exhibits and awards, Susanne was recently selected for a solo exhibition at the Nebraska Governors Mansion http://www.susanneosberg.com/


Sharon Farritor Raimondo - Sharon is a fourth-generation Nebraskan and author. Her first novel, Big Sky, is a skillfully written and gripping historical fiction of the great depression era.   Sharon holds a BA in English, is a member of the Nebraska Writer’s Guild, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Her biblically-based children's stories include Martus and the Cave, Audi and the Whale, and Echeo and the Lion’s Den. http://www.sharonmraimondo.com/ 


Our Artists and Artisans

Kenneth Bassett - Kenneth is a retired secondary art teacher, artist, and collector who uses oils, acrylic and watercolor as his preferred media.  As a native of the Nebraska Sandhills and having spent part of his growing up years in southern California, he has come to enjoy both rural and urban landscapes rendered in an Impressionistic style.  He refers to his landscapes as "dreamscapes," because even when painting in plein aire, he prefers to rearrange elements and objects, use subjective color and often introduces imaginary subject matter into a scene.

Ken has a BA degree in education with an emphasis in art and history from Kearney State College with graduate work from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.  He has won numerous awards with his work including being a signature member of the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs with thirteen honors. In 1991 a watercolor painting entitled, "Winter Cuttings," was purchased by the Museum of Nebraska Art for their permanent collection.  Ken has made his home in Grand Island since 1968. 308-383-3283 or knnthbsstt@gmail.com

Kristine Allphin, Fine Art batik

Open House

Thursdays in July

1:00 - 8:00 pm

The Arts Studio

102 S. Lincoln

Hastings Nebraska

Come out of the heat and into The Arts Studio, a 2,00-square-foot space filled with creative energy, art and literature. Artists will be working at their crafts giving you the opportunity to not only observe their process but meet them and buy an original piece of art. 


Cameron Brakenhoff - Cameron creates wearable art.  He experiments with many  tie-dye techniques such as spirals bullseyes and spider design but he also has perfected very complicated ice dying techniques.  His inspiration is the process itself and how the folds and ties are an important part of that process. Often the results are unexpected but alsways inspiring.  He utilizes profession dyes and process ensuring a permanent and vivid result.