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[Neppl has been associated with Prairie Winds for four years.
“It has always been my dream to have a gallery,” Neppl said. “My husband and I had been looking at different buildings around town, trying to find something, because we never knew if Prairie Winds was going to be up for sale or not.”
When Duff and her partners approached her and asked if she was interested in purchasing Prairie Winds, Neppl said, it was exciting news.
She said she will rename the gallery Studio K.
“I want it to be a cooperative gallery just like it is,” Neppl said. “I want to bring in more artists.”
The gallery will continue to do shows and support the community. Local artists will be presenting shows there and throughout Grand Island and the area.
Neppl is also affiliated with the Noyes Gallery in Lincoln, another cooperative gallery, and she plans a number of cooperative ventures with that gallery.
As an artist, Neppl is involved in a lot of different mediums, such as mosaics, oils and watercolors, and she also designs adult coloring books.
“I love it all,” she said.
Having grown up in Grand Island, Neppl said she has been interested in art since childhood.
Her work is also displayed in a gallery in Hilo, Hawaii.
Other than the name change, Neppl said she plans no major changes to the gallery, aside from increasing the number of artists who will be able to show and sell their work there.
“We are going to continue with the children’s classes and expand the adult classes,” Neppl said.
She also plans to put a new facade on the front of the building, changing the look.
Neppl said she will close on the purchase later this month.
“I just want to continue to bring art to Grand Island,” she said. “The gallery could have closed and the town would have been without art. Art is such a need for the community. I want to share everybody’s talent because there are so many good artists in Grand Island and Nebraska.”]
Karen M. Neppl poses at Prairie Winds Art Center in Grand Island. Neppl will open Studio K in the Third Street venue after Prairie Winds closes later this month. She has been a member of the Prairie Winds artists’ co-op for four years.
Change in the air at Prairie Winds
The Grand Island Independent | Sunday, August 16, 2015 | By Robert Pore