Bud Cassiday’s Art
When all else fails, I always say, paint a flower.” Known for his watercolors and colorful abstract acrylics, Bud has always loved art, artists, and their contributions to culture but has only been working at it since 2004 when at the age of fifty-three, he turned to art. "I’d always wanted to be an artist –so after ending a long time career as a union organizer, I started painting day after day and night after night. Thirteen hundred plus paintings later, I’m still discovering creativity in myself that I thought I had, but needed to dig down to, reveal, and express." Now semi-retired, Bud continues to paint whenever he can. In order to pay some of the bills, Bud teaches writing part time at Metropolitan Community College and/or Creighton University, paints houses, plays his saxophone in an oldies Rock and Roll Band, and sells a painting now and then.
Bud says, "As one who lives my life in that place between memory and hope, I continue to explore the desire for meaning we humans experience—that searching for patterns that we can recognize, that comfort zone of the familiar. I find that many of my pieces exist in that world between the recognizable, safe, and comfortable --- and illusory, discordant mysteries of structure and form. Some of my works lean toward the world of comfortable pattern, some include a lighthearted whimsy of creation, and others capture the frustrating lack of clarity and meaning we too often witness or experience." Bud says, "Sometimes after a long day or week of working on abstract compositions contemplating the meaning of life, the relativity of perception, the inadequacies of language, and the devaluing of knowledge, I need to paint a flower or a sailboat on the ocean, a chicken, or a landscape, or go play a round of golf."
Bud has exhibited his work at several fine art galleries in Omaha and Eastern Nebraska including the aVENue Gallery formerly in Dundee, The White Crane gallery in the Old Market Passageway, the new Dundee Gallery, the Louisville Art Gallery, The Blue Pomegranate, and The Hot Shops. In both 2007 and 2008, Bud was a guest artist at The Omaha Community Playhouse Stage Right art auction exhibiting his works and has exhibited at the Shelterbelt Theater as well. The Backwaters Press has featured Bud’s work as the cover illustrations for two of its poetry publications. Bud's sketch of the Durham Science building at UNO has been featured on the cover of several UNO Algebra textbooks. Bud was an honorary judge for the YWCA’s Children’s Art Against Violence contest in 2007 and 2008. Bud's art was featured in 2012 at the UNO Criss Library H. Don and Connie J. Osborne Family Gallery and in 2013 at the Dr. Joyce Norene Wilson Gallery at Bellevue University. Bud's work can be seen at Midlands Hospital in Papillion, Ne. as well as corporate and non-profit organizations including Zaiss & Co., The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation office, The Table Grace Cafe at 1611 Douglas, and The Nonprofit Foundation of the Midlands. Bud's liturgical art hangs in the sanctuary at First Central Congregational United Church of Christ at 36th and Harney. Hundreds of Bud's paintings are in private collections.
Bud’s art can always be seen at his website at www.artbycassiday.com or call 402-689-4144. “I like to say my work has been exhibited at Joslyn Art Museum, and it was, but really it was just a one night only fundraising dinner in the Atrium! Nevertheless….”