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Bemis Updates

* Bemis Underground Manager Brigitte McQueen resigned from her position last week. In an email, she says she decided to leave the program in order to begin work toward the creation of a new arts nonprofit for Omaha, one “which will be dedicated to supporting local artists through studio space, facilities and exhibition opportunities.” She says the yet un-named organization will “utilize the arts to enact...


KANEKO Block Party recap

* Last weekend’s KANEKO block party drew a large crowd to check out (and bid on) 50 or so works by local artists. Much of the work took the creative assignment literally, and many pieces were piles of various sized square blocks that somehow fit together. Rob Gilmer’s block pile focused on health care, while a series of blocks created by an anonymous artist were covered with maps. Some artists created wall...


KANEKO Block Party, Building Bemis, Holidays Under Glass

* A block party is usually associated with a grill, some burgers and the hot summer sun, but downtown Omaha’s KANEKO reinvented the concept with the KANEKO Block Party — parts auction, concert and holiday celebration — slated for Friday, Dec. 10. More than 50 artists were asked to create work inspired by the alphabet, alphabet blocks or Fletcher Benton’s Alphabet Sculpture, currently on display at...


Artsy Holidays

* Happy Thanksgiving! Because it’s officially the holiday season, this week’s column is devoted to all things holiday, beginning with the Durham Museum’s annual tree lighting ceremony. The ceremony runs 4-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26. Vocalist and local KIOS radio personality Michael Lyon will perform, and visitors can decorate cookies, create holiday gifts and share their list with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Durham’s...


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