<p> Mind of the Beholder

Painting can be a lot of things:  colorful, resilient, meaningful, puzzling at times and extremely personal.  But it is seldom boring. The signs, symbols, images and colors on a flat surface hold our attention and at moments have us at a dazzling balance between our emotions and our reason. 

Discussions can be sparked and open up new perspectives that maybe otherwise go unrealized. Never shying away from...

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An Accidental Artist

When Mexican artist Humberto Chavez says, “I don’t believe in reality,” he’s not merely being coy. He is being true to his muse and his roots.

Like many artists, Chavez is simply saying that objective reality doesn’t exist. Yet reality for him is more than just a philosophical conundrum of perception; you know, the one about the tree falling in the woods?

Nor does he entirely plug into the North American credo:...

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Group Benefits, Ltd

Without a strong curatorial guide, group art shows must rely on their diversity as well as the quality of their work in order for individual pieces to stand out. The current show at Hot Shops is no exception as four artists compete for attention in this very diverse exhibit.

This unnamed group show in the North Gallery for April consists of painter/draughtsman James Freeman, sculptor Tom Swanson and husband and...

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‘Secret Codes & Body Feelings’

Victoria Hoyt’s new exhibit of water-based paintings, Secret Codes and Body Feelings, is at RNG Gallery in Council Bluffs, through April 6.

Much of the work is fairly large, with several pieces unframed, allowing the viewer to experience the added gentle air movement of the light Japanese paper, which seems to offer a heightened aesthetic feeling to the work.  Because of the use of wet media on this thin paper,...

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‘Thinking About…Joy of Piper’

"I do not paint like Van Gogh, but I have a soul like his."

This quote is never really explained as it opens Lynn Piper's artist statement on behalf of her current exhibit at Modern Arts Midtown. The text was found lying on a table in the rear spaces of MAM surrounded with paintings and other objects created by Piper in preparation for her solo exhibition that opened Mar. 7. Though her own expressionistic style...

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Culture Clash

Beauty and love conjure up a variety of emotions and feelings.  They capture passion and mix with both sensuality and power.  However, beauty is constructed and shaped by culture and society.  Within this context lies a conundrum of what power and beauty say about us as a civilization. 

This is the context of iROZEALb, the inaugural show at Joslyn Art Museum ‘s new gallery, the Riley Contemporary Art Project...

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<p>‘One Little Indian’ at RNG Gallery…

There are moments that have left imprints in the minds of many - the past that can be revisited...

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Such stuff as dreams are made on.

If you’ve never attended a Nebraska Shakespeare on The Green event, be prepared for a delightful...

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<p>'Am i Alone' by Beej nierengarten-Smith on display at Gallery 72 </p>What Comes Natural

The current exhibit Human I Nature at Gallery 72, personal, exotic and complex, is a must-see for...

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Director Thompson Talks About “Abby”

            The Shelterbelt Theatre’s latest production entitled Abby in the Summer by A.P. Andrews is going into its final...

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TAG Nominations Highlight This Year’s Best Efforts

            Last week, I had the pleasure of announcing the nominations for the 47th Annual Theatre Arts Guild Awards...

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Playhouse Honors Volunteers and Red Theater is Under the Radar

            - Awards Season kicked off last week when the Omaha Community Playhouse held its annual volunteer awards night....

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In Praise of Metro Public Art, Vol. 1

The Metro’s major force in area public art funding and support, the Iowa West Foundation, has commissioned the estimable...

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Catch the Hubbub at Bemis ‘Flock House: Omaha’

 

 March finally lived up to its promise of warmer weather, and along with it the Metro art scene has come out of...

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Les Femmes Folles…Ciao!

Les Femmes Folles and Caesium Gallery are proud to present LFF…Ciao! This farewell group exhibition features 30 artists...

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Play Me, I’m Yours

The Omaha Creative Institute is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for the community to...

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Bemis Director Adam Price

Newly appointed Executive Director of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Adam Price comes to the Bemis from the Utah...

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Viva Los Dias de los Muertos!

As Halloween hovers on the horizon, and people gear up to put on gruesome, bizarre, or funny costumes and children seek...

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From Cookies to Canker Sores:

“You know, your work is bright, colorful and simple,” said a children’s book editor to illustrator and author Dan...

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Three Times the Wonder

“Rather than having a single exhibition that fills all of our special exhibition spaces, we have this rather unique...

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