Gardens of Delight

Thanks to artist Kristin Pluhacek, Lauritzen Gardens can currently boast more than its usual relief from winter doldrums and environs. Pluhacek’s current show, Weeds/Pods/Seeds and the Landscapes enjoys a suitable home at the garden’s 100 Bancroft St. location in South Omaha with its own seasonal palette, connection and inquiry for the viewer to embrace. There are 16 pieces in the show which continues through...

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Art of Fellowship

You’ve seen these artists before, but when was the last time you saw them exclusively at one time in one place? To encourage such, 26 members of the former 13th Street Gallery have invited you to attend their latest reunion exhibit, Old Friends—New Work at the Hot Shops Art Center, 13th and Nicholas. Last Saturday, several hundred patrons of this 30-year-old plus group flocked to their opening and found the...

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Twelfth Night, Steel Magnolias

Twelfth Night and Steel Magnolias have histories of popular and critically successful productions here, but also promise new versions at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the Omaha Community Playhouse. For UNO’s Cindy Melby Phaneuf, it’s a third time directing the Shakespearean comedy, but the first crack at doing it with 16 collegians, all but four virgins at performing the bard. For Amy Lane, the...

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Cold Cream

* My first awareness that Andy Rannels was starring in the hit Broadway musical Book of Mormon, by the “South Park” creators, came when a unidentified photo looked familiar. You couldn’t miss that gleaming smile of the fuzzy-cheeked kid who always looked like he’d just been hatched. Now, of course, everybody knows it’s the young man we saw in such Omaha shows as On Golden Pond and 110 in the Shade. Raised...

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Wild at Art

The RNG Gallery and its partnership with Dixie Quicks Restaurant is leaving town sometime this summer to set up new residence across the river but not before making a strong statement about what Council Bluffs can expect via contemporary art. Last Friday, members of CB’s Chamber of Commerce lunched on Chef Rene Orduna’s Southern and Cajun fare while getting an earful from Orduna’s partner, gallery owner Rob...

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Local talent Bart Vargas raising funds for artist residency in China

* Lincoln artist and University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor Aaron Holz will give a talk this Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the Sheldon Museum of Art. (Full disclosure: I work at Sheldon.) Holz has an intimate exhibition in Sheldon's Focus Gallery. Of Heads and Hands is inspired by the drawings of 16th century artists Agnolo Bronzino and Jan Gossaert. Holz's portraits of heads and hands question what it means to paint...

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

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<p><em>Something Old, Something New

Not many artists have approached the challenges and contradictions of making art quite as astutely...

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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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