Shelterbelt Extends Its Horizons

Shelterbelt Theatre branches in new directions in its 20th year of growth, continuing to engirdle, foster, and nourish talent with Nebraska roots. Nothing radical will emerge, mind you. The mission remains the same as it always has been, bringing to light new work at its home on California Street.

Yet, the latest production, The Battle of Battles, by Omaha’s Joe Basque, ventures into territory rarely explored...

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(Altar)native Art

Somewhere between Picasso and Pop something new developed in the art world. Something spiritual and somewhat taboo, a fringe movement that makes you stop and think whether or not you should worship or wonder in amazement if this is even art. Sweatshop Gallery’s latest show, Artist’s Shrines and Reliquaries, suggests that spirituality and art can coexist initiating a provocative dialog between the two.

The...

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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 American artist Mark di Suvero to create a sculpture for Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park to add to Council Bluffs' impressive collection of such.

 Di Suvero’s international reputation is based upon his massive steel sculptures that challenge viewer expectations in a style of abstract...

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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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Governor’s Arts Award Honor Theatre Excellence

- This past Tuesday, the Nebraska Arts Council gave out its biannual honors, The Governor’s Arts Awards, recognizing organizations and individuals who have made major contributions to the State’s cultural fabric. The awards this year were original works designed by Sidney, Nebraska landscape artist Benjamin Darling.

Members of the theatrical community took home several awards including Patsy Koch Johns. She...

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Demo Graphics Re-‘Hatches’ on Emmett Street

The Metro is not new to advocacy art. From institutions such as the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and the Kaneko to individuals like Scott Blake, raising public awareness and advocating for social change is a vital part of their mission on behalf of the community.

 Recent endeavors such as Bemis’ Flock House Project and Kaneko’s upcoming Heartland 2050: Shape Our Future exhibition, April 14, to the more...

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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...

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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...

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Lives of Not Always Quiet Desperation

In the minds of many, Nebraska is part of the U.S. heartland, aka The Midwest.  And Kansas-born...

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Governor’s Arts Award Honor Theatre Excellence

- This past Tuesday, the Nebraska Arts Council gave out its biannual honors, The Governor’s Arts Awards, recognizing...

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A Different Kind of Phantom

Creighton University department of Theatre professor Alam Klem considers himself to be a big fan playwright Arthur Kopit’s...

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The Rose’s “Broken Mirror” Reflects the Issues of Young Teen Women.

- While finishing up the run of Jackie and Me this week, The Rose Theater will present the latest offering from its Teens...

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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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Demo Graphics Re-‘Hatches’ on Emmett Street

The Metro is not new to advocacy art. From institutions such as the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and the Kaneko to...

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MONA’s Got ‘Spirit,’ How About You? Biennial Auction, April 5

“What? Drive some 180 miles just to see art? I can’t even get to Lincoln on a regular basis…unless I want to catch a game,...

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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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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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