Bemis, V-Day, Art and Bubbly

* The Bemis Underground has a new curator. Joel Elia Damon took over the space after Brigitte McQueen left at the end of 2010. Damon says he’s excited to build on the Underground’s momentum while continuing to grow the space. “I’m extremely honored to be in this position,” he says. And he’s jumping right in with the 2011 Bemis Center Regional Exhibition, a juried show. This is a first-time show that...

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Bluffs Art Council, “The Glory of Ukraine”  at The Joslyn

* The Bluffs Arts Council’s 2011 membership drive began this month, seeking new members among local businesses and residents. The BAC’s programming includes artists in schools, art exhibits, concerts and movies in Bayliss Park, art camp for children, lecture series, an annual photo contest and more. Last year, the drive funded a number of projects, including scholarships for underprivileged kids to attend art...

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Pecha Kucha, Line by Line By Line, Luigi

* Bemis Curator Hesse McGraw will play guest host at Pecha Kucha Night Omaha #10, Thursday, Jan. 20 at Slowdown at 8 p.m. Presenters include Sean Ward, Callyann Casteel, Holly McAdams, Bryan Day, Jody Boyer, Colin C. Smith, Andy Colley, Jeff Day and Stuart Chittenden. The free event lets artistic types present 20 images of their work, each for 20 seconds, and talk during the presentation. * Rob Gilmer and Susan...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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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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