Drawing Omaha from Manhattan: An Exhibition by Edgar Jerins

Jan. 28-March 4 Drawing Omaha from Manhattan: An Exhibition by Edgar Jerins Lied Art Gallery, Creighton University, 2500 California Plz. Reception Jan. 28, 5-8 p.m., gallery open daily 1-4 p.m. FREE, 280.2261, creighton.edu It is clear that Edgar Jerins was a close friend and mentee of super-realist painter Kent Bellows — Jerins’ dramatic large-scale “narrative noir” charcoal images are hauntingly real, revealing more detail the closer you peer. Jerins, living and working in New York, also reveals his Omaha roots, utilizing his family, friends and life in Nebraska as subject matter. Six of the 10 images in this show are set in Nebraska and Kansas, according to the artist, who recently returned from Riga Latvia with the exhibit. His stark images of blue-collar Americans in their homes were a part of an exhibition hosted by the European Union as an effort “to recognize how people are suffering due to the economic crisis.” The show at Creighton’s Lied Gallery is a part of his stint as a visiting artist at Creighton.

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