Week Fifty Two

If you say there’s nothing to do…you’re crazy.

Posted in 2008 Archives, Art news, Art openings by sarahbakerhansen on 6 November 2008

Fall continues to be super busy in the Omaha and Lincoln art world. I get so many announcements in my email box each day it’s hard to even open them all, let alone make mention of them. But I know its important to get the word out, so here’s a few of the best.

(Stay tuned to the blog later today for some news from Omaha’s Bemis Center…)

A few opeings this weekend:

Omaha artist Joey Lynch returns to his Lincoln stomping grounds this weekend with Tugboat Presents: Tugboat, featuring the work of Matt Carlson, Sam Rapien and Ashley Wick. The show opens in the new Tugboat Space at 14th and O from 7-10 on Friday night. I’ll be reviewing it in next week’s Rimage002eader, and am looking forward to seeing Lynch’s curatorial spirit back in action.

Artist Dan Boylan shows new work at midtown Omaha’s Dundee Gallery just east of 50th and Underwood Ave. The reception is free and runs from 6-9 p.m. on Nov. 7. (A signature piece of Boylan’s work is pictured at right.) And finally, on Saturday, Nov. 8, artists Wanda Ewing, Susan Knight and John Prouty will debut new work at an opening from 6-9 p.m at Jackson Street Artworks. The gallery is at 1108 Jackson St. in the Old Market.

The Bancroft Gallery, 2702 S. 10th St., is having a “creative network event” on Wednesday, Nov. 12. from 7-9 p.m. The invitation says the event is for idea sharing and contemplation of creative goals, and encourages artists, writers, performers and “creative types” of all kinds to attend. For more information, email bancroftgallery@gmail.com.

It seems nuts that the holidays are right around the corner, but these things always sneak up on me. Joslyn is helping out us creative types with its Nov. 13 Holiday Market, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the Museum Shop. Jewelry, glass, textile artists and wood craftspeople will have goods on site and be ready to take your special order, too. Shoppers can choose from a wealth of handmade jewels, beaded items, handmade purses, bound books, prints and posters, art glass, pottery, glass ornaments, note cards, calendars, picture frames and, well, everything else you’ll usually find in a museum shop. Gift wrap is free, and so is admission, and there’s a cash bar. (Tipsy shopping is something any woman is an expert at, in my, *ahem*, limited experience.)

The Lux Center in Lincoln is heating up the fall months with a “date night” event. Romance at Lux: Date Night lets couples make art together. How sweet. The event is $50 per couple and registration is required. I don’t know if I could get my significant to sign on to pottery making, but if you can, well, you should. The event is slated for Friday, Nov. 21 from 7-9 p.m. For more information, or to RSVP, click here.

The Nebraska Arts Council’s Fred Simon Gallery earlier this week announced its 2009-2010 exhibition schedule and it features some bold-face names that I’m sure will bring some deserved attention to this great space. The new season kicks off with new work from Nebraska native Jess Benjamin, who is back in Omaha. Her newest ceramic pieces are focused on Nebraska’s ongoing, severe drought. Also on the list: Sculptor David Helm and sculptor/painter Mary Day. Look for the shows to begin next August.

After a successful swing through California, Colorado and New Mexico, Omaha artist Scott Blake’s interactive installation Barcode Art Tour returns to Omaha for a one-night only stint on Nov. 28 at the Nomad Lounge. He uses backdrop stands to make 8-foot-tall light boxes that are quite impressive. Some familiar faces include: Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ozzy Osbourne, and Bruce Lee. With each scan of a barcode comes a surprise. Scott has developed an interface which brings the portraits to life. Mark your calendars for this one: it promises to be cool.

Ok, that’s enough events for one day. Hope everyone has a pleasant, art-laden weekend. Cheers.


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