Week Fifty Two

Reader story on Pulp move

Posted in Art news, Art openings by sarahbakerhansen on 24 February 2009

Figured I’d give my loyal readers a little preview of my Pulp story. Read an excerpt here now, but catch the full version in the paper, along with my column, Thursday.

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It’s hard to keep things quiet in the Omaha arts community.
So that’s why, a few weeks before she’d planned, Brigitte McQueen, owner of Benson’s Pulp Gallery, began to confirm the rumors: she’s moving to the Old Market this spring.
“It’s such a bittersweet situation,” McQueen said on a recent Saturday afternoon. “The move is as much a surprise for me as anyone else.”
McQueen said the new space – on the lower level of the Old Market passageway, across from V. Mertz and below Omaha Prime – fell into her lap.
“I’m sad to be leaving Benson,” McQueen said. “The neighborhood has given me an amazing first year, and the community has been so supportive of what I’m doing. I will miss it here a lot.”
She’ll be in Benson until the end of March, and the current exhibition in the space,
Spring Break 4-Ever! featuring the work of Tim McEvoy, will be the last show there. She’s already got a nearly full schedule for the new space, which will begin in April, after the move and a short break for reorganization.
Before the move downtown, though, she’s holding one last event in Benson.
Art & Soul: A Funky Lil’ Fundraiser for Pulp will begin with a $100 art sale in the Benson Pulp featuring work donated from all around the community. After the sale, guests can go to the Waiting Room for the Sweet Soul Spectacular dance party, where DJs Tim Shew and Tim McEvoy, along with some guests, will spin, and McQueen will provide vittles from Dixie Quicks Magnolia Room. The partial list of artists participating so far is going to make this some sale. A few of the participating artists include Wanda Ewing, Larry Ferguson, Mark Gilbert, Bill Hoover, Joey Lynch, Renee Ledesma Hoover, Seth Johnson, Dana Damewood, Jess Benjamin and Tim Guthrie – and that’s just an abbreviated list.
The first show in the new space will feature all emerging artists – called
Sprout! A Fresh Crop of Emerging Artists, it seems perfectly timed for her new beginning.

The above image is by artist Lena Wolff and will be featured in the first Pulp show in the Old Market space.

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