Laura Vranes


Photo by John McIntyre

Cardboard at its best is an imperfect, extremely unspectacular material that is very familiar yet often ignored.  It is cheap and disposable, but in the hands of an artist this material can become rather interesting and very beautiful.   T... more

Dec 31, 2014 5:13 PM Arts


Photo by John McIntyre

Exploring the limits of material and reality is nothing new for Omaha installation artist Ying Zhu.  Her art embodies an ambiguous contravention of formal arrangements and interactions intermingled with abundant energy that ultimately creat... more

Sep 24, 2014 2:54 PM Arts


Photo by John McIntyre

Jul 14, 2014 5:21 PM Arts


Photo by John Mcintyre

Jun 19, 2014 2:42 PM Arts


Photo by John Mcintyre

Painting can be a lot of things:  colorful, resilient, meaningful, puzzling at times and extremely personal.  But it is seldom boring. The signs, symbols, images and colors on a flat surface hold our attention and at moments have us at a da... more

May 22, 2014 4:12 PM Arts

Beauty and love conjure up a variety of emotions and feelings.  They capture passion and mix with both sensuality and power.  However, beauty is constructed and shaped by culture and society.  Within this context lies a conundrum of what ... more

Mar 3, 2014 6:36 AM Arts

Fine art prints can be both complex and mysterious.  The process is difficult and time consuming with much thought given to color and design.  But, the most important part of process is the artist.  It is their touch that turns the print ... more

Feb 21, 2014 10:09 PM Arts

One of the allures of Native American art is that everyone regardless of ethnicity can find something interesting in its imagery.  Native American art can depict the past, a simpler way of life, but when it goes contemporary the viewer ca... more

Jan 17, 2014 6:43 AM Arts

Somewhere in our unconscious mind, the tangible memories we have can be reconstructed and distorted into fragmented abstract forms.  Abstract art goes beyond the simple pictorial images found in most art, but uses art as a mode of allegor... more

Dec 12, 2013 12:37 AM Arts

Contemporary sculpture seems limitless.  There are no restrictions or boundaries to this form, which can be a caveat of immense freedom.  It cannot infer a singular meaning; contemporary sculpture itself struggles with the distortion of i... more

Nov 19, 2013 12:01 AM Arts

Art can be fun, whimsical, and fanciful.  It can even incite amusement. It can also be controlled and calculating with plenty of expression. All this and more can be seen from the current show of works by Iggy Sumnik and Mark Kochen at Mo... more

Jun 25, 2013 1:10 AM Arts

It may be a surrogate for the absent human figure, but clothing is something that Christina Renfer Vogel has been mastering for years. Yet never better than in her current exhibit at Fred Simon Gallery, Family Portraits, which continues u... more

May 15, 2013 12:00 AM Arts

Some artists confront nature and the everyday world and illustrate it with all its beauty and mystery intact. Others expose it for all its contradictions and obscurity. In either case, appreciation and interpretation are best left to the ... more

Apr 16, 2013 1:04 AM Arts

Midwest Arts Midtown has curated an intriguing show with varying points of view. Cool Abstraction features two artists with very different mediums, Gary Day and Michael Tegland.  Day uses his computer animation skills and Tegland uses gra... more

Mar 18, 2013 11:27 PM Arts

The traveling photo exhibit, Conversations on a Bus, is an original, charming, and gripping tribute to a city where beauty is found in many unexpected places such as in the conversations of everyday people.  The show, currently on display... more

Feb 18, 2013 12:13 AM Arts

Artists Jeff King and Anthony Brown’s group show XO at New BLK Gallery can be described as a titillating stimulation of your eyes and sensibilities.  King’s stark urban influences create an interesting juxtaposition to Brown’s more volupt... more

Dec 17, 2012 11:37 PM Arts

From an early age we have learned to visualize a world of recognizable shapes and colors, from white puffy clouds to a soft furry teddy bear clutched in our arms.  Each of us has a unique way of viewing our experiences that somehow fit in... more

Nov 29, 2012 12:02 AM Arts

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