Artist Tim Guthrie, well known for his contentious exhibit at Bemis Underground earlier this year, Extraordinary Rendition, is fresh from his June trip to Uganda with John O'Keefe, Carol Zuegner and 14 of their Creighton University students. They recorded for a mini-documentary about work being done to help war refugees. Before he leaves for his annual visiting artist position in Lake Tahoe, he visits with an artist each day. “30-artists-in-30-days” according to Guthrie is “really just some casual conversations that I am having with a lot of artists … mostly about art … some artists I’ve known for many years, so we talk about more personal things …some artists I haven’t previously had the chance to talk to much before, and we’ve simply gotten to know each other.”
Artists have many opportunities to practice their craft this month. Hot Shops Art Center artist Diane Stoffel-Ryan hosts Life Drawing sessions for artists of every level every Tuesday 6-8:30 p.m. Drop-in for $12; for details visit hotshopsartcenter.com. On July 21, Dr. Sketchy’s Presents: Kaleigh for a “Rockabilly” drawing session with female model Kaleigh starting at 8 p.m. $3 donation suggested for artists 21+ at Brothers Lounge. After a two-month hiatus, Drink n Draw is back July 28, 7-10 p.m., at the Ferguson Studio, 1701 Vinton Street. For $10, artists 21+ can draw from two live models, one male and one female, with pizza provided by the Ferguson Studio.
Trending with artists is raising money for residencies and trips by selling original prints at low prices. Tim Jag and Gary Parkins have their $10-20 prints at BLK to try to fund their residency at the gallery. Mixed-media painter Matthew Helt of Omaha was among 40 selected to attend an international arts conference in September, and is selling his inks on paper, paintings and collages for $10 at heltfundraiser.com where he posts updates on his work. Even budding artists are getting in on it; Zoe Kuhn, Duchesne Academy student, is on a service trip in San Francisco this month, and will be going on another next summer to the Dominican Republic. She is selling her prints for $15 at zoesanfranciscotrip.tumblr.com where she also posts updates. Her mother, artist Kim Reid Kuhn, along with artist Wanda Ewing, will have lower-priced prints for sale at this weekend’s Les Femmes Folles Presents: A Curated Show Featuring Ewing & Kuhn at Peerless, July 22 (Full Disclosure: I co-produced this event).
Photographers Sarah Rowe and John Leclerc examine the Lakota Ghost Dance in their series now at Side Door Lounge. The duo controversially interprets the native sacred ritual of hope and protest that became a form of brazen and desperate dissent against the U.S. government. “Ghost Dance” explores decimation, destruction and decay as related to the indigenous experience, past and present. Rowe’s work represents her first time behind the camera. The exhibit runs through July at Side Door Lounge, then goes to a gallery in the Netherlands, according to the artists.