The Hardware Gallery opened Abstractions by Michael Pysh and Spasm by Dale Heise last weekend, featuring abstract paintings and digital manipulations by Pysh and fashion-based photography by Heise.  Jane Reed’s impressionist and abstract landscapes line the walls of Silver of Oz Gallery this month in Benson.  In Lincoln at sp ce, Nebraska native and Chicago-based artist Jake Gillespie shows his paintings and video art collaborations with Lauren Payne.  In Nebraska City, Nicole Gustafsson opened Through the Thicket at Kimmel-Harding-Nelson Center for the Arts, including new gouache paintings creating imaginary landscapes for familiar woodland creatures. 

The same weekend the Bemis Center opens its auction exhibitions, the 2011 River Dreams Design Tour benefiting Bemis. It resides on the Omaha riverfront community, showcasing custom condominiums, giving visitors a glimpse at the latest trends in contemporary art, architecture and design, designed by Omaha firms D3 Interiors, Designer’s Touch and The Interior Design Firm.  The event is September 17-25. Free and open to the public.

Flood Waters 2011, an exhibit showcasing local photography capturing the recent regional historic flooding, is on display through October 2 at Florence Mill ArtLoft. It features 25 winning images including those from Lyndy Stratbucker, Sarah Bryan and Joe Brym.  A “People’s Choice” award is to be determined by voting at the gallery through September 23.

Andrew Peters, On Familiar Ground: New Heartland Paintings opens this Friday at Anderson O’Brien Fine Art-Old Market.  The show featurings Peters’ paintings from the past two years of regional landscapes from the Missouri River to Nebraska Sandhills.  The artist will give a talk September 24 at 3 p.m.

Loom Weaves Joslyn Sculpture Garden September 17, a multicultural festival starting at 2 p.m. with yoga on the green, and through the evening with other music, dance, body painting, live art, yoga and dance performances.  There will be booth vendors, food and drink for purchase, hoop jam and more through 11 a.m. There will be an after party at the founder’s house, House of Loom, 1012 S. 10th Street, until 2 a.m.  American Landscape:  Contemporary Photographs of the West, opens the same day at the Museum 10 a.m.- 4p.m.

Sunday, inCommon hosts a Backyard Art Show at their S. 13th Street location, 2-10 p.m. September 18 with live music, food and drink for purchase, open studios and art exhibition including live graffiti.

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