Mind Games Together

Unreal, yet real. Surreal, yet familiar. But ultimately, beyond real. “Tempos,” a solo show of 26 paintings, is all the above, and it’s on display at the Bemis Center through June 15. A virtual storyboard of Lui Shtini’s artistic growth spanning the past five years, the exhibit documents the path of conceptual and technical changes […]

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‘Amalgamations’

Hardwired into the American psyche, superheroes and cartoon characters have played across movie and television screens for nearly a century. Who of us hasn’t dreamt of possessing superpowers to defy a bully, or gain the esteem of others? Despite the magic of superpowers, the subliminal stereotypes embedded in the superhero characters of […]

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‘Of Dogs & Men’

The late artist Roy De Forest clearly loved his dogs. He considered them “interchangeable with people,” even metaphors for our inner selves. This North Platte native whose family migrated west to Washington to survive the Great Depression when he was just four years old, has left a legacy of surreal worlds, populated […]

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‘Photo Stories’

Photo Stories: Selections from the Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) isn’t a “talkie,” but it speaks volumes. Over sixty photos from 1866 through 2006 spin tales of Nebraska history and culture, American icons, and, for photo buffs, a back story of photography representing nearly 150 years of changing technology and style. […]

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Everything (G)old…

Once home from travels to historic sites and architectural wonders, we struggle to capture and retain the color, light, texture and line, mood and emotion aroused by our experiences.  We patch together photo books and scribble travelogues to fix in our minds breathtaking panoramas, stunning vistas, or holy sites. But painter Steve Joy does so […]

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Humor & Homage…

Over time, each new wave of artists has searched for novel venues to pitch their innovative visions to the public. In mid-19th century France, the Acadamie des Beaux Arts held reign over art’s definition. When Monet, Cezanne, Renoir, Degas and others joined forces to share their “en plein air” paintings, they were rejected by the […]

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‘Letterpress Mentor’

UNO Art Gallery’s current exhibit, Harry Duncan as Letterpress Mentor, celebrates an artisan movement that applauds the handmade, limited productions of local artists using a process and an aesthetic that hearken to times bygone. On exhibit until Feb.11 both at the UNO Art Gallery and the Criss Library, the show honors Harry Duncan, poet, letterpress […]

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Dream Weaver

Most of us are happy to remember bits and pieces of our dreams long enough to share them soon after awaking.  We usually struggle with words to convey their bizarre settings and strange characters. Paul Otero, photorealist and graphite artist, has not only long term recall of his dreams, but also the exacting artistic language […]

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