‘Science Fairs’

For those who enjoyed Science Fair , an alternative art DIY featuring 100 artists who displayed their wares at Urban Storage, the alt vibe continues across the street in the Bemis Underground with its current three-person solo exhibit. The Underground show, which continues through Feb.26, highlights the quirky, eclectic work of Kenneth Adkins, Victoria Hoyt […]

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Metal of Honor

Whether you tweet, text, surf or just hunker down in front of your smart phone, tablet or widescreen, no one has to tell you we’re in the grip of awards season. Yet while the Oscars, Grammys, Addys, Emmys and Tonys do relative justice to popular art and entertainment, there are very few honors bestowed upon […]

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Opposites Attract

Polite society has a way of telling artists where to “draw the line” or not to “cross the line” in the name of political correctness, family values or so-called community standards. As if artists in all fields didn’t have enough to worry about in today’s economy. Whether they mark, speak, walk, write or toe that […]

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Wall of Fame

When the Omaha Entertainment and Arts association holds its annual awards ceremony Feb. 13 at Harrah’s Casino, patrons will no doubt enjoy a celebration devoted to area artists in three mediums, knowing they helped put them in the spotlight. Yet, while the audience will again be entertained that Sunday evening by music and drama, nominees […]

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Accent the Negative

What occupies Positive Space in the New BLK Gallery’s show may get all the attention, but its negative space is what largely gives the artwork its significance. While some of the paintings and sculpture of Justin Beller and digital prints of Daniel Muller strain a bit toward beauty and flirt with the decorative, many more […]

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Paint By Numbers

It’s said in any given year in any given metropolitan community that about 25 percent of its population attends a museum or gallery at least once and 15 percent watch or listen to programs about art, artists and museums as well. That’s according to a 2008 Survey of Public Participation sponsored by the National Endowment […]

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Globetrotters

Many is the man or woman who wanted to take that voyage “across the pond” — seeking one’s fortune, a new beginning or maybe just to escape with no intention of returning. Let the record show that most such movement has been east to west across the Atlantic. Yet, today, “The land of opportunity” is […]

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Wood Works

If there was one thing proved by Out of the Woods , an interesting Hot Shops group exhibit last summer, it is that wood sculpture can be more than craft or hobby for its artists. Not that there wasn’t fine craftsmanship in this show as seen in the representational design of Herm Rauth’s doorway and […]

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Mind Over Matter

It was 17th century philosopher-mathematician René Descartes who first articulated a general theory of dualism stating that humans consist of a sort of mind-body dichotomy. Descartes attributed all animal or biological activity to the brain while crediting one’s thoughts and desires to the mind, a more elusive and spiritual faculty. Inextricably linked, this mind-body dualism […]

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Act of Torture

Care for a syllogism? You know, that exercise in deductive reasoning that attempts to reach a valid conclusion based upon a given major and minor premise, such as: * All methods of torture are illegal. * Waterboarding is a method of torture. * Therefore waterboarding is illegal. If you doubt either premise, check the definition […]

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