Spice of Life

After years of quiet studio practice with little local public visibility, painter Mary Murphy has burst onto the art scene again. In April, an exhibition at Gallery 72 featured recent work done in her Omaha and New York studios. Now, the Cathedral Arts Project’s Sunderland Gallery provides an expansive look at the artist’s career in […]

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Street Smart

The recent exhibition of photographs by Omaha-based artist Sam Herron at the RNG Gallery in Council Bluffs offered a glimpse into a world that most of us notice only at specific public moments in our day, if at all.  Staring out at us from most of the show’s twenty-seven large-format digital images in Street Life […]

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Think Pieces

Lincoln-based painter Nolan Tredway is featured at the Fred Simon Gallery until Jan. 8, 2016 with an assortment of oil paintings well worth a visit.  Most were done in 2015—this is a prolific, focused young artist.  He paints large oils, works as a filmmaker, even designs toys.  There’s a lot to like about Tredway’s approach—with […]

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Three Course Meal

It’s been said, “we are what we eat.” One might also add, “How we eat.” This doesn’t bode well in America where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports more than two thirds of all adults are either obese or over weight. It appears the mantra for American culture with regard to food is: […]

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Glass Act

In the world of art, glassmaking implies a kind of wonderful alchemy. Essentially, it starts with sand, which is melted along with a few other helpful materials by the tremendous heat of a kiln or furnace. The red-hot, molten mixture that results may then be transformed into any number of solid objects, ranging from windowpanes […]

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Mind Escape

The Garden of the Zodiac is a small tucked away gallery in the Passageway known for bringing its owners European sensibilities to the Old Market. The gallery is currently hosting Italian painter Paolo Dolzan, who has shown in the space before (2010, 2013). The artists had spent the two weeks prior to the opening constructing […]

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Animal Magnetism

Joe Broghammer’s new October exhibit, Herd, at Anderson-O’Brien Gallery is all about barnyard animals.  While Broghammer states that the show is about a conversation with himself in his studio, it would seem that the animals presented have been given something they want to say directly to the viewer.  They have so much individual personality that […]

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Study in Contrasts

A new exhibition of works by two Creighton University fine arts alumni—Antonio Jacob Martinez and Tupac Martir—recently opened at the Lied Art Gallery on August 29. It is described as multidisciplinary, but it is best understood as a study in contrasts by artists who use light and shadow as their principle media. Photography, it is […]

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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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