‘Reframed Edition’

Now in its 7th year, the New American Arts Festival is a joint project of Lutheran Family Services and Benson First Friday. Its Reframed edition, reimagined for the pandemic, is scheduled to kick off on Friday, August 7 in a combination of virtual and in-person opportunities. Lutheran Family Services, an agency dedicated to assisting immigrants […]

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Bemis Reboot

On the eve of opening its spring 2020 exhibitions, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art announced its closure due to the pandemic. Installed and ready for their public debut, both Claudia Wieser: Generations and Liz Schulman: The Gobernment have languished in the dark until now, as the center has announced their availability to view in […]

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‘We Thrive in Middle Spaces’

The Union for Contemporary Art, though still shuttered due to COVID-19, is celebrating Pride into the coming month through a new North Omaha community billboard project, We Thrive in Middle Spaces, beginning July 6 and running through August 2. With support through the Equality Fund of the Omaha Community Foundation, the UCA has commissioned artist/illustrator […]

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July BFF Features

As Benson First Friday continues to get its game on, there are several live and virtual exhibitions and opportunities for the July 3 edition. In the midst of the quarantine, BFF has been working to provide artists a digital platform for showing and selling their work. On First Friday, it will be launching a new […]

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Double Your Pleasure

Maple Street Construct continues its bimonthly digital exhibition schedule in July with two more of its trademark West Coast/Missouri Coast mashups. First up on July 3 is a trio of artists: Shagh Ariannia, Jessica Emmanuel and Thalia Rodgers. LA-based multi-disciplinary artist Ariannia practices a diverse mix of video, drawing and painting. Her expressive work takes […]

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Remains of the Day

If one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, then our food leavings are gold to artist Evan Stoler, whose exhibition Remnants opens Friday, July 3 at Petshop. Stoler’s show, postponed from its original May opening, features 15 “collages” fashioned from an array of scraps, those inedible or less desirable bits of fruits, vegetables and nuts. […]

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‘Fine Art Prints’

When Gallery 72 transitioned into its namesake non-profit—the Roberta and Bob Rogers Gallery—it sharpened its focus on what had always been a core value—showing and supporting the work of contemporary printmakers. To that end, it has acquired a printing press and sponsored workshops in order to spread the joy of making fine art in multiples. […]

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Justifiably Proud

Pride is something the community would definitely like to feel a lot more of these days and the thoughtful folks at Benson First Friday are here to deliver that. June is National Pride Month celebrating the LGBTQIA2S+ community, and BFF unveils tonight the start of a month and more of ongoing programs, including public art, […]

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Rules of Engagement

(The following is a more complete version of the one that printed in the June issue of the Reader) Small businesses are no stranger to soft openings and landings as they cycle through the vagaries of even the best of economies. But leave it to an unforeseen and unprepared for pandemic to be a game […]

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‘Between Nonchalant and Relaxed’

Another outgrowth of the expanding digital space for art, Maple Street Construct’s exhibition program features couplings of local/regional artists with those in Los Angeles. An active site especially focused on intersections between art and architecture, it posts new shows twice a month. Opening on June 5, Between Nonchalant and Relaxed features the duo of Robin […]

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