Former Lincoln gallery, Darger HQ, will add its welcomed presence to the growing arts scene in South Omaha when it opens its inaugural exhibition this Saturday, Jan. 16, from 6-10pm at 1716 S. 13 St., the site of an historic renovated Italian grocery store built in 1887.

The exhibit, Flatlanders, not only launches Darger HQ, it also celebrates its latest project, “Art Files of the Flatlanders,” an online source designed to provide a space for critical dialogue on the visual arts in Nebraska, as well as a calendar of events occurring in the Metro as well as across the state.

Flatlanders the show features new work from a group of new Darger HQ artists including: Kenny Adkins, Jennifer Bockelman, Kim Darling, Charley Friedman, Nancy Friedmann-Sanchez, Camille Hawbaker, Anthony Hawley, Qwist Joseph, Michael Ian Larsen, Craig Roper, Sarah Rowe, Luke Severson, Matthew Sontheimer, Steve Snell, Sheila Talbitzer ad Ying Zhu.

Darger HQ, is a not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to connecting Nebraska contemporary artists with national and international artists via collaborative practices and opportunities. The working gallery is also committed to exposing the community to some of the most innovative contemporary art being produced today.

Although its 13th Street location is temporary, Darger HQ Founder/Director Launa Bacon says it plans to move to a new site on Vinton Street as soon as it’s available, hopefully within six months. Doing so, it will join the growing arts vibe on Vinton that currently includes Project Project, Gallery 72 and The Apollon.

Flatlanders will continue through Feb. 14. Gallery hours and show details are available at or 402-209-5556. For more information about “Art Files,” go to

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