December 1 is the First Thursday, and that means Bemis’ monthly art talk. This month hear residents Melissa Cooke (drawing), Aaron Storck (multi-media), Sam Duket (painting/architecutre), and Erik Benson (painting) discuss their work and experience starting at 7p.m.

Also that evening for those artists that want to get their own draw on, Drink n Draw 1st Anniversary celebrates one year of social creativity at House of Loom, 7-9p.m. Draw with the principals of The New BLK who helped get the event going one year ago, $5 artists 19+, includes two live models, bring your own art supplies, enjoy House of Loom’s Winter Happy Hour.

The Artists’ Cooperative Gallery kicks First Friday off with their annual all-members show including sculpture, weaving, painting, pottery, photography, printmaking and drawing open through the month.

Hot Shops Art Center’s Annual Winter Open House is December 3, noon-8p.m. and December 4, noon-5p.m. The event features art demonstrations and live music, with residents opening their studios to the public. All of the galleries host events, and the buildings wall are filled with art in a wide variety of mediums. The event is free, though they are accepting non-perishable food item donations for the Food Bank.

Opening December 4 at the Saint Cecilia Cultural Art Center and Gallery is Las Familias Artisticas Lopez y Lopez, featuring works by an extended family of artists from northern New Mexico on view through February 12.

Harry Duncan: The Cummington Press and Abattoir Editions Exhibit, is on view through Dec. 20 in the Criss Library’s Osborne Family Gallery on the UNO campus. It features work from Duncan’s time on campus (1972 – 1985), including photographs, wood engravings, press books and other items that had previously been held in the library’s Special Collections sections.

In Lincoln, the LUX Center for the Arts opens Changes: UNL Ceramics 1987-2011 December 2, celebrating the career of retired faculty member Gail Kendall and the contributions of Peter Pinnell and Eddie Dominguez, who helped built UNL into a hotspot for contemporary ceramics. The show also introduces the work of new ceramics professors Margaret Bohls and Mark Cole to the Lincoln art scene on view through January 28. Gifts from the Heart also opens that night including works by more than 50 artists through December 24.

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