August 2 at Bemis’ First Thursday Art Talk, hear artist-partners Hendrikje Kuehne and Beat Klein (Basel, Switzerland) talk about how they formed the ideal landscape from the theme of paradise gardens from historical paintings for their latest series of works. LA-based artist Brian Porray will discuss how he spins his personal history and obsessions with science and technology to create his psychedelic paintings. Brooklyn-based artist Jason Mones will reveal the stories behind his paintings exploring the economic and politican environment and the human condition. The current Bemis artists-in-residence will begin their talk at 7pm, free and open to the public. bemiscenter.org.

Opening August 3 at the Fred Simon Gallery, paint in pastel landscapes by Kearney-based artist Jennifer Homan. Using her extensive collection of snapshots taken from her car window passing countryside and her memory, she captures the wide open skies of the Great Plains. Nebraskaartscouncil.org.  Artist Bill Hoover is opening Hoover Studios in the Mastercraft Building Friday. The first exhibit will feature Hoover’s work and following will show different artists each month.  Billhooverart.com.

In Benson, First Friday reigns again August 3 with art happenings at their various spots such as a Coloring Book Party at Jake’s Cigars, “Lovely Lady Art” at the Beercade, “Unearthed” with five artists at the Star Deli, Handmade Omaha Artists’ Market at the Benson Theatre Space, Leslie Diuguid at Parlour 1887, ThinkTank at Jess Benjamin Studio, Angela Drakeford and Jessie Fisher at the Petshop Gallery, a special appearance of Scott Blake’s penis (sculpture) and the opening of Sweatshop Gallery with a literal smash—welcoming gallery goers to buy old dinnerware to throw. Facebook.com/bensonfirstfriday.

After more than 35 years at 2709 Leavenworth St., Gallery 72 is moving. The lease has been terminated, so owner John Rogers is in the process of finding a new location with hopes that the new space “retains the charm and warmth of the 2709 Leavenworth space and offers more room to continue to not only show and sell art but also be a place for the community to enjoy for a variety of gatherings.” Suggestions for a new location can be emailed to jrogers@novia.net. Until its closing at the end of August, the gallery will be hosting a Moving Sale with discounted art owned by the gallery and in consignment, and fine art posters. Gallery72.com.

Visit thereader.com for my review of Heidi Bartlett at Peerless Gallery, Mary Day’s review of Graceann Warn at Modern Arts Midtown and more.


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