*The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is having a FEA$T (Funding Emerging Artists with Sustainable Tactics), November 17 at 6:30 pm. The event is designed to generate support for ambitious concepts initiated by area artists. It’s a community-driven dinner with all the proceeds funding a single project that might not happen otherwise — crowdfunding the arts right here in Omaha. FEA$T is based on multiple successful micro-granting models around the country. The event consists of a dinner prepared by chef Paul Kulik of the Boiler Room restaurant, during which 5-7 pre-selected artists give brief presentations about a future project that requires funding. After the presentations, the diners will vote and the project that receives the most support will receive all ticket proceeds from the event. The winning artist will present the results of their project at a future FEA$T event. Reservations can be made for a $10 minimum donation by calling (402) 341-7130. Tickets will also be available at the door. Bemis Center, 724 South 12th Street, www.bemiscenter.org/

*Anderson O’Brien Fine Art, “Baby, It’s cold outside” Holiday Chocolate & Champagne Holiday Gift Sale, November 16, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Featuring Sydney Lynch Trunk Show, Nouvelle Eve Fashion Show, Ceramics by Gail Kendall, Music by Christine Salhany, Chocolate by Chocolatier Blue, Champagne provided by J’s on Jackson, Plus John Garrett MAGIC MISCELLANY, Opening 5-9 p.m. 1108 Jackson Street, 402.884.0911, www.aobfineart.com

*Former Bemis resident Claudia Alvarez has been in residence at Omaha’s Montesssori Children’s Room. Alvarez worked collaboratively with the Montessori students to create six paintings which she will complete in her studio here. Alvarez’s extensive teaching experience has enabled her to develop a unique curriculum incorporating art history with studio practice. After completion, the paintings will be donated to Montesssori Children’s Room for a grand raffle at La Soiree, their annual fundraiser. www.claudiaalvarez.org/

*The Caesium Gallery in Omaha, Nebraska is looking for artists to participate in the group exhibition, “Square Foot” opening on December 12, 2012. Open to all artists. Work must be wall hung, 12 inches wide by 12 inches tall. $10 entry fee local artists, $15 entry fee out of Omaha artists, Deadline, Dec. 1. More info contact Mike or Derek at caesiumgallery@gmail.com; www.facebook.com/caesiumgallery

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