January 28- 29, the Cathedral Arts Project at Saint Cecilia Cathedral presents the 2012 Cathedral Flower Festival, “Garlands and Garments,” with 40 Omaha flora designers exhibiting floral creations inspired by ritual clothing worn throughout the ages.  Displays will include: an authentic “Swiss Guard” uniform from the Vatican, a British “Beefeater“ uniform and replicas of the clothing worn in the recent royal wedding (Bridal gown, Groom’s uniform and Maid Of Honor gown), and a Victorian funeral and a French salon including a gown and wig in the style of Marie Antoinette. There will be live music in the Cathedral, with food and lectures in the Cathedral Cultural Center.  The adjacent Sunderland Gallery features the work of artists from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Musical groups will be performing throughout the free festival.

The West Nebraska Arts Center is calling for photography for its 30th Annual IMAGE exhibit showcasing technical innovations and aesthetic curiosities. The gallery will accept entries through January 29. Thewnac.com for details.

REGO at Bedford 9 opened last weekend at 9124 Bedford Avenue in Omaha.  “Re-Purposing For A Purpose” its tagline, REGO, composed of 9 separate studies and a large gallery space, will offer creative classes for children and adults, work studios for artists, unique sales spaces for “curious and unusual goods” and a clothing atelier where clothes can be repurposed while you shop. The organization will donate 20% profits to a charity of their choice. The space will also be available for private events. Beford9.com

February 1, Drink n Draw commences at House of Loom, 7-9p.m. Artists are encouraged to bring or leave figure works for the subsequent exhibition in the studio of g thompson higgins, who will present his photography taken during Drink n Draw sessions alongside the drawings. The exhibition, in Hot Shops Studio 321, will open Feb. 4, 7-9pm and run through Feb. 26.

Caleb Coppock, Daphne Eck and Bethany Kalk, the founders of Peerless Gallery, are collaborating on an exhibition at the Rowan County Arts Center in Morehead, Kentucky. “Here in the Strata” (running Jan. 28-Feb. 25), is the trio’s art-based interpretation of Rowan County, Kentucky featuring drawings, sculpture, assemblages and specimens. Wrote the artists of the show: “Following a process of gathering and re-mixing natural, human-made and digital sources, we form a personal, composite perspective of this region. A close examination and slowing of pace amidst the cacophony of daily data unravels the playful potential of even the tiniest bits. Through our approach, we hope to help you look more slowly, to capture time passing and maybe even to linger on the subtleties of the sublime.”

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