Hoover Studios presents new work by printmaker Joey Lynch opening Oct. 5, 6-9pm in the Mastercraft Building Gallery. It will be open by appointment thru the month. billhooverart.com
The Mexican American Historical Society of the Midlands presents “Music to my Bones” a Dia de los Muertos Exhibit/Celebration opening the evening of Oct. 6, at Bancroft Market Gallery, running thru Nov. 10. The exhibit featuring 22 area artists will also include art classes, presentations, music and dance performances, all reflecting the spirit of the traditional Mexican commemoration honoring “an earthly bridge between the living and the dead.” Participating artists: Candie Blanchard, Doug Boyd, Laurie Brekke, Wayne Brekke, Kitty Brougham, Stephanie Carlson-Pruch, Ken Diaz, Carol Fettin, Sarah Fettin, Linda Garcia, Ronald Garvais, Michael Giron, Paul Konchagulian, Renee Ledesma, Dave Manriquez, Jeri Martinez, Deb McColley, Jay Rich, Fredy Rincon, Ronee Smith, Dorothy Tuma and Bart Vargas. Search “Dia de Los Muertos Exhibit in Omaha” on Facebook.
The Kent Bellows Studio & Center for Visual Arts celebrates its 5th anniversary with WISHBONE 2012, Oct. 6 at Bemis Center, a one-night-only pop-up gallery of the late Bellows’ work along with a showcase of student and mentor work. To boot, internationally known performance art group Quixotic Fusion will be integrated into the atmosphere throughout the night. Tickets and details kentbellows.org/wishbone2012.
Tom Bartek opens his third exhibit of his work Oct. 5 at UNO’s Art Gallery. It runs alongside his solo shows at Lied Art Gallery at Creighton University and Nebraska Arts Council’s Fred Simon Gallery. UNO’s “Tom Bartek Retrospective: Assemblages, 1956-2012” includes sculptures made from both natural and man-made found objects. The work of Thomas Majeski will also be on display at UNO, highlighting the artist’s “experimental language” – a fusing of mark-making and content. Majeski’s interests in Chinese calligraphy, surface color and elements of the unexpected are influences in his recent work. Art talks at UNO gallery Oct. 17 (Majeski) and Oct. 18 (Bartek). Unomaha.edu/fineart.
Benson First Friday continues to creep; Sweatshop leading the way with RODENT RESURRECTION, a haunted gallery tour and séance; Petshop Presents: Robert Cook & Daniel May; Choice Custom Framing’s “Comics, Comics, Comix;” Blue Pomegranat’s Collaborative work by artists Anne Nye and Sondra Gerber; Bart Vargas’ “Words” at Star Deli; multiple artists at Benson Theatre’s Artist’s Market; collaborative work by Ramanda Fuelberth and Alex Jochim at the Sydney; and much more. Facebook.com/bensonfirstfriday.
Nebraskans for the Arts gets out of the office Oct. 5, wrapping up First Friday at House of Loom with live performances by The Moving Company, a Nebraska Arts Council roster artist dance group. For just the evening, NFTA will offer memberships for just $10 to support their Student Spotlight program, recognizing student and teacher artists throughout the year. Nebraskansforthearts.org.