Joslyn Art Museum will offer free admission for everyone Thanksgiving weekend: November 25-26, 10a.m.-4p.m. and November 27, noon-4p.m. Guests can enjoy the permanent collection galleries and these special exhibitions: American Landscape: Contemporary Photographs of the West; From Sea to Shining Sea: Currier & Ives Prints from the ConAgra Foods Collection; and Wendell Minor: In the American Tradition.

Benson-based artist Mads Anderson was one of 26 selected national artists to create a 10-foot-tall fiberglass Gibson Les Paul guitar for “Guitar Town Sunset Strip,” a public art project in Hollywood. The guitars were unveiled in August 2010. Anderson’s, entitled “Timescape,” along with the rest will go up for auction December 3 at Julien’s Auction House in Beverly Hills with all proceeds benefiting the Gibson Foundation, “committed to making the world a better place for children by creating, developing and supporting programs and other non-profit organizations in their efforts to advance education, music and the arts, the environment and health & welfare causes.” Anderson is attending the live auction and created a website for the project at madsanderson.weebly.com and the auction booklet can be found at juliensauctions.com.

Omaha Benson Magnet School photography teacher Jerred Zegelis wanted to expand his student’s perspective and impact so he took the matters into his own hands. In order to engage his students in a community-oriented photography project, “The Teen Voices Project,” Zegelis created a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds for cameras, printing, and exhibition. Zegelis: “Using the funds raised through kickstarter, each student will check out a high quality digital SLR, and will be creating photographic art for an entire semester of school. We want to break the misconceptions the rest of the city has about our community by showing the truth through the eyes of our students. It is much more vibrant and complex than the media portrays.” Then, said Zegelis, the class will create and publish a book and show prints at a community art show.  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1394593468/the-teen-voices-project

November 27, Nebraska Women’s Caucus for Art will host a closing reception, 1:30-3pm, for their Pandora’s Box show at Hot Shops Art Center. Participating artists created a small jewelry box in the style and medium of their choice.


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