KANEKO presents Keith Sawyer: Group Genius and The Creative Process April 5, and Keith Sawyer: Collaboration and Creativity Workshop April 6. Sawyer, PhD, a professor of education, psychology and business at Washington University in St. Louis, is one of the country’s leading scientific experts on creativity, collaboration and learning.  The author of twelve books will share his research and join musicians Michael Fitzsimmons, percussion, David Downing, cello and reed player extraordinaire Frank Lightell for an improvisation laboratory. Thekaneko.org.

Thursday night at Modern Arts Midtown, Face to Face: oil paintings by Theresa Pfarr, opens running thru April 28.  The Philadelphia-based artist draws from the female image in our culture as it addresses her personally. Modernartsmidwest.com.

Also April 5, Bemis Center’s first Thursday Art Talk with artists-in-residence Amy Brener, Dawn Black and Jeff Eisenberg. Saturday night April 7 at the Bemis, experimental percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani gives a one-night only performance with instruments he creates himself. Bemiscenter.org.

First Friday openings in Omaha include Artist Cooperative Gallery’s Looking Back/Going Forward featuring painter and ceramicist Duane Adams, painter Jerry Jacoby, glass artist Bob Schipper and photographer Alan R. Smith. Thru April 29, artistsco-opgallery.com. Dundee Gallery celebrates its 5 Year Anniversary with a celebration including a selection art from their pool of artists including Deb Anderson, Bekah Ash, Valerie Spellman Batt, Chris Bolmeier and more. Dundeegallery.com.

Last weekend at College of St. Mary’s Hillmer Art Gallery, Kelly Adams opened a solo exhibit which runs through April 13. The show features new work from the artist.  “I am using art papers from around the world and combining patterns and colors to represent the natural world through fantasy and whimsy.” Adams said. Csm.edu.

Artists of The New BLK‘s Les Femmes Folles Presents: Voice (Full Disclusure: I am co-curator) exhibit opening April 13 will host Drink n Draw April 5 at House of Loom. facebook.com/drinkndrawomaha. The curators of the exhibit will host a pre-show art talk April 10 at Indian Oven including a mini-show of early work by artists Marcia Joffe-Bouska, Megan Loudon Sanders and Ella Weber. facebook.com/thenewblk.

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