Metropolitan Community College Elkhorn Gallery of Art hosts visiting artists Lauren Was and Adam Eckstrom for an exhibit opening of their work in “Ghost of a Dream” and public artist lecture Sept. 12. The Massachussetts based collaborators create sculpture and installations that “embody the essence of opulence while being constructed of materials that typically end of in the trash.”

The New BLK Gallery opens “Oakley: Raising the Value of the Dollar” Sept. 14. The solo artist’s show is said to be “a multi-sensory surrealistic experience into the mind of the artist” including over 100 intricately hand-painted $1 bills and some of his nationally recognized acrylic/oil paintings, prints and sculptures. Outside the gallery the artist is hosting performance art including fire dancers, a cellist, art cars and more.

Sept. 14 in Lincoln’s Noyes Art Gallery, sculptor Susan Woodford along with artists Derek Johnson, Dan Moler, Craig Imig and Deb Monfelt are leading “Intimate with Artist,” an evening of food, art and conversation.

The Backwaters Press is celebrating 15 years of publishing books with a fundraiser Sept. 15 at Hot Shops Art Center. Omaha based poet Todd Robinson will host the evening featuring music by Dr. Spit and The Blues Mechanics, poetry performances by Matt Mason, Marjorie Saiser and others and an art auction including visual art by Fran Higgins, Bud Cassiday, Bill Hoover, Rodger Gerberding, Jaime Lee Hackbart, Jim Scholz, Eddith Buis and Tom Bartek. Food and drink is included in the ticket purchasable at or at the door at 7p.m.

Nebraska Arts Council is taking applications thru Sept. 17 for the Fred Simon Exhibition Program. Also the NAC October 1 deadline is looming for Artists in Schools/Community Residency Grants (over $2,500), Arts Project Grants and Arts Leaning Project Grants. Details at

Coinciding with Aksarben Art Festival, Village Canvas and Cabernet opens Sept. 14 in Aksarben Village. The new “paint and sip” business will feature art classes with various food and refreshments available for all ages.

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