Lincoln’s Michael Forsberg Gallery invites children and families to stop by the gallery and connect with nature on Saturday mornings during June for “Wilderness Heroes” to feature organizations who refresh appreciation for the natural world. June 16, Raptor Recovery Nebraska will present the raptors’ ecological importance; June 23 Pioneers Park Nature Center will share birds and wildlife; June 30 Groundwater Foundation will educate people on sustainable clean groundwater with presentations, displays and hands-on activities.

Several galleries will participate in the Old Market Third Wednesday Gallery Walk June 20 including Artists’ Co-operative Gallery presenting their summer all-members show.  Over 30 artists will exhibit from mixed media artist Marcia Joffe-Bouska to painter Katrina Methot-Swanson to sculptor Travis Apel. Artists will also give live demonstrations during the walk.

Artist William Holland is displaying work at Curbside Clothing in the Old Market thru June. The self-taught artist is showing his various eerily charming album covers, magazines, t-shirts, ink and watercolor fine art on the walls of the wholesale clothing store.

Throughout the summer starting June 18, Omaha Creative Institute is offering youth artist workshops taught by local artists Madalyn Bruning (watercolor), Jean Mason (painting), Tom Kerr (caricature), Tim Mayer (cartooning), Dori Settles (mixed media), Margaret Berry (wax), Maranda Allbritten (printmaking) and Alice Kim (fashion).

At Joslyn Art Museum, All the World’s a Stage: Anita Lobel closes July 1. The children’s literature author and illustrator has created children’s classics since the 1960s and recently won a Caldecott Honor for her illustrations. All the World’s a Stage includes more than 70 of her vibrantly patterned artworks in pen and ink, watercolor and gouache. The exhibition title is also that of one of the featured 31 books, this one paying tribute to Shakespeare. The New York based artist is known for three books about her cat was finalist for the National Book Award for her childhood memoir, No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War.

Visit for my feature story on Joslyn’s new Curator of Contemporary Art Karin Campbell and more visual arts reviews.

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