Kent Bellows Studio officially opened its doors at the late artist’s studio on 33rd and Leavenworth. The studio was reborn as a community arts center with space for classrooms, artist studios, galleries and archives celebrating and documenting Bellows’ work and his contribution to the Omaha arts community. A new parking lot is available on the west side of the VFW building across the street from the center. The first mentor exhibition in the new space opens Oct. 14, at 6 p.m. For more information visit Niagara Foundation and Creighton University are giving high school students the chance to exhibit at the Joslyn Art Museum. Particpants will each create a piece with the theme “intercultural friendship.” The top five pieces will be installed at Joslyn during the Peace and Dialogue Banquet Oct. 20, and the top 25 pieces will make up a show at the Artists Cooperative Gallery, to open Oct. 23. Kim Swanger, an art teacher at Lewis Central in Council Bluffs and coordinator of the event, says students have expressed the idea of intercultural friendship in a variety of ways. She hopes the contest becomes an annual tradition. For more information visit Though Halloween and Thanksgiving are yet to be upon us, it’s truly the holiday season at the Joslyn. The museum recently opened a show of Currier and Ives Holiday Prints that are part of the ConAgra Foods Collection. The festive images embrace traditions of the fall and winter months, rural and urban landscapes and Americana at its best. The show continues through Jan. 23, and a number of programming events will be paired with the exhibition. A Family Fun Day Sunday, Oct. 24, 1-4 p.m. will include art activities, a harmonica workshop and performance, folk music and dancing. Visit Nebraska Arts Council has two new members and two new officers. Lynn Roper, of Lincoln, will represent the first congressional district; and Mark Laughlin, of Omaha, will represent the second district. Gov. Dave Heineman appointed Julie Jacobson, of North Platte, as the new chairwoman of the Nebraska Arts Council. Lincoln attorney Robert Nefsky has been appointed vice-chairman. Nebraska Arts Council members serve a three-year term, and are eligible to be reappointed to a second three-year term. Artists Cooperative Gallery recently welcomed 10 new members: multimedia artist Terri Allen, sculptor Travis Apel, glassblower Frank Daharsh, painter Ken Heimbuch, painter Judith Anthony Johnston, painter Katrina Methot-Swanson, multimedia artist Glenda Larson Musilek, ceramacist Tom Quest, sculptor Tom Sitzman and painter J.K. Thorsen. Mixed Media is a column about art. Get local art updates at Send ideas to

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