Omaha-based editorial cartoonist Neal Obermeyer is showing at The Sydney in Benson opening November 10.  The original work comments on TransCanada’s plans to route the Keystone XL pipeline through Nebraska’s sandhills, with prints available for sale to benefit anti-pipeline efforts. “I’m hoping I can use some of my work to support the efforts of all of the people who are volunteering their time and energy to protect Nebraska’s natural resources,” said Obermeyer. Bold Nebraska Editor Jane Kleeb will speak at the reception; the show remains open through November.

Creighton University Lied Art Gallery presents the BFA Thesis Exhibition by painter Mary Ensz opening 11.11.11. In Turning Point, the Spanish double-major explores a spectrum of attitudes toward emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual development through human figures and nesting doll forms. “It is a privilege to visually share the journey through my fears, revelations, and unanswered questions,” said the Auburn Nebraska native.

November 13, Friends of Art supporting the Art and Art History Departments at UNO presents A Trio: Paint, Motion and Music in the UNO Art Gallery featuring a talk by digital videographer and painter Michael Burton and printmaker-painter Anne Burton. Musician Jay Kreimer will also talk along with a wine reception. $20 admission benefits Friends of Art Scholarship Fund.

Opening November 10 at Love’s Jazz and Art Center is an exhibit featuring Cecil Bernard.  Texas-native Bernard is known for his passionate abstract expressionist paintings and sketches representing the “struggles, pains and joys of life” in jazz music, nature and human spirit. The exhibit runs through January 14.

Nebraska Women’s Caucus for Art presents 11-11-11 opening November 11 at the SoMa Gallery just West of 11th and Leavenworth, featuring multi-media work on the theme of the number by over a dozen area female artists.

Nomination submissions for the Nebraska Governor’s Arts Awards are being sought through November 15 at Award categories include Outstanding Artist, Emerging Leader, Excellence in Art Education, Heritage Award, Organizational Achievement Award and Thomas C. Woods III Partner in the Arts. Since 1979, the Nebraska Arts Council, in partnership with the Governor of Nebraska, has recognized Nebraska arts organizations, arts professionals, people and businesses that support the arts in Nebraska with this gala event which features an award created by a Nebraska artist.

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