* Lincoln’s Lux Center for the Arts is presenting a new slate of classes this spring. Classes for families include one called “Pizza and Picasso,” which includes a meal for parents and kids along with a family friendly art-making activity. Classes for adults include instruction on making handmade tiles, knitting, enameling on copper to create colorful glass surfaces, watercolor painting and a girls night out event. Space is limited and there is a fee for the classes; call 402.466.8692 for more information or to register. * Omaha artist Jun Kaneko has two big events on the horizon. His Opera Omaha production of “Madama Butterfly” returns to the stage on April 15 and 17, and his largest exhibit of art to date opens at Lauritzen Gardens on April 29. The upcoming opera and exhibition will be celebrated at “A Special Evening with Jun Kaneko” this Thursday night, March 31, at the KANEKO. Read more about it in 8 Days. * Omaha artist Jess Benjamin is presenting new works at the College of St. Mary’s Hillmer Art Gallery. Watercolor is based on her latest research, focused on water. A reception for the exhibition is slated for Thursday, April 7 from 5-6:45 p.m. * The Joslyn Art Museum recently named John P. Nelson as its board chairman. Nelson succeeds James R. Young, who announced his retirement from the post he has held since January 2007. Nelson is chairman and chief executive officer of SilverSone Group, a risk management and consulting firm. He is the second generation of his family to run SilverStone; he serves as COO of six insurance companies and is a member of several professional associations and boards, including those of Bellevue University, Doane College and United Way. “Serving in this capacity for our state’s largest art museum is an honor,” Nelson said. “I look forward to working with the members of the board, Jack Becker and the rest of the museum staff.” Young, president and CEO of Union Pacific Corporation, will lead the Joslyn Foundation Board. * The Omaha Public Power District is looking for artists to participate in a public art project to be displayed around the city. OPPD is looking for five artists to use refrigerators as the base for a green-themed artwork. The works will be displayed around the city, and are meant to raise awareness about efficiency and recycling. Works must be finished and ready to install by June 24, 2011. The project is open to artists age 19 or older; each artist will receive $2,000 to create their work and $1,000 after the work is complete. The works will eventually be auctioned with a third of the proceeds going to the artist, a third to the Omaha Public Art Commission and a third to OPPD’s Energy Assistance Program. The submission deadline is April 15. For more information, contact Elliott Spilker at {encode=”espilker@oppd.com” title=”espilker@oppd.com”}.

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