Midtown’s gallery, Tugboats Presents, is now closed. The owners are seeking new space but have not announced plans for further exhibitions. The show planned for July (Mark Andrew Stephan’s Revelation) has been cancelled.

Midtown’s Peerless Gallery opens Heidi Bartlett’s Log Lines July 13. The artist, currently working in Raymond Nebraska on Branched Oak Farm, takes interest in the “marks, bodies, light, action, animals and the conversations between object and environment.” The exhibition will include drawings, sculpture and performance in paper, hide, feathers, wood and soil. Wearepeerless.com.

Opening at Modern Arts Midtown July 13, Trace Elements, featuring encaustic paintings by Michigan-based artist Graceann Warn and Omaha-based artists’s “Big Art Giveaway” featuring 200 paintings to be gifted “to the 99% who could not otherwise afford original art.” Modernartsmidtown.com.

Los Angeles based text-based artist Alexandra Grant will be coming through Polk County July 14 for her project “Taking Lena Home.” The project traces her purchase of a tombstone she purchased at an antique store in Wyoming as a work of folk art to surprise discovery of its provenance, and the gesture of returning it to the family and community of Polk County, Nebraska after 66 years. July 14 The Polk County Historical Society Presents “Lena Davis Tombstone Celebration” including a service at Pleasant Home Cemetery, a talk by Grant, and an open house at the Museum at Osceola. Alexandragrant.com.

July 14 at Hot Shops, War is Trauma opens featuring 34 prints by artists highlighting the unseen trauma of service members and their families. The opening includes a poetry and prose reading by local writers about their personal experiences with wars or having family members in the military. Hotshopsartcenter.com. The same day, Bemis hosts its July open studios. Bemiscenter.org.

July 17 at House of Loom, author DW Gibson will read from his book Not Working: People Talk About Losing a Job and Finding Their Way in Today’s Changing Economy.  The author traveled the nation interviewing individuals who had lost their jobs including Omahan Wendy Hamilton (who has since found employment) who will also be present at the reading. Notworkingproject.com.

Artist Jaim Hackbart’s VISION TREE community project is coming to an end July 14. Inspired by various cultures’ practice of tree dressing for hope and celebration, Hackbart invited Leavenworth business owners, neighbors and pedestrians to consider what they would like to see Leavenworth Street become and write it on a tag. They also wrote personal hopes and dreams and attached them to trees along Leavenworth from 24th-28th Streets. The tags were made from artwork donated by Omaha artists. Omaha residents donated the tying ribbons. On the 14th, the tags will be removed and stored by Jackbart for a future project, though, as the artist points out, its not about the objects, its about the transformation starting with voice. inklinepressandstudio.com.

Visit thereader.com to read Mike Krainak’s feature about the Bemis Rainbow Project and more art reviews.

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