You’re Welcome in Omaha, an effort by residents in “art, music, business, education, community and faith who are proud that Omaha is inclusive and welcoming of all of its immigrant neighbors” presents an art/music Fundraiser July 20th at House of Loom. The evening will include original art by Shane Bainbridge, Wendy Jane Bantam, John Henry Muller, Carrie Ratcliff, Justin Kemerling and more for sale to benefit the nonprofit; as well as original silkscreen prints unveiled, designed by Joe Sparano, Nicholas Burroughs, Tyson Reeder and Megan Bergman. Live performance will top off the evening by spoken word artist Felicia Webster, French musicians Manouche Moustache and dj team Tactic. The new collaborative efforts brings together over 18 community organizations. To see more on You’re Welcome and their projects visit facebook.com/yourewelcomeinomaha.
July 20, Birdhouse Interiors opens When We Were Together, new work by Adrianne Watson. The Omaha-based artist explores her familial understanding across generations, memories, time and loss via ink transfer, watercolor and colored pencil on paper. The exhibit runs through August 31. Birdhouseinteriors.com.
Bemis Center, KANEKO and Washington DC-based International Sculpture Center present ISCONNECTS: Michael Jones McKean + Natalie Miebach July 21. This event is Omaha’s first ISConnects, bringing together artists, journalists, academics and arts administrators to explore new perspectives on sculpture through lively, accessible and insightful discourse. Michael Jones McKean’s current exhibition at Bemis is The Rainbow: Certain Principles of Light and Shapes Between Forms–the public artwork that produces rainbows twice per day above the Bemis Center using captured rainwater. Nathalie Miebach translates scientific data related to meteorology, ecology and oceanography into woven sculptures and musical scores. After the live event which runs 8:30a.m.-7:50p.m. at Bemis and KANEKO, the event is available on the ISCONNECTS website. For event details visit bemiscenter.org.
At Anderson O’Brien Fine Art Countryside Village, Bart Vargas: The Universe in My Backyard, opens July 23rd. The show features a body of small abstract works the Council-Bluffs-based artist created in his backyard studio over the winter of 2011-12. The freedom of space allowed him to explore new creative experiments while contemplating place, time and purpose after returning home from being in Minnesota for four years. Conceptual and physical artifacts of that time and are literally made of the floor of his former backyard studio after it was shut down by the city of Council Bluffs in early 2012. The exhibit runs through August 12. Aobfineart.com.