Ilaamen Pelshaw, "Mapache" 2018, acrylic and graphite on canvas
Ilaamen Pelshaw, “Mapache” 2018, acrylic and graphite on canvas

A trio of Omaha artists are featured in So the Stories Go, an exhibit opening on September 6, with an artists’ talk at 5 p.m. at the Michael Phipps Gallery in downtown Omaha.

The show features the work of Casey Callahan, Ilaamen Pelshaw, and Tyler Swain. Each of the three examines where and how memories originate, how they are recalled, and how they are affected by time and event. This results in three very different takes on the personal narrative.

Pelshaw’s boldly graphic acrylics combine realistic and often humorous illustration with complementary geometric abstracts, creating a vibrant diptych that derives inspiration from classic fairy tales and folk tales from her native Guatemala.

Casey Callahan, “Oh NO! :(” 2018, Acrylic, flashe, ink, thread, phone cord, grommets and hardware on canvas.

Casey Callahan examines the many layers of that combine and overlap, affecting each other to alter the final story. The resulting mixed-media works are an assemblage of expressive story telling that is both real and fantastic.

Tyler Swain creates mixed-media artworks and installations, often using creative game tactics as a guide. Through the aesthetics of found objects and place, Swain creates installations and objects with deeply personal histories and narratives.

Tyler Swain’ “Kraft Services or Capitalism’s Blind Trick Pony”‘ 2014, Mixed Media

So the Stories Go is on display through October 26th. The Michael Phipps Gallery is located in the Downtown branch of the Omaha Library. Further information is available at

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