April First Friday Art Walk

First FridayEvery First Friday of the month is an event that many communities across the nation celebrate.  In Lincoln's Art Community, it allows a chance for local art galleries and establishments to open their doors to the public and have open house events where the public can come and see what is new in the art world.  Here on the Lincoln Arts Council website, we offer a complete guide to all of open houses for Lincoln's First Friday Art Walk.  If you know of an event that is happening, that is not listed in our guide, please feel free to email "Events" at events@artscene.org and we will be sure to post it as soon as possible.

Support our local art scene and see what's new in the world of the arts!  Happy First Friday!

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The 815

Friday, April 6 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 701 P Street

Artists on the Edge at Indigo Bridge Books and 815 O St.

Though 815 Arts will not be showing art at 815 O St. much longer, Open Studio's Artists on the Edge have at least this one more opportunity to share their work with the public at 815 O St. during April’s First Friday. And thanks to a partnership with Indigo Bridge Books, selected art from the Artists on the Edge will also be on display throughout the bookstore. Printmaker Neil Orians will be featured in The Woodroom at Indigo Bridge.

Located in the Creamery Building at 701 P St., Indigo Bridge Books provides an opportunity for the Artists on the Edge to share their art throughout the month, as it will remain on display until the next First Friday.

9 Muses

9 Muses Facebook Page
Friday, April 6 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 2713 N 48th Street

Carrie Harwood is our featured artist in April. Carrie works in acrylic on traditional themes, primarily landscapes.

The Black Market-The Public

The Publics' Facebook Page
Friday, April 6 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 1033 O St

The month of April will bring an exciting First Friday Art Show.
We will be featuring Fashion from such designers as:
•Jaclyn Geist
•Andra Bose
•Liz Chu
•Sylvia Cox

We are also going to be displaying some photos of these designs taken by Shannon Claire. But, that's not all. We will feature some live entertainment from the bands Ocean and Jimmy & the Girls.
Not to mention drinks from Nebraska Brewery.
Everyone at the Black Market and The Public is really excited because this Art Show will serve as a preview for what's to come at the Earth Day Fashion Show on April 22.

Burkholder Project

Friday, April 6 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 719 P Street

MAIN GALLERY:  ‘Capitol Views-2’ – Photographs by John Nollendorfs

OUTBACK GALLERY:  Mixed Media Assemblage Masks – by Mary Kolar;
And ‘Signs of Spring’ – Photographs by Alyssa Williams

SKYLIGHT GALLERY:  ‘Art Exposition’ – Artistically Turned Wood by Doyle Howitt
And Oil Paintings by Julie Thorsen

SPECIAL EXHIBIT:  ‘A Good Time To Be Alive’ – Paintings by Jay Gerber and Stephanie

Crescent Moon Coffee

Friday, April 6 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Location: 140 North 8th Street, Suite 10

First Friday Artwalk with featured artist Jessica Lynn and music provided by local musicians Swingmatism 8-10pm

Drift Station

Friday, April 6 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Location: 1746 N Street

Bookstore continues through April, as Drift Station becomes a temporary bookstore and reading library where the public can browse and purchase artworks. Bookstore is the result of an international open call for artist books, zines, comics, and other unusual publications.

 Totaling over 1,000 printed works, Bookstore includes publications ranging from handcrafted works to photocopied pamphlets to print-on-demand books from all across the world. This exhibition represents the uniqueness and idiosyncrasy that can exist in print, perhaps the most egalitarian and inclusive art forms.

 All works will be for sale for under $30 or are free. Sales from Bookstore will go directly to the artist with a portion of the proceeds going towards future programming at Drift Station.

Duo Shoes

Friday, April 6 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: 1309 O Street

Keri Hess and Betsy Sperling will be showing photos for the First Friday Art Walk at Duo Shoes on April 6th! Some of my photos from Italy will be displayed as canvas prints. I have also made pendants of some of my favorite Italy photos that will be available for purchase that night and throughout the month of April.

Gallery 9

Friday, April 6 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Location: 124 South 9th Street

Gallery Nine Presents:
"Turning Around"
By Deb Costello & Mark Entzminger

"Turning Around," features new work by stained glass artist Deb Costello and turned wood artist Mark Entzminger. Costello's love of dance and the spinning motion of Entzminger's wood lathe, combine in this unique show dedicated to movement and grace.

FREE Parking is available on First Friday openings directly west of the gallery.

The Grand Manse Gallery

Friday, April 6 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 129 N 10th Street

Jamie Oehlrich will be featured at The Grand Manse Gallery this month. A lifelong artist, Oehlrich’s primary focus is charcoal drawings, though in recent years, Oehlrich has also begun to add color to her work. “Color has changed my drawings immensely and has given a different emotional effect to each piece based on the color palette,” she said. The pieces she plans to show on First Friday will be composed with charcoal and soft pastels. A graphic design student at Doane College, Oehlrich plans to graduate this May.

Art displayed on First Fridays at the Grand Manse will remain on the walls and be available to be viewed by personal request until the following First Friday. The Grand Manse is located at 129 N 10th St. To view the display, enter the central doors on the eastern side of the building off 10th St., or the northeastern doors on the north side of the building off P St.

Great Plains Art Museum

April 6 through April 22 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: 1155 Q Street, Hewit Place

Great Plains Art Museum is pleased to host two exhibitions by young artists from Lincoln Public Schools and Omaha Public Schools. Showing in the Christlieb Gallery is Modern Traditions: Seeing with New Eyes; a collaborative project between KANEKO, Omaha Public Schools Native American Indian Education Department, and the Hot Shops. In the South and West Galleries, the Lincoln Public Schools Visual Arts Mentoring Program will exhibit work by participating student artists.  A public reception will be held Friday, April 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Heart of Gold Jewelers

Friday, April 6 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: 2701 N 48th Street, Suite 1

Heart of Gold Jewelers presents new work by local artists in jewelry, pottery, woodcarving, glasswork, and photo prints.

International Quilt Study Center & Museum

Friday, April 6 from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: 1523 North 33rd Street, 33rd and Holdredge Streets

Quilt Museum FREE Admission 4:30-7 PM First Friday

Kiechel Fine Art

Friday, March 23 through May 4 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: 5733 S 34th Street Suite 300

"Layers and Lines"
This show brings together fabricscapes by Judith Cherry, innovative woodblock prints from Karen Kunc, and paint and metal assemblages from Diana Woods.

Lincoln Arts Council

Friday, April 6 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: 1701 S 17th Street, Suite 1A

The Lincoln Arts Council's new office area will be the site for Jerry Hall's art show from March 27th to April 23rd.
The art of 12 to 18 pieces will consist of a variety of Butterflies, Birds, and wild animals.

LUX Center for the Arts

Friday, April 6 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: 2601 North 48th Street

LUX Center for the Arts presents “MUG Shots: National Juried Cup Exhibition”, juried by Gail Kendall.  This show opens April 6 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and runs through May 26.  Kendall has chosen a wide range of functional and non-functional ceramic cups from across the country for this exhibition.  She has become known for her hand-built earthenware pottery and has been written about in Ceramics: Art & Perception, Ceramics Monthly, and Studio Potter Magazine.  This show sponsored by Mo Java Café.

“Symbiosis” runs through April 28.  This show features the work of nine married couples:  Wendy Weiss and Jay Kreimer; Jette Vogt and Therman Statom ; Tracy Shell and Jesse Ross; Dana Fritz and Larry Gawel; Paula Day and Keith Jacobshagen; Deborah Murphy and  Dennis Wattier; Sydney Lynch and Craig Roper; Diane Marsh and Eddie Dominguez; and Sheila Talbitzer and Rich Mansfield.  This show is sponsored by Garner Industries. 

Modern Arts Midwest

Friday, April 6 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 800 P Street, 3rd Floor

New Work by artist Jacqueline Kluver

Mo Java Café

Friday, April 6 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: 2649 North 48th

Will have an art opening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and live music from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mo Java Café presents the artwork of a local artist.

Noyes Gallery

Friday, April 6 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 119 South 9th Street

Featured Artists for April 2012

Deb Determan
Hand-made Paper

Lori French
Stained Glass

Kye Halsted

Focus Gallery for April 2012
Myrna Baade

Jan Beal

Zach Cole
Small Paintings

Emma Garber

Doug Hawco

Barbara Patronsky

Karen Schamp

Carrie Strope
Pressed Glass

Screen Ink.

Friday, April 6 from 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Location: 416 S. 11th Street

Mr. Walter has been practicing the art of welding as of late and has been using old recycled bicycle parts as his medium. It's a beautiful thing.

When asked for an artist statement, Michael Walter (better known as Bikel Michael) simply stated "Bikes Are Art". As lovers of all that is simple and pure, we couldn't agree more.

Please join us as we host Michael's very first solo art exhibit! He's gonna be nervous, we're gonna be pumped.

Dean the Bible

Nebraska Brewing Company

Sheldon Museum of Art

Friday, April 6 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: 12th and R Streets

Histories: The Sheldon Permanent Collection
August 5, 2011 thru July 15, 2012
The term “history” suggests a single, unified explanation and understanding of events and actors on the world stage. And yet in both academic settings and popular culture, history reveals itself to be a complex, multifaceted topic, explored and interpreted in a variety of different ways.

Railroads and the Making of Modern America
January 20, 2012 thru May 27, 2012
Railroads and the Making of Modern America features fifty works from the Sheldon Museum of Art’s permanent collection—as well as a handful of local loans—and examines the ways artists captured and shaped the modern ideas and practices made possible by the railroad, emphasizing the broader cross-border movements and their global consequences.

All is Pretty: Warhol Polaroids
February 3, 2012 thru April 15, 2012
Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of Warhol’s death in February 1987, the exhibition debuts photographs donated to the Sheldon Museum of Art in 2008 by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Partners and Adversaries: The Art of Collaboration
February 3, 2012 thru May 27, 2012
Drawn largely from the Sheldon Museum of Art’s permanent collection, Partners and Adversaries: The Art of Collaboration explores the often productive—and sometimes contentious—world of artistic partnerships.

Sunrise and Moonset in Provincetown
February 24, 2012 thru May 20, 2012

Tugboat Gallery 

Friday, April 6 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Location: 116 North 14th Street

Tugboat Gallery Proudly Presents:
"Two Guys and a Fence"
Carlos Guerrero and Craig Roper

WorkSpace Gallery

WorkSpace Gallery Website
Friday, April 6 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm with comments by the artist at 7:00pm
Location: 440 N. 8th Street

WORKSPACE GALLERY is pleased to present “Residential Facades,” an exhibition of photographs by Travis Shaffer. 

“Residential Façades,” Shaffer states, “is a photographic project focused on the documentation of suburbia: overgrown and under-planned. The unadorned ‘façades’ act as a veil of wealth and stability, hinting at the American dream. A dream it seems we can no longer afford.  These replicated structures boast an overwhelming sense of the generic; an indexical sign of the death of the local. All of this results in the eventual decline of spatially-derived identity and the emergence of a generic suburban, or dare I say American, vernacular. The title itself confronts us with a convenient double entendre, one simultaneously describing the physical face of these homes (and in turn our neighborhoods and projected identities), and the illusion behind which lingers the fragility of a nation.”

This body of images, a typology of street facing facades in suburban developments, makes a deliberate reference to Industrial Façades, a series of works by photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher. Less specifically “Residential Façades” calls on our memory of the many images associated with the New Topographics exhibition curated by William Jenkins in 1975.

Travis Shaffer is a visual artist whose work spans the mediums of photography, digital imaging and the artist's book. Shaffer's work engages spatial and institutional communities through a discourse with contemporary visual culture. His work combines visual and textual information gathered from both physical and virtual sources. Thematically Shaffer's work addresses questions regarding the nature of commercial and cultural branding; notions of access and diversity; land-use, the built environment, and auto-centricity; the nature of spatially dictated identity; and the formation of isolated communal brands.

Shaffer's works have been widely exhibited in solo exhibitions, group exhibitions, and artist's book fairs throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. Recent examples include "Fabricated" at Tremaine Gallery, Lakeville, CT; A performance / book-signing at the New York Art Book Fair: MoMA's PS1; "ABC/POD" at Printed Matter in Chelsea, NYC; and "systeMY/systemUS" at Imaginarium Gallery in Lodz, Poland. Shaffer’s podcast lecture for #PHONAR - Coventry University in Coventry, England titled "We Are All Thieves, Right", concerns photographic reproduction, meaning, and authorship. Shaffer's work is held in many private and public collections including the Brooklyn Museum's Libraries + Archives collection and Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book + Manuscript Library.

Shaffer was born in southwestern Pennsylvania and currently lives and works in Lawrence, KS. There he is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Photo Media at The University of Kansas. In 2010, Shaffer received an MFA the University of Kentucky. Shaffer is also a member of [ABC] Artist's Books Cooperative, a group of international artists working with Print-on-demand technologies.

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