Tuesday, March 5 - Sunday, March 31

“Here Comes the Sun”. All Member show

The thirty-four members of the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery will share new works and selected favorites during the All Member show “Here Comes the Sun” February 26 to March 31, 2019. The artists will host an opening celebration during Omaha First Friday at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, 405 S. 11th St., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2019. Gallery hours are 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6p.m. Sunday.

The Artists’ Co-op has been showing the work of respected regional artists for 35 years.

This cooperative group of artists conducts educational and cultural outreach activities, and it maintains and staffs a gallery that features works in a wide variety of media, including sculpture, weaving, painting, pottery, photography, printmaking and drawing. Monthly opening receptions provide opportunities to meet member artists and learn more about their work.

Monday, March 11 - Friday April 26

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The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts presents “Rivers” – collaborative and individual works by Lori Elliott-Bartle, Marcia Joffe-Bouska, and Tom Quest. On display March 11 thru April 26, 2019.

 KHN’s new exhibition, Rivers, features collaborative and individual works by Omaha and Council Bluffs-based artists Lori Elliott-Bartle, Marcia Joffe-Bouska, and Tom Quest. River, the exhibition’s anchor piece undulates, shimmers, questions, and documents connections to place and memory as it makes its way along 23 linear feet. The mixed-media collaborative work combines ceramic, glass mosaic, textured and hand-printed papers, maps, acrylic and oil paints, found objects, and beeswax as it explores ideas about ways we define the landscapes we inhabit. Elliott-Bartle's expressionist painting flows past Joffe-Bouska's glass tiles and found objects, while Quest's ceramic work adds naturalistic texture all in various forms.

 In addition to River, the exhibition also features individual works by each artist, as well as the team’s first collaborative work Rivers, Roads, Remains. Created in 2015, this 60x40 mixed media work explores connections between nature and manufactured structures along the Missouri River near Omaha and Council Bluffs. Each of the artists continue to create individual works around the rivers theme as the growing exhibition will be presented at the Norfolk Arts Center, December 2019 – January 2020.

 Marcia Joffe-Bouska's mixed media artwork is vibrant with color, pattern and texture—quite different from the airbrush paintings of her early career. She incorporates glass mosaic, fused glass, found objects, and traditional and nontraditional materials and techniques. Rich in symbolism and visually arresting, Joffe-Bouska's artwork is complex and layered with meaning.

 Lori Elliott-Bartle focuses on aspects of landscape, especially the prairie. Each day, she looks at the patch of big bluestem growing in her small, urban front yard to remind her of the resilience and subtle beauty found in grasslands. Her work is often abstract, and she uses a wide range of materials and techniques including mixing softened beeswax with oils and pigments and applying many layers, creating paintings that hold depth, complexity and texture.

 Tom Quest is a multi-media craftsman specializing in clay. His forms and molds are hand-made, allowing the clay bodies to take various shapes. Additionally, his stamps are crafted through wood burning and carving. Tom explores how textures integrate with form while experimenting with glazes to further enhance the topography of his works. His organic shapes and forms are reflections and abstractions of the natural world.

Tuesday, April 2 - Sunday, April 28

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Two artists will feature new work in “Intuitive Evolution” April 2 to 28, 2019 at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, 405 S. 11th St. in Omaha. April feature Artists Glenda Larson Musilek and Dottie Seymour will host a First Friday opening reception 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., April 5, 2018.

Glenda Larson Musilek has been creating a body of abstract paintings and venturing into mixed media created sculptures. Intuition is a driving force in Glenda’s creative adventure with abstract painting and she lets it take her in unplanned directions. With the sculptures, she starts with a concept in mind and exercises some control over the final piece.

Dottie Seymour will be showing abstract in cold wax and oil on both cradled wooden panels as well as paper. The result is a culmination of layers of color to build up the image. Because she enjoy so many mediums and forms of expression previous medium have been watercolor, mixed, paper making, masks to name a few.  She’s always growing and experimenting, hence the theme for this show “Intuitive Evolution”. Growth is her inspiration.

Featured Artists’ Shows 2019

May Show

  • Jasmine Greenwaldt

  • Alexander Vos

June – Group show as requested - 4

  • Duane Adams

  • Marcia Joffe-Bouska

  • Tom Quest

  • Pete Wroblewski

July Show

  • Agneta Gaines

  • Joan Fetter

  • Madelaine Healey

August Show

  • Jenna Johnson

  • George Skoudas

  • David Loyd

September Show

  • Steve Bendowski

  • Jean Welborn

  • Hope Dendinger

October Show

  • Gabi Quiroz

  • Margie Schimenti

  • Dar Van deVoort

November

  • Nicki Byram

  • Inna Kulagina

  • Charlene Potter

December – All Member Show

No Featured Show:, Richard Markoff, Linda Hatfield, Cindy Mathiasen, Tom Hamilton, Virginia Ocken, Sean Akers, Alan Smith, Pam King, Elisa Morera Benn, Judy Greff, Cortney Christensen.

High School Art Wall 2019

February - Lewis Central, Council Bluffs, IA

April - Abraham Lincon, Council Bluffs, IA

May - Thomas Jefferson, Council Bluffs, IA