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June 2014 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.

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Reserve Now! GET SM’ART - 36th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards

The 2014 Mayor's Arts Awards

Update 5/14/2014: Tickets Have Sold Out

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The Experience of Community Supported Art – What’s it Worth?

Crates lovingly packed with art for the first CSArt delivery 2013. Let us fill a box for you!Imagine… you arrive at the Lincoln Arts Council tent to pick up your first crate of CSArt. It is a pleasant evening and the street is humming with conversation and commerce as the Jazz in June crowd browses the booths in front of The Lied Center. Strains of music float on the breeze as you linger to talk with CSArtists who are on hand to enjoy with you surprise and delight at seeing your art shares for the first time. It’s like Christmas in June! Look… there’s more! Much like a farm CSA, your crate contains “bumper crop” items like event tickets or hand-made note cards. And you have two more opportunities to receive art hand-crafted just for you in the company of the artists involved and your fellow CSArt supporters.

By purchasing a share of CSArt stock, you have not only put nine Lincoln artists to work on this commission, you have put one of them “in residence” in classrooms at Lincoln High School working with students as they create the tenth piece of art in your deliveries. This exposes students to work with a professional artist and real-world experience in creating a commissioned piece of art.

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Give to Lincoln [Arts Council!] Day 2014

Give to Lincoln Day, May 29Give to Lincoln [Arts Council!] Day 2014

May 29 is Give to Lincoln Day and we invite you to put the Lincoln Arts Council on your list of Lincoln non-profits to support on that day. It is great to be part of the energy generated by a city-wide giving event.

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Latest Events

William Splinter Memorial Gallery Exhibit April - September

The Larsen Tractor Test & Power Museum located at 35th & Fair Streets on UNL’s East Campus will participate in the First Fridays Gallery Walks to showcase the work in the William Splinter Memorial Gallery. The First Friday Event will be from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Larsen Museum. Bring the whole family to see what is happening in our Museum and Gallery! New exhibits are now on display. Regular hours are Tues. – Fri. 9:00-4:00 and Sat. 10:00-2:00; phone:  402-472-8389; website:  tractormuseum.unl.edu.

The new William Splinter Memorial Gallery displays agricultural themed artwork of Nebraska artists; the first is Craig Cassell. His exhibit features a dozen graphite drawings of antique tractors, old buildings, and outdoor scenes, expertly rendered by mouth using a dental device that allowed Craig to draw in spite of a diving accident that resulted in quadriplegia when he was 17, and will be on display April - September.

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Whispers The Paper Ballet "Backstage at the Ballet" Art Celebration!

Please join us to celebrate...Art, Friendship, Laughter, Dance & Creativity!!

Art is not about creating perfection...in fact perfection is a myth...it does not exist...the most intriguing art comes from life...from imperfection...from perserverance...from creative spark...it is an expression of the soul. As a society we spend so much time comparing and grading each other...and building invisible walls of fear...that hinder us from feeling creative for fear we will not create perfection...join us in celebrating the beauty that is imperfection!!!

It was almost impossible to title this event...in some ways it defies description...and maybe it should...afterall, art cannot be contained by one label and neither should we...

Please come celebrate!!

Celebration, Art Experience, Luncheon & Dance

*Seating will be available for 240 guests place cards will be prepared at the door and you may select your own seating with your friends! Your lunch and refreshments are included in the ticket price, the Curtain Call Cash Bar will open at 12. The ticket price includes your art supplies and entertainment.

The art and centerpieces will be available for purchase, as well as gifts

and Whispers the Paper Ballet Corps de Ballet T-shirts!

Please become a member of our Corps de Ballet!!

More information available on Facebook and http://www.eventbrite.com/e/whispers-the-paper-ballet-backstage-at-the-ballet-art-celebration-tickets-11817918713

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Mural & WallWorks Progress Celebrations, First Friday

See and enjoy the changes and the impact of this mural, a landmark public artwork by Karen Kunc at Constellation Studios.  Also the first WallWorks temporary mural painting by Spencer Pacheco, a UNL art student, selected for this visible exposure on the street!

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Lincoln Artists Guild Spring Show and First Friday Reception

Please join us for a wonderful evening with live music and interesting art.  Members of the Lincoln Artists’ Guild (LAG) are holding a First Friday reception at Out of the Box, 366 North 48th on June 6 from 5-8 pm. Over 300 pieces of art will be on display and for sale.  Refreshments will be available while you browse exciting artwork.
Featuring artists Reida Wrenholt, Chris Rudasil, Jan Blank, and Lisa Cassel.
Music provided by “Virtuapath”  & Caleb Cassel.

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Tugboat Gallery First Friday Opening Reception

Tugboat Gallery hosts "PaintPaintPaint presents: "Pulp & Pixels" featuring work by Brian Dickinson, Devon Gall and Richard Sprinkles. Opening Reception on First Friday June 6th 7:00-10:00 closing on June 28th. Art has served its purpose at the height of technological advances there is really nothing left to say that has not been said already.  So this is simply a presentation of mindless media ans pretty pictures. "I would like to invite you to step into the screen."
Tugboat Gallery is located at 116 N. 14th Street, Lincoln, NE - second story above Gomez Art Supply.  Elevator entrance at 1410 'O' Street.  Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 10-6 and Saturday 12-5.  Questions answered by Gomez Art Supply at 402-477-6200.

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Special Thanks

In 2009 the Lincoln Arts Council received a generous gift from the estate of Ken Good, a portion of which was used to redevelop our website and establish an endowment. We offer our heart-felt thanks to Kenneth J. Good for his generosity and vision for a beautiful future.

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