August 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 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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9 Muses

9 Muses Facebook Page
Location: 2713 N 48th Street

Bennett Martin Public Library
Friday, August 3 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: 136 South 14th Street

You're invited to "Lincoln at Night" - a display of art in celebration of Lincoln City Libraries' 2012 Adult Summer Reading Program. The "Lincoln at Night" art show will be a First Friday Art Walk event, open on Friday, August 3 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on the first floor of Bennett Martin Public Library. The exhibit will be open to the public from August 4 through August 24 during library hours at Bennett Martin Public Library. The exhibit is free to the public.

The Black Market-The Public

The Publics' Facebook Page
Friday, August 3 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 1033 O St

Art Show featuring local artist.

Burkholder Project
Friday, August 3 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 719 P Street

MAIN GALLERY:  ‘Steel and Copper’ by Toney Redman and Paintings by Richard Markoff

OUTBACK GALLERY:  ‘6 x 6’ – Small groupings of work by Cheryl Boomer, Dick Budig, Amanda Cruise,
Jim Miklavcic, Rob Liliedahl, and Jesse Vadnais

SKYLIGHT GALLERY:  ‘Dance of the Hours’ – Watercolor Paintings by Glenda Dietrich Moore

SPECIAL EXHIBIT:  ‘As It Comes: Wood, Ink, Paper, Paint’ by Karl Marxhausen

Crescent Moon Coffee
Friday, August 3 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Location: 140 North 8th Street, Suite 10

First Friday Artwalk with featured artist Amber Roland and folk/blues with Blue Nebraska 8-10pm

Doc's Place

Location: 140 North 8th Street

Drift Station
Closed until September.
Location: 1746 N Street

Drift Station is taking a summer break to prepare for a massive, ultra-secret new project.  We will be closed July and August in preparation, but will return on September 7th.

September's exhibition also marks our last at our "N" Street location.  We have had a wonderful time rehabilitating and making use of this space, and are especially grateful to John Badami for his generosity in providing us the space at such a low cost for the last two years.  We are also appreciative of our visitors, participants, and supporters - both local and virtual.

As Drift Station sublimates into a new form, we will be releasing several projects in 2012/13, including a print version of the mailto exhibition (containing over 2500 pages of emails, as well as new essays commissioned for the project), and other virtual and popup projects.
We will be posting regular updates on Facebook as the next project unfolds, and please join us on the First Friday in September!

Duo Shoes
Friday, August 3 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 1309 O Street

Duo Shoes will be hosting local artist Steve Andel and his photography project, ‘Lost Soles,’ to raise money and awareness for local charity, ‘Skate for Change.’ The project started three years ago and features over 100 photographs of single shoes found in various landscapes.

The event seeks to raise funds, and gather gently-used tennis shoes and new socks for the organization. Duo Shoes will offer a 20 percent discount off one regularly-priced item to anyone who donates items to Skate for Change. Andel will sell his ‘Lost Sole’ photographs for $5.00 each, with a portion of the profits donated to Skate for Change.

“The project started when I was out skateboarding several years ago and I noticed different types of shoes in random places,” said Andel. “I decided to photograph them where they were found. Whether it’s a high heel or a child’s flip flop found on the side of the road or even in a tree, to me, they are all, ‘Lost Soles.’”

Skate for Change is local group of skaters committed to giving back to the low-income and homeless individuals in our community. Several times each week, a group of skateboarders skate around to hand out food and supplies to the Lincoln homeless. Items typically distributed include hygiene kits, bottled water, new socks, canned food and can openers, hand warmers and warm clothing for winter.

Gallery 9
Friday, August 3 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Location: 124 South 9th Street

"Fly Away Home"

New Work by: Sharon Lacy Cech (Painter,) Carol DeVall (Printmaker and mixed media artist,) Vonni Sparks Doctor (Painter,) and Gabrielle Vlad Moscu (Beadwork Artist.)

Don't miss this eclectic, multi-media show, characterized by colorful beauty, grace and a touch of whimsy.

 Opening reception: Friday, August 3, 2012 - 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

The show will hang from August 1 - September 2, 2012

The Grand Manse Gallery
Friday, August 3 from 5:00pm-7:00pm
Location: 129 N 10th Street

First Friday exhibition of paintings by West Schomer and Tim Frisch, with live music from Blaine Hanson.

Great Plains Art Museum
Friday, August 3 from 5:00pm-7:00pm
Location: 1155 Q Street, Hewit Place

The Great Plains Art Museum is excited to present a new exhibition, “Open Richness,” which will include prints, drawings, and projected animations by Catherine Meier. The exhibition will run August 3 to September 23, 2012, and the artist will be present for a First Friday reception on September 7, 2012 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Catherien Meier is a native of the Nebraska Sand Hills and UNL graduate who went on to receive her MFA from University of Michigan. While attending her Master’s program, Meier received a Rackham research grant to travel to Mongolia; a country with a landscape very similar to the Great Plains. The expanse of landscape in Mongolia and in her previous experience as a truck driver through the Great Plains lent her a greater understanding of the way open spaces and landscapes are navigated.

 “My work is informed and inspired by my childhood in Nebraska and by working as a truck driver throughout the Great Plains.  The simple, subtle land of this region is beautiful to me and provides me with great peace, and yet I have known anxiety from its sheer openness. I am also intrigued by how the mind will navigate space where landmarks are few and difficult to detect.” Regarding her process, Meier says, “My animations and prints are of earth, sky, and horizon – vast, open landscape. I create my animations through graphite drawings that are drawn, erased, and redrawn to achieve history and motion. My prints are created by repeat printing woodblocks on long rolls of paper. In gallery settings, each are intended to envelope the viewer into their gentle space.”

“The setting of the Great Plains Art Museum will allow Meier to work on a larger scale, and couple her animations, which are often projected in the open environment, to be shown alongside her prints and drawings,” says Curator Amber Mohr.

Catherine Meier is a fiscal year 2012 recipient of a Career Development grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council ( which is funded in part with money from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008; an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature; and The McKnight Foundation.

Heart of Gold Jewelers
Friday, August 3 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.

Indigo Bridge Books
Friday, August 3 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 701 P Street, Suite 102

Every First Friday, Indigo Bridge hosts fresh, new art and live music. Join us on your art walk to see some fabulous works in paint, photography, mixed-media and more. Indigo’s wall space is dedicated to our partnership with The 815 and Artists on the Edge. Each month the Wood Room has a new featured artist.

This month’s musical guest is To Be Announced.

International Quilt Study Center & Museum
Friday, August 3 from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: 1523 North 33rd Street, 33rd and Holdredge Streets

An invitational exhibition sponsored by the International Quilt Study Center & Museum (IQSCM) in partnership with the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), this exhibition features selections by 4 to 6 juried artists who demonstrate innovation in the contemporary art quilt form. Through their works, some of which have been created specifically for this exhibition, the artists explore and express aesthetic concerns common to the whole range of visual arts, while maintaining a clear relationship to the folk art from which contemporary quiltmaking descends.

The exhibition will be on display at the IQSCM from August 3 to February 24.

Kiechel Fine Art
July 23 through August 17 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: 5733 S 34th Street Suite 300

July 23, 2012 - August 17, 2012

LUX Center for the Arts
Friday, August 3 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: 2601 North 48th Street

LUX Center for the Arts presents “Twice Told: Josephine and Nellie”.  This show opens August 3 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and runs through September 29.   Janet Eskridge uses found objects and wax to make assemblage pieces inspired by two diaries in her personal collection.  One was written in 1888 by Josephine Conklin and the second was written in 1917 by Josephine's daughter, Nellie Lindsley.  Both women tell of daily activities like cooking, cleaning, and sewing, and their roles as wives and mothers, daughters and sisters.  Eskridge offers an artistic interpretation and an emotional response to the content of these intimate writings.  Eskridge will give a gallery talk at the opening,  August 3, at 6:00 p.m.

“Finding Identity in Nebraska” runs through August 25.  This show features the work of Santiago Cal from Belize, Nancy Friedemann from Colombia, Victoria Goro-Rapoport from Russia, Francisco Souto from Venezuela, Jette Vogt from Denmark, and Ying Zhu from China.  These nationally and internationally known artists have relocated to Nebraska from all over the world.

Modern Arts Midwest
July 18 through August 15
Location: 800 P Street, 3rd Floor

Summer Fun: An Online Exhibition             

Mo Java Café

Friday, August 3 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, August 3 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 119 South 9th Street 

Featured Artists for August 2012

Karen Thurlow
Painted Furniture and Paintings

Doug Hawco
Metal Sculptures

Lisa Gustafson

Focus Gallery for August 2012

Fran Upp
Oil Paintings

Ashley Namuth
Paintings and Photography

David D'Agostino
Wood Sculpture

Duane Adams

Karen Neppl

Brecken Kinnamon
Metal Sculpture

Porridge Papers
Friday, August 3 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Location: 1422 South Street

"Trip Fifty" is a collaboration show between Megan Timanus and Berly Brown. Take a trip across the fifty states as you check out this work that combines mixed media letterpress of the fifty states and paintings inspired by Cyclocross. Live letterpress printing featuring designs by the artists... get your hands dirty with an interactive print, stay tuned for details! And as always, food, skee ball and good times!

I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May 2011 and have been simultaneously working toward my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and practicing art since 2002. As such, I have had a non-traditional education and unique experiences, including explorations with other people and artists, which have enhanced my work in ways that would not have been possible otherwise.

Cycling, camping and nature are a theme common to a lot of my work. I am an avid cyclist and have done self-supported cycling tours through the Pacific Northwest, Colorado and New Mexico as well as numerous local weekend trips. Over the last 2 years I have also been an active member of a local women's cycling club called Sheclismo (from the Italian word ciclismo, meaning "cycling" and she because we're ladies) which has introduced me to the intense and often ridiculous world of Cyclocross. Using playful and chaotic brush strokes, thick, viscous textures and a rich, exaggerated color palette, this body of work explores the people and events of this form of bicycle racing, complete with costumed hecklers and cowbells.

bio coming soon..

Screen Ink.
Friday, August 3 from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Location: 416 S. 11th Street

Join us for the solo exhibition of watercolor paintings by local artist Brian Piontek. Brian seems to have a knack for capturing the characters, surroundings and events from daily life in his work.

We here at Screen Ink truly appreciate his free-form approach to self expression through the medium of watercolors and are excited to present his work!

Hope to see you out on the August First Friday art walk. We'll be sure to put out some peanut butter filled pretzels to cleanse your palette between Modern Monks refreshments.

Sheldon Museum of Art
Friday, August 3 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: 12th and R Streets

Join us for our August First Friday reception and a special walking tour of turn of the century Lincoln led by historians Ed Zimmer and Jim McKee. Learn about philanthropists Anna and Frank Hall on a brief visit to "A Legacy of Giving" exhibition, introduced by Sheldon curator Brandon Ruud, and then set out on a jaunt through campus and the downtown area, exploring Lincoln as it was in the Halls' day.

Tugboat Gallery
Friday, August 3 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Location: 116 North 14th Street

Artwork on display by:

Nora Rolf, Christy Nelson and Stephanie Purcell

WorkSpace Gallery

WorkSpace Gallery Website
Location: 440 N. 8th Street


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