October 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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9 Muses

9 Muses Facebook Page
Location: 2713 N 48th Street

The Black Market-The Public

The Black Markets' Facebook Page
The Publics' Facebook Page
Friday, October 5 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 1033 O St

Art Show featuring local artist.

Burkholder Project

Friday, October 5 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 719 P Street


‘Country Roads’ – Oil Paintings by Anne Burkholder and
‘Rockspired Jewelry’ - by Pam King


‘Memories’ – Raku by Eric Stearns and
‘Nebraska Landscapes’ – Photographs by Alan Smith


‘Ruminations and Obsessions’ – Weavings by Sharon Vandenack


‘Traveling With My Paintbrush’ – Acrylic Paintings by Barb Ridder

Crescent Moon Coffee

Friday, October 5 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Location: 140 North 8th Street, Suite 10

First Friday Artwalk with featured artist Arden Ellen Nixon.

Special performance of Irish and American singer/songwriter Jed Marum 8-10pm.

Doc's Place

Friday, October 5 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Location: 140 North 8th Street

Doc’s Place Hosts Fantastical “Alice in Wonderland” October Exhibit.  Just in time for Halloween, Doc’s Place (140 North 8th Street) is home to an exhibit on the creepy and fantastic side. Regional artists will show paintings, drawings and posters on the theme of Alice in Wonderland. Artists include Vonni Sparks, Madison Sparks, Nolan Tredway, Lorelie Kay Designs, Jillian Nickels, Jack Irons, Tim Brawner. The October show is part of the First Friday Art Walk on October 5 from 6 to 10 p.m. Come for the art. Stay for the drink specials. To learn more about the show, contact Melanie Falk at 402.326.9768 or docsplaceart@gmail.com

Drift Station

Location: 1746 N Street

Drift Station will be "drifting" for the next several months and will primarily exist virtually.  We have lots of online and offline projects in the works, including a print edition of the mailto: exhibition catalog.  Please subscribe to our Facebook page to receive information on upcoming events.

Thank you to everyone who has supported our work over the last two years.

Duo Shoes

Friday, October 5 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 1309 O Street

Come join us at Duo Shoes for a glass of wine and viewing of work by WHODEANNIE Artist Studios.

WHODEANNIE'S work includes abstract paintings and unique sculptures.

Gallery 9

Friday, October 5 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Location: 124 South 9th Street

"Everyday Life"

New Work by Ronda & Robert Esquivel

"Oh how daily LIFE is!" Join us for an intriguing show featuring new work by Photographer Ronda Esquivel and Painter Robert Esquivel. The couple explores the varieties of adventures that can make up daily living.

The Grand Manse Gallery

Grand Manse Gallery Facebook
Friday, October 5 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: 129 N 10th Street

“La Vida de los Muertos” & “Side Project”

This month the Grand Manse Gallery will feature Mexican-American artist Rafael Garcia in a show entitled “La Vida de los Muertos.” Garcia explores and celebrates the tradition of the Day of the Dead with full-scale altars (offrendas). To read Garcia’s artistic statement about this show, visit the Grand Manse Gallery’s facebook page.

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

Friday, October 5 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: 1155 Q Street, Hewit Place

Westward Bound: Big Color
Landscape photographs by Michael Farrell

Heart of Gold Jewelers

Friday, October 5 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, October 5 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 701 P Street, Suite 102

The Indigo Bridge Wood Room will feature "Side-project", a display of work by local artists exploring outside their medium. Check out never-before-seen prints, paintings, photography and more by people from whom you'd never expect. Work will be displayed all month. Store-wide at Indigo Bridge, Artists On the Edge bring new and old favorites to light all month long.

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, October 5 from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: 1523 North 33rd Street, 33rd and Holdredge Streets

SAQA Showcase: Studio Art Quilt Associates Invitational 8/3/12 - 2/24/13
What's In A Name? Inscribed Quilts 1/13/12 - 12/3/12
World War II Quilts from the Sue Reich Collection 8/7/12 - 2/10/13
Indigo Gives America the Blues 9/7/2012 - 6/2/2013

Kiechel Fine Art

Location: 5733 S 34th Street Suite 300

LUX Center for the Arts

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

Katie Frisch, LUX Artist-in-Residence, spent her year making one hand-felted fiber piece per day.  She will display a grid of all 365 felted tiles to celebrate her residency at the LUX.  Frisch used wool, silk, alpaca, yarn spinning, and natural dyeing to record her daily experiences.

The exhibition will be displayed at LUX Center for the Arts from October 5 to October 27.  An opening reception will be held on October 5, 5-8 pm

Modern Arts Midwest

Friday, October 5 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: 800 P Street, 3rd Floor

John Himmelfarb: Paintings and Sculpture

Mo Java Café

Friday, October 5 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.

Nu Vibe

Friday, October 5 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: 126 N 14th Street

Nu Vibe, downtown location, will be using its second level for featured artists, emerging artists and non-profit collaborations.

Noyes Gallery

Friday, October 5 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 119 South 9th Street 

Focus Gallery Exhibit for October

Julie Lemons – Pastels, Watercolors

Julie Craw – Stained Glass

Matt Rosales – Photography

Pam Hasse – Fiber

Jeri Volk – Jewelry

Cynthia Levis – Fiber/Mixed

Bert Wagner – Gourd Art

Suxan Anderson – Metal/Acrylic
Featured Artists:

Carolyn O’Connor – Mixed Media

Nick Werkmeister – Sculpture

About the Noyes Art Gallery: Established in 1992, the Noyes Art Gallery is located in the heart of the downtown Lincoln art district.  All artwork is original and for sale.  Sixty member artists are represented in this professional and friendly cooperative gallery.  Each month, a new exhibit is unveiled at the First Friday night opening, where the public is invited to meet the artists.

Porridge Papers

Friday, October 5 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Location: 1422 South Street

We are closing out our summer season of First Fridays with an amazing show!

Local Artists have created beer themed art to be sold that evening. Each piece will be letterpress printed on our small batch, handcrafted beer paper. The paper will be made with the finest quality spent grain from an Octoberfest Lager brewed here in Lincoln by Modern Monks Brewery.

In addition to the art, we will be serving beer brats boiled in the same Oktoberfest Beer that the paper was made from as well as sampling the Monks

Octoberfest lager. The Bolzen Beer Band will be filling the studio with their beer themed party punk polka. We will also have letterpressed beer towels for sale and we will be doing live letterpress t-shirt printing!

Porridge Papers’ goal is to give artists a space to sell their art without giving up part of their hard-earned cash in commission fees. Profits from prints sold will go to the artists themselves and to keep the good times a-flowin’ at future first friday events.

We want to give a special shout out to Modern Monks, Bolzen Beer Band, and Cetaks Gourmet Meats and all the artists that are participating!

Joe Horacek | Jacob Chapman | Dylan Moss | Jared Heintzelman | Quentin Luenunghoener | Ben Swift | Bennett Holzworth | Eric Nyffeler | Jason Davis | Josh Leeker | John Hayden | Michael Nielsen | Ian Huebert | Adam Scheffler

Screen Ink.

Friday, October 5 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Location: 416 S. 11th Street

Join us for a truly unique art exhibit featuring an arsenal of custom illustrated trading cards by PocketWookie and friends. Collect them all!

Sheldon Museum of Art

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

Join us for the opening of The Geometric Unconscious: A Century of Abstraction.

Five Decades of Collecting
August 3, 2012 thru May 5, 2013
Five Decades of Collecting commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Sheldon Museum of Art’s building, which was designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson and opened in 1963. Each work in the exhibition was created and acquired after 1960.

The exhibition reflects art movements and trends from this period as well as museum directions in collecting. The exhibition highlights important gifts to the museum and draws attention to areas of strength in its holdings. The installation also celebrates new acquisitions and important works that have not recently been on view.

Tugboat Gallery 

Friday, October 5 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Location: 116 North 14th Street, second story above Gomez Art Supply

Tugboat Gallery proudly presents "High Tech, Low Tech, and Who Cares?"
featuring Michael Burton/ Brian Pytlik Zillig, Angela Carbone, Donald Fodness/ Alvin Gregorio.

This Show includes two collaborative pieces. First an installation/ multimedia piece by Donald Fodness and Alvin Gregorio based on the TV show Breaking Bad; Moving Images, Sound, and Various Materials. The second is an animation by Michael Burton and Brian Pytlik Zillig that was produced in part by a program Brian created called Token X. The
Third work are two giant words made from slip cast grenades by Angela Carbone.

Tugboat Gallery is located at 116 N. 14th Street, Lincoln, NE - second story above Gomez Art Supply. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 10-6, Saturday 12-5 and Sunday 2-5.

Questions answered by Gomez Art Supply at 402-477-6200. Elevator entrance at 1410 'O' Street.

WorkSpace Gallery

WorkSpace Gallery Website
Location: 440 N. 8th Street

Join us as we welcome renowned watercolor artist William Holland. William is traveling from the big O (that's Omaha) to hang out with us capital city folk for a night of conversation, imbibing and, of course, art appreciation.

Mr. Holland seems to be quite prolific in his approach to watercolor painting. His use of color is vibrant. His line work is at times highly structured and at times playfully abstract. His final product(s), in our humble opinion, are simply stunning.

However, don't just take our wo
rd for it. Come on down during the First Friday art walk and see for yourself!

William has big plans for our little print studio on Friday evening so be prepared to purchase some of his work on a t-shirt of your choosing, printed LIVE while you wait, watch, drink, point, and giggle.

Refreshments provided by a local brewery of our choosing.

We'll see you on the art walk folks.


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