December First Friday Art Walk

First Friday Gallery WalkEvery 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!

9 Muses Studio
Friday, December 3 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 2713 North 48th Street

NaNoWriMo authors, please join us to celebrate the "ink, sweat and tears" put into all your hard work during November's National Novel Writing Month. 9 Muses Studio will have a typewriter available on which a communal story will be written. The public is welcome to stop by and add a line or two to the story. The evening will also include readings by Lincoln area writers who participated in National Novel Writing Month. Please come listen to excerpts and enjoy conversation about writing. A burning ceremony will take place as requested by several writers who wish to to destroy ideas that didn't quite work or prep work which has been key to their process but has served its purpose. Select dance entertainment will be provided at brief intervals during this celebration.

Barbara Tracy's photography will continue to show in the studio. Dr. Tracy is also a NaNoWriMo participant!

The 815
Friday, December 3 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
815 O Street

Painter Gonca Yengin: Though it will be Yengin’s first showing in the U.S., she is by no means a novice. A native of Turkey, Yengin studied art in college and has had numerous opportunities to show her art across her home country. Painting primarily with oil and acrylic paints, and often times mixing mediums, Yengin seeks to depict the intricate details of life that are often overlooked. This First Friday she plans to debut 10 to 12 new works. Turkish treats such as baklava and sarma will be provided. 

Open Studio's Artists on the Edge: 45 to 60 new pieces will be on display in The 815’s street level space. A collaboration between the Lancaster County Community Mental Health Center, Lincoln Parks and Recreation, and CentrePointe, Open Studio provides an outlet for artists living with substance use or mental health problems to express themselves. Artists on the Edge is a group of over 200 artists with a passion to create and a desire to further the discussion of Outsider Art. Outsider Art is a term used to describe art created outside the boundaries of traditional art education, technique and culture.

The Black Market
Friday, December 3 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: 1033 O Street

Erica White's thesis fashion show: Erica is about to become a master, so now is the time to congratulate her/oogle her incredible designs. DJ Nost is bringing the music, and Tangerine Hair Artist Salon is bringing the hair and make-up skills. Nebraska Brewing Company is hosting another free beer tasting, and new neighbor Emma's has all the snacks.

Opening reception: 6 to 8 p.m.; fashion show at 8 p.m.

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

All Galleries "Celebrate the Season" Group show featuring artwork by 60 Burkholder artists in varied media.
Special Exhibit Room: Photographs by Max Miller
Ongoing Show: "The Santa Fe Collection" Museum Quality Southwest Art & Antiques

Cultiva Coffee
Friday, December 3 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Location: 727 South 11th Street

The Artwork of George Sisson, with music from Ron Wax and Mother Pile.

Drift Station Gallery+Performance Space
Friday, December 3 from 6:00 to late
Location: 1746 N Street

The work of 12 students in Assistant Professor of Art Jeff Thompson's Digital Arts Initiative class will be featured in a new exhibition entitled "Ctrl/Alt/Esc: Technology and the Landscape."

The exhibition opens Dec. 3 and continues through Dec. 17 at the Drift Station Gallery + Performance Space at 1746 N St. in Lincoln.

The exhibition features the work of the following students:  Spenser Albertsen, Keegan Baker, Christie Brazer, Ella Durham, Aaron Jarzynka, Bryan Klopping, Jesse Kudron, Tony Nguyen, Jon Porter, Kan Seidel, Josh Sisco and Devin Thomas.
"Ctrl/Alt/Esc: Technology and the Landscape" is an exhibition that represents a semester¹s work by 12 of University of Nebraska­Lincoln undergraduate students as part of a course titled ³Technology and the 
Landscape." The works included in this exhibition range widely from video, sound, performance, photography, sculpture, painting, drawing and music.

In his book Great Plains, Ian Frazier "[fears] for the Great Plains because many people think they are boring. Money and power in this country concentrate elsewhere."

The work in this exhibition, however, proves that the Great Plains is a vital and fascinating site; the artistic investigations in this exhibition depict a place full of subtle changes in texture, in wild leaps of geological history, and of social and political complexity.

Formulated as a "research studio," students investigated the ways that technology allows us to document, transform, experience and otherwise interact with the landscape, specifically that of the Great Plains (though attentions necessarily wandered as specific projects demanded). Rather than focus on specific or directed outcomes, the course was designed to be an open forum to explore approaches to the land through historical/cultural research, reading and discussion and most importantly artistic production‹all with an expanded idea of what might constitute a ³technology² that included GPS and Google Maps as well as simple technologies such as a rock or plow. This exhibition functions similarly, including many works throughout the semester, to give an overall picture of the collective creative research.

Elder Gallery
Friday, December 3 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Rogers Center for Fine Arts, 50th Street and Huntington Ave

The artistic talents of Nebraska high school students will be showcased at Nebraska Wesleyan’s second annual juried art exhibition “Bridge.” High school seniors from across the state were invited to submit artwork to be considered for the exhibition. Two “best of show” entries will each be awarded a $10,000 talent scholarship to study visual art at NWU.Thirty students have been selected for the exhibition, which will feature a variety of mediums including acrylic, clay, watercolor, photography, oil, sculpture, color pencil, and more.The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Gallery 9

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

Gallery 9 will feature its Annual Holiday Group Show featuring new work from member artists of G9. The perfect opportunity to buy and give the gift of original artwork. The show will hang from December 1- 30. (the gallery will be closed December 25 & 26.)

Grand Manse Gallery
Friday, December 3 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 129 North 10th Street

The Grand Manse Gallery proudly presents "Blue Cat"- paintings by Dave Christiansen, showing through January 31st. Join us First Friday to meet the artist, enjoy live music by Nathaiel Heaton, yummy treats by M&M Cupcakes and as always, great company!It's no wonder that Dave Christiansen's artistic talents have taken him to galleries and art festivals throughout the Midwest. His artwork reflects a whimsical, fun outlook on ordinary life. Dave says."My work is the result of finding inspiration in the everyday. Life is a collision of motion and color. My art sort of comes at you, making even ordinary events special."

Grizzly Bear Productions
Friday, December 3 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: 829 Lyncrest Drive, 63rd and O Streets

Grizzly Bear Productions hosts an open house on December 3rd, 2010 with a display of rare wildlife photography and intimate stories behind the images as captured by late author and photographer, Jim Cole.  This event is hosted by Jim's former wife, Ingrid, who now lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.Enjoy an evening of 1st hand reflections of life with a 'bear man' as the couple traveled throughout the Northwest promoting grizzly bear conservation through books, music, captivating images and storytelling.  Mr. Cole continued his passion and commitment for this cause despite a tragic encounter with a mother bear in Yellowstone National Park which took his sight and ultimately contributed to his early death in July of this year.  Jim Cole has been seen on Good Morning America, Inside Edition, and recently featured in a special NatGeo Wild program entitled, 'Inside a Grizzly Attack'.Ingrid hopes to continue Jim's legacy for these wonderfully awesome and intelligent creatures by exposing Lincolnites to the images of Grizzly Bear Productions!

Haydon Art Center
Friday, December 3 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: 335 North 8th Street, Suite A

Small Treasures celebrates The Haydon Art Center’s Artist Members by showcasing 182 of their artworks in this exhibition of small and affordable works. 37 artists are currently exhibiting numerous works that are under 18” and below $500. These works are suited to sell and will make wonderful gifts this giving season. On behalf of Haydon’s community outreach program, local artist and Haydon Artist Fellow Member John Wiederspan worked with students from Clinton elementary school in creating 3-D sculptures using matte board and hot glue. With something for everyone, Small Treasures has much to look at, enjoy, and give during this holiday season.

Heart of Gold Jewelers

Friday, December 3 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 2701 North 48th Street, Suite 1

Heart of Gold Jewelers presents jewelry by Ginger Lippold, Toni Yost, and Charles Yost; pottery by Pam Huckins and Larry Pelter; glass by Michael Brehm; photography by Mina Lee and Kim Fogle; and woodcarvings by Jay Schmidt.

Indigo Bridge Books
Friday, December 3 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Location: 701 P Street, Suite 102

Photography by Kyle Gibson and paintings by Whitney Williams

Music by Double Standard: Gene Davis with guitar and vocals and Julie Felzien on the pia

International Quilt Study Center & Museum
Friday, December 3 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: 1523 North 33rd Street, 33rd and Holdredge Streets

International Quilt Study Center & Museum continues the showing of "Marseille: White Corded Quilting" and  "Childhood Treasures: Doll Quilts from the Ghormley Collection."

the lichen
Friday, December 3 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 2810 North 48th Street

the lichen presents “0 < art < 100”.  This art sale and benefit show features work by local artists.  All artwork is priced at or below $100.  A portion of the sales, as determined by each artist, will go towards helping sustain the lichen. Come support your local artists and the lichen at the same time! All work will be priced at or below $100. Why stand in line at 3:00am for a cheap DVD player while surrounded by super-consumers that aren't afraid to push you out of the way while stepping on your puppy to get in the door before you do? Sleep in late, let the turkey leftovers settle, wait until the traffic clears, come to the lichen, enjoy the ample free parking, and buy incredibly affordable artwork that is more unique than anything else than you'd be able to purchase on Black Friday. Artists all throughout the community will be selling work in a variety of mediums. Keep your eyes open for a sneak peek of the work included and the artists involved in the sale.If you're not around for Black Friday, no worries, we'll be holding the sale on First Friday as well. However, you do run the risk of missing out on the first pick! A NOTE TO ARTISTS: anyone can submit work to this sale. Learn how at

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

LUX Center for the Arts presents “Garden” by LUX Artist-in-Residence, Susan Stark.  She makes functional pottery that is intended for daily use.  Her work incorporates altered terra cotta forms decorated with exposed raw clay, soft floral patterns, and shiny glazes to make one-of-a-kind pieces.

“Gifts from the Heart” continues through December 24.  More than fifty locally, regionally, and nationally known artists delivered works for this holiday event.  Included media are pottery, paintings, photographs, framed prints, jewelry, textiles, wood work.  Buyers will be able to purchase and take works of art with them the same day.

Michael Forsberg Gallery

10/02/2010 - 01/30/2010
Location: 100 North 8th Street, Suite 150

Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild
Photography by Michael Forsberg

Less than 200 years ago, the Great Plains of North America were perhaps the greatest grassland ecosystem on Earth. Then, in the blink of an evolutionary eye, much of its grandeur was gone. As American settlers expanded west, the native grazers, top predators, and indigenous cultures of the plains were systematically wiped out. The prairie was plowed up, fenced in, overgrazed, paved over, and otherwise degraded. Today, this fragmented landscape is the most endangered and least protected ecosystem on the continent. To many people, the Great Plains are an empty stage. To others, the Plains are a dynamic but forgotten landscape — overlooked, undervalued, misunderstood, and in desperate need of conservation. This project helps lead the way forward — inspiring, informing, and enabling visitors to recognize and recapture the wild spirit of these Great Plains.

Mo Java Café

Friday, December 3 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: 2649 North 48th

Mo Java Café presents the artwork of a local artist.  Live music will be performed by Butch and Lucy Krauce.

Modern Arts Midwest
Friday, December 3 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 800 P Street, Suite 300

Red Dot: 8th Anniversary Celebration 20% off large selection of work December 3-31, 2010 only!  In appreciation for 8 years of wonderful patronage.  December 3-31.

Noyes Gallery
Friday, December 3 from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Location: 119 South 9th Street

The Focus Gallery will have a special show by the following Artists:
Steven Williamson       Colored Pencil
Shannon Hansen         Sculpture
Rose Rutherford           Jewelry
Joan Phelan                 Mixed Media
Gary Martin                  Metal work
James McClelland         Paintings
Mary Strever
Featured Artist in Main Gallery are:
Mike Fluent                  Metal Sculptures
Janna Harsch               Metal Pictures
Marin Hacker                Paintings
Featured in the Gold Room are:
Marla Bush and Julia Noyes
With special music by guitarist Arnie Heithoff
Parking for the Noyes Gallery is free on First Friday in the garage north of the gallery.

Parallax Space
Friday, December 3 from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Location: 1745 N Street

Parallax Space is pleased to announce the opening of their exhibition Tween: Painting, animation
and some in betweens by Anne and Michael Burton to be held on Friday, December 3, 2010.
Located in downtown Lincoln in a renovated former auto-body shop, this opening will be the first
independent show for the gallery.

Tween is the first collaborative exhibition between Anne and Michael Burton, and will showcase their
joint endeavor of photography, painting, and projected animation. The title Tween conjures up a variety
of meanings: a reference to the images between key frames, which are used to create animation; a
space (be)tween the individual aesthetics of both artists, where their creative voices are woven
together; and a collaboration (be)tween the two artists.

Anne Ruehrmund Burton was born in Washington D.C. She earned her BFA from the University of
Richmond in 2004, and her MFA from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 2008, under a Hixson
Lied Fellowship. Anne has exhibited her paintings, prints, and installations both regionally and
internationally, most recently in Fremont, Nebraska at the Gallery 92 West, in Nebraska City, Nebraska
at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Gallery, and in Richmond, Virginia at the Cornerstone Gallery.

Michael Burton ( was born in Fall River, Massachusetts. He earned his BFA
from Green Mountain College in 1999, and his MFA from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 2007,
under a Hixson Lied Fellowship. Michael exhibits both regionally and nationally, most recently in Miami
at A-BoMB, Sioux City Art Center where he received Best in Show for the 61st Annual Art Exhibition, as
well as Athens, Greece and Varna, Bulgaria. Michael currently teaches at the University of Nebraska -
Lincoln in the Textiles, Clothing and Design Department.

Parallax Space, started by Marissa Vigneault and Bill Graham in August 2010, is an exhibition space
in Lincoln, Nebraska, devoted to thematic presentations of contemporary artistic production in a variety
of media.

Friday, December 3 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Location: 1410 & 1416 O Street, 2nd Floor, Room 8

GUNK: part 2
New Paintings by Colin C. Smith

Smith's newest works are aggressive, buoyant and difficult to classify. The wall works reference minimal painting and expressionism, yet their colors and forms are fully contemporary. The floor sculptures are playful and casual, yet their offhandedness belies a rigorous process and intentional mark making. Smith is interested in making works that charge retinal and interior spaces. They move when you squint and can throw you off balance if you get too close. Smith's abstractions have a liveliness and spirit that is rare in contemporary painting, particularly in works that contain such a restrained and focused bag of tricks.    -Hesse McGraw, curator/Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

-all works are derived from Mr. Smith's proprietary medium mixed with pigments and resin, on aluminum panel.
-This is Colin Smith 's second solo exhibition at ProjectRoom.

The Public

Friday, December 3 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 1033 O Street

This month, we are proud to give you Erica White's thesis fashion show! Erica is about to become a master, so now is the time to congratulate her/oogle her incredible designs. You may remember her designs from the Black Market 5 year anniversary show. If you do, you know this is not a night to miss. Reception from 6 to 8. Fashion show at 8. DJ Nost is bringing the music, and Tangerine Hair Artist Salon is bringing the hair and make up skills. And lucky for you, Nebraska Brewing Company is hosting another free beer tasting, and our new neighbor Emma's has all the snacks.

Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery
Friday, December 3 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: 234 Home Economics Building

Tacia Booton's collection of costumes and body coverings explore the existence, stress, demise and decomposition of saurian creatures as they reference the power of nature.

Salt Creek Potters Work Shop
Friday, December 3 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 2722 North 48th Street, Suite 3

Salt Creek Potters Work Shop presents the ceramics of Jenni Brant, Eric Petersen, and Peg Pelter along with work by the Work Shop artists: Larry Brown, Chad Davis, and Larry Pelter.

Friday, December 3 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Location: 416 South 11th Street

To close out the year of art exhibits we are pairing two old friends and local artists. Steve Ryan will be showing his photography work along with the metal sculpture work of John Wiederspan.

Sheldon Museum of Art
Friday, December 3 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: 14th and R Streets

The University Chamber Singers, directed by Therees Hibard fill the Great Hall with seasonal music splendor during Sheldon's First Friday reception.  The event will also feature stunning decorations, appetizers and museum store merchandise spilling out into the great hall.

Friday, December 3 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
116 North 14th, 12th and O Streets, 2nd Floor

Poetry by Justin Ryan Fyfe and Rachet Wolves

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

Tugboat Gallery proudly presents "PLEASE POST" featuring Fred Hosman, Justin Kemerling, Joey Lynch, Denny Schmickle and Bonnie O'Connell.
PLEASE POST is a primo hand-printed poster show that speaks honestly to the labor intensive processes of screen printing, collage, illustration, manual cut and paste, color separation and letter press that call the viewer from afar.  Posters often being displayed in windows of local shops, it is crucial that the work demand attention and relay its message to the audience as quickly as possible.

Friday, December 3 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: Sawmill Building, 440 North 8th Street

"Earth Cuts" by Jonathon Wells: A continuing exhibition of photo-geologic composites by Wells, who uses his background in geology to create images that include views of urban areas and what lies beneath them. The parallel paths of scientific questioning and artistic expression are integral to the creation of these images. Jonathon Wells is an artist and scientist who currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Born in the Northeast, he has always had a passion for the landscape, which translated into his background as a geologist.

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