March 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!

9 Muses Studio
Friday, March 4 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 2713 North 48th Street  

9 Muses Studio presents “Phat Friday: A Celebration of the Arts”.

The 815
Friday, March 4 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 815 O Street

Open Studio's Artists on the Edge will again partner with The 815 this First Friday to present between 45 and 60 new pieces in The 815’s street level space. Open Studio provides an outlet for artists who are living with mental health problems to express themselves, and is a collaborative effort between the Lancaster County Community Mental Health Center, CentrePointe, which specializes in helping people with substance use and mental health disorders, and Lincoln Parks and Recreation. Artists on the Edge is the name for this group of over 200 artists who gather twice a month to continue healing through artistic expression.

Open Studio’s partnership with The 815 allows these artists to get great exposure in the Haymarket area, according to Dean Settle, Executive Director of the Community Mental Health Center. Through the act of artistic expression, followed by the ability to have their art viewed in public and potentially purchased, the individuals who make up Artists on the Edge are provided with a valuable opportunity to use their skills and abilities to stay well. 

“Open Studio only has 3 rules. You have to be an adult, you can’t talk about your illness, and you can’t price your own work,” said Settle. The final rule exists to prevent those artists who aren’t aware of the value of their work from simply giving it away.

The Black Market-The Public
Friday, March 4 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 1033 O St

Art from Katelyn Voigt.
Music from The Betties at 7, Orion Walsh at 8.
Food from Ms Katelyn and Schy's Pies for Peace.
Beer from Nebraska Brewing Company.

Burkholder Project
Friday, March 4 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 719 P Street  

MAIN GALLERY:  Oil Paintings by Richard Terrell and Steel Sculpture by Toney Redman
    OUTBACK GALLERY:  ‘March Winds’ – Group Show featuring artwork by Al Maxey, Josh Fiedler, Connie Yoder and Albert Rhea
    SKYLIGHT GALLERY:   ‘Wildlife and Wild Places of North America’ –Photographs by Sam Swartz
    SPECIAL EXHIBIT ROOM:  ‘On the Wings of Your Imagination’ – Paintings and Photographs by Lydia Caldeira

Crescent Moon Coffee
Friday, March 4 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Location: 140 North 8th Street, Suite 10  

Showing the work of local artists with music by Planet Ground and the Cloud of Unknowing.

Drift Station Gallery
Friday, March 4 from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Location: 1746 N Street  

"Redacted Perfection"

Participating Artists:

Betsey Biggs
Angeles Cossio
Jenelle Covino
Hasan Elahi
Tim Maul
Alex Myers
Tiana Peterson
Jeff Thompson
Preston Poe
Tim Warner

Drift Station Gallery proudly presents Redacted Perfection, a group exhibition exploring alternatives to technical perfection in contemporary photography.  Redacted Perfection coincides with the First Friday art walk and PhotoFest, a month long community-wide celebration of contemporary photography in Lincoln, Nebraska.

On one end of photography, images are so crisp and clear that they seem to represent an augmented perfect reality; they seem to give everything to us and make our own retinas pale in comparison. The works in this exhibition seek out, exploit and revel in imperfection, both technically and in the ultimate goal of making finally detailed imagery. There are intentional gaps in visual information that allow the viewer to speculate, wonder and dream.

Beginning with a photograph, the image in these works is in one way or another obscured -  whether through blur, low resolution, collage, etc or having been subjected to a process (transform, encrust, redact, translate, sift, distill, etc).  The resulting works disrupt the representational image and elucidate something new.

Elder Gallery
Friday, March 4 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: 5000 Saint Paul Avenue, Rogers Center for Fine Art

Elder Gallery’s current exhibition features the talents of Nebraska Wesleyan University’s art faculty.
The faculty art exhibition runs now through April 8 in Elder Gallery, located in the Rogers Center for Fine Arts, 50th Street and Huntington Ave.

The featured artists include:

·      David Gracie, associate professor of art — painting
·      Susan Horn, assistant professor of art — photography
·      Lisa Lockman, associate professor of art — ceramic vessels
·      Robert Schwieger, adjunct professor — sculpture
·      Justin Shaw, adjunct professor — sculpture

Gallery 9
Friday, March 4 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Location: 124 South 9th Street  

"Louder Than Sirens: New Work by Meghan Stratman"

In March, Gallery 9 will feature "Louder Than Sirens," new works by Meghan Stratman. The show, featuring cut paper collage work, is inspired by the artist’s favorite music and lyrics. The show will hang from March 2 through March 27.

Grand Manse Gallery
Friday, March 4 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 129 North 10th Street

The Grand Manse Gallery prouldly presents Neal R. Anderson, one of very few artists that have twice won the prestigious Federal Duck Stamp contest. Neal paints in gouache - a gum and honey based tempera medium in which he strives to depict every subject in its natural habitat as well as giving the viewer the sense of “being there”. See this rich artwork in person, meet the artist, enjoy appetizers and live music, and as always, great company! If you can't make it to First Friday, no worries! Stop by on a Saturday 10 am- 2 pm or call for an appointment.

Haydon Art Center
Friday, March 4 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: 335 North 8th Street, Suite A

"Unreal Landscapes"

Artists Diane Fox (Tennessee) and Steve Ryan (Nebraska) display large-scale photographs that explore the worlds that are created by man, both through photo manipulation or through historical documentation.
Heart of Gold Jewelers
Friday, March 4 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 2701 North 48th Street, Suite 1

Heart of Gold Jewelers presents "Images" by L. Pete Genzlinge.    Pottery, prints, jewelry, glass work, and woodcarvings by local artists will also be shown.  

Indigo Bridge Books
Friday, March 4 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Location: 701 P Street, Suite 102

At this month's First Friday Art Walk we will feature the music of Tupelo Springfield and the art work of photographer Laura Rose Drawbaugh and illustrator Courtney Morrow.  

International Quilt Study Center & Museum
Friday, March 4 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 “Revisiting The Art Quilt”.

At 5:30 p.m. Jonathan Gregory will give a public lecture sponsored by The Lincoln Quilters Guild: "The Engineer Who Could: The Quiltmaking of Ernest B. Haight".

the lichen
Friday, March 4 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 2810 North 48th Street

the lichen presents “March of the Unicorns,” curated by Sandra Williams and Kyren Conley.  This female-dominant group show features local, national, and international artists working in a variety of media, focusing on the unicorn as a nostalgic reflection of childhood memories and fantasy and exploring the feminine relationship with this mystical creature.  It is both an embracement of the beauty, whimsy, and majesty of the unicorn and an ironic posturing on the expectations of female artists.
LUX Center for the Arts
Friday, March 4 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: 2601 North 48th Street

LUX Center for the Arts presents “National Juried Cup Exhibition” March 4 – April 30.  Julia Galloway juries this exhibition that showcases a wide range of functional and non-functional ceramic cups from across the country.  Galloway is the Chair of the School of Art at the University of Montana.
Also opening is “Juried Student Art Show”, March 4 – 26.  Nebraska Wesleyan art department faculty juries this exhibition of the best works made by Lincoln area high school students.
The Milestone Gallery
Friday, March 4 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Location: 1005 "O" Street

In March, The Milestone Gallery will feature "Women's Work"  works by The Nebraska Women's Art Caucus in celebration of Women's History Month. The show will feature a variety of work from members of this very active and creative group. The show will hang from March 4 through March 31.

Mo Java Café
Friday, March 4 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: 2649 North 48th

Art opening and live music from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Mo Java Café presents the artwork of a local artist.
Modern Arts Midwest
Friday, March 4 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 800 P Street, Suite 300

Kelly Manning: Water Forms  Stunning new oil paintings by Nebraska artist Kelly Manning.  Also featuring a special showing of Amy Smith's wood fired porcelain vessels.
Noyes Gallery
Friday, March 4 from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Location: 119 South 9th Street

John C. Friesen
Keyboard Sculptures

Connie K. Eppler
Handmade Journals

Nancy Teague
Impacts of Light Still Life

Dee Knudson
Contemporary Basketry

Cindy Williams
Karre Acrylic

Stephan Lahey

Connie Backus-Yoder
Virtual Quilts
Rotunda Gallery
Friday, March 4 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Location: 12th and R Streets, UNL Student Union

Exhibit Title: "[797] layers"
Exhibit Dates: Friday, March 4 - Friday, March 11, 2011
Exhibit Sponsor: Department of Art & Art History
Artist(s): Christa Masters & Emily Matson

Sheldon Museum of Art
Friday, March 4 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: 14th and R Streets

On the March First Friday, Sheldon will play host to two events: a conversation between artist Jun Kaneko and Sheldon Director J. Daniel Veneciano followed by Diverse Faces, Shared Histories: Symposium Evening Readings at The Sheldon Auditorium.
Tugboat Gallery
Friday, March 4 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Location: 116 North 14th Street  

"Whipstitch" features Mary Pattavina, Erica Tremblay and Erika Eden

Friday, March 4 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: Sawmill Building, 440 North 8th Street 

WORKSPACE GALLERY is pleased to present “Selections from The Fortieth Parallel: Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado,” an exhibition of photographs by Bruce Myren. This exhibition marks WORKSPACE GALLERY's 3rd anniversary! Please join us to celebrate three years of photography exhibitions in the Sawmill Building.

Myren’s work investigates issues of place and space via the exploration and employment of various locative systems.  He is most interested in how macro systems relate to micro experiences of land and landscape and often uses or creates rules to govern the location or approach in order to make a series of photographs.  This method stems from his interest in maps and mapping, historical photographic surveys, and conceptually based art practices.  Myren writes, “It is through these influences that I started to see and make pictures: by measuring, coordinating, and locating myself within the world.”

“The Fortieth Parallel” is a panoramic examination of precise yet arbitrary places found along this important parallel of latitude across the American landscape.  Since 1998, he has been photographing the 40th degree of latitude across the United States at every whole of degree of longitude using GPS.  At each confluence, there is approximately a 20 square-foot area in which he can compose a view.  This important baseline was used in surveying state boundaries and creating townships and homesteads, and was a key marker in particular for the settlement the West.  In the work Myren overlays the 19th century’s understanding and construction of landscape, location, and place with our 21st century conceptions.  There are 50 confluences on land, with 2 at landfall on each coast.  To date, he has been to 22 of the 52 sites; in the spring 2011, he plans to visit 6 more.

Bruce Myren is an artist and photographer based in Cambridge, MA. He holds a BFA in photography from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and earned his MFA in studio art from the University of Connecticut, Storrs in 2009. Myren’s work has been shown nationally and included in group exhibitions at the Houston Center of Photography, TX; The Gallery Project, MI; and the William Benton Museum of Art, CT, among others. Venues for his recent solo exhibitions include the Special Collections Gallery of the Jones Library, Amherst, MA; the Danforth Museum of Art, MA; and Gallery Kayafas, MA, where he is represented. The current Northeast Regional Chair of the Society of Photographic Education, Myren has taught at the University of Connecticut, the New England Institute of Art, and the Rhode Island School of Design.


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