May 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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The 815
Friday, May 4 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 701 P Street

Though 815 Arts will not be showing art at 815 O St. much longer, Open Studio's Artists on the Edge have at least this one more opportunity to share their work with the public at 815 O St. during this First Friday. And thanks to a partnership with Indigo Bridge Books, selected art from the Artists on the Edge will also be on display throughout the bookstore. Painter Tim Frisch will be featured in The Woodroom at Indigo Bridge. Painted primarily with oils on wood surfaces, Frisch’s art is based on local homes photographed across Lincoln. He then interacts with the surroundings of the building to compose an image rich with symbolism. To learn more about Tim’s painting, visit

9 Muses

9 Muses Facebook Page
Friday, May 4 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 2713 N 48th Street

9 Muses Gallery will be celebrating our second anniversary with a First Friday showcasing our members and students. Works  will include sculpture, photography, drawings, and textiles. 
There will be dancing, food, and fun!

A to Z Printing
Thursday, May 3 from 5:30-7:30pm
Location: 8230 Cody Drive

R. Michael Art  May and June 2012

"Shadows & Patterns": Steel with a mix of paint and lighting. Outdoor pieces will include fire.

The Black Market-The Public

The Publics' Facebook Page
Friday, May 4 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 1033 O St

Artist: Laura Rose Drawbaugh
Music: A to Z Productions (azp)

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

MAIN GALLERY:  ‘Junkyard Dolls’ – Assemblages by Julie McCullough

OUTBACK GALLERY:  ‘Abandoned’ – Photographs by Randy Mittan, Gayle Mittan, and
Sarah Moldovan

SKYLIGHT GALLERY:  ‘Summertime’ – Paintings by Albert Maxey

SPECIAL EXHIBIT:  ‘Hiding Spaces’ – Drawings and Watercolors by Angela Suehr

Crescent Moon Coffee

Friday, May 4 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Location: 140 North 8th Street, Suite 10

First Friday with featured artist Jonathan Watson.

Roots Rock ‘n Roll with The Resonators 8-10pm.

Drift Station
Friday, May 4 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Location: 1746 N Street

Drift Station is pleased to announce Mark As Utility, an exhibition featuring Caleb Coppock, Jamie Powell, and Matthew Sontheimer that explores mark-making as utilitarian, schematic, and functional.  The works in this exhibition do not use marks to describe existing forms, but instead become these marks become self-contained objects.  Like evolutionary processes, the forms and structures that develop are the result of a period of interaction with their environment and are capable of asserting their own traits, rationale, and logic.

Caleb Coppock's drawings merge mark with electronic component: heavy graphite marks are connected to alligator clipped wires, which are in turn connected to small circuits that generate clicks and pulses as electricity literally flows through the drawn surface.  The marks not only act as totemic abstraction, their length changes the sonic characterics emitted as well.

Jamie Powell's small abstract paintings have logic built through years of exploration of the subtle interactions of color and shape.  While not normally thought of as functional, abstraction like Powell's engages forms that have over time developed the same needs and constraints as a tool or piece of furniture.

Matthew Sontheimer's intricate pen and pencil drawings are built from an obsessive internal logic, conflating the handwriting of his father with manufactured letterforms and found contours.  Through these pieces, Sonnheimer unpacks the relationships between the written word, internal dialog, and the idea of a meaningful form.

Duo Shoes
Friday, May 4 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: 1309 O Street

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

Gallery Nine Presents:
"Stone Soup"

New Collaborative paintings By Robert Esquivel & Vonni Sparks

"Stone Soup." See what happens when two spontaneous and intuitive painters work on the same canvas? featuring new collaborative paintings by Robert Esquivel and Vonni Sparks.

FREE Parking is available on First Friday openings directly west of the gallery.

The Grand Manse Gallery
Friday, May 4 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 129 N 10th Street

This month the Grand Manse Gallery will feature art by students from the East High School beginning and advance photography program. They will be sharing black and white as well as color images that are an investigation of photographic techniques from light to print. Led by East High photography instructor Donna Wilson, along with student teachers Natanael Perez and Erin Dall, the students broadened their knowledge of the camera preparing for this show. Using both film and digital techniques combined with the dark room experience, they have created the exhibit “The World We Live In.” The exhibit seeks to show how the world is viewed from within the community of Lincoln, and from outside her boarders.

Great Plains Art Museum
April 24 through May 4 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: 1155 Q Street, Hewit Place

Elizabeth Rubendall Artist-in-Residence
Anne Peyton, Wildlife Artist

 "Longed for Still" — The Avian Art of Anne Peyton

Heart of Gold Jewelers
Friday, May 4 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, May 4 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. Music will be acoustic guitar and the singing stylings of Jonathan Zach.

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

Quilt Museum FREE Admission 4:30-7 PM First Friday

Kiechel Fine Art
Friday, March 23 through May 4 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: 5733 S 34th Street Suite 300

NE 60/70
March 19, 2012 - May 4, 2012
March 23, 2012 - May 4, 2012
April 4, 2012 - May 4, 2012

Lincoln Arts Council
Friday, May 4 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: 1701 S 17th Street, Suite 1A

Work by Meghan Hartwig.

LUX Center for the Arts
Friday, May 4 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: 2601 North 48th Street

LUX Center for the Arts presents:

“Women’s Work: Seven Studio Potters”

This show opens May 4 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and runs through June 30.  This exhibition showcases functional pottery made by some of the best-known female potters in the country.  All of their work is made from stoneware or porcelain and explores a variety of forms and surfaces.  Participating artists are Jennifer Allen, Christa Assad, Bernadette Curran, Lorna Meaden, Elizabeth Robinson, Deborah Schwartzkopf, and Tara Wilson.

“MUG Shots: National Juried Cup Exhibition” runs through May 26.  Kendall has chosen a wide range of functional and non-functional ceramic cups from across the country for this exhibition.  She has become known for her hand-built earthenware pottery and has been written about in Ceramics: Art & Perception, Ceramics Monthly, and Studio Potter Magazine.  Show sponsored by Mo Java Café.  Show sponsored by Mo Java Café. 

Modern Arts Midwest
Friday, May 4 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 800 P Street, 3rd Floor

"Assemblages" by Janet Hannah Eskridge and Dave Stewart, assembled boxes that tell a story.

Mo Java Café

Friday, May 4 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, May 4 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: 119 South 9th Street 

Featured Artists
Barbara Patronsky

Sue Thelen

Focus Gallery for April 2012
Thurston Baker

David Cooper

Linda Davidson
Monotype Prints

Lisa Gustafson
Artistic Fashion

Mary Johnson
Oil and Watercolor Paintings

Sherry McCartney
Artistic Impressions

Julia Noyes

D'Arcy Schmidt
Skateboard Art

Beth Vogel-Baker
Fiber Artist

Karen Williams
Fabric Designs

Porridge Papers
Friday, May 4 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Location: 1422 South Street

It's our Inaugural First Friday! It will be original works in combination with our very own paper. Friday May 4th 6-10 with live printing! We will also have food, skee ball and drinks.

Adam Dienst-Scott – Photography Alternative Process (Cyanotype or Vandyke)
Meghan Stratman – Cut Paper Collage
Jar Schepers – Xerox lithography Embossed on Recycled Wood Panels
Shannon Claire – Photography
Linda Stephen – Origami Collage
Chad W!ck Kolbrek – Pencil Cartoons
Jordan Buschur – Ink and Watercolor
Laura C. Burke – Books, Cyanotypes and Van Dykes
Berly Brown – Mixed Media Paintings

Screen Ink.
Friday, May 4 from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Location: 416 S. 11th Street

50/50: an art exhibit of 50 artists and 50 skateboards.

These skateboards were provided to the artists completely blank and served as a most unique canvas. The possibilities were limitless and the results are incredibly diverse and absolutely amazing.

As if their time and talents weren't enough, all of the artists have agreed to donate anything from 20-100% of their sales to the locally born and rapidly spreading non-profit Skate for Change.

SFC is becoming a nationwide phenomena of skateboarders from all ages hitting the streets and doing something positive for their community such as handing out food, water, socks and hygiene products to the homeless or simply helping clean up local parks.

This is shaping up to be an amazing exhibit which will benefit an equally amazing cause. Be sure to mark your calendar to stop down at Screen Ink during the First Friday Art Walk in May.

Sheldon Museum of Art
Friday, May 4 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: 12th and R Streets

Sheldon Museum of Art has again achieved accreditation by the American Association of Museums, the highest national recognition for a museum. We couldn't have done it without you. Please join us to celebrate this accomplishment on Friday, May 4th from 5-7 p.m.

Histories: The Sheldon Permanent Collection
August 5, 2011 thru July 15, 2012
The term “history” suggests a single, unified explanation and understanding of events and actors on the world stage. And yet in both academic settings and popular culture, history reveals itself to be a complex, multifaceted topic, explored and interpreted in a variety of different ways.

Railroads and the Making of Modern America
January 20, 2012 thru May 27, 2012
Railroads and the Making of Modern America features fifty works from the Sheldon Museum of Art’s permanent collection—as well as a handful of local loans—and examines the ways artists captured and shaped the modern ideas and practices made possible by the railroad, emphasizing the broader cross-border movements and their global consequences.

All is Pretty: Warhol Polaroids
February 3, 2012 thru April 15, 2012
Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of Warhol’s death in February 1987, the exhibition debuts photographs donated to the Sheldon Museum of Art in 2008 by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Partners and Adversaries: The Art of Collaboration
February 3, 2012 thru May 27, 2012
Drawn largely from the Sheldon Museum of Art’s permanent collection, Partners and Adversaries: The Art of Collaboration explores the often productive—and sometimes contentious—world of artistic partnerships.

Sunrise and Moonset in Provincetown
February 24, 2012 thru May 20, 2012

Tugboat Gallery
Friday, May 4 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Location: 116 North 14th Street

Tugboat Gallery proudly presents "Ghost Stories/Transcendental Topography" featuring Meghan Stratman and Maria Hansen.
"Ghost Stories/Transcendental Topography" opens First Friday, May 4th from 7:00-10:00 and runs through May 25th. Ready yourself for stories exploring loneliness, strength and contemporary standards of beauty using relief carving, layered cut paper, paint and more .

WorkSpace Gallery

WorkSpace Gallery Website
Friday, May 4 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm with comments by the artist at 7:00pm
Location: 440 N. 8th Street

WORKSPACE GALLERY is pleased to present “Next of Kin,” an exhibition of photographs by Daniel Coburn.

About his exhibition “Next of Kin,” Daniel Coburn states, “I use craftsmanship and beauty to engage my viewer in a dark family narrative. After a yearlong hiatus from my hometown, I returned to reexamine my relationship with immediate family. I use the camera to describe the powerful personalities of my parents, and the complexities of their relationship. I photograph the children in my family to revisit my own childhood, which exists only as a set of fleeting, enigmatic images in my aging memory.”

“Next of Kin” records the interaction of a working-class family living in Middle America, and the anxiety that occurs within the confines of suburban dystopia. The viewer is encouraged to contemplate the complexities of these relationships in dialogue with their own family experience. How the imagery functions in conversation with the viewers personal family narrative becomes paramount and its value is ultimately determined by its transformative potential.

Daniel Coburn is currently an instructor and a graduate student in photography at the University of New Mexico. His work has been featured in exhibitions at the Rayko Photo Center Gallery in San Francisco, Wall Space Gallery in Santa Barbara, the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art and the Chelsea Museum of Art in New York. Coburn's prints are held in many public and private collections including The Mulvane Museum of Art, the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, the Mariana Kistler-Beach Museum of Art and the Moraine Park Museum. His writings and photographs appear regularly in regional and national publications including Fraction Magazine and Photo-Eye Magazine. Coburn received his BFA with an emphasis in photography from Washburn University where he was the recipient of numerous honors including the Charles and Margaret Pollak Award.


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