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April’s Downtown First Friday Listings

It's heating up out there! As spring approaches, Downtown's First Friday Artwalk has more and more going on. New printed maps will be available at all the galleries this week as well.

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Happy First Friday everyone!

April’s Downtown First Friday listings:

Graduation is near and that means The UNL Art Department is having their annual Thesis Exhibitions!

Where: Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, First floor of Richards Hall, Stadium Drive and T streets on UNL City Campus
When: 5pm - 7pm
Who: Seven graduating University of Nebraska–Lincoln Master of Fine Arts students will present their MFA Thesis Exhibitions in three exhibitions between April 6-24 in the Eisentrager-Howard Gallery in Richards Hall.

The first MFA Thesis Exhibition runs April 6-10 and features the work of Avi Arenfeld, Allen Morris and Adrienne Smart. A reception will be held April 10 from 5-7 p.m. in the gallery.

The second MFA Thesis Exhibition runs April 13-17 and features the work of Hiromi Iyoda and Gabrielle Valdez. A reception will be held April 17 from 5-7 p.m. in the gallery.

The third MFA Thesis Exhibition runs April 20-24 and features the work of Chadric Devin and Kelly Stading. A reception will be held April 24 from 5-7 p.m. in the gallery.
What: http://arts.unl.edu/


Where: Gallery Nine, 124 S. 9th St.
When: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Who: “. . . the form it takes” - New Work From Judith Andre, Su Harvey & Pam Young
See some of the finest examples of Kiln Formed Glass, Ceramic Sculpture and Functional Ceramics at this unusual show that captures the best of all these beautiful Art forms.
What: https://gallerynine.wordpress.com/
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Where: Rocketship Gallery, 941 O St. Suite 100
When: 6pm - 9pm
Who: "Colors of Spring" by resident artist, Don Farrall, plus a "sweet/salty" theme to their snacks and the usual complimentary coffee or refreshment.
What: http://www.rocketshipgallery.com/


Where: Burkholder Project, 719 P St.
When: 7pm - 9pm
Who: MAIN GALLERY: ‘Vieques: Details and Color’ – Photography by John Nollendorfs. OUTBACK GALLERY: Group Abstract Show – Works by 20 Burkholder Artists. SKYLIGHT GALLERY: ‘Journeys and Explorations’ – Watercolor Paintings by Glenda Dietrich Moore. SPECIAL EXHIBIT: ‘Moving Still Life, Impressions of Nature’ – Paintings by Lonell Nellessen
What: http://www.burkholderproject.com/


Where: Noyes Art Gallery, 119 S. 9th St.
When: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Who: Artist Chairs: Rodger Gerberding & Kathy Jurgens
What: http://www.noyesartgallery.com/


Where: Darger HQ, 1410 O St., Suite 1
When: 6pm - 10pm
Who: "Artificers" featuring Ripley Whiteside (Montreal) & Kerry Kolenut (Franklin Lakes, NJ) &
Local Artist: Jennifer Bockleman. All three artists, Ripley Whiteside, Kerry Kolenut and Jennifer Bockelman are artificers in some fashion. An artificer is someone who is a skilled craftsperson and often clever in devising ways of making things. Whiteside is a skilled painter, Kolenut is a skilled photographer and Bockelman is a skilled embroiderer. Additionally, Whiteside examines how we translate landscape and nature and experience it in artifice and Kolenut examines how suburbia imposes its own logic.
What: http://www.dargerhq.com // 402-209-5554
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Ripley Whiteside, Hunting Blind 7, 2013, 7 x 8.25 x 1.5 in.


Where: Tugboat Gallery, 116 N. 14th St.
When: 7pm - 10 pm
Who: "The POLLINATOR!" featuring Wendy Jane Bantam and "YOU ARE HERE" featuring Vonni Sparks with DJ Ol' Moanin'. Vonni Sparks paints imagery that involves randomly illustrated narratives and Wendy Jane Bantam paints magical science fiction. Both artists use radiant color, pattern and whimsy.
What: http://www.tugboatgallery.com/
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Where: Sheldon Museum of Art, 12th and R St.
When: 5pm - 7pm
Who: Gee's Bend: From Quilts to Prints. In 2002 the widely acclaimed touring exhibition The Quilts of Gee’s Bend brought to the attention of the art world the bold, improvisational quilts made by generations of women from the rural community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Less well known are a series of limited-edition prints made by four Gee’s Bend artists between 2005 and 2014: Louisiana P. Bendolph (b. 1960), Mary Lee Bendolph (b. 1935), Loretta Bennett (b. 1960), and Loretta Pettway (b. 1942). These prints capture the distinctive design aesthetic of the individual quiltmakers, a connection that can be appreciated only when the prints and quilts are viewed together.
What: http://www.sheldonartmuseum.org/


Where: Great Plains Art Museum, 1155 Q St.
When: 5pm - 7pm
Who: In collaboration with Lincoln Public Schools Visual Arts Mentor Programs, artworks created by students during the 2014-15 school year will be showcased. The Visual Arts Mentor Program partners elementary school children gifted in the visual arts with an artist mentor who works with the student 2 hours per week.
What: http://www.unl.edu/plains/gallery/gallery.shtml



Where: Kiechel Fine Art, 1208 “O” St.
When: 6pm - 9pm
Who: Kiechel Fine Art will be spotlighting a new large scale work by Nebraska landscape artist Debra Salopek. The piece will be on view in their first floor gallery. The regionalism collection will be spotlighting a beautiful watercolor recently acquired by the Thomas Hart Benton Home. This piece will be on view in the second floor gallery for First Friday.
What: http://www.kiechelart.com/


Where: Workspace Gallery, Sawmill Building | 440 N. 8th Street
When: 6pm - 8pm
Who: Photography by Barbara Karant - "820 Ebony/Jet"

This project documents the core essence of the Johnson Publishing Company’s historic building in its semi-skeletal state before the final remnants of John Moutoussamy’s architectural design, Arthur Elrod’s interiors and the last vestiges of the original JPC communal workspace vanish. 820 South Michigan is about to morph into different functionality when it transforms into the future repository for artistic content, a new library for Columbia College. The building contains bits and pieces of its long time occupant Johnson Publishing and still embodies the spirit of this landmark African-American company who occupied the building from 1972 until 2012. The textures, colors, residual structures and remnants from the Johnson workplace all combine to create a unique, altered environment supplying the inspiration for the imagery. Outside of the influence of human intervention, time has been mark-making within The Johnson Building for over 40 years. Through serendipity and in concert with the individuals who occupied the space, gestures have been created by the movement of light over the surfaces revealing and expressive vocabulary that documents the passage of the decades. The absence of furniture and personal artifacts does not negate the reminder of its previous intensely vital occupancy, transcending both time and memory and providing a collective narrative of the past.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Photographer Barbara Karant is nationally known in the design, art, and architecture communities for the artistic beauty and the level of photographic quality she demands in her work. Trained at RISD (BFA) and the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA), she has worked commercially for more than 25 years.

What: https://sites.google.com/site/workspacegallery/
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Where: Metro Gallery, 1316 ‘N’ Street
When: 3 pm - 7 pm
Who: Metro will feature the works of Monique Janssen-Belitz for the month of April. Monique is the Assistant Professor of Art at Doane College in Crete, NE. Her mixed media approach will address the stewardship of our land and our values as a society on the Great Plains.
What: https://www.facebook.com/MetroGalleryNebraska



Where: The Pilgimer, 228 N. 12th St
When: 6pm - 10pm
Who: April First Friday we'll be having an interactive First Friday art display. In the week leading up to Friday we're asking people to come in an write their fears on our wall. Thursday night an artist is coming in to write over it, and then people will come in and help us paint it so it will end up looking like a mural.
What: http://www.thepilgrimer.com/


Where: The Hot Mess, 408 S. 11th St.
When: 6pm - 8pm
Who: "Unicorns, Roller-SK8's, Rainbows and More" - New prints & paintings from Jen Deets
What: https://www.facebook.com/getmessy


Where: Doc’s Place, 140 N. 8th St.
When: 6pm - 9pm
Who: Nebraska Wesleyan Student photography taught by Sarah Berkeley.
What: https://www.facebook.com/DocsPlaceBar


Where: Crescent Moon Coffee, 140 N. 8th St.
When: 7pm - 10pm
Who: Photography by Mark Francis and music by the Dirty Low Dogs
What: http://www.crescentmooncoffee.com/


Where: Jake’s, 101 N. 14th St.
When: 7pm - 2am
Who: Photography by Bruce Thornson
What: http://jakescigars.com/


Where: Gallery 105, 105 8th St.
When: 7pm - 10pm
Who:
What: http://www.bin105.com/


Where: Indigo Bridge Books, 701 P St.
When: 7pm - 9pm
Who: curated by Artists on the Edge.
What: http://www.indigobridgebooks.com/



Where: Marz Bar, 1140 O St.
When: 5 pm - 10 pm
Who: no show this month
What: https://www.facebook.com/marz.bar.94


Where: Screen Ink, 416 S. 11th St.
When: 7pm - 10pm
Who: no show this month
What: http://screenink.com

Make sure you check out photos and extra info from the two excellent facebook pages.
https://www.facebook.com/FirstFridaysLincoln
https://www.facebook.com/LincolnFirstFriday


Also there is a Twitter Account for First Friday. Check it out: https://twitter.com/LNKFirstFriday or the hashtag #LNKFF


As always, if we’ve missed any listings feel free to send us a quick email at smunson@downtownlincoln.org and we’ll get your listing added as soon as possible.