Woven: The Embodied Loom
Sep
1
6:30pm 6:30pm

Woven: The Embodied Loom

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Join OCI Spring Creative Grant recipients Victoria Hoyt and Camille Hawbaker at the Gifford Park Neighborhood Market on Friday, September 1st at 6:30pm for an introduction to "Woven". Grab your veggies for the week and lend your hands to The Embodied Loom.

Omaha is a tapestry of people working together to weave the social fabric of the city. Local artists Victoria Hoyt and Camille Hawbaker will work with you and other participants to perform a living picture of the interwoven nature of the "fabric of society" as you weave a section of a rug together. Explore the ways that intersecting identities are impacted by the social structures surrounding every person. Your thoughts and personal experiences can be written on the fabric strips that get woven into the rug. Afterwards, the rug will be joined to other pieces the artists will weave with various people in Omaha, creating a floor tapestry: "The Warp and Weft of Us." 

No previous knowledge is needed - just an open mind and willing hands.

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WAW: Artist Statements w/ Amanda Smith
Sep
6
6:30pm 6:30pm

WAW: Artist Statements w/ Amanda Smith

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What does a strong artist statement look like? What should it include? Learn along with facilitator Amanda Smith, Gallery Manager at The Union for Contemporary Art. 

WAW is a year-round series of professional development opportunities that focuses on learning and practical skills, designed to help Omaha area artists cultivate or refresh the practical aspects of their creative practice. Each month is devoted to one topic. Expert community partners will lead a main learning session, followed by a hands-on, collaborative workshop later in the month. 

Participants will create robust networks of peers and professional contacts alongside these opportunities to self-evaluate and learn from others’ experiences.

Every session/workshop is free and open to the public.

Amanda Smith is an artist, educator, and curator. She works with artists in a professional capacity on a daily basis curating and organizing exhibitions as the Gallery Manager at the Union for Contemporary Art. She also served as Director of the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center in Nebraska City and has taught at Minnesota State University, Indiana University, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she completed her MFA. She is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships and her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

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Mixed Media Madness with Dori Settles
Apr
16
10:00am10:00am

Mixed Media Madness with Dori Settles

Learn to paint, create and let go in this fast-paced mixed media class where you’ll end up with a 12x12-finished piece that needs no framing.  You’ll explore innovative painting techniques and quick collage techniques. You’ll leave the thinking and stress at the door while you let your inner creative guide out to play.

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Cold Wax/Oil Painting with Lori Elliott-Bartle
Apr
2
10:00am10:00am

Cold Wax/Oil Painting with Lori Elliott-Bartle

Explore color, pattern, texture and design. You’ll mix oil colors with softened beeswax to achieve depth and surface texture on high-quality archival paper. You’ll leave the session with the pieces you make and some insight into creativity. All you need to bring is your curiosity and openness to experimentation.

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Writing Life Stories with Todd Robinson
Mar
19
10:00am10:00am

Writing Life Stories with Todd Robinson

This class will introduce participants to the autobiographical genre known as creative nonfiction. Through a combination of short readings, discussion, and guided writing, attendees will learn the fundamental methods and meanings of creative nonfiction and begin several of their own autobiographical compositions.

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Odes with Sarah McKinstry Brown
Feb
6
10:00am10:00am

Odes with Sarah McKinstry Brown

Have you ever considered writing a poem that celebrates laziness or the smell of coffee? Or that waxes poetic about your favorite lipstick or the feel of a loved one’s skin?  In this workshop with an award-winning poet, you’ll experience the joy of writing an ode that honors and enlivens the people, places, objects, and feelings of our everyday lives.

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