Grand Island Senior High student Enrique Martinez will display his artwork in “Children’s Crusade,” an exhibit at UNDRground through June 28.

An opening reception is planned for 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the gallery, 103 W. Third St.

“Enrique Martinez is an exceptional high school student at GISH,” says art instructor Jerome Dubas. “He has produced over 100 large-scale works in painting, printmaking and ceramics while at GISH. His talent warrants a solo show at the UNDRground — a gallery that exhibits art produced by emerging and established, professional artists.”

Martinez has had work accepted into juried competitions at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Nebraska Wesleyan University. Over a three-year period, he has earned recognition ln the Scholastic Art Awards competition, the premiere national competition for visual arts. Each year more than 300,000 pieces are entered nationally. On the state level, his art has been awarded best of show, 18 gold key awards, 11 silver key awards, and five honorable mentions. Any work being designated with a gold key award is automatically entered into the National Scholastics Competition. Three hundred of the 300,000 pieces of the art entered are awarded national gold key awards. His pieces have received three of these. His work will be honored at Carnegie Hall in New York City this summer. He plans to study art at UNL next year, and his work is already in many private collections.

The gallery is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday; “Children’s Crusade” will remain on display through June 28.

For more information, check online at www.undrgroundcontemporaryarts.com

Gallery features ‘Two Sisters and a Cousin’

Work from two sisters and their cousin will be the focus of the May exhibit at the Studio K Art Gallery through May.

The two sisters are Dorothy Lambert-Uhrmacher and Donna Lambert and the cousin is Judy Stanczyk. An opening reception for “Two Sisters & A Cousin” is planned for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the gallery, 112 W. Third St.

Lambert-Uhrmacher is a Central Nebraska native who spent her childhood between the Platte River and the southern edge of the Sandhills. Her work is a remembrance of those spaces. She also favors desert landscapes and paintings based on a variety of travels. She has received several awards in regional art shows over her career. Her painting style is intense in color and simple in design.

Lambert grew up in Ravenna and has been able to pursue her interest in photography, winning recognition in several local competitions. She tries to help viewers see the unusual or momentary views that we as viewers often miss or pass over. Many of her photos have required hikes into blizzards or bushes and long waits to get just the shot she was seeking.

Stanczyk was first introduced to glass art when she and her husband took a class together. This interested her enough to begin working on her own creations, and she was employed by Art Glass for several years. She took the opportunity to buy into the business in 2009. Her own work overs a wide range of styles from stained glass windows to playful yard art. When she introduced herself to Lambert-Uhrmacher, she realized they were first cousins who had not seen each other since childhood.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call (308) 381-4001.

Students create ‘Faces of Hastings’ exhibit at Hastings Museum

HASTINGS — From communication studies to publishing to graphic design, students and faculty from several departments at Hastings College worked together to create a “Faces of Hastings” exhibit that aims to build cultural bridges across the community.

The exhibition, which includes large posters featuring short stories about people from the Hastings area, an interactive feature that allows guests to become part of the exhibit and a book available for purchase online, opens Friday at the Hastings Museum, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m.

The reception is free and open to the public as part of the museum’s Free First Friday program. Following the opening reception, the exhibition will be open regular museum hours through June 2, and require admission fees or membership.

In addition to involving more than 50 Hastings College students, the project is a collaboration with Hastings Museum, Hastings Multicultural Association, Center for Rural Affairs, YWCA of Adams County and the Adams County Historical Society. Funding for the project was provided, in part, by the Hastings Community Foundation. Jessica Henry, professor of Communication Studies at Hastings College, is the project’s director.

“Faces of Hastings” was inspired by “Faces of Change,” a project that began in 2003 in Pelican Rapids, Minn. The town was becoming more diverse with immigrants moving to area to work in a turkey processing plant. The director of the public library wanted to “bridge the chasm created by language and culture” and created the project, which resulted in a museum exhibit and book.

After the exhibit concludes, Hastings College will offer the display to other museums, historical societies and similar organizations.

Senior art majors present thesis exhibition ‘An Hour of Ignorance’

HASTINGS — The work of four senior visual art majors is the final featured exhibition of the academic year in the Hastings College Jackson Dinsdale Art Center Gallery.

The show features work from seniors Jake Arnett of Bennington, Victoria Bowens of Hastings, Jordyn Brandt of Exeter and Jeric Minton of Clay Center.

Arnett’s work, “Concrete Universal,” features blown and fractured glass examining the “concepts and properties by which we attempt to explain our bizarre existence.” Bowens’ work, “Washroom,” features installation and performance art which examines how society labels and reacts to gender identity.

Brandt’s work, “Space/Sound,” features paintings exploring music, visuals and synesthesia, a state in which people have multisensory experiences, such as seeing colors when listening to music. “Red Triangle” is the title of Minton’s work, which features large metal sculptures and the process accepting change in our lives.

The exhibition, “An Hour of Ignorance,” will be on display in the gallery through May 20. Regular gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (until 8 p.m. Wednesday) and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Minden Opera House gallery hosts Robinson Muñoz

MINDEN — An artists reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday will introduce the Minden Opera House gallery’s newest artist, Robinson Muñoz.

Muñoz “wants to discover what one can see when doing so without preconceived intermediaries.” Originally from Chile, he moved to North America after receiving his medical degree and studied psychiatry and psychoanalysis. He specialized in working with children and adolescents. Art played a significant role in his practice and he developed an interviewing technique which used drawing and painting as a medium of communication. Muñoz taught psychiatry at the University of Maryland Medical School, and upon retirement enrolled in the Maryland Institute College of Art, receiving his certificate in 2001. Since that time, he has dedicated himself full-time to painting and drawing.

Muñoz’s show will run through June 27. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, during MOH events and by appointment.

For more information, call the Opera House, 322 E. Fifth St., at (308) 832-0588 or check online at www.mindenoperahouse.com

Cozad museum features art from former Islander

COZAD — When the Robert Henri Museum in Cozad opens for the summer, Grand Island native Betty McKeone will be the featured artist.

The museum at 218 E. Eighth St. will open with two special programs: a dedication ceremony to honor the late Jan Patterson, a former museum director, is planned for 3:30 p.m.

Then from 5 to 7 p.m. an opening reception will spotlight McKeone, the artist of the month.

She is a well-known area artist who was among the earliest supporters of the museum. Many of her paintings will be on display and for sale, the proceeds of which will go to the museum.

McKeone grew up in Grand Island and graduated from high school there. She earned at bachelor of arts degree from Kearney State College. During her career she taught elementary art enrichment programs and adult art education classes, and led painting workshops.

Having studied under many famous artists, she is the recipient of numerous art awards including the Award of Excellence from the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs and in 1996 was named Artist of the Year. Her painting “All Gone” was used for a cover for the Nebraska Life magazine and others are in homes and businesses all across the country. She has exhibited her works in several galleries.

Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call (308) 784-4154 or check online at www.roberthenrimuseum.org.

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