“In Transition,” featuring new works by Karen Neppl, Jacki Proctor and Kay Grimminger, will be on display throughout July at the Studio K Art Gallery.

Neppl, the gallery’s owner, has developed a new direction for this show using the human head as the genesis of her work. Her creative mind “has developed some wonderful pieces that lets the viewers release their imagination while viewing the collection. You are in charge of how the images can and will invokes different feelings.”

Proctor is moving to Grand Island this summer and will be a new Art teacher at Walnut Middle School this fall. Viewers will find the labyrinth symbolized in various forms in her work. Her work “presents visual residue of her own journey through life, the interactions, discoveries and the inevitable transitions and transformations that result from these.” She uses a variety of mediums including alcohol inks and whatever she needs to complete her visual statement.

Grimminger, a bead embroidery artist, will be exhibiting her new one-of-a-kind art pieces. She continues to stay true to her love of beads, but is always on the “hunt” for a new way to present her ideas. Recently she has become interested in felting and has included that media in some of her pieces. Kay will travel to Hungary in August for a trip that will include working with four Hungarian felters in their studios.

An opening reception for “In Transition” is planned for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the gallery, 112 W. Third St.

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

UNDRground to feature works of Omaha-area artist

‘Polarizations,” featuring work by Bart Vargas, opens Friday at the UNDRground art gallery, 103 W. Third St.

Vargas is from Bellevue and received his bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and his master of fine arts degree at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, and his work can be found in many collections throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. His works have also been featured in many publications including Sculpture magazine, New American Paintings and HGTV Magazine.

His work is currently on display in “Re Purpose,” at the Kaneko in Omaha.

“Aspects of salvage, collection and repetition run through all my works,” Vargas says. “I recover local materials deemed unwanted or useless, including trash, recyclables and surplus items and then transform them into playful, approachable and thought-provoking objects. I want my creations to act as artifacts and evidence of the early 21st century, an era of limited resources and extraordinary consumption and waste.”

An opening reception is planned for 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.

UNDRground Contemporary Arts provides exhibition space to emerging and established artists. Art students from Grand Island Senior High are directly involved in every aspect of the operation of the gallery including installing the shows and coordinating the receptions. It is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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

MONA presents ‘Nebraska Now: Jen Bockelman, Fiber Art’

KEARNEY — “Nebraska Now: Jen Bockelman, Fiber Art” is set to open July 13 at the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney.

Using traditional embroidery techniques, Jennifer Bockelman “addresses themes of power and cultural identity as filtered through language.” Her work questions contemporary norms of what communities find important and how they’ve been conditioned to respond to the world and each other. Bockelman is an Adjunct professor in the art departments at Concordia University in Seward and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

An artist talk and reception are planed for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. The exhibit will remain on display through Oct. 6.

The Museum of Nebraska Art, 2401 Central Ave., is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; it is closed Mondays and major holidays. There is no admission charge.

The Museum of Nebraska Art celebrates the history of Nebraska’s visual art for diverse audiences. MONA collects, preserves, researches, exhibits and interprets the work of artists who were born, lived, trained or worked in Nebraska or who created artworks that reflect the culture of Nebraska.

For more information, call (308) 865-8559.

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