The spotlight turns to the male members of the group when “The Men of Studio K” opens Friday at the gallery, 112 W. Third St.

The exhibit features works by Ken Bassett, Dave Beck, Doug Johnson, Rick Rasmussen, Roger Kiser, Roger Sorensen, Jack Stephans and Bill Young.

The artists who will be showing new work include painters Bassett, Johnson, Kiser and Young, who will show work in both oil and acrylic with subject matter unique to each of them.

The show also features photography from Rasmussen, Beck and Stevens. These Nebraska artists will provide glimpses of worldwide subjects.

The only three dimensional artist in this show is Sorensen, who does unique art pieces with wood.

Artist Kay Grimminger hinted there might be a “surprise artist” included as well.

“We are expecting an unnamed artist to surprise visitors with his attendance and display his work as well,” she said. “He is a Central Nebraska painter whose work we are anxious to view.”

An opening reception to honor the artists is planned for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. The exhibit will remain on display through June 30.

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

Hastings College gallery to exhibit student art

HASTINGS — Thirty-five select high school students from Nebraska and Iowa have gathered this week at Hastings College to take part in Open Space for Visual Arts, an art immersion program.

The program is designed for future artists completing their junior year of high school and offer opportunities to expand the students’ hands on experiences in the arts. While on campus, students will work directly with Hastings College art professors in glass blowing, ceramics, sculpture, digital media, animation, painting and drawing.

Taking part in the program are Central Nebraska students Meghan Johansen, Aurora High School; Emma Markle, Hastings High School; Irelynd Pearson, Twin River Valley High School in Genoa; and Jordan Schnell, Nebraska Christian School in Central City. Hastings College faculty selected the participants through a competitive application process.

The program will conclude with a public showing of the students’ work from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Jackson Dinsdale Art Center. 700 E. 12th St. in Hastings.

Ordnance plant explosion topic of program

WOOD RIVER — The 1945 explosion at the Hall County Ordnance Plant will be the topic of a Friendship Gathering set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 9, in the theater lobby of Wood River High School, 13800 W. Wood River Road.

The program will be presented by Howard Uhrich, well-known for his expertise on the subject. The gathering will feature videos and history of the deadly explosion, which occurred on line four, May 26, 1945, taking the lives of nine employees of the Cornhusker Army Ammunition Plant.

This Friendship Gatherings, part of the Celebrate Wood River Performing Arts Series, was originally scheduled for Feb. 23, but was rescheduled due to bad weather (note the program is offered on a Sunday afternoon, not the traditional Saturday morning). They are free to the public, thanks to the support of the Wood River Foundation/Donna Lee Moyer Performing Arts Gift. A free-will offering will be accepted to help make future programs possible.

Also, after the series final performance of 2018-19, more than $800 was donated to flood relief efforts in Wood River. The money was collected by freewill donations from concert patrons.

For more information, call (308) 583-2606. 

Variety show, fundraiser to benefit local veterans

A variety show set for Monday, June 17, will benefit local veterans who need service dogs.

Chef Anthony with the Business Coalition for Veterans will team up with Javelan: Service Dogs for Heroes of Omaha, and Adelphos, a veterans group in Palmer, to produce the show which is planned for 5:30 p.m. at Northwest High School.

Proceeds will be used to provide service dogs at no cost to veterans in need.

“Last year we started this event ... and raised $4,000,” Chef Anthony said. “Javelan was able to provide a dog with supplies to a veteran. Our goal this year is to double what we raised last year.”

Tickets are $10 and are available at Hy-Vee and online at www.gicf.org/

For more information, call (308) 227 8018 or email to chefpro2012@gmail.com

Arts council sponsors play

ALBION — The Albion Area Arts Council will present “Map of My Kingdom,” a play about farmland transition, at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 9, in the Boone Central performance gym in Albion.

There is no admission charge. For more information, call Paul or Lori Hosford at (402) 395-6727.

Comstock Windmill Festival opens June 13

COMSTOCK — With country artists including Phil Vassar and Cassadee Pope, Extreme Bull Riding, local musicians and more, the Comstock Windmill Festival opens June 13.

The event will continue at 20-year tradition of honoring all active duty military personnel with free admission to all concerts and events.

The festival opens Thursday night with Vassar, Ashley McBryde (ACM’s new female vocalist of the year) and Luke Mills. Friday features “The Voice” winner Pope, the Turnpike Troubadours and Trent Tomlinson.

Extreme Bull Riding starts at 3 p.m. Saturday with music to follow. Saturday performances will include Kip Moore, who has earned multiple platinum and gold records, country red dirt artist Jacob Bryant and Nebraska’s own Lucas Hoge.

Food vendors and other vendors will be on the grounds. The beer tent, featuring a new band each night, will be open until 1 a.m.

The Comstock Windmill Festival got its start in 1999 with Glenda Lynn performing on a flat-bed truck trailer. It has grown through the years and has featured an all-star line-up of musicians including Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Alabama, the Oak Ridge Boys, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Rascal Flats, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Brooks and Dunn and Jason Aldean.

For more information or to purchase tickets, check online at www.windmillfestival.com or the festival’s Facebook page. Tickets are also available at any Trotter’s Whoa & Go location.

RC airplane fun fly set for June 15, 16

The G.I. Modelers will host their annual RC Airplane Fun Fly on Saturday, June 15, and Sunday, June 16.

Activities start at 11 a.m. both days and run through dusk on Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the group’s flying field at Husker Highway and Alda Road (just west of the Heartland Public Shooting Park).

Between 30 and 40 pilots will demonstrate military, civilian, helicopters, gliders and jet aircraft. The flight line will be open to the public to view all of the aircraft up close and ask questions. There is no charge to come at watch.

Concessions will be available.

For more information, contact Steve Blayney at (308) 390-7439 or rcflyers@gmail.com; or check the website at www.gimodelers.club

‘Poms’ showing this week at the Grand ...

“Poms” is showing this weekend at the Grand Theatre located in downtown Grand Island at 316 W. Third St. Showtimes are 7:15 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

In “Poms,” Martha is an introverted woman who moves to a retirement community that has shuffleboard, golf, bowling and other activities. Hoping to be left alone, she meets Sheryl, a fun-loving neighbor who insists that they become best pals.

After coming out of her shell, Martha and her new friend decide to form a cheerleading squad with their fellow residents. As the two women hold auditions, they soon learn that it’s never too late to follow your dreams, even when the odds are stacked against you. Rated PG-13.

Admission is $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for children 12 and under. For more information call 308-381-2667 or visit grandmovietheatre.com.

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