FLOCK opens oct. 7

The beginning of the FLOCK build.

The beginning of the FLOCK build.

Our first official show in our new space at 5901 Maple Street opens Friday, Oct. 7.

Please join us for the opening reception FLOCK, an installation by Min | Day, from 6:00 to 9:00pm. FLOCK originated with the design of a multi-faith sanctuary for a university in the San Francisco Bay Area. Read more about FLOCK here.

In conjunction with the installation, local filmmaker Alex Edmonds is capturing the FLOCK build, and his short film will be screened during the reception as part of our Benson Underground Film Forum lineup, which is listed below:

  • The Making of FLOCK
    A short film by Alex Edmonds
  • American Engineer (Part 4)
    By Handy (Jam) Organization
  • Ephemeral Moments
    From Edward Styles
  • Vertical City
    An experimental architecture film (Professor Peter Cook, Film Director Ho Kim, ESA Paris, ABK Stuttgart)
  • Chinti
    Natalia Mirzoyan

renovation update


Okay, so we thought our renovation would be complete in time for tonight’s Benson First Friday, but we didn’t quite make it. Thanks so much to the Midwest Fiber Art Alliance for letting us reschedule their show for March 2017. We uncovered some treasures during the renovation, including a series of small horizontal windows that had been boarded over for who knows how long.

That being said, our first official show in the new space is a pretty cool one – Flock, an installation by Min | Day, our Maple Street neighbors to the north (did you know they have offices in San Francisco and Benson?). The opening reception is set for Friday, Oct. 7, from 6:00 to 9:00pm. Watch for details soon.

And speaking of coming shows, our second annual little show is set for December 2016. We’re inviting local artists to submit up to five works for the show. Each piece must be 12″ x 12″ or smaller and retail for $100 or less. The submission deadline is Friday, Nov. 11. Got questions? Call 402.681.1901 or email info@polecatcommunications.com.

keep benson bent.

no august show: we’re moving!

Benson-sepia3After a little more than a year in our first space, the little gallery is moving. We’re not going far, though – just up the block!

Our new address is 5901 Maple Street. We’ll occupy the east bay of the historic John J Mercer Lodge building in beautiful downtown Benson. Our move to larger quarters means we’ve got dedicated space for the little gallery, the benson underground film forum and Polecat Communications.

Although our address has changed by a few digits, everything else stays the same. We’re taking August off to spiff up the new joint but will be back in September with a new show. In the mean time, stop by if you’re in the neighborhood and check out our progress.

Tomorrow night, don’t miss Benson First Friday’s New American Arts Festival. See you on Maple Street!

opening reception for multi-modal july 1

opening reception
friday, july 1, 2016
6:00 to 9:00pm
the little gallery + benson underground film forum
5917 maple street

frogman's1Multi-modal features the work of printmakers from Frogman’s Print Workshops – Kristen Greteman, Jeremy Plunkett and Melody Vaughan. Plunkett’s work is part of a portfolio exchange, Bike Print MKE. The works celebrate multi-modal transportation. This show, which runs through July 31 at the little gallery, is part of the Frogman’s gallery crawl happening throughout the city during the month of July.

In conjunction with the opening reception, the benson underground film forum will be screening transportation-related films at the Omaha Bicycle Company, 6015 Maple Street.

A portion of proceeds from this show’s print sales will benefit Mode Shift Omaha, a local group that advocates for transportation options that enhance quality of life and opportunities to live, work and play.

Frogman’s Print Workshops, housed at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, is a one-of-a-kind print intensive that offers education, professional development and community enhancement. Frogman’s full range of printmaking courses include intaglio, lithography, relief, water-based screenprinting, engraving, mezzotint, photogravure, collagraph, monotype, moku hanga, digital printmaking, letterpress, artist books and more. For more info, visit www.frogmans.net.

exploring the trajectory of a relationship

julie jenowe: alchemical remains of love and loss
june 3-25, 2016
the little gallery
5917 maple street

julie on the installation…

love letter“This piece represents the sacred meaning of my 17-year relationship with my former husband. The anatomical heart with a vase-like open top is combined with the shape of a bleeding heart flower, symbolizing compassion and emotional freedom. Ginkgo leaf also takes on part of the heart structure, symbolizing ancient wisdom. There’s even a hint of linden leaf, symbolizing self love and the balancing of the male/female aspects. The pain and suffering of the disintegration of the relationship is transformed by the expression of love repeatedly found in the love notes written by David. They were photocopied onto parchment paper and formed into doves, symbols of love and peace.”