“r a w \ b e a u t y” opens may 3

BENSON – The little gallery is pleased to host “R A W \ B E A U T Y” by Omaha artist Shaun Ilahi during the month of May. The opening reception is Friday, May 3, from 6:00 to 9:00pm in conjunction with Benson First Friday.

The show is broken into segments that explore human perceptions, feelings and thoughts regardless of our own perceived uniqueness. “Devoid of our own social constructs and stripped to our core, it examines the ways we are connected to one another,” Ilahi explains.

The first segment is a selection of mixed-media artworks consisting of photos, paint and words. These various mediums are incorporated together to play and act as filters for one another, pointing to how our inner perceptions filter our surroundings.

The second segment is pictures of street photography taken in Pakistan. These images depict various aspects of life that capture moments that flow within all of us. Seemingly everyday urban scenery opens a window onto a more universal connection.

The final segment is an assortment of walls and markings that explore our inner and outer walls as humans.

Ilahi is a self-described world traveler and global citizen who captures simple moments through different mediums. He attended school in Nebraska and New York City and currently serves as general counsel for Habitat for Humanity.

R A W / B E A U T Y runs through May 25. The little gallery at 5901 Maple Street in downtown Benson is powered by Polecat Communications. It’s open Tuesday through Friday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm, Saturday from 10:00am to 1:00pm and by appointment. For more information, call 402.691.1901 or email info@polecatcommunications.com.

mfaa little show opens april 5

“Sign Off” by Shelly Burge.

BENSON – The little gallery is pleased to host The MFAA Little Show during the month of April. The exhibition features small works of fiber art from members of the Midwest Fiber Art Alliance (MFAA). The opening reception is Friday, April 5, from 6:00 to 9:00pm at 5901 Maple Street. The event is free and open to the public – are all invited to attend.

MFAA members explore textile manipulation and the diversity of multi-media as an art form. The organization encourages artists and educates others about contemporary fiber arts through member exhibitions, technique and inspiration sharing, and demonstrations.

Participating artists:

• Dianne Duncan Thomas
• Peg Pennell
• Gail Dickel
• Cindy Erickson
• Aimee Mahan
• LaVonne Dunetts
• Shelly Burge
• Marcia O”Donovan
• Cynthia Levis
• Wendy Maliszewski

The MFAA Little Show runs through April 31. The little gallery is located in downtown Benson at 5901 Maple Street in the east bay of the John J Mercer Masonic Lodge #290. Regular hours are:

3:00pm to 6:00pm

10:00am to 1:00pm

+ by appointment

The little gallery is powered by Polecat Communications. For more information, contact us at 402.681.1901 or info@polecatcommunications.com.

2019 indie to benefit citylight arts project

BENSON – Do you like Benson’s growing art scene? Do you need another reason to enter this year’s Indie?

Proceeds from the 2019 road race – set for July 28 in conjunction with Benson Days – will benefit the Citylight Arts Project (CAP), which seeks to empower the next generation of creatives. The nonprofit, an outgrowth of Citylight Benson Church, was selected as 2019’s race beneficiary by the Benson Neighborhood Association, which hosts Benson Days each year.

The mission of CAP, located at 5603 Northwest Radial Highway, is to:

  • Pioneer a new space to learn, create, and cultivate
  • Partner with like-minded community organizations
  • Promote emerging creatives and their work  
  • Produce a new generation of art patrons  
  • Provide for the underprivileged in our neighborhood

Registration is now open for the 10k and 5k courses.

The early bird cost through May 1 is $25 for individuals and $20 per person for a team of five or more. For more information about the race, visit www.theindieomaha.org. For more information about CAP, visit www.citylightartsproject.com.