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

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

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.”

5 with jamie hardy

promo for little galleryJamie Hardy’s pyre: a celebration of the beauty in time passing and time awaiting opens Friday, May 6, at the little gallery with a reception from 6:00 to 9:00pm. We asked Jamie 5 questions about her work, and here’s how she responded.

Describe pyre.

It’s is an exploration of the patterns that surround us and leave an imprint on the mind – traces or relics of past experiences that one can no longer tangibly connect to, yet still conjure an emotional effect.

When did you know you were going to be an artist?

In high school, when it was the only voice I had.

Describe your process.

I am constantly capturing video clips on my phone, usually with an idea for what I am working on. I take that footage and create a video loop that I will then project in the space I am displaying. Most of my physical labor is done within the space the week prior to the opening and is very dependent on the structure it is shown within.

Where do you find inspiration?

In the world surrounding me and my personal growth as an individual.

Name the 3 most important things in your studio space.

  • My laptop
  • My projectors
  • My storage of collected material and tools

Pyre runs through May 31. Regular hours at the little gallery, 5917 Maple Street in beautiful downtown Benson, are Wednesday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00pm, Saturday from 10:00am to 1:00pm and by appointment. For more information, call 402.681.1901.