5 with jim pattavina


Jim Pattavina’s “Flowers, Bunnies, Sex” opens Friday, May 5, at the little gallery with a reception from 6:00 to 9:00pm.

A native of Omaha, Pattavina attended art school in Ohio. He’s been many places and done many things, but he lives for art, music (he plays guitar/bass and has been in two touring bands), vintage cars (he fully restores them – all the way down to welding, painting and interior work) and bicycles (he currently works at the Omaha Bicycle Company). “I find inspiration when riding in the spring, when everything is alive and beautiful,” he said.

Below is a Q&A with the artist.

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

More than likely high school. I had this crazy art teacher who let us do whatever we wanted. She taught us the rules of art and then allowed us to break them.

Q: Describe your process.

Kind of free form. If I see, hear or feel something that inspires me to make art, I make art.

Q: Where do you find inspiration?

In nature and in cities, in music and in silence, in beautiful things and ugly ones as well. Inspiration is all around us. You just have to open your eyes.

Q: Name the 3 most important things in your studio space.

Music, supplies and a little inspiration. My studio tends to be where ever I find inspiration.

Q: What do you want others to know about you/your work?

Beautiful things in nature tend to be my main source of inspiration – even if they are surrounded by a vast emptiness or cold, man-made things.

“Flowers, Bunnies, Sex” runs through May 27 at the little gallery, 5901 Maple Street in beautiful downtown Benson. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00pm, Saturday from 10:00am to 1:00pm, the second Sunday of the month from 8:00am to 1:00pm and by appointment. Questions? Call 402.681.1901.

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