opening aug. 3: the house of usher

BENSON – Melvin Usher’s The House of Usher opens Friday, Aug. 3, at the little gallery, 5901 Maple Street in downtown Benson. The reception, which is free and open to the public, runs from 6:00 to 9:00pm.

Usher is one of a group of artists who worked in the Old Market during the 1980s and 1990s when The Antiquarium was the center of all things art, politics and culture. Among his mentors are the late Bill Farmer and the late Harry Duncan. He describes himself as an artist, poet, painter, videographer, glassblower and tattoo collector. Come meet Usher in person Aug. 3 and view different decades of his work – paintings, sketches and glass – from his collection and the Kenny Carter Collection at the little gallery.

The House of Usher runs through Aug. 31 at the little gallery. Gallery hours are:

3pm to 6pm

10am to 1pm

+ by appointment

The little gallery is powered by Polecat Communications. For more info, call 402.681.1901 or email

personal geographies opens july 6

friend one | mary jones

Omahans across the city will be exposed to printmaking in all its forms this July in conjunction with the 2018 edition of Frogman’s Print Workshops at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

At the little gallery, Personal Geographies featuring works by Diana Behl, Tiberiu Chelcea, Sage Dawson and Mary Jones opens Friday, July 6, with a reception from 6:00 to 9:00pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Behl, Chelcea, Dawson and Jones use mapping conventions to talk about the passage of time and examine the essence of places seen, overlooked or imagined.

Drawing, screenprinting, collagraph, intaglio, photopolymer intaglio, relief and digital printmaking have been used in combination with other methods to distill data into patterns and textures. These symbolically and visually rich works present themselves as puzzles to solve and provide a means of finding one’s way through complex information.

Personal Geographies runs through July 29 at the little gallery, 5901 Maple Street. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00pm, Saturday from 10:00am to 1:00pm and by appointment. The little gallery is powered by Polecat Communications. For more information, call 402.681.1901 or email

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Frogman’s began humbly in 1979 when Professor Lloyd Menard led five school teachers from Sioux City, Iowa, to the Black Hills of South Dakota for a drawing class. Prints were first introduced in 1981, and the workshops evolved into the Black Hills Print Symposium, which took place at various sites in western South Dakota. By 1996, the workshops had outgrown the confines of the Black Hills and were moved to Beresford, South Dakota, home of Frogman’s Press & Gallery. The workshops would only spend two years based out of Beresford before moving to nearby Vermillion and the University of South Dakota. In 2016, Frogman’s made the big leap to the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where the Frogman took his first ever print class more than 50 years ago.