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.

the indie is 5 july 28, registration is now open

BENSON – The Indie, north Omaha’s premier road race, will celebrate its fifth birthday Sunday, July 28, in conjunction with Benson Days 2019. The event, hosted by the Benson Neighborhood Association, is presented by 1912.

Registration is now open for the 10K and 5K races, considered to be among the region’s most challenging courses due to the Benson neighborhood’s hilly terrain. “We call them the Benson Alps, and we’re challenging all of the region’s runners to come and scale them this summer,” said Ryan Morrissey, The Indie’s 2019 race director.

Early bird pricing, in effect through May 1, is $25 per solo artist (individual runner) and $20 per band (team) member. A band (team) is 5 or more members.

Activities will get under way at 8:00am July 28 at race headquarters, located at 6201 Maple Street in beautiful downtown Benson. New this year is birthday cake at the finish line, a pet parade, pre-race training runs, a contest to design the official race T and new sponsorship options. Watch for details soon.

Back by popular demand are:

  • Gold records for the overall male and female 10K and 5K race winners
  • The official mascot
  • The after party high above Benson on 1912’s fabulous rooftop deck

For more information, contact The Indie at 402.681.1901 or info@theindieomaha.org.

try again opens march 1

my curse | joe liebentritt | acrylic on black velvet

The little gallery is pleased to host “Try Again” by Joe Liebentritt during the month of March. The opening reception is Friday, March 1, from 6:00 to 9:00pm at 5901 Maple Street in conjunction with Benson First Friday.

An Omaha artist, Liebentritt has been drawing and painting his entire life. After attending The Kansas City Art Institute, he returned to Omaha, got involved with local art groups and continued to refine his craft. He served as president of the Associated Artists of Omaha, organized and judged several midwest art shows, and was co-owner of a local art gallery.

The inspiration for Liebentritt’s work originates from his everyday life and experiences. He seeks to connect with viewers through his unique perspective and style. His vignettes from travels and local locations range from portraits to city scenes. The images are pulled from his past and present, and are painted with his figurative, realistic brushwork.

“Most of the work featured is painted on canvas, but I also enjoy working with other materials and textures,” Liebentritt said. “They have their own story and add a different feel and connection. The skulls appeared to be a reoccurring theme from my old sketchbooks, so I wanted to pay homage to that in the show with the darkness of black velvet.

“Over the course of the past 10 years, I have gone through some serious life changing events. I keep having to refocus and adapt all over again…and again…and again. I found myself consciously reflecting on those experiences and the need to continually reinvent myself. The focus of this show is exploring and coming to terms with who I am as a person and artist.”

Liebentritt’s artwork has been featured in numerous art shows and events. His artwork is owned and enjoyed in private collections locally and across the country.