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.

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