the little gallery to represent john stillmunks

john stillmunks | robbing a thief | copyright 2019 | mixed media

18x24x1.5 | cradled wood panel | $800


BENSON – The little gallery is pleased to announce its representation of John Stillmunks.

Born and raised in North Omaha, Stillmunks studied at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Metropolitan State University in Denver before graduating from Iowa State University with a BFA in painting.

After college, he and his wife opened the Independent Thought Gallery and Studio in Des Moines, where he shared his work and promoted local artists for 15 years. His art has been featured in shows across the country, from Phoenix to Miami, and he’s currently showing some small sculptures at Artistic Indulgence in Minneapolis.

Stillmunks recently returned to Omaha and established his studio at Bench. Below is the artist in his own words.

My work always has a nod to schadenfreude – also I have been gravitating back to my roots in blue collar North Omaha in terms of color, texture, grit, humor, tenacity, variation, improvisation, perspective and resilience gained from growing up there. Ironically, I have spent my whole life trying to get away from what I am now embracing in middle age.

I use multiple perspectives and patterned movement to convey energy and emotion. Colors and patterns come directly from Midwestern African American folk art. Textures and imagery are without a doubt influenced by urban Midwestern architecture, graffiti, Catholic church symbolism and graphics and the “edge” acquired from urban environments in the upper Midwest such as Omaha, Minneapolis, KC, and Chicago.

Stillmunks will show at the little gallery in March 2020. View his work at:

john-stillmunks.square.site
www.facebook.com/munksie
www.twitter.com/johnstillmunks
www.instagram.com/johnstillmunksart

The little gallery is powered by Polecat Communications in downtown Benson. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 3 to 6pm, Saturday from 10am to 1pm and by appointment. For more information, call 402.681.1901 or email info@polecatcommunications.com.

CARTÓN | john muñoz opens oct. 4

The little gallery is pleased to host CARTÓN by John D. Muñoz during the month of October. The opening reception is Friday, Oct. 4, from 6:00 to 9:00pm in conjunction with Benson First Friday.

Muñoz was born in Boston, raised in Puerto Rico and currently lives in Omaha. His cardboard series is the result of images he sees in the shapes and random lines he draws. It’s during the process of adding color that he gets a sense of what the finished work will be.

“Art, for me, has served as a way to communicate my interpretation of the human experience,” Muñoz said.

CARTÓN runs through Oct. 26.

The little gallery is powered by Polecat Communications. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00pm, Saturday from 10:00am to 1:00pm + by appointment. For more information, call 402.681.1901.

robert klein engler memorial show opens sept. 6

BENSON – The little gallery is pleased to host the work of the late Robert Klein Engler, writer and artist, during the month of September. The opening reception is Friday, Sept. 6, from 6:00 to 9:00pm at 5901 Maple Street in conjunction with Benson First Friday.

Mr. Engler held degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana and the University of Chicago Divinity School. He received Illinois Arts Council awards for his poetry. Many of his poems, stories, and paintings are set in New Orleans.

The Omaha writer and artist was an active volunteer. He helped organize a committee to maintain the stained glass windows at St. Mary Magdalene Church in downtown Omaha. The artist’s proceeds will benefit that fund.

The exhibition runs through Sept. 28 at the little gallery. Regular hours are Tuesday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00pm, Saturday from 10am to 1:00pm and by appointment. For more information, call 402.681.1901.