5 with shawnequa linder

Shawnequa Linder’s “Remixing: An Experimental Portrait Series” opens Friday, Aug. 2, 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 in conjunction with Benson First Friday.

The Omaha artist has exhibited at Omaha’s RNG Gallery, Hot Shops Art Center, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and MONA, among other venues. She also has been featured in The Reader and The Encounter magazine.

Get to know Linder via the little gallery’s “5 with” series.

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

It wasn’t until probably around 2003 when my friend, Wanda Ewing, asked me to do the “Crazy Eights” slide jam at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. I had no idea what I was doing because I didn’t think at that time that I was an artist, but she saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself. So I started hanging out with all these cool artists who thought I was an artist. Since then, I finally allowed myself to think of myself as an artist because I was growing into one.

Describe your process.

My subject matter is movement, texture and color, whether it’s applied in a nontraditional landscape or portraits. The work explores the varying relationships between pop culture and fine art.  

Name the 3 most important things in your studio space.

  • My SpongeBob coffee cup
  • My Art Fundamentals book
  • All my paints

Where do you find inspiration?

I find inspiration pretty much everywhere, from a nature walk or attending an art show or just eating food, LOL. But make sure you have a pen to write out the idea because it will fade away like a morning dream.

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

I have met so many incredible and interesting people since I started my art journey, and I’m hoping to continue sharing my gifts for the world to see.

“Remixing: An Experimental Portrait Series” runs through Aug. 31 at the little gallery. Regular hours are Tuesday-Friday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm, Saturday from 10:00am to 1:00pm and by appointment. For more information, call 402.681.1901.

5th annual running of the indie july 28

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. Proceeds from this year’s race will benefit Citylight Arts Project, an arts nonprofit that seeks to grow the Benson renaissance through empowering the next generation of creatives.

Online registration for the 10K and 5K races, considered to be among the region’s most challenging courses due to the neighborhood’s hilly terrain, ends July 24 at noon at www.theindieomaha.org/registration. The cost is $30 per solo artist (individual runner) and $25 per band (team member). A band is five or more members. For those who miss the online deadline, cash-only registration is available:

  • Thursday, July 25, from 4:00 to 7:00pm at 1912, 6201 Maple Street
  • Saturday, July 27, during the Benson Days Street Festival at the 1912 booth
  • Sunday, July 28, at race headquarters from 7:00 to 7:30am

Activities will get under way at 8:00am July 28 at race headquarters, located at 6201 Maple Street in downtown Benson. New this year is birthday cake at the finish line and 2019 race T-shirt sales at race headquarters. Boone, the official mascot of The Indie, will preside over race day activities. Block 59 Design Group in downtown Benson is the 2019 official mascot sponsor.

The public is encouraged to line the race routes and cheer runners along the way. Race organizers have named the top 3 hills in the race:

  • Mount Evee, named after the winner of the inaugural Indie Pet Parade held last month, is located at 60th and Grant streets. Mount Evee is sponsored by the little gallery | benson.
  • Mount Erastus, located at 56th and Grant streets, is sponsored by Benson Law Center.
  • Mount Benson, located at 53rd and Pratt streets, is sponsored by Premier Physical Therapy.

A free 100-yard kids’ dash will follow the completion of the 10K and 5K races. There is no need to register, and participant prizes will be awarded while they last.

The after party will take place high above Benson on 1912’s rooftop deck. The prize pack includes:

  • Gold records for the overall 10K male and female winners as well as $100 cash
  • Gold records for the overall 5K male and female winners as well as $100 cash
  • $50 cash for the youngest runner
  • 5 $25 gift cards from 1912 to the team with the best time
  • A Benson Brewery draw glass to the winners in each age category

Allstate Insurance Company/Azizi & Associates Inc. is the 2019 cash sponsor of The Indie.

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