So much art to see, so little time

By: Paul Apfel, Special to The News Messenger
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Art in its many forms in and around Lincoln is ubiquitous, yet much of it flies well beneath the radar of many Lincolnites. We have Lincoln Art and Culture Foundation’s gallery on Sixth Street, The Place! at the corner of G and Fifth streets, and Tom Jones’ Sierra Hills Framing a few doors away on G Street. They are dependable venues, providing a variety of art. But, on closer inspection, we have other area art opportunities you can explore. Here are a few. In Lincoln, Mina’s Coffee Shop in the Sun City Lincoln Hills shopping center at the corner of Del Webb Boulevard and Sun City Boulevard is hosting a mini-art show featuring paintings in watercolor and mixed media sponsored by the Lincoln Hills Art Association. The exhibit runs through Dec. 11. We include art in our neighboring communities from time-to-time because so many art opportunities are close and so available.  Take Loomis for example. Not only does Loomis have the High Hand cooperative art gallery on Taylor Road, it boasts a Fall Weekend Studio Tour on Oct. 17 and Oct.18. Four Loomis artists will open their studios to visitors between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on both days along what is billed as the Loomis Art Loop. Check online at for a map as well as details on what to expect at each location.  Upcoming art events in Lincoln include the Lincoln Arts pipe auction scheduled for the McBean Pavilion on Nov. 20. Gladding, McBean clay pipes measuring approximately 14 inches tall by five inches in diameter have been painted, carved and decorated by local artists and will be featured along with other art pieces in this auction. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be available. In strictly Lincoln news, Lincoln Arts is now the exclusive sales agent in Lincoln for Gladding McBean garden pottery. With models on display in their Sixth Street gallery, this is a new venture for the local nonprofit group. In preparation for the holidays, Lincoln Arts has also added Gladding, McBean-produced kiln gods to their gift shop. These playful ceramic creations, approximately two to three inches tall and reflecting the often-random effects achieved in ceramic artistry, trace their lineage to earlier civilizations.  Because we have so much art in our area, and we have so little time to discover it all, we are calling for help from our readers. We urge you to let us know of art opportunities and venues however small or large so we can share that information with others. Paul Apfel is president of the nonprofit Lincoln Arts. He can be reached at