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  Winter Open House

The Flowering Tree

Artists explore the themes in Opera Omaha’s production of John Adams’ The Flowering Tree. Benefit for the Food Bank.
images: Kristin Pluhacek (pastel)
and John Dennison (ceramic)

Reception for the artists:
Saturday 24 January 2015, 5-9 pm
Monday 26 January 2015, 2-4 pm

Winter Open House January 24th, 5:00-9:00pm, is the reception for the artists in the exhibit celebrating the opera, A Flowering Tree. Please bring your donations to the food bank and invite your family and friends to an evening of conversation, networking, and good cheer.

January 26th, 2:00-4:00pm, the artists from Quality Living will be coming to the gallery. As you are able, please join us and them as we continue to celebrate the good work in the gallery.

The stories of operas are made accessible to communities through the music and artistic vision of the composer and directors. Here, artists of all ages and abilities interpret the myriad meanings found in John Adams' A Flowering Tree, presented by Opera Omaha in February. Join the conversation and storytelling at this free community exhibit.

The work is on display through the end of the month. Please bring nonperishable food items or grocery store gift cards to support the work of local food pantries. For guests wishing to make a cash donation please mark your envelopes or make checks payable to Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church (food pantry.)

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Magic Glass

A collection of works

featuring a unique,
often whimsical look
at the art of glass.

24 January, 5-9 pm


Les Bruning
Hallway Show

Pottery by Dan Toberer and Tim Barry
with whimsical ceramic sculptures by Carole Debuse,
and paintings by Robin Zagurski and Micah Clark.

Saturday 24 January, 5-9 pm

Show runs throughout January.


“Drawing from Life”

Annual show of some of the best work of 2014.
Check out our classes link if interested in joining our Tuesday sessions.

Saturday, February 7 through Sunday, March 2, 2015

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Metro College Photo Club

March 7 to 29, 2015

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Pat Lontor

March 7 to 29, 2015


OPS Art Teachers show
Teachers strut their stuff

April 4 to 26, 2015

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Omaha Artists Inc

April 4 to 26, 2015

Open House

14th Annual
Hot Shops Art Center

Spring Open House

May 2nd & 3rd, 2015
Saturday: 12pm-8pm | Sunday: 12pm-5pm

Spring at the Hot Shops!

The open house features fun and informative art demonstrations, with residents of the Hot Shops opening their studios to the public. Find cool gifts, and see amazing feats of art. We invite the community to visit the Hot Shops Art Center at its best, and experience a totally unique Omaha experience.

Click here for more info

For those of you that may not have ever visited the Hot Shops Art Center, you should know that our open houses (May and December) offer an outstanding chance to see everything that the art center has to offer. If you have only one chance to get down, make it an open house!

Hot Shops
  Katrina Methot-Swanson

Opens during Hot Shops Open House
May 2 to 31

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Nebraska Women’s Caucus for Art
group show

May 2 to 31

SEP 2015  

“My Dreams My Nightmares”
James Freeman curator

September 5 to 27

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Robert DeWaele

September 5 to 27

OCT 2015  

Roxanne Mullins, Madalyn Bruning

October 3 to November 1

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  Midwest Lampworkers Guild
October 3 to November 1
NOV 2015  


Works presented by Indigenous Sicangu Lakota artists Steve Tamayo and Paul High Horse. The works focus on the resurgence of educating the youth and general public on aspects of the Lakota language, culture, and history. Some works capture images, thoughts, and feelings of atrocities carried out on the Lakota, such as genocide and assimilation. Other themes include spirituality, stages of life, and the symbolic meaning of the Lakota way of life. The exhibit showcases a mixture of traditional and contemporary 2D and 3D pieces. Together, their work disproves the notion that the Lakota are a dying people, and instead, showcases how the Lakota aren’t merely surviving, but rather thriving in a modern world and are a vital race of people. This empowering exhibit will be full of life and energy.

November 7 to 29

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Clay show
curated by Lindsay Foltz

DEC 2015  

15th Annual
Hot Shops Winter Open House
First weekend of December 2015.

Hot Shops

Katrina Methot-Swanson

December 5 to 27

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MORE   Future exhibits and shows to be announced, stay tuned. Hot
Multiple Galleries Nicholas Street Gallery 1301 Gallery Hallway Gallery Alley Gallery

Please refer to this page for updates as the event draws near.

*Artist receptions are often held the first Friday or Saturday of the month
(your best bet is to come around 7pm), unless otherwise noted.

Galleries are often attended by a curator Saturday and Sunday, Noon-4pm,
or by appointment at (402) 342-6452. Otherwise, shows can be viewed
during normal business hours from 8am-5pm daily. When in doubt, contact us.

The Art Galleries

Almost half of the first floor is devoted to exhibit space at the Hot Shops Art Center. Our galleries have exhibited artwork from some of the most creative artists around the region. Please check out the events listed above, and plan on visiting one of the many openings we hold throughout the year. And don't forget to check back often for any updates as this page changes frequently. If you are interested in renting a space for your show at one of our galleries, please contact Kelly Adams at, or call 402 551-4855.

If you're looking for something unique to do in Omaha, you've found it! Come on down and support your local art community!

Visit us during gallery hours Saturday and Sunday, or if you wish to schedule an appointment call the building manager at the Hot Shops Art Center.

Other Events

Looking for something unique to do in Omaha? Do you plan events for others, and want to offer something different? Think about renting space at the Hot Shops Art Center. The Hot Shops is a relaxed atmosphere, with all of the amenities necessary for entertaining large or small groups of people. Contact the building manager at 402 342-6452 for details, available dates and rates. [more info]