Art in the Park

Artists from around the Midwest travel to Kearney to exhibit and sell one-of-a-kind works of art in the beautiful Harmon Park. Live music and food vendors help continue to make this extravaganza a must attend signature event for the community.

MONA’s Not Just A Book Club

MONA’S Not Just A Book Club
Avid readers whose interests lie in authors from Nebraska or reading about Nebraska or art are welcome, and may join at any time.

1st Tuesdays: January 7- May 5, 2020
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
MONA: Gary E. Zaruba Library & Research Center
April 7: The Echo Maker: A Novel by Richard Powers

Nebraska Now: Celeste Butler

Nebraska Now: Celeste Butler
April 4 – July 5, 2020
Born and raised in Omaha, Celeste Butler is a self-taught fiber and textile artist, Quiltologist, and storyteller. Butler “breathes life back into broken, discarded, and devalued items” by creating quilts that incorporate hand-dyed processes and painting while using vintage fabrics, reclaimed clothing, and embellishments. The artist strives to “create conversation and teachable moments” through the socially-conscious and personal subjects she addresses within her works.

Artist Talk & Reception:
Saturday, April 4 • 1:30 p.m.

Kristine Allphin: Cold Wax Medium and Oil Painting Workshops

Kristine Allphin: Cold Wax Medium and Oil Painting Workshops
Kristine Allphin is an established award-winning batik artist based in Hastings, Nebraska. Her large-scale prairie grass landscapes are complex, colorful and expressive. By incorporating traditional vat dying batik methods, with a non-traditional linear drawing technique, Allphin has developed a unique aesthetic style using a fine art language.

Cold Wax Medium is a soft pliable substance made with natural beeswax, odorless mineral spirit and resin. The term “cold” refers to the fact that no heat source is required to work with it. When mixed with oil paint, Cold Wax Medium creates a thick matte slow drying paste, that can be textured, layered, scraped and reworked. This painting method allows for loose, gestural, and experimental mark making. Workshop 1 introduces the fundamentals of working with Cold Wax Medium and oil paint on paper.

Workshop 1: Introduction to Cold Wax Medium and Oil Painting
Saturday: March 28th
Time: 10:00-12:00 p.m.
Age: 14+
Cost: $55 (MONA members), $60 (non-members)

Workshop 2: Cold Wax Medium, Collage, and More After completing workshop 1, workshop 2 is designed to take you to the next level. Collage, mixed media, and various layering techniques are explored.
Saturday: March 28th
Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Age: 14+
Cost: $55 (MONA members), $60 (non-members)
Register for Workshop 1, or Workshop 1 and 2 by: Monday March 23.
Art supplies for both workshops are provided.

Collection Connection

Susan Hart: Building a History
Wednesday, March 25 • 2:00 p.m.
Susan Hart’s richly textured paintings and collages read like visual rhythms, windows into ephemeral places, multiple layers hold reverberating chords, hidden echoes from past to the present. Using color, hand-painted papers, drawing, and painting tools, Hart extracts, contracts, and expands her thoughts, building connections, and making marks using her personal creative process. Process is the key, elusive hints, references, and fragmented images are presented in a dreamy format, deliberately Delphic, yet universally accessible.

Susan Hart received a BA in Art Education from Kearney State College and taught elementary art for 17 years in the Dawson County rural schools. Hart’s work is exhibited and collected nationally. MONA has one collage in the permanent collection.

MONA’s Not Just A Book Club

MONA’S Not Just A Book Club
Avid readers whose interests lie in authors from Nebraska or reading about Nebraska or art are welcome, and may join at any time.

1st Tuesdays: January 7- May 5, 2020
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
MONA: Gary E. Zaruba Library & Research Center
March 3: Zoo Nebraska: The Dismantling of an American Dream by Carson Vaughan

Family Arts Festival

Family Arts Festival
MONA and Kearney Cultural Partners (KCP) invite you to attend the annual Family Arts Festival to experience art, dance, music, and more. At MONA participate in interactive educational art activities inspired by the MONA collection. Dance away to music and songs provided by the friendliest family band in Nebraska – The String Beans with two 30-minute performances at 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 29 • 1:00-4:00 p.m.
FREE and open to the public!

Collection Connection

Jennifer Homan: Nebraska’s Boundless Skies
Wednesday, February 26 • 2:00 p.m.
Jennifer Homan’s pure pastel pigments eulogize the spectacular power, scale and moods of Nebraska’s boundless skies, and the land that’s moored beneath them. The emotional force inspiring Homan’s work is the beauty of the Nebraska landscape combined with the precipitating consequences of humankind’s presence. Her paintings are factual documentary records of interrupted horizons, or suffused spots of electric light, diminished by vast open spaces and the sweeping intensity of palpable pigmented skies.

Jennifer Homan has a BA in painting from Colorado State University and is a member of the Pastel Society of America. Homan’s work is exhibited and collected nationally. MONA has one painting in the permanent collection.

Senior College World Series

The World Series is a monthly showing of recent award-winning documentary films at the World Theatre presented by the Senior College of Central Nebraska as a special class for Senior College members. February 12 Aquarela (Unique Cinematography)

Water is the main protagonist, seen in all its great and terrible beauty. Mountains of ice move and break apart as if they had a life of their own. Kossakovsky’s film travels the world, from the precarious frozen waters of Russia’s Lake Baikal and Miami in the throes of Hurricane Irma, to Venezuela’s mighty Angel Falls to paint a portrait of this fluid life force in all its glorious forms. Fragile humans experience life and death, joy and despair in the face of its power

Exhibit Reception “Essential Yet Unseen: Servant Life in the 1890s”

Join us February 8th for a reception at the G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture to officially unveil our new permanent exhibit: “Essential Yet Unseen: Servant Life in the 1890s.” This unique exhibit offers visitors a chance to step back in time into a recreated 1890s servant’s quarters. The exhibit will provide an intimate glimpse into the private, everyday lives of these essential, yet traditionally “unseen,” people that worked and lived at the Frank family home. Come see and imagine what life was like for a major part of Kearney’s late nineteenth century population!