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Spirit: A Celebration of Art in the Heartland

Join us for a weekend of Spirited events featuring the work of 63 of Nebraska’s finest artists! This celebration offers the Sneak Peek Party, Gala Dinner and Art Auction, and Good Morning MONA, all truly unique opportunities to come together to celebrate the art of Nebraska in a very special way! The exhibition opens March 3, 2020 and continues until the culminating events on April 17, 18, and 19, 2020.

Contact the Museum for ticketing information

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.

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
February 4: Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe by Rebecca Erbelding

Collection Connection

Molly Anderson: On-Edge Felt Revival
Wednesday: January 22 • 2:00 p.m.
Four years ago fiber artist Molly Anderson, primarily known for her hand quilted textiles, was ready for an invigorating challenge in a new direction. The iconic on-edge felt mosaics in MONA’s permanent collection by Jean Louise Berg Thiessen (1876-1960) were a source of admiration and fascination for Anderson, ultimately becoming the inspirational catalyst to her need for change. Anderson will discuss the on-edge felt mosaic technique, and how she has adapted it to her style of making and creating wool mosaics. She will also include a demonstration of her technique, show samples of wool, and works in progress.

Molly Anderson has a degree in Art Education from Bethany College, Lindsborg Kansas. She was introduced to quiltmaking in 1988 by her mother and grandmother. Anderson’s work is exhibited and collected nationally. MONA has two “quilts” in the permanent collection.

Presented in conjunction with Threaded, October 1, 2019 – February 9, 2020.