Event Time: December 18, 2008 - December 20, 2008
WHAT: Versa Vice: Reflections of an Underground Society Opening Reception
WHEN: Opening Reception: Thursday, December 18th, 2008, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Exhibition continues through December 20th, 2008
WHO: Students and mentors of The Kent Bellows Studio and Center for Visual Arts
WHERE: Bemis Underground, 12th & Leavenworth Streets
Versa Vice: Reflections of an Underground Society is the inaugural show of The Kent Bellows Studio and Center for Visual Arts mentoring program. Formed in 2007, the organization has a mission to ignite the creative spark in individuals. An opening reception for this Bemis Underground event is scheduled for Thursday, December 18th from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Curated by Tiffany Gerdes, Chase Hiffernan, Jamillah Hinson, Taylor Long and Caolán O’Loughlin, the show highlights the work of 19 artists and their mentors. Featuring a galleries-busting array of 2D, sculptural and installation pieces that explore personal reveries in themes of mystery, romance and whimsy, the exhibition celebrates the culmination of the first four-month studio semester of the non-profit organization’s mentoring programs.
Versa Vice: Reflections of an Underground Society will continue through Saturday, December 20th with gallery hours of 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Participating artists and artist/mentors include:
Claudia Alvarez (mentor), Kierra Brooks, Alex Carlson, Roxanne Carter, Edna Flores, Antonio Garcia, Tiffany Gerdes, Rebecca Harrison, Rebecca Herskovitz (mentor), Chase Hiffernan, Jamillah Hinson, Anita Hodge, Bill Hoover (mentor), Taylor Long, Jeff King (mentor), Anna Minnick, Monica Moynihan, Caolán O’Loughlin (mentor), Steve Pelish, Jenelle Smithberg, Hayley Solarana, Shira Sterling, Anna Svobodova and Hugo Zamorano.
For more information visit www.BemisUnderground.org.
A Word from The Kent Bellows Studio and Center for Visual Arts:
"Founded in 2007, The Kent Bellows Studio and Center for Visual Arts (www.KentBellows.org) strives to ignite the creative spark in individuals, encouraging them to reach their highest potential through self-expression in the visual arts. Our mentoring programs for high school-age artists balance the freedom to create with the guidance of professional mentors to deliver hands-on art experiences that inspire both creative thinking and action.
It is our honor and privilege to live out Kent Bellows’ incredible legacy of artistic creativity and mentorship. Kent was an Omaha-based artist and is recognized as one of the greatest masters of American Realism. Beyond his artwork, Kent is admired and remembered for his dedication to mentoring other artists and drawing out their own individual creative power."
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