Nesting, Healing, and Celebrations

In our latest podcast episode, Mary Ensz (she|they) shared with us their journey to seeing her 35th birthday - navigating mental health crises, maintaining sobriety, and the role art has played through it all.

Mary's latest solo exhibition Our Shelf Life, opened Friday at Citylight Arts Project.

"In Our Shelf Life, Mary layers nesting doll shapes with human bodies and pairs them with 100 sight words on 35 wooden shelves. The exhibit celebrates identities that are systemically shelved, promotes suicide awareness, and commemorates those whose "shelf lives" has been cut short. Through intimate, boldly colored illustrations, Ensz honors our impermanence and resilience on pieces of furniture that were once collecting dust, but are now art themselves."

*Photos courtesy of the artist, Mary Ensz

ohMahART! attended the opening of Our Shelf Life and with permission from Mary, recorded their artist talk, which can be viewed on the Instagram.

Our Shelf Life will be on display at Citylight Arts Project, located at 5603 NW Radial Highway, Omaha, NE, through the month of February by appointment only.


Exhibition Openings

Photo courtesy of the RBR Gallery Instagram Page

Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards (OEAA) Visual Arts Nominee Showcase.

Dates: February 4 - March 5

Location: RBR Gallery, 1806 Vinton St., Omaha, NE

Gallery Hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Wednesday - Saturday

Opening Reception: February 11, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

The OEAA's mission is to enhance our community by planning and producing an annual awards event that uniquely recognizes the performing arts, visual arts, and live music of the Omaha area. With all-star talent and red carpet prestige, the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards offers a memorable evening that thanks the artists who keep Omaha culture alive.

Photo courtesy of Split Gallery website

Bob Mathews: Portraits and Figures

Dates: February 11 - February 13

Location: Split Gallery, 2561 Leavenworth St., Omaha, NE

Gallery Hours: Friday, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Opening reception: Friday, with artist talk at 7 p.m.

A compilation of portraits and figures from several series, presented as an evolution of the artist’s approach in this genre over the years. The subjects represented are faces or figures the artist finds intriguing, uniquely interpreted through the artist’s eyes. While exploring what he calls, “a truer representation,” each painting ends up having its own story to tell.

Photo courtesy of Bekah Jerde.

Art Baby

Opening Reception: February 12, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Location: Link Gallery & Workshop, 144 S. 39th St., Omaha, NE

Art Baby is an exhibition featuring artwork produced through collaboration between artistic couples, thus creating their very own "Art Baby." This work is about intimacy, compromise, negotiation, and partnership between creatives.

Art sale proceeds will go to Planned Parenthood.


Host Corner

Hey ohMahART! listeners and readers!

I am overwhelmed by the community following of the podcast. Your support for this work fuels my drive to keep connecting art, artists, and community. I founded ohMahART! in 2021, with the mission of strengthening the visual arts and culture sector and community engagement in the Omaha metro area through well-informed and candid conversations with visual artists and makers. I manage all aspects of ohMahART! - the website, blog, all social media pages, and the podcast.

The ohMahART! podcast can now be found on iHeartRadio, in addition to the regular channels of Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google, and Stitcher.

I would like to thank every artist who has given their voice, wisdom, and shared their process on the show so far. ohMahART! would not be successful without you.

As ohMahART! continues to grow, I ask that you consider a small financial contribution to keep the podcast afloat. We have a merch shop and monthly subscription that goes directly to the supporting the podcast.

Again, thank you for going on this art journey with me and let's keep connecting!

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