2 0 1 5  S E A S O N
OCT 2015  
In My Life
Paintings by
Madalyn McGrath Bruning
and Roxanne Reck Mullins

Opening reception: Saturday, October 3rd, 6-9pm

Show runs October 3 to 31, 2015

Nicholas St.

Follow Their Art
Midwest Lampworkers Guild

October 1 through November 1, 2015
A wide variety of hand made wearable glass and beaded art pieces as well as other creative endeavors. Gallery is open daily 10am-4pm.

Art in the Bag
A special fundraiser for the Beads of Courage program for Omaha’s Children Hospital, will be held Nov 1, 2-4pm


Día de los Muertos

Art Show

October 2, 2015 - November 1, 2015

An all Media art show exploring the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos.

The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday, celebrated around the world focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for, celebrate, honor, and remember those who have passed on. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it is a national holiday. The celebration takes place in connection with the catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. Traditions connected with the holiday include; building private altars honoring the deceased (called Ofrendas) using sugar skulls and marigolds, gathering and cooking the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these gifts. Día de los Muertos is a celebration of expression in many ways. Not only is it dedicated to remembering and honoring those that have died, it’s central focus is also on the artistic expression of the living, through the creation of arts and crafts. Those creations include ofrendas, costumes, sugar skulls and so on.

For this show artists should create pieces that reflect themes found in Mexican folk and Día De Los Muertos art. Additional research is also encouraged for inspiration. Works can include 2D and 3D pieces, wearable art, jewelry, costumes and more.

image: © Tomas Castelazo, / Wikimedia Commons

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.

Show run: November 6 to 29, 2015

Nicholas St.

Reflective: Exploring the Spirit
curated by Lindsay Cisco

Thomas Merton wrote: “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” For many creative folks, art is our meditation. Some people sit with their legs crossed on a pillow, artists stand before a canvas or sit at a potter's wheel. What do you do to explore your spirit? Creative types need to make art. It is part of who they are and how they are in the world.

Opening reception: Friday, Nov 6th, 6:00-9:00pm
Show run: November 6 to 29, 2015

DEC 2015  

15th Annual
Hot Shops Art Center

Winter Open House

Dec 5th & 6th, 2015
Saturday: 12pm-8pm | Sunday: 12pm-5pm

Holiday 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.

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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
& Judith Anthony Johnston

December 5 to 27, 2015

Nicholas St.

Mike Whye

December 5 to 27, 2015


Conrad Hinz

group show
December 5 to 27, 2015

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]