See details on upcoming art exhibitions and public workshops on my Facebook events page.
Summer events include:
Olympic Day at Alrich Elementary School in Omaha May 17 – origami and Japanese language
Association of Nebraska Arts Clubs art exhibition June 19-22 in Albion – “Music at the Market” on exhibit.
Nebraska Asian Festival in Omaha Saturday July 27 – Origami workshop at 4 p.m.
Artist Linda Stephen lived in Japan for six years, is fluent in Japanese, and has studied Japanese paper arts for more than 20 years. She has taught origami and Japanese culture to thousands of people at museums, arts centers, schools and festivals across the country for 15 years.
To schedule a workshop or a custom collaborative art project, let us know the audience, the event and the preferred dates.
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Nebraska artist Linda Stephen was chosen as one of nine emerging and regional artists selected to exhibit at ArtSlam19 in Omaha. The fundraising event, hosted by the University of Omaha Friends of Arts, will feature presentations by the selected artists, a raffle, and artwork for sale. Funds raised support UNO Art and Art History students and programs through providing scholarships, awards and grants.
Linda’s origami and Japanese paper artworks that will be featured include:
“Tea House” (or Sumpu Chaya) – inspired by the Japanese gardens at Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha
“My Heart is by the Water” – a peaceful beach scene with quiet waves rolling onto the sand.
“Evening Row” – a newly engaged couple in a row boat at sunset on a river as they pass by a historic church.
Thursday, April 18th is ArtSlam19!!!!
Here is the list of the 9 participating artists for this year:
Each artist will give a 4-minute talk about their inspirations, techniques, and backgrounds on their works for you. Vote for the one you like with tickets! With your $20 admission, you will receive 5 Raffle/Voting tickets, after the artist talks, drop your tickets into containers for your favorite artist/artworks that will be on display.
Additional tickets are available: 5/$20 or $5 each.
Students: High School – $5.00 and College – $10.00
Artists with the most tickets win prizes.
Patrons will win from raffle tickets drawn for each presenting artist’s artwork.
YOU may purchase art made by ArtSlam19 artists as well, the artist receives the full amount of the sale.
*Proceeds from admissions and raffle tickets sales support scholarships for UNO Art and Art History students.
Tickets can be purchased at our website, www.foaomaha.org, Gallery 72 (1806 Vinton), Connect Gallery (3901 Leavenworth), from Friends of Art Board Members, OR at the door the night of the event.
The night of the event:
5:30 – Doors open / Preview and Reception
6:30 – The 4-mintue Artists Talks Begin
7:30 – Voting/Raffle Begins
7:45 – Voting Ends / Count Tickets
8:00 – Artists and Raffle Winners Announced (Must be present to win)
Linda Stephen’s art awards for 2018 were recognized in the Lincoln Journal Star’s “Direction 2019: Best in Business,” which recognizes top awards for Lincoln businesses.
“Friday Live: Linda Stephen, WSC Music & Art, Yorkshire, Jan Brett, and More!” NET Radio interview with Genevieve Randall on Friday LIVE from The Mill. Includes talk about Linda Stephen’s workshops in Nebraska City, new national award, and upcoming exhibits in Omaha, Lincoln and Michigan. NET Radio – Nebraska Public Radio, Sept. 21, 2018.
Linda Stephen’s “Recess at Freeman School” paper construction of invented origami and Japanese washi papers was awarded the Juror’s Choice Award at the American Landscapes Reception at Circle Gallery at Maryland Federation of Art in September 2018. More than 70 artworks in all media from artists across the country were part of the exhibition. The juror was Joann Moser, curator emerita, Smithsonian Museum of Art.
On the visual arts exhibit, the juror said:
“If beauty alone had been the primary criterion for selecting works of art for this exhibition, the task would have been even more challenging than it was. So many of the entries were beautiful in the traditional sense of the word that this consideration became secondary to other factors. Among the many exquisite views of breathtaking landscapes, I favored images that said or implied something meaningful about the landscape. The mundane ordinariness of traffic on a freeway heading into a glorious sunset, the power and elegance of a bridge abutted to a rocky mountainside, a single small figure on a ledge of the Grand Canyon, all made me want to keep looking at the scene and contemplate its meaning.
With abstract works of art, I looked for compositions that stimulated my imagination to consider landscape from a non literal point of view. A shape that suggested a map with topographical features intrigued me. The energy of bright red curves over a subdued background conveyed the sense of freedom and emotional release that one often feels in a landscape. The unseen layers of earth beneath a house have little to do with visual reality but instead emerged strictly from the artist’s imagination.
As a curator, I always think of the final exhibition. I wanted to represent the broad spectrum of landscape possibilities: urban and rural, dramatic and serene, magnificent and mundane, abstract and detailed, with figures and without. I saw themes that emerged and juxtapositions that complemented each other. I wanted to include as many techniques and styles as I could while still maintaining the high standards and cohesion I wished to preserve.” – Joann Moser’s Juror’s Statement.