Reception to mark art gallery’s first opening
The City of Papillion cordially invites you to the opening of the city’s newest art gallery.
Where: City Hall, second floor, 122 E. Third St.
When: Tuesday, 6 to 7 p.m.
No RSVP needed. The reception is open to the public.
The new art gallery at the Papillion Municipal Building is intended to add another venue for art in the city. The opening reception, which will include light refreshments, precedes a City Council meeting but is open to all Papillion residents.
The gallery, curated by the Papillion Arts Council, displays pieces from four Papillion artists: Fred Gawecki, Mary Rist, Mary Gubbels and Al Rhea.
The gallery is open for viewing when the building is open, typically Mondays to Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Darren Carlson, the city’s community relations coordinator, said the gallery was built by the Papillion Public Works Department. Carpenter Dave Klusaw was in charge of the project, which cost less than $1,000.
“It is an incredibly low-cost but high-value situation,” Carlson said.
Art will be rotated on a monthly basis, Carlson said.
Papillion residents who are interested in displaying their art can send their proposed submissions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information and an artist’s agreement can be found by searching for “Arts Council” on the city’s website, papillion.org. Artwork will be displayed at the city’s discretion.
Public Works facility still on Papillion’s list
As the year winds to a close, one item remains at the top of Papillion’s to-do list: a new Public Works facility.
The Papillion City Council is tentatively scheduled to consider pursuing a particular site at its Jan. 2 meeting.
Darren Carlson, the city’s community relations coordinator, said the need for the new facility hasn’t changed.
The project is the last of several cited by Mayor David Black as reasons the city needed to increase its property tax levy by 11 percent in 2011.
The city had entered a $1.1 million purchase agreement for 25 acres of land near 96th and Lincoln Streets. But the deal fell apart after the Planning Commission rejected recommending a special-use permit when several people spoke out on the project. The City Council never voted on the proposal.
The Public Works Committee has evaluated 12 sites and made contact with five property owners.
Ralston Arena job draws applications
About 30 people have applied to become the Ralston Arena’s new general manager.
“We’ve had some good applicants, and we’re going to get some more good ones,” Ralston Mayor Don Groesser said. “I think we’re putting ads in the right places to get quality people.”
The Ralston Arena’s first general manager, Curtis Webb, resigned Nov. 21 to take a similar job at the Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minn.
Since Webb’s departure, the arena has been running on the work of Lynn Higginbotham, director of marketing, and Steve Lind, director of operations.
The cutoff date for applications is Dec. 23, though Groesser said the city may extend that date.
Groesser said he is optimistic the arena will have a new general manager in place by Feb. 1.
— World-Herald News Service