For shareholders, art galleries are an annual stop

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Posted: Saturday, May 4, 2013 12:00 am

Janet Farber expects to see some familiar faces this weekend.

Farber, the director of the Phillip Schrager Collection of Contemporary Art, said that when the collection opens its doors for one afternoon only during the annual Berkshire meeting weekend — as it has for seven years — shareholders make it an annual stop. Art galleries are among a select group of area businesses that get listed in the Berkshire visitor guide for shareholders.

“We definitely get a segment of visitors who are great cultural tourists,” Farber said. “They make the effort wherever they are, including in Omaha, to take advantage of what the community has to offer.”

Jean Imray, who owns the Dundee Gallery, sees the same thing happen at her annual jewelry trunk show, which she also schedules during Berkshire weekend.

“I have people who come back year after year looking for jewelry made by a specific artist,” she said. “It's their chance to see and meet the artist, and that's exciting.”

This year, the Schrager collection will, for the first time, fill one gallery with the work of just one artist, widely known painter Carroll Dunham. Farber said some of Dunham's paintings have been exhibited before during Berkshire weekend, but others in the show are seldom seen.

The open house will take place Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at 4405 S. 96th St.

Outside the gallery of Dunham's work, the Schrager collection will also show work by Jim Dine, Tara Donovan, Antony Gormley, Brice Marden, Laura Owens, Neo Rauch, Julian Schnabel, Pat Steir, Thomas Struth and Terry Winters.

Imray said she brings new jewelry artists each year to her exhibition. On Berkshire weekend, she said, she stocks more inventory than she does even around the holiday season.

“The artists grow so much each year,” she said. “The work this year can be totally different from what the same artist made the previous year. I have one artist who this year started working with PVC pipe and sterling silver.”

Imray's jewelry trunk show continues Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. at her gallery, 4916 Underwood Ave.

Other independent and small art galleries also have special events during Berkshire weekend, which coincides with May's First Friday receptions.

The Hot Shops Art Center, 1301 Nicholas St., has an open house on Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. with live music, artist demonstrations and refreshments; the center's more than 80 artists will have open studios during the event.

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In Benson, artist Joey Lynch will show new work for the first time in many years at the Sweatshop Gallery, a space many shareholders probably haven't visited in one of the city's burgeoning neighborhoods. The gallery is at 2727 N. 62nd St.

And downtown, at the Nebraska Arts Council's Fred Simon Gallery, local artist Christina Renfer Vogel will be showing new paintings. The gallery is on the lower level of the historic Burlington Building near 10th and Farnam Streets.

Farber said she thinks each year, more and more shareholders want to experience Omaha's arts and culture scene.

“I get so many people who say to me, 'I had no idea this was here,'” she said. “Every year, Omaha's art community has more and more to offer.”

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