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IMPRESSIONS: GINNIE MADSEN is showing in the Bordewick Gallery until Sept. 16, 2018. “The work in this show expresses my interest and delight in both the natural and man-made worlds. The pieces are all relief prints. I began as a painter but for the past 15 years, I have become increasingly interested in exploring what can be made with block prints. My imagery usually begins with direct observation or recollections of places or things I remember. Carving into linoleum to create shapes and texture areas to make an image requires a different thought process than painting resulting in a simplified and a more abstract image. This allows me to get beyond the only visible and to discover the essence of my experience. I find myself seeing subject matter in new ways. Fewer options mean each part of the image has to carry more implied content and I need to simplify or distill my subject or idea. My block prints also use a limited palette and this gives me new opportunities to see how colors interact.” – Ginnie Madsen.TREES: RICKI KLAGES is showing in the Ptasynski Gallery until Sept. 16, 2018. “My creative practice is primarily in oil, with a focus on magical, hyper-representation in portraiture, landscape shrines, and lately large iconic images of trees. These trees feature coppiced and pollarded beech trees from Epping Forest in northeast London. Some of these beeches are hundreds of years old and their history is told through their use as a source of charcoal in this ancient forest. The anthropomorphic quality of these beeches reference bodies, animals and alien life forms.” – Ricki Klages.

VIBRANT COLLECTION: THE NIC IN COLOR is showing in the McMurry Gallery until Aug. 12, 2018. Enjoy permanent collection highlights which emphasize the energy and impact of color in art. This show will contain art works from The Nic’s 8,000 piece permanent collection with a focus on large scale, vibrant pieces which communicate through color.

Along with exhibits, The Nic’s Discovery Center offers many different classes, workshops, and programs for all ages. Right now, they’re taking reservations for 2018 summer camps. Children from seven to fifteen can learn about Graffiti and Street Art, experience the world of Steampunk Revealed, go to Superhero Bootcamp, find out if zombies are Dead or Alive, examine Monsters and Magical Mischief, and immerse themselves in Intro to Photography for Tweens and Teens. The first camp starts June 13th—sign up your child today!

2018 marks the thirteenth year of Nic Fest! Nic Fest presented by First Interstate Bank is June 8-10th. This free outdoor summertime festival is not to be missed! Bring your family to the Nic to enjoy local and regional vendors, artists, live music, activities for kids, and food trucks. On Saturday, June 9 Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band is playing from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Check out thenic.org to find the full band schedule.

Mark your calendar to Start at the Nic July 5 and Aug. 2 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.! Art on the Lawn is a family-friendly event that is happening during Art Walk this summer. There will be activities in the Discovery Center, vendors selling goods, live music, beverages, and the Nic galleries will be open to tour.

Remember, becoming a Nic member allows you and your family admission into the museum for free. You’ll also receive discounts on merchandise, event rentals, and Discovery Center classes and workshops when you’re a member.

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