Spoken Word Wednesday

Hosted at your local Cali Commons Located 518 N 40th st (Near Midtown). This event gives people the chance to come out and speak their word on any topic of their choice – Poetic & Real Spill Performance. You will be surrounded by a non judgmental environment and you will submit how long you speak. Beverages and food will also be available.

It all happens Wednesday, February 11.  Doors open at 7:00, and speaking begins at 7:30.

Sign up to Speak

To Sign Up To Speak Contact Willie Abn Miller – 402-813-7662 or fill out the form below:

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Cali Commons Holiday Art and Craft Sale

Join us for a special holiday group sale, featuring affordable works of art and handmade crafts by local artists. Paintings, note cards, magnets, drawings, photography, jewelry, mixed media pieces and more. From stocking stuffers to artwork that will be treasured for years to come, there is something for everyone on your list!

Bonus! We’ll be raffling off a special painting. Get one ticket free when you sign up on our email list at the door.

Saturday, December 6 & Sunday, December 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For event details, visit our Facebook Event Page.

Victoria Hoyt – Accidental Invaders

“My paintings carry the spirit of childhood fear, fantasy and story-telling. I like thinking about the things lurking in the corner of our minds, the things that scare us or drive our behavior but that we push to the side,” said artist Victoria Hoyt.

She said her work is fantastical in the sense that it’s all made up. Hoyt doesn’t work from pictures or pop cultural references. She observes a lot, writes things down and makes sketches. Her inspiration comes from the every day. Continue reading

Willie Miller – Who Is Tru-Illz

“I’ve always had an eye for art and colors. I love looking at how things collaborate and match with each other,” said Willie Miller.

Miller said he takes inspiration from his family and his surroundings. Both things affect his art. He said his work really speaks to what is going on in his life specifically.

He likes to draw cartoons and does caricatures and airbrush art. His airbrush art will be the main focus of the show but he said he may also include some of his realistic pieces as well.
Miller tries to work on his art every day, sketching at work when he can and keeping himself in it. Continue reading

George Garrett III – Urbanistic Creations

George Garrett III has always been interested in creating art. He said his first foray into drawing came at the age of four years old.

“I was scribbling on a piece of paper in the living room and I noticed the picture I drew looked like Fred Flintsone,” remembers Garrett.

He said his dad looked at the picture and agreed it did look like Fred Flintstone. After that, Garrett drew another picture and then another and he’s been drawing ever since.   Continue reading

James Bundy – Paperbacks and VHS

When he was a kid, artist James Bundy really wanted to be a paleontologist. He wanted to create a time machine and travel back to see the saber tooth tigers, mastodons and cavemen.

Is it any wonder then that as he grew older and left that dream behind he found himself drawn to book cover illustrations of pulp versions of Conan the Barbarian and Tarzan? Artist Frank Frezetta was a huge inspiration for James.

“The first time I saw those covers I thought they were so cool and I thought ‘I wish I could do that,’” he said. Continue reading

Brad Abboud – Paul’s Boutique, A tribute on canvas

Brad Abboud is rocking a house party at the drop of a hat with his Paul’s Boutique show

Roughly 2 years ago artist Brad Abboud was listening to music while he was painting. This wasn’t out of the ordinary by any means, but for some reason the creative muse struck and he determined that he must do a series of paintings based on an album.

Lucky for all of us, he chose the Beastie Boys classic “Paul’s Boutique”. He felt this album was the perfect fit – there’s lots of room for interpretation, it’s lighthearted, and a definite cult classic. Continue reading

Cali Commons Presents Maria Wolpert

Growing up in Iowa, surrounded by a family who concentrated on pursuing careers in medicine, it is surprising Maria Wolpert grew up to become interested in traditional and digital art. Influenced by her mom’s love for the Peanuts characters from a young age, the first things Maria loved to draw were Charlie Brown and his beloved dog, Snoopy. Continue reading

Brian Gennardo – Passing Through

Fourteen years ago, Brian Gennardo – who bears an uncanny resemblance to a young Tom Waits – had car trouble and got stuck in Omaha on his way to Vancouver. When people asked, he told them he was just passing through. This went on for about a year. He took a job at the Med Center working with developmentally disabled kids. His goal was to work until his first paycheck, and then continue his journey to Vancouver. Continue reading