Chalk and Charcoal: A collection of drawings by Molly Nicklin

Soft SquaresMolly Nicklin presents a three part series titled Chalk and Charcoal.  The show will be up at the Cali Commons gallery throughout the month of September.  An artist reception will take place Saturday, September 12 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Art influences the world, encouraging us at each impression to wait, slow down, and stop for a moment.  These interruptions allow a viewer the opportunity to appreciate, examine, and experience nearly any possibility.   Molly’s drawings are lenses to guide our imaginations.  They contain embedded triggers that emerge out of our personal contextual chaos.  The value of your experience is whatever emerges for you. Getting feedback and hearing about your experience is one of Molly’s favorite parts of sharing her work.
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Little Free Library Opening and Body Memory by Kelsey Magnuson

Sunday, August 9th
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Cali Commons

Join us outside Cali Commons for the unveiling of the Joslyn Castle Neighborhood Association’s Little Free Library.

Immediately following, head inside for the opening reception of Kelsey Magnuson’s photography show, Body Memory.

Kelsey describes her thought process behind the project: “In this series, Body Memory, I first began with the idea of place being more than just a physical thing and more of a montage and collection of memories and people. I used the body as a canvas to project these memories and associations.”

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Art of the Back Rub

Sunday, August 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Cali Commons – 518 N 40th St, Omaha

Join us for a FREE class taught by Laura Phares Black.  We’ll go over the basic strokes of Swedish massage, their applications and benefits.  You’ll learn proper body mechanics for giving a massage at home.

Class size is limited – RSVP required at  Bring a yoga mat, a towel, and a massage partner.

Laura Phares Black has been a massage therapist for 24 years and has practiced and taught massage in various settings including the Spa at Pebble Beach, Midlands Hospital and Iowa Western.  She is currently the massage therapist at Hillcrest Health Services in Bellevue NE where she is developing caring touch programs for Elders, Team Members and Community members.

BONUS:  Anyone attending may schedule a massage with Laura and receive a $10.00 discount on their first session.  Regular, hour sessions are normally $60.00.

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Assailants by Brian Joseph Tait

Brian Joseph Tait’s work is all by-products of the prevalent punk attitude and the observations he’s made of the world around him.  He collected fast food bags from trash cans and random people’s cars, and waste wood from the streets to create the assailants. Tait is interested in the guilt/fear dynamic associated with fast food, what we eat, and the waste from it. In this show he’s created different versions of the assailant using varying forms and techniques.

You can see the show at the Opening Reception Friday, May 1st from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Cali Commons.

You’re the Artist! at Cali Commons

Sunday, April 19
Noon to 4:00 p.m. – Come to Cali Commons to create your masterpiece!
1:00 and 3:00 – Guided training sessions

Saturday, April 25
4:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Artist Reception

$20 for adults, and $10 for children 12 and under

Stop by anytime from Noon until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 19 to create a piece of artwork.  The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.  All supplies will be provided.

You can do your own thing, or use our project idea sheets if you need help getting started.  Need a little extra instruction?  At 1:00 and 3:00, we’ll do training sessions that guide you through the process of creating a painting (but we promise your finished product won’t look like anyone else’s).

When you’re done, you’ll leave your work at the gallery, and we’ll take care of hanging it up.  Then, on Saturday, April 25 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., invite your friends to the Artist Reception to show off your work!  The reception is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.

You’ll be able to take your artwork home at the end of the reception, or arrange a time to pick it up the following week.

Let us know you’re coming and invite your friends at the Facebook Event Page (optional).

Luc Amstrong’s Art is a Product

Luke Armstrong’s latest show is a continuation of his 2014 show, titled Art is for Everyone.  The work in this new show builds on the concepts started last year, but is informed and influenced by Luke’s mind-opening trip to Peru.  This trip marked the end of Luke’s first phase of life – the learning phase (which is followed by the doing phase, and finally the sharing phase).  Luke wanted one final exploration to learn as much as possible as his first 33-and-a-third years came to an end. Continue reading

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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Stage Name / Name* (required)


Briefly tell us about your performance.* (Please include poem/speech duration)

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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