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Monday, October 14, 2013

Local Omaha Artists Exhibit Compassion with Annual Somethin' Else Fall Art Show

With the crispness in the air and trees changing colors, it feels like football season in these parts. However, for some area shoppers it is also the start of another season. You'll see signs popping up to alert passers-by of the fact, it's officially craft show season!

I have fond memories of attending fall craft shows with my aunt, mom and cousin. There is nothing more fulfilling than purchasing a handmade item from a local crafter or artist. In fact, some of the original works of art that litter our home's walls and shelves are my most cherished pieces. Since I'm a fashionista at heart, I'm always on the lookout for one-of-a-kind handmade pieces of jewelry, too. population-we™ readers also in the market for an art craft show are in luck. Attend the third annual Somethin' Else Fall Show on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission if free, and this year's show will be held at Residences at One Pacific Place Clubhouse, 1365 S. 101 St., in Omaha, Ne. The following items will be for sale: art glass, acrylic paintings, jewelry and fabric art.

According to local artist and  owner of Adventure In Art, Kristi Pederson, "It really is an art show as opposed to a craft show since many of us are full-time artists." 

Pederson's works will also be for sale. She is an Omaha artist who specializes in art glass and acrylic paint works. Pederson notes: anything that can be translated into glass is fair game! Her custom designs, which have been shown at many galleries and stores from coast-to-coast, are inspired from everyday things. Most notably, Pederson was featured on HGTV’s That’s Clever! creating a one-of-a-kind glass fusion clock.

Pederson said, "Peg Watkins will be doing painting and fused glass. Becky Noble will be doing fabric art, Darlynn Myers will be doing jewelry and I will be doing painting and fused glass." 

In the spirit of community, the participating artists are pleased to announce a portion of sales will go towards local non-profit, Compassion Omaha. "Compassion Omaha was founded just more than a year ago in July 2012. We believe the art show benefits on many levels; when people purchase our art they are supporting 'Buying Local.' With every sale each artist donates 20 percent to Compassion Omaha," she said. "Compassion Omaha is a community-based organization dedicated to engaging, inspiring and educating through activities and events that foster active compassion toward all beings, including nonviolence, tolerance and acceptance and universal responsibility, transcending religious and political affiliations."

Pederson got involved with Compassion Omaha in April 2013. "It’s not really a membership organization. You can just participate as you wish and live your life according to their mission," she said.

Besides the upcoming October fall art show the organization sponsored an art show for the Tibetan Monks at the OM Center in Omaha this past August and September. Pederson's all-time favorite Compassion Omaha event so far, which took place last April, was 5 days of Compassion (What does compassion look like?).

Anyone can get involved by liking Compassion Omaha on Facebook or going to Remember you can show your support Oct. 19th by purchasing gifts for others or indulge yourself with a little Somethin' Else; all while supporting area artists and buying local.

-population-we™ blog post by Becky Bohan Brown
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