The Passageway Gallery was established in 1981 to give local artists a place to show and sell their art at affordable prices. They are located in the Poppleton Block of the Old Market of Omaha, built in 1886 by Andrew Poppleton.
The Poppleton Block was designated an Omaha landmark in 1982 and is listed on the National Register of Historical Places.
The Old Market has a collection of truly unique shops and restaurants. Their gallery is located on 11th Street, in the heart of the Old Market.
The Passageway Gallery is a very active participant in the Old Market Gallery Walks held on the first Friday of the month. First Friday openings feature one or two gallery member's works. Gallery Walks and First Fridays are free and open to the public.
The gallery is open seven days a week and operates completely through the volunteer efforts of the artists whose work is on display. All artists are “local”, in that they live within 50 miles of Omaha.
Every artist member spends 2 - 4 shifts each month greeting visitors, handling sales functions and performing duties necessary to the successful operation of the gallery.
Each visitor is able to visit with an actual artist member of the gallery. Membership provides a blend of two dimension and three dimensional art.
The Passageway Gallery is filled with unique works of art not found elsewhere.
Living Lace of Omaha
When did lace originate? Although no definite date can be given for the ‘invention’ of lace, it is most likely that what we now regard as lace arose in the early sixteenth century.
Bobbin Lace is also known as pillow lace which is a method of making lace by weaving threads held on bobbins and pinning them on top of a pattern pinned to a pillow. There are two basic movements:the cross and the twist. Different combinations of these two stitches and the placement of the pins create different designs in the lace.
Tatting Lace is used with a shuttle and is a beautiful way of making lacey fabric that's been around for hun- dreds of years. Shuttle tatting is the hand lace technique of tying double stitch knots onto a foundation thread that is shaped into rings and chains to form a lacy material.
Needle Lace is a type of lace created using a needle and thread to stitch up hundreds of small stitches to form the lace itself. In its purest form, the only equipment and materials used are a needle, thread and scissors. The origins of needle lace date back to the 16th century in Italy, and its origins may be found in the openwork on linen technique called reticella.
Knitting is a method by which thread or yarn may be turned into cloth or other fine crafts. Knitted fabric consists of consecutive loops, called stitches. As each row progresses, a new loop is pulled through an existing loop. The active stitches are held on a needle until another loop can be passed through them. This process eventually results in a final product, often a garment.
Living Lace of Omaha meets once a month at the CHI United Hospital in Omaha from 1-3 p.m. Some of their past get togethers include decorating the Christmas tree at the Dodge House and putting on demonstrations at Arbor Lodge in Nebraska City. Their group will also be doing a workshop in the
Spring and Summer.
If you are interested in a meeting or joining the group, please call Faith Dunn at 402-690-1923.