Hot Shops - the Hottest Art in Town!
Hot Shops Art Center—Omaha’s home of all that is molten. You have to go, and take the kids if you have them!
Loken Forge (you know, pounding red hot iron on anvils), Crystal Forge (glass blowing wonders), and Bruning Sculpture (metal casting and welding) are the fiery trio from which the Hot Shops name was born.
Keep reading, there is so much more! In fact, the Hot Shops house over 56 artist studios with 70 artists and 4 gallery spaces. It is a very cool place to host your event.
There is a huge variety of different artists displaying their art. For example, Hot Shops houses fused glass, wood working, pottery, wire art, textiles, stained glass…and glass blowing demonstrations are always a crowd favorite! In all, there are over 92,000 square feet of creativity housed in what used to be the old Serta Mattress Factory.
I have taken a watercolor class from Madalyn Bruning in studio 201. I had a ball! It was a begining level class, and I learned so much. Madalyn taught art for Millard Public Schools. If you take her class, you get the insight of an amazing painter and the expertise of an educator all wrapped up in one.
My daughter and I made sock monsters with Amy Morin in studio 222. Amy is very active in the Omaha arts community and has a day job that utilizes her talents. We are still making more sock monsters at home. Each sock monster seems to take on a personality of its own. Just to name a few of my daughter’s monsters: Winston Wartman, Harry Toeman, and Argyle Shoeman.
Check out the Omaha Creative Institute to see what classes are coming up. Some classes are offered at the Hot Shops, and some are offered at other locations. The price (as I type this) is only $35.00 per person. What a steal! I plan to take a pottery class and a fused glass class next.
Coming up the first weekend in May is the Hot Shops Spring Open House. See art demonstrations and enjoy live music. The artist studios are open and you get to see how/where they work. The Hot Shops has been ‘pinned’ by the Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau as one of Omaha’s top attractions. Go see why!
The Hot Shops Art Center is located on the corner of 13th Street and Nicholas Street. You’ll see the bright orange building. They are open Monday to Friday 9 to 5, and Saturday and Sunday, 11 to 5.
lead photo: Large Yellow and Green Creature “Nails Ballman JR. by Amy Morin. Sock Monsters by Emily Troe.