518 N 40th St
Omaha, NE 68131
(402) 513-2321
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Don't miss out on our next event, there will be collaborative and competitive painting in addition to music provided by DJ Dancin Hansen!
 
Join us Saturday the 18th from 3pm-9pm at 518 N 40th st.
 
See you at Cali Commons!
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Hey everyone!

We will be closed the week of Thanksgiving, November 19-25th. Catch us before or after, and check out our events!

Happy Thanksgiving!
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Hey everyone!

Due to last month's great turnout, we're back with Idea Jam for November! Same time, same place, new ideas!

Join us this Wednesday from 6-9PM to share ideas, hear stories, and collaborate with some awesome people! Light snacks and beverages will be provided!

See you at Cali Commons!
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Happy Monday!

This week, we continue our weekly Idea Jam on Wednesday, Oct. 11th, from 6-9PM. If you have an idea for something you want to work on, explore, or share, come get some feedback on it. Meet up with new people and hear other ideas too!

Light snacks and beverages are provided. 

Don't forget about Molly's Free Laughter Sessions on Sunday at 2PM! Find more info here.

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Hey Omaha!

Join us each week of October to explore your ideas, share your stories, & collaborate with other creative people.

The Idea Jam will be happening every Wednesday from 6-9pm this month at 518 N 40th St. in Omaha.

Light snacks & beverages will be provided, as well as tons of fun!


Join us if you can, we'd love to see you!

Link to Facebook Event Page: Idea Jam


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Join us this Wednesday (09/27) for our last Happy Hour! We'll be gathering from 5-8PM at Cali Commons.

There will be snacks, there will be drinks, and there will be fun! Art and Knockerballs is always included.

See you then!
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Come celebrate Cali Commons's 4th birthday with an afternoon/evening of live paintings, music, food/beverages, and cat caricatures!

Saturday, 9/23/17 from 3-9pm!

This FREE event will start with a competitive (4ft. x 2ft.) painting session between Cali Common's own Luke Armstrong & Molly Nicklin. We will end the evening with a collaborative (4ft. x 6ft.) painting between anyone interested in participating; (painting...
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Luke Luc presents: EMERGENT COMPLEXITIES IN INFINITE SPACES
[Mini-exhibit & Artist talk (@ 6:30)]


Artist Statement

"We can define spaces for exploration. The echoes of the past are continuously recontextualized for the future. We build on our stories, on our understandings of what is and was. We learn from our experiences. We sometimes borrow from our interactions, from those traits we find endearing in others and the...
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When was the last time you took your eyes off the computer screen? Probably longer than recommended. Cali Commons is hosting a Happy Hour Wednesday, 08/30, from 5-8PM!

Meet the community, unwind for the night, and see what we are up to! We'll have our Knockerballs set up along with snacks and beverages! See you here!

*Parking available along 40th street!
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Join Cali Commons for Networking Night! Wednesday, August 9th from 6-9PM!

Be sure to unwind after work and socialize before summer ends! We'll have snacks and drinks, and we'll set up our Knockerballs game-set to shoot around. See you Wednesday!
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Cali Commons is opening the space for the public! Come learn about who we are and what we do! We can tell you about our services and how we can help you. 

Meet other business owners and artists, take a look at the gallery, and play a couple rounds of Knockerballs while you are here! 

We bring the pizza. You bring the beer. See you this Friday! 

RSVP on Facebook!
*Parking available along 40th street

*Coffee and tea also...
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Our modular framing system allows you to mix it up, by changing how your art is displayed as often as you'd like!  Put a new piece on display each day of the week.  You can even bring it back and trade it in when you get tired of a piece and you can get a discount on a whole new concept!

Purchase one directly

Each original piece of art (made by a local artist) is $150, and includes the frame and hardware to hang...

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Stop by Cali Commons during our new office hours! We are relaunching with new products and services for art lovers, artists, and local businesses.

Monday-Saturday
3:00-7:00p.m.
Cali Commons - 518 N 40th Street

Look out for our events 7:00-9:00p.m. during the week too! Stay updated!

What's new?

Cali Commons will help you launch your local business. Our diverse team will provide:

  • An all-in-one website and an email...
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We are working on building the artist community. Our mission is to help artists by making the collection process easier.

Learn more about the Collectors Club!

Please fill out the following form to recieve notifications about upcoming shows and opportunities to sell your art at Cali Commons.
 
 
 
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We are looking for early-stage businesses. We want to help get you started and see if we can't help you get traction!

Get more info!

Please fill out the following form to receive notifications about upcoming shows and opportunities to sell your art at Cali Commons.

 
 
 
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We are working on building a community for artists.  This community will help artists market themselves, while working together on motivation and inspiration.

You are invited!

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The Cali Commons art gallery is open each Saturday from 3pm-7pm, with a special activity each week at 4pm.
 
Featured Artist
A featured artist will be in the gallery, working on their next project and talking to you about their work.  The specifics will vary for each artist, so keep an eye out for details each month.

Still Life Drawing
Come out and sketch a still life in the gallery. Work on techniques like shape,...
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Buying art as a gift can be difficult - will they like what you pick?

That's why we've created the Cali Commons holiday special!

From November 26 through December 17, 2016, all artwork in our Swap Frames is just $100, plus you get a free trade coupon. That means if they don't love what you picked, they can bring it in and trade it for a different piece.

Stop in during our open hours - Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00...
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ONE NIGHT ONLY!
Friday, May 20, 2016
6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Cali Commons - 518 N 40th St, Omaha

Random Arts Omaha presents PAPER: a group show featuring 30 local artists.  Each artist has created works on 11 x 11" paper, which will be displayed in the new Cali Commons Swap frames.

All works will be sold for $100, and include the frame and hanging hardware.

Learn more at the Facebook Event Page.
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For other innovators and entreprenuers in the community, we offer:
 
Private Offices - Starting at $300/mo.
Internet / Utilities Included
24-7 Keycode Access
Office Doors w/ Locks
Simple Lease Terms
Kitchenette
Bathroom
Coffee / Tea / Refreshments

Co-working Space - Starting at $125/mo.
Internet / Utilities Included
Keycode Access
...
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We’ve been a bit quiet here at Cali Commons…  But we’ve been busy behind the scenes, making some exciting plans for 2016!  I don’t want to ruin the surprise, but I will tell you it involves demolition, construction, and a brand new model for the art gallery.

Stay tuned to this site, or our Facebook and Twitter pages for more!

Happy New Year!
Luke and Molly

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Friday, November 13, join us for Brad Abboud’s Lucky 13 Art Show, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.  More details on Facebook…

See a sneak preview video here!

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Molly 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,...

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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...

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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 info@calicommons.com.  Bring a yoga mat, a towel, and a massage partner.

Laura...

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In June, Cali Commons presents the work of three local artists: Sarah McWilliams, Rick Merwin, and Jason H. Smith.

An Artist Reception will take place Saturday, June 13 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The gallery is also open by appointment – just send an email to info@calicommons.com to make arrangements.

Sarah McWilliams creates texturized acrylics on canvas with the valued kinesthetic tool of a palette knife. Her...
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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...

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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

Cost
$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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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“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...
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“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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

Soon after starting high school, Maria started focusing more on...

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In a society that’s more apt to have its collective face buried in their phone, tablet, or laptop, you’ll find Steve Hill intensely bent over a sheet of 3-ply Bristol board with a quill-tip pen and bottle of India ink. Content to be one of the final holdouts in today’s digital world, Steve keeps the art of hand-drawing alive.

His life as a cartoonist began at age 12, and he’s quick to mention that he didn’t...

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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...

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Art that makes an impact doesn’t typically come from easy, comfortable parts of life. Every artist strives to create meaningful pieces that touch the viewer, causing a lasting impression. Usually that means connecting through mutual strife. Everyone has experienced anxiety in their life, whether situational or as a daily trial. Neil Orians shares his personal battle with anxiety in his upcoming show, aptly titled...

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We’re all on a journey, but most of us would be apprehensive to show the world what it’s taken to get where we are today. This is not the case for Ronal Boone.

Ronal’s upcoming art show, “The Journey” promises to be an emotionally-driven, intimate look into what’s made him the man he is today.

His journey so far has spanned geography (from Virginia, to Texas, to Nebraska) as well as emotions in the forms of...

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Josh Schmidt says his passion for art began in high school, and we’re so glad he kept it going. His flair for the unique makes him one of the most exciting and innovative artists around.

Currently working on a degree in art and marketing, he still finds time to do the things that don’t require schooling, getting an emphasis in life from what he likes. From watercolor to photography to charcoal, his style is...

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Handmade art for you, your home & garden

When:
Saturday, May 3rd from 9am-3pm
Where: Here at Cali Commons (518 N. 40th St.)

Perfect Mother’s Day gifts!  Unique jewelry, photography, fiber art, birdhouses, garden art, “peace love & justice” flags, baskets & bowls, cards, wall art, barnwood trays, stained glass, fairy garden pots, miniature plants, hostas, perennial...

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Come join us on  Thursday April 17th anytime between 5-10pm.  Year of the Startup will share their organizational mission all while throwing a good party with live music, a keg or two, networking, and a food truck.

Who is Year of the Startup? Year of the Startup is a breakthrough model for economic and community development. We are providing free and shared housing for aspiring/early stage entrepreneurs. The...

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When you hear about a female artist presenting a show based on her journey into personal acceptance, your first thought probably runs toward that of angst-y, heartbreak-riddled puzzles the likes of which Fiona Apple would be proud. That is until you meet the disarmingly bright and charming Sarah Fettin. Turning the concept of self-exploration on its ear, her show “Imprinted Truth: One Girl’s Journey Into Finding...

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The idea of artistic exploration deals with challenging societal norms and expressing yourself through your own creative process. Unfortunately, many people believe art is out of reach, too distant, exclusionary. Local artist Luke Armstrong wants to dispel these notions with his upcoming show “ART IS FOR EVERYONE”. It’s not just an opportunity to show his works but also a way to engage a variety of people no matter...

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When: Saturday, February 8th from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Where: Cali Commons, 518 N 40th St (on the southwest corner of 40th and California)

What:  Come see a new (but temporary) mural by Luke and Molly (and friends), plus a sampling of our other work. You’ll also have the chance to participate in our crowdfunding project by buying art and other things at great prices, while helping us raise the capital needed to...

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Here at Cali Commons, we are excited to show [forty ten], an exhibit collected from eight student artists from the University of Nebraska-Omaha art program.  Ronal Boone, Cameron Conlon, Kelli McDanal, Nathan Merill, Zachary Nutt, Heather Peebles, Lillian VandenBussche, and Maureen Wilde are all presenting works, which show their unique view on what art is.

Each student is in the process of a Professional...

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Megan Thomas doesn’t see the everyday as mundane. What may go overlooked has its own value and a role in our daily lives. Every painting of a family member, friend or even a typically overlooked object tells a story, and what may seem uninteresting is anything but.

Her show at Cali Commons Saturday night contains pieces spanning her career and displays an artist interpreting the everyday into still life...

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“I am interested in magnifying the ordinary and the overlooked,” is the general idea of all of my work.

Progress by Megan Thomas 

When: Saturday November 2, 2013
Time: 7-10pm
Where: Cali Commons @ 40th & California St
Address: 518 North 40th St., Omaha, NE 68131

Progress is to move forward or onward in space and time. This show is a mixture of the paintings I’ve done since 2004. Static images, still...

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Starting a co-working space was actually a bit of an accident. Our art studio (Luke Armstrong and Molly Nicklin) and RenMind’s office was in Benson. It was a basic, kind of rough space with alley access and we were looking to upgrade. I was up late looking at craigslist and commercial real estate sites and saw that the old grocery store up on 40th and California was for sale. Molly and I both got really excited and...

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518 N 40th St
Omaha, NE 68131
(402) 513-2321