“Making a Difference” Exhibition Highlights Local Change Agents

Omahans make a difference every day. "Making a Difference" is a collection of recent portraits done by Omaha artist Eddith Buis. Buis's illustrated portraits of individuals from various backgrounds, professions and walks of life to demonstrate the diversity of Omaha's change agents. These humble, black and white drawings reflect the nature of the service and activism of the featured Omaha citizens, many who Buis knows personally. Her subjects are everyday people working in their own ways to create a better city for everyone.

As a person with everyday-infused activism herself, Buis appreciates how individual, seemingly small contributions connect across categories to build something bigger, stronger and more hopeful. As she says, this is just the “tip of the iceberg” of the many good people here, and in that, she finds solace for the future. This exhibition is the artist's way of thanking people in Omaha who she feels "care about others who are doing thier best to make this city a good place to live."

Buis is a retired art instructor who taught for 24 years with the Omaha Public Schools and 15 years with Metropolitan Community College. After many years of making sculptures and printmaking, she’s chosen to focus the third chapter of her life on drawing and watercolors, as well as writing.

"Making a Difference" will open on Friday, Feb. 2, with an opening reception from 4-6 p.m. at the W. Dale Clark Main Library's Michael Phipps Gallery. The exhibition will remain on display in the gallery through Feb. 26.

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