February 28 Framing the Flame: Art That Ignites
Program begins at 6:30 PM; cash bar opens at 5 PM

Join Demetria Geralds, Jade Rogers, and Sarah Jones for a unique program inspired by the special exhibition 30 Americans. Each guest will offer her personal response to one work in the exhibition, addressing the burning question, “What lights your fire?” This program is designed to shed light on the power of art to enrich, engage, and inspire.  Enjoy the conversation in the galleries and over drinks in the ConAgra Foods Atrium.

Demetria Geralds, Fashion Arts Mentor

Geralds is a local fashion designer who constructs custom, pattern-rich garments under her brand Re’ChaunStyles. She was awarded the Emerging Designer Award at Omaha Fashion Week and has received a 2019 Union for Contemporary Arts Fellowship. Geralds is an instructor through Metro Community College/Fashion Arts Program, is a mentor for Joslyn’s Fashion Arts Program for teens, and she offers textile-based workshops through The Union. She is a proud United States Air Force veteran (retired) and enjoy spending time with her daughter Martina and grandson Trenton.

Jade Rogers, Educator, Historian, and Archivist
Rogers is an adjunt professor of history at Metropolitan Community College and the University of Nebraska Omaha.  Former archivist for the Great Plains Black History Museum, Rogers is an oral historian who illuminates the contributions of African Americans in the Midwest.  She is founder of The House of Afros, Capes, & Curls, a social organization that strives to connect people from diverse backgrounds who share a love of science fiction, comics, anime, gaming, and Afro-futurism. The organization serves as a catalyst for building relationships and facilitating conversation.

Sarah Hummel Jones, Artist

Jones is an interdisciplinary artist working with a variety of materials. She earned her M.F.A. in ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art and recently moved to Omaha from Brooklyn, New York.  In making her installations, Jones, who draws inspiration from music videos and blipster culture, layers forms, materials, colors, and light to create new spaces in which audiences may immerse their imaginations.

Space is limited. The program can accommodate a maximum of 45 people. Tickets will be issued on a first come, first served basis. Guests are asked to sign in upon arrival on February 28; no advance registration required. This program is FREE for members; special Thursday evening ticket pricing $5 for general public adults.