Hey, Omaha - meet MacKenzie Weaver, the talent behind our September BFF poster.
MacKenzie is a full-time student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she studies studio art and art history. She also works at The Sydney and Scooter's, so she's super busy, but she did make time to answer a few questions for us. Take a look below:
What was your inspiration for the poster art?
I was inspired by Manet's A Bar at the Folies-Bergére. In my work, I focus a lot on positive feminine energy. For this Benson First Friday poster, keeping in mind that Femme Fest was also this month, I wanted my lady to look strong and command attention. I thought it was important to make her delicate and authoritative at the same time. I really enjoy working in black and white because I feel like it immediately draws the eye in and allows the use of more detail that may get lost in the mix of a lot of color.
When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
I've been an artist my whole life. My parents always encouraged the arts when I was a child, and my passion never went away. I feel very fortunate that I was able to find something so powerful that I love and plan to keep pursuing the rest of my life.
Where can people see your work?
People can see my work via instagram (@oheydare). A website is in the works.
What's your favorite thing about Benson?
The focus Benson has on the local arts is awesome. It gives so many musicians and artists the opportunity to showcase themselves to the rest of the community. It is such a wonderful community filled with amazing people.
Our Newsroom editors are current interns of BFF - most are students at UNO.