Project Artcast: Episode 12 – Alicia Mattern


About the Alicia Mattern:

   Alicia started drawing at the early age of 4. Her favorite character was Garfield! Using that as her foundation, she drew many different cartoon characters growing up. Art was her main course of study throughout high school and college and she was also a set designer for both drama departments.
Alicia graduated Magna Cum Laude and College Fellow in Fine Arts (Studio Art Concentration) at Jamestown College, North Dakota in 2001; Minors in Business Administration and Information Technology.
Alicia works as a graphic artist for a local sticker company and freelances out of her home. Furthermore, Alicia works with local production companies and photographers working as a model, special makeup effects artist and photo editor and has walked the fashion runway for Toxic Sadie Swimwear.



About the Zombie Squirts:

As I was designing these adorable zombie stickers, I started seeing cartoon episodes in my head. Then I thought what a great picture book this would make! I decided to buy the artwork rights from the sticker company and started the book process. I was so grateful the company and I came to an agreement for them to keep selling the stickers and allow me to do what I wanted with the characters. They give me full support and wish me the best in my new adventure!


Project Artcast: Episode 11 – Mike Machian

On this episode of Project Artcast we sit down with the “Male MultiMedia Mercenary” Mike Machian and talk about Photography and other Media.

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Vampire Masquerade at House of Loom

Omaha Zombie Walk 2014









Music provided by Windmill and the song was Blankets Fold.


Project Artcast: Episode 10 – Benito Garcia

We sat down with Benito Garcia of local special effects studio Wetworks. We talk about blood, gore and how to make ripping off the lower jaw look so good.


Who is Wetworks…

Wetworks SFX Studios provide special effects, props, creature creations and realistic trauma, wounds and injuries for movies, television, print ads, internet and photography.  Wetworks has several years experience and combines this with a professional on-set presence. Wetworks has a team of sculptors, mold makers, fabricators and conceptual artists, including Keil Illustration, to bring your ideas to life.  Contact us with questions or if you need a quote. 

Wetworks SFX Studios

Benito Garcia



Music Provided by Clear the Day

Project Artcast: Episode 9 – David Mainelli


I am 42 years old and born and raised in Omaha, NE.

I have owned two restaurants since 1995 and still own Julio’s West Restaurant which my wife has so graciously allowed herself to be taken hostage by, freeing me to take on new undertakings.

I was able to get  around the world as a business consultant for Home Instead Inc., a job I loved. I left the position in 2012 due to my health. SeeAround the Damn World Page & Home Instead Senior Care

I am currently candidate for an MFA in Fiction at the University of Nebraska, and serve on the Board of Directors for a literary magazine called Fine Lines out of Omaha.

I wrote a song for Home Instead about Alzheimer’s. It can be found around the web. I have played shows in the past, but slowed down in recent years. I have recently put a project together called Bazile Mills. I have had writing published in Fine Lines Magazine, by the Omaha Restaurant Association, and a few other places, but really only seriously entered the publishing arena recently. I have completed four screenplays, two novels, and many shorts and essays with little attempt to get them published; something hopefully the MFA will change.

– From Dave Mainelli’s About


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Project Artcast: Episode 8 – Darruk Joy

Yep, that’s a painting on a dime.

This month we sat down with Darruk Joy. He’s an Omaha based artist who graduated last year with a BFA from UNL.


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Project Artcast: Episode 6 – Heather Peebles

Heather Peebles joins us in Episode 6!


Artist Biography

Heather Peebles lives and works in Omaha, Nebraska where she earned her BFA in Painting from the University of Nebraska Omaha.  Solo exhibitions include Omaha First Friday at The Teasmith and Benson First Friday at Beercade along with numerous group exhibitions.  Currently, she is working on mixed media pieces for RAW:Minneapolis and for the Emerging Artist Program at the Artists Cooperative Gallery in downtown Omaha.


Music – Big Boom by Windmill

Project Artcast: Episode 4 – Dave Koenig

cover     Dave Koenig is a prolific painter and tattooist currently living and working in Omaha, Nebraska.  His art has been exhibited at tattoo conventions, festivals and art galleries throughout the world including Into the Woods Fine Art Gallery in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as well as The New BLK, In Common and Bemis Underground in Omaha, Nebraska.

This Episode was recorded a little over a year ago, Dave has since switched Tattoo Shops and other details may vary now.






April 13, 2013 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Themed Show and Artist reception
Local Artists of varying experience levels around Omaha have been invited to create art based on their choice of different themes from previous 101 events
Now join us for an evening filled with the unique chance to see the many perspectives of our diverse art community

Artists in no particular order~
Brenda Turner
Brandon Engel
Christina Arellano
Kimberly Glass
Cynthia Ulrich
Emily Ramelb
Michael Shukis
Stacey Shukis
Margaret Knight
Sarah Urwin
Therese Leger
Robert Puhl
Ann Meyer
Jack Round
Corey Lundquist
Heather Peebles
Lynn Xiong
Mark Anthony Sabaliauskas II
Michael Pysh
Janet Mills

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and be sure to check out the Photo Albums ( Themems!) while you are there.


Howlin’ Hounds Coffee

712 South 16th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68106


Listen to Janet talk about the (upcoming) show:

Music provided by Windmill and Paperplain, the track is Jelly Globe off the album Above Duffle Farm.

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