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With temperatures forecast to be pushing 100 degrees this weekend, you may be looking for indoor activity options.

Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha is one entertainment idea for cool, indoor fun.

Two exhibitions recently opened at Joslyn Art Museum.

“Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection” presents a rare opportunity to view one of the most important collections of British art in America. The paintings in this exhibition tell the complex history of Great Britain and how matters such as religious conflict, the rise and fall of the monarchy, industrialization, trade expansion, colonialism and European influences shaped British artistic identity.

The exhibition, organized by the Denver Art Museum, is made possible by the Berger Collection Educational Trust. It is open to the public through Sept. 9.

Beginning in the mid-1990s, mutual fund financier William M.B. Berger and his wife, Bernadette, set out to assemble a collection of British art that would reflect the historical and cultural significance of Great Britain. Over the course of three years, they amassed over 200 works dating from the mid-14th century to the present day.

In recent months, The Berger Collection Educational Trust has gifted 65 paintings to the Denver Art Museum. “Treasures of British Art” showcases 50 masterworks from this unique collection, many of them part of the gift to DAM.

The diverse selection includes religious works, history paintings, portraiture, landscapes and sporting scenes by both famous and well-known artists.

“Treasures of British Art” is a ticketed exhibition. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for college students with ID, and free for youth ages 17 and younger. Special Thursday price from 4-8 p.m. is $5 for adults.

The “Arlene Shechet” exhibition also is on view through Sept. 9. It is housed in Joslyn’s Riley CAP Gallery.

Shechet’s idiosyncratic sculptures are a study in contradictions, balancing the beautiful with the grotesque, natural forms with human interventions and humor with stoicism.

She resists conventional techniques for working in ceramics and has little interest in creating functional objects. Instead, she emphasizes the opportunity for discovery that her chosen medium encourages, saying, “I began working with clay because I wanted a material with a history but also a plasticity that would allow me to make anything. Clay provides an opportunity for building slowly, poking around, and figuring things out while finding what I want to make by making it, rather than thinking it and then making it.”

Shechet often rests her ceramic constructions on pedestals composed of seemingly more durable materials, such as steel, wood and concrete. Designed by the artist, these sturdy bases serve as both foil and complement to the lively clay forms they support.

“Arlene Shechet” is included in free general museum admission.

This Saturday, the public is invited to celebrate Omaha World Refugee Day at Joslyn Art Museum.

This free event will feature: a naturalization ceremony welcoming new citizens (10 a.m., Witherspoon Concert Hall); cultural music, dance, visual art and fashion presentations; special guest speakers; gallery viewing and art-making activities.

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Tammy Greunke is a native of Cedar Bluffs and reports on entertainment news, general news and sports.

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