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Denise Levy. Local Artist. Image provided by Ming Toy Gallery

By Gabriel Escalera

Ming Toy Gallery (Part Two)

March 13th, 2023

Previously, we met Teresa Gleason, co-owner of “Ming Toy Gallery” in Benson. She opened a Public Relations firm in the same building as the gallery for two main reasons: to spend her day working inside a gallery, and to support the talented community in Omaha, especially non-traditional and emerging artists.

“Mig Toy Gallery,” originally the “Little Gallery” when it opened in 2015, moved to the Blackstone District for a while. However, just last month they made the move back to downtown Benson, to a more spacious place. Gleason plans for this to be the permanent home for the gallery.

As for the current exhibition of the gallery, Denisse Levy is a local artist who has been painting since high school on and off but just recently is dedicating herself to painting full-time.

Levy is showing “Rural Routes: Path, Roads, and Highways Traveled.” Her focus on painting landscapes for this exhibition started about a year ago.

Levy says she’s glad to finally have her first real gallery show. She says it has taken her a lot to get to have this exhibition. Even though she started painting in high school, she feels that prior to that, she did not receive support from her school as a child.

For Levy, the Omaha community has taken a new direction in supporting local artists for at least the last 10 years, this is one of the reasons why she is finally becoming a full-time artist.

For more information about “Ming Toy Gallery” and Levy’s work, you can visit: or visit the gallery in person at 6066 Maple Street.