Nebraska -(Ammoland.com)- Beautiful scenes of the West will again be on display at the 42nd annual Western & Wildlife Art Show at Fort Robinson State Park.
The juried show, a traditional part of Crawford’s annual Fourth of July celebration, will be Wednesday through Saturday, July 1-4, at the park’s historic Veterinary Building.
The work of about two dozen artists — featuring subjects such as landscapes, animals, ranchers, cowboys and Native Americans — will be available for viewing and purchase. The show will be open free of charge from 7-9 p.m. on July 1, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. onJuly 2-3, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 4.
The public will help kick off the event July 1 at 6 p.m. with a dinner outside the Veterinary Building. The dinner program will include introductions of the artists and music by Pat Mead of Milo, Iowa. The price is $8 for adults and $4 for children. No reservations are required.
Organizers say one of the show’s secrets to success is its emphasis on quality art and the selection of artists months in advance. The number of artists is limited to the number of stalls available in the veterinary building and committee members are required to make some difficult choices. This year’s show will feature a wide variety of mediums, including paintings, sculptures, pottery, jewelry and drawings. Seven artists are new to the show this year.
Barb Heckman, who leads the show’s planning committee, said as many as 3,500 people annually attend the show and that a total of about 250 artists have been featured through the years.
The art show isn’t the only special Fourth of July activity planned at Fort Robinson. The park also plans its annual Fourth of July barbecue near the lodge following the city’s morning parade. People may dine on bison burgers at picnic tables west of the lodge or enjoy the buffet in the restaurant. Concessions also will be available at the show.
Attendance to the art show is free, but vehicles entering Fort Robinson are required to have a park entry permit. They are available for purchase online at outdoornebraska.org or at the park’s office.
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