Board makes final preparations for Western Wildlife Art Show

A photo from past year's art show (Source Western Wildlife Art Show)
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CRAWFORD, Neb. - (KNEP) - Final preparations are underway for next month’s 46th annual Western Wildlife Art Show in Crawford.

The show began in 1973 by local artists and was originally held at the lodge at Fort Robinson State Park. It eventually made its way to the veterinarian hospital.

IN 1974 the Crawford community took on the planning stages of the show so the artists could have more time with their work. The entire show takes about 11 months to put together with an emphasis on finding the artists.

The board sends out about 50-60 invitations to artists all around the country. Those invitations include an application, a request for a bio about the artist and a few samples of their work. The board then picks from that list in January and also creates a waiting list in case someone were to drop out.

This year’s show will feature 29 artists mainly from surrounding states including Colorado, South Dakota and Wyoming.

The board is always looking to grow the show and add more elements to it. The three-day show from July 2nd to the 4th this year will also include child friendly activities. They average about 3,000 people to the show and have implemented ways to get an accurate account of those who attend.

The art show is all about the Western theme and the artwork from the artists must focus on it. Judy Hawthorn, president of the non-profit organization, stated its Western Nebraska and the surrounding history from Fort Robinson to the Native American tribal history encompass the essence of the theme.

Patrons can visit the show from 9am – 7pm on the 2nd and 3rd while the 4th will see a 9am-5pm timeframe. The board will also give out awards throughout like they did last year.