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Photo by George Lauby
Save the Last Dance for Me by Mick Shimonek (click or tap on images to enlarge)
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Ice Cream on the Beach by Sue Perez
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Big Eagle by Jay Lewis
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Classic Chrome
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Cherry County Valley, pencil drawing by Kyle Hoyt
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Wild Waters by Jerry Ulrich
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Together Through the Fallen by Andrew Junker

Mick Shimonek of Lemoyne has the best artwork in the Nebraskaland Days art competition, the judges declared after rating the artworks last week.

Shimonek won the best of show award for an unusual metal sculpture of two giant praying mantises, which is called “Save the Last Dance for Me.”

The sculpture is about two feet tall.

Twenty-eight artworks won awards at the annual show. There are a total of 102 entries, gallery organizer Virginia Clark said, compared to 91 last year.

A painting by Sue Perez of a house on a frozen beach won first place in two-dimensional art. The painting is called “Ice Cream on the Beach.”

In 3D art, a moose antler converted to an image of an eagle wing was first. The work is called “Big Eagle”  by Jay Lewis.

In photography, a hood latch on an antique auto was first -- Classic Chrome by Marie Prilips.

The works will be on display daily from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday.

Forty-five artists entered the show, up from 30 last year. Seventeen communities are represented, up from nine a year ago, Clark said.


More award winners:


Special Awards:

Art and Gift Gallery: Peony Dance, Sandy Meyer

Indian Meadows: Cherry County Valley by Kyle Hoyt

Cinda's: Wild Waters by Jerry Ulrich

Paul Jeske Memorial: Grassy Waters by Sharon Skinner

Dean Crook NPAG Memorial: Ravaged by Mike Hinde

Margaret Bauer NPAG Memorial: Ready for the Ring by Roxy Martin

Sue Condon NPAG Memorial: Middleloup River by Layne Mills

Darlene Finke NPAG Memorial: Amish Work Horses by Mary Hasenauer


NebraskaLand Days awards:

Octopus by Andrew Junker

Dunfermline Abby by DeDe Hill

Femisphere by Eugene Gilsdorf

Prickly Poppy Pair by Hedda Matheson

Spring cactus” by Sandra Meyer

Spirit Woman by Jay Lewis

Bumble Bee by Philip Ham

Greeting a New Day by Roxy Martin

Childhood Interlude by Sue Perez

The Brand by Laura McWha

Common Grackle by Mike Hinde

Be Strong in the Lord by Angela Kramer

Blue Blooms by Kyle Hoyt

Crashing Waves by Pat Vigil

Longhorn by Carmen Jorgenson

Behind Bars by Tiiu Swan

One of the more interesting works in the show that did not win a prize is a large picture of the United States covered with toy soldiers, who resemble an interconnected web across the entire country. The work is called Together Through the Fallen, by Andrew Junker.


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 6/21/2017
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