PAC hosting competitive art show

“Fight’s On,” a bronze by Sondra Dunn Mahoney, greets visitors to the Main Gallery at the Prairie Arts Center. The PAC is hosting the annual Nebraskaland Days Competitive Art Show for the first time this year and the show has attracted 132 entries.

The annual Nebraskaland Days Competitive Art Show brought in 132 entries this year, said Prairie Arts Center Executive Director Holly Carlini.

This is the first year the show is being hosted by the PAC, and the works will be on display through the end of June in the Main Gallery.

“The show is the largest we’ve ever had at the Prairie Arts Center,” Carlini said. “We’ve partnered up with Nebraskaland Days just to celebrate Western heritage.”

There are several categories including Western, Family, Wildlife and Open.

“The Open category allows more abstract pieces to be entered,” Carlini said.

Carlini said the show has drawn a lot of interest from artists in all mediums.

“We have a variety of photography, two-dimensional art, three-dimensional art,” Carlini said. “We’re so excited about the number of entries. There are so many talented artists from all over and a show like this with different categories opens it up to everybody.”

On June 18 from 6 to 8 p.m., the PAC will host an artists’ reception.

“The Nebraskaland Days board will be here as well and we will be handing out awards for all of the winners,” Carlini said.

Carlini said the art represents everything from cowboys to horses to turtles to family pieces.

“We will have a Best of Show and a People’s Choice Award,” Carlini.

There will be awards in each category as well, she said, including youth awards.

The show will be open during regular PAC business hours, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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