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07/04/2020 - *2020 Western Wildlife Art Show CANCELLED

The Western Wildlife Art Show Board of Directors CANCELLED the 47th Annual presentation for July 2-4, 2020 at Fort Robinson State Park, Nebraska due to the COVID-19 Directives by Governor Ricketts, the safety of our volunteers, our artists and the fact that keeping distance in the Veterinary Hospital would be close to impossible.   The directives for catered dinners are not conducive to our style and we feel this is the best decision for all of us involved.  We regret the opportunities lost for our artists and for any of our visitors.  

The Artists have helped us make this very difficult decision and most of them will return in 2021 with a chance for you to purchase their paintings, sculptures, pottery, baskets, sketches, jewelry, photos and much more.  

The Western Wildlife Art Show is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation under the name, Fort Robinson Centennial, Inc.  This Art Show has been continuous since 1972 and we are proud of the Artists that join us every year.  Where else can you attend a Show of this quality held in an Historic Veterinary Hospital in which the artists display their talents in horse stalls?  This show has been presented for 46 years and we eagerly look forward to the years leading up to the 50th Anniversary Show.

The Children’s Wall of Art Contest has been a fun, successful event on July 3rd for any young artist to have opportunity to create art appropriate for their age. Awards for each age group are presented every year.  This has been an added feature since 2016.

The Board is working toward making this Art Show self-sustaining in the future through donations and benefactors.  We receive grants from Kimmel Foundation for all show awards and Children’s Wall contest winners.  The Coffee Family Foundation supports the July 1 dinner for the artists and sponsors. We are thankful to the Dawes County Travel Board for helping with Advertising & Promotions.  Our volunteers come from RSVP and our set up and tear down help is done by Job Corps young people.  

We have many financial supporters from Chadron and Crawford area that donate every year.  Our greatest thanks and appreciation to all of you.  Supporters are Chadron Credit Union, Bauerkempers, State Farm Insurance-Randy Bauer, Home Have Furniture, Chadron Motor Co., George Klein-CPA, Randy Cullers-Attorney, First National Bank, Wahlstrom Ford, CDK Marketing, and Tommy’s Car Lot.  Crawford supporters have been Security First Bank, Q’s Dairy Sweet & Bar-B-Que, Herren’s Bro. True Value, Horizon Dental, North West NE Auto Body.  H&R Block, Verizon, and Business Connections continue to be supporters by donating time and supplies for our event.  We thank you from the bottoms of our hearts for your help!  
Other supporters are Kreider Insurance, Crawford Public Library, Crawford Clipper, D & S Market, and last but certainly not least is Fort Robinson State Park and History Nebraska.   

The Board of Directors are Judy Hawthorne, Chairman and Grant writer, Marcy Thompson, Vice Chair and Financial Director, Gwen Ruff, Children’s Art Show Director, Rick Ruff, Volunteer Director and Maintenance, Susan Hucke, Member at Large—new this year and Teena Redfern, Web-site Director & Event Photographer.  Please contact us with any suggestions or donations westernwildlifeartshow@outlook.com or P O Box 531, Crawford NE  69339.