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KEARNEY — With the Museum of Nebraska Art closed for renovations, area artists still wanted a place to display their works and offer them for sale.
“We were really sad that MONA closed,” said guild member and former president Ginger Wilson. “There had been the Kaleidoscope event for many years. We wanted this to continue while the museum is under construction. Kearney Artist Guild has decided to organize its own event. So it’s not related to Kaleidoscope or MONA, but it has the same kind of flavor and appeal.
Kearney Artist Guild will present Art Gala from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Merryman Performing Arts Center. Artists will have their works for sale. Admission to the event is free.
The event will feature the work of 20 artists.
“There’s a lot of guild members that participate, and then there are other artists that we reached out to,” Wilson said. “It’s a mix of painters, jewelry artists, and potters — and all of that — to have that artist flair in this beautiful exhibit that people can come to.”
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An event like Art Gala allows artists to meet patrons and also gives patrons a better understanding of the people behind the art.
“Having the chance to talk about my work and everything I do is one of my favorite things as an artist,” Wilson said. “Meeting people, making that connection, inspiring them with what I do, that’s important. Often, artists stay at home in their studios. Being able to talk to people about what they do is really special for us.
Denise Christensen, executive director of the Merryman Performing Arts Center, understands the importance of events like the Kearney Artists Guild Arts Gala.
“The gala is just one of the ways Merryman supports visual arts in our community,” she said.