Nebraska Artists Honored at Winds of Life Gala

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Barbara Chamness,, Phone: (402) 687-2103 ext. 1009 Or Julie S. Paschold,, Phone: (402) 528-3750
Lyons, NE – On the evening of March 29, 2008, several artists where recognized for their work and unique talents at a gala event and art auction at the Historic Minden Opera House. The event was in honor of the Center for Rural Affairs’ first ever statewide arts and tourism project titled Winds of Life: Windmills across Nebraska.
In the Professional Artists Category Ken Anderson from Peru, NE took First Place with his sculpture, “House, Wind, Water”. Pictures and more information about the sculpture and the artist can be viewed at:

Tyne O’Keefe from Lincoln, NE received Second Place for “Weather or Not”.

Will Rennick from Lincoln, NE took Third Place for his sculpture “Head Wind”.

Jim Taylor from Stuart, NE won Best in Show with his windmill sculpture titled “Dempster”.

In the Amateur Category Trudy Geiger from Cozad, NE was awarded First Place for “Windswept Reflections”.

Pat Kudron from Beemer, NE received Second Place for “Windig Leben”.

Jerry Freeman from Papillion, NE took Third Place for “Wind Cycle”.

In the Professional Group Loi and the National Crew from Lincoln won People’s Choice for “Unknown Legend”.

In the Youth Category Oakland/Craig High School Art Club won Best Youth Windmill. And Giselle Bergmeier from Beatrice, NE received the Amazing Young Artist award

In Gallery Participation, Sue Dowse from Comstock, NE received Most Creative Gallery Concept for her Gallery: Art & Creativity Center.

The Winds of Life: Windmills across Nebraska is a project that the Center for Rural Affairs started to encourage Nebraska residents and tourists to explore country byways to view the art and be reminded that windmills not only symbolize the past but also represent the changing face of rural Nebraska.

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