If you are looking for an escape from cabin fever, it's time to go to Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art. The museum has new exhibits in place, and you can mark your calendar for months ahead when the temperature has eased up. Here are current and upcoming shows to see: 

Orlyk exhibit uses movable wall

“Harry Orlyk: New York Rural” opened January 12, 2018, and is the first exhibition to use the new movable wall built by Vic Thoendel with funding from the Butler County Tourism grant. Curator Amanda Mobley Guenther selected the piece “A Meadow with House and Moon Rise” by Harry Orlyk which has been accessioned into the collection and is the first addition to the museum collection in 2018. The piece can be seen in the North gallery in the museum at 575 E Street in David City and is up through April 15. During that time Sunday March 18, at 4 p.m. Mike Morris will be sharing his piano and vocals at the museum thanks to the Butler County Arts Council, which partners with the art museum by donating funds for educational activities and for entertainment at some events. Mike Morris is an outstanding musician who will present a 45-minute performance in the museum on Sunday March 18 at 4 p.m. Visit http://butlercountyarts.com/event/michael-morris/ to learn more about this performer.

Coming Home

Another exhibition featured in the South gallery space starting in February is titled “Coming Home”, a selection of recently gifted art works that have never or rarely been exhibited. “Coming Home”. Items on display will include works gifted by Gerald Wempner and other artists in 2017 as well as works by artists such as Elizabeth Peak and Beth van Hoesen donated between 2012-2015 that have yet to be exhibited after being donated. Gerald Wempner has a particular love for art that portrays draft horses both in paintings and sculpture.

Coming in September

Water/Ways—The Smithsonian Institute’s Museum on Main Street program is loaning BCMAA their exhibition “Water/Ways” in September. The first museum to host and install the exhibition in June is the Niobrara River State Park museum in Valentine.

Gabrielle Comte will again be involved with a 4-H summer workshop, Art Day Camp, and educational activities required by Humanities Nebraska for the “Water/Ways” exhibition in 2018. Her efforts for the museum have brought recognition before.

Another award for the museum will be presented to invited guests Anna Nolan (Covault) and Allen Covault representing Bone Creek Museum. They will be joined by Comte, whose efforts were a large part of the recent success of the educational programs connected to the museum. This award has been through the Nebraska Association of County Extension Boards in response to Louise Niemann’s Butler County Extension office application. Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art will be presented with the 2018 NACEB Outstanding Business/Business Person award on Feb. 8 at the association's annual meeting in Lincoln.

Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art has received a number of grants which will partially fund the upcoming major exhibition “Worthy Rivals: Dale Nichols and Terence Duren.” This major exhibition May 2, 2018 through September 23, 2018 is being created and presented by guest curator Cole Sartore.

A documented feud between Terence Duren and Dale Nichols appeared in the summer of 1945 in a Time Magazine article titled “War in the Corn”. That summer, both Nebraska born artists were showing art in their hometowns, Nichols in David City and Duren 18 miles further west in Shelby.

An Arts Projects grant awarded by the Nebraska Arts Council was made possible by appropriations from the State of Nebraska and the National Endowment for the Arts and earnings from the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. An additional grant from BCAFF, Butler County Area Foundation Fund, is for educational materials, shipping and installation of the art for this summer exhibition. Butler County Visitors Funds also have been awarded for a portion of the project. Look for an announcement later to the opening reception for Worthy Rivals to be held on Saturday, May 5 with the time to be announced later.

Friis gift announced

A one-time gift to Bone Creek Museum of $25,000 from the estate of David City native David Jay Friis has been pledged. The request is that it be used in a way that publicizes the gift. Part of it will serve as a major sponsor of the Worthy Rivals exhibition with “In memory of David Jay Friis” on the page of the catalog where other sponsors are listed and in the museum on supporter signage.

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