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Blow up the balloons, break out the cake and wrap those gifts because the Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art at 575 E. St. is celebrating its 10th birthday.

In honor of a decade of showcasing art reflecting the beauty of farm life, the Museum will have an exhibit in mid-November allowing visitors to look back at some of the most popular pieces the Museum has displayed in its history.

“We have 10 years of history behind us now, and we’re trying to cover and highlight those 10 years through the artwork that we display,” Collections Manager and Officer Manager Gabrielle Comte said.

Museum Curator Amanda Mobley Guenther said she and her staff aim to pick pieces from their permanent collection that people haven't seen in a while. She also said the exhibit will feature some interactive elements in order to show what could be the future of Agrarian Art.

“We actually have examples in our collection of much that has been shown in 10 years,” she said. “You can see some of the best of our past and hopefully it’ll be a fun exercise to think about the future."

Comte said the show will feature between 20-30 pieces. Some of the paintings that will be on display in the exhibit include “Witt Farm” (2006) by Sara Merkel-Jacobs, “Between the Day” (2009) by V…Vaughan and “Highway 92” (2012) by Shelly Bartek.

Currently on display at the Museum is Water/Ways. The Smithsonian exhibit explores how water affects societies around the globe environmentally, culturally and historically. Its appearance at Bone Creek was made possible through a grant from Humanities Nebraska.

“It’s not what people would normally expect from us. It’s not an exclusively art-related exhibit," Comte said. “Also, how often does a Smithsonian-organized exhibit come through David City? It’s a good opportunity for people around here to get that kind of education.”

Water/Ways will be on exhibit until Nov. 9. It will then continue on to three other locations before leaving Nebraska.

Recently, the museum received two awards from the Mountains-Plains Museum Association. Founded in 1953, the regional organization is made up museum from across 10 states. At its annual conference in September, the Bone Creek Museum was awarded first place for its brochure and website.

“When you’re a small museum, it’s really important to get your message out,” Comte said. “When you win awards like that, it means your material, your content is getting out there. And it’s getting out there in a really attractive way, and we’re really thankful for it.”

The next exhibit to come to the Museum is titled "Steven Ramsey: In Glass." Ramsey is an assistant professor of glass and sculpture at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The exhibit explores Agrarian Landscape in cast glass forms. It will be on display from Nov. 6 through Feb. 24.

The Ten Year Anniversary Retrospective will be on display from Nov. 14 through March.

“Ten years on the museum scale is not a very long time. However, 10 years as successful as we’ve had, it’s really promising for the future,” Comte said.

Eric Schucht is a reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at eric.schucht@lee.net.

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Eric Schucht earned his bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of Oregon in 2018. He has written for The Cottage Grove Sentinel, The Creswell Chronicle, The Pacific Northwest Inlander and The Roseburg News Review.

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