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about the exhibit

The West Nebraska Arts Center, with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, is pleased to present an exciting collection of original photography. The Old West Balloon Fest Photography Contest is a great chance to meet new artists and see their work, as well as promote the Old West Balloon Fest event.

This exhibit showcases photographic styles and techniques. Pictures include images of the pre-launch, active launches, landscapes with balloons, and other human interest photos. 

The Old West Balloon Fest Photography Exhibit opening reception in our Bronson Gallery is Thursday, September 28th, 5-7 p.m. food and refreshments will be served and can be viewed through Sunday, October 29, 2017. 

Visit the gallery Tuesday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Closed Mondays. Gallery admission is FREE and open to the public. 

 judge – Brad Staman

Staman grew up here in the Scottsbluff area. He worked as a photographer for a number of different newspapers. He is presently the editor at the Star-Herald. Before coming to the Star-Herald he was the editor at the Gering Courier. He worked for the Courier for a number of years and then took a break to work as the Marketing Director for Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska. Staman came back about four or five years ago. Before the Courier he was the editor at the Business Farmer. He has won a number of Nebraska Press Association photographer, design and writing awards. He has covered the Old West Balloon Fest since it's re-inflation and flown in a balloon the first two years of the event.

awards

Entrants were judged in two different categories: Youth, Adult, and Professional. Professional division was awarded one Best of Show and 2 Honorable Mentions awards. Adult division was awarded one Best of Show and 2 Honorable Mention awards. Youth division was awarded one Best of Show and 2 Honorable Mention awards.

PROFESSIONAL DIVISION

BEST OF SHOW - Timmy James Abshire, O Say Can You See, digital photograph, $350

BEST OF SHOW - Timmy James Abshire, O Say Can You See, digital photograph, $350

Honorable Mention – Gina Campbell, Teamwork, digital photograph, $80

Honorable Mention – Gina Campbell, Teamwork, digital photograph, $80

Honorable Mention – Tiffany Schank, Up in Sunrise, digital photograph, $50

Honorable Mention – Tiffany Schank, Up in Sunrise, digital photograph, $50

ADULT DIVISION

Best of Show – Heather Welch, America Rising, digital photograph, $75

Best of Show – Heather Welch, America Rising, digital photograph, $75

Honorable Mention – Doris Holloway, Rising High, digital photograph, $125

Honorable Mention – Doris Holloway, Rising High, digital photograph, $125

Honorable Mention – Bonnie Weitzel, Riding the Rails, digital photograph, nfs

Honorable Mention – Bonnie Weitzel, Riding the Rails, digital photograph, nfs

YOUTH DIVISION

Best of Show – Jasmine Campbell, Checkered Flames, digital photograph, nfs

Best of Show – Jasmine Campbell, Checkered Flames, digital photograph, nfs

Honorable Mention – Sydney Petitt, Peek-A-Boo, iPhone photograph, $40

Honorable Mention – Sydney Petitt, Peek-A-Boo, iPhone photograph, $40

Honorable Mention – Jasmine Campbell, Balloon Eclipse, digital photograph, nfs

Honorable Mention – Jasmine Campbell, Balloon Eclipse, digital photograph, nfs

special thanks

A special thanks to Vic Bentley, Jan Durnin and Phil Thompson for their assistance in the gallery. 
Special thanks to Brad Staman for judging this year’s event.

Thanks also to each artist who has participated in this exciting exhibit!

 

Thank you to our sponsors for this exhibit.

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The Nebraska Arts Council, a state agency, has supported this program through its matching grants program funded by the Nebraska Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.  Visit www.nebraskaartscouncil.org for information on how the Nebraska Arts Council can assist your organization, or how you can support the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

The West Nebraska Arts Center is a 501c3 cultural non-profit organization committed to education, awareness and excellence in the arts, serving the North Platte Valley Region.  WNAC is located at the corner of 1st Avenue and 18th Street in Scottsbluff, NE.  Visit the gallery free of charge Tuesday through Friday 9 to 5, Weekends from 1 to 5.  www.thewnac.com. or find us on Facebook.