"Best of Nebraska" Association of Nebraska Art Clubs

Art Gallery

Red Cloud Opera House Auditorium
413 North Webster Street
Red Cloud, NE 68970
United States

The Red Cloud Area Artists as a part of the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs and the Willa Cather Foundation are pleased to display the “Best of Nebraska,” a statewide traveling art exhibition, on display at the Red Cloud Opera House from February 23 – March 14. Every year the ANAC state competition selects 25 pieces out of 228 entries to be honored by traveling through Nebraska’s galleries. This year was the 51st annual show.

This year’s exhibition boasts a fantastic variety of styles from realistic watercolors to abstract sculpture. The exhibition includes artists from Columbus, Lincoln, Kearney, and Grand Island, to name a few. This year’s “Best of Nebraska” is called The Poppy Flower by Sandra Meyer. Every club can enter a third of its membership in the state competition, with only twenty-five artists selected at state for the traveling show. There are 42 clubs involved and 776 members.

Red Cloud-based artists Gwen Lewis and her daughter Christi Lewis are members of the Red Cloud Area Artist group and compete in the state juried show every year. Other members of the Red Cloud Area Artists inlcude Linda Woodward, Amy Springer, Pattie Wall, Jenine Wilhelms, Val and Kim Horne. Gwen’s son Aaron Lewis received an award of merit with his metal sculpture, but the piece was not selected for the traveling exhibition. Both Gwen and Christi hold leadership positions within the ANAC organization. Gwen is in charge of membership and Christi is a member of the exhibit board.