Kansas City area alumni art among more than 300 pieces at 10th annual Art Society Art Show

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Kansas City area alumni art among more than 300 pieces at 10th annual Art Society Art Show

 Lee Anne Snozek and Carolyn Murrow viewing the art show
Northwestern Oklahoma State University alumnus Lee Anne Snozek (1970), right, and alumnus Carolyn Murrow (1968) view the artwork at the 10th annual NWOSU Art Society Art Show that opened Saturday, March 9, in the J.W. Martin Library, Alva. The show is open to the public on campus through March 30. A winner’s show will be at the Runnymede Hotel in downtown Alva on April 5 during First Friday Art Walk events. Following the Northwestern shows, select pieces will be on display at the Graceful Arts Gallery through April.

More than 300 pieces of artwork are now on display through March 30 in the Northwestern Oklahoma State University J.W. Martin Library in Alva for the 10th annual NWOSU Art Society Art Show. Twenty-one students and 15 employees/retired employees/alumni are displaying their talents, including a mother/daughter alumni pair from the Kansas City area.

Lee Anne Snozek, a 1970 graduate, and her mother, 86-year-old Ethel (Gibson) Thornton, who graduated in 1959, are among those with items on display. Both mother and daughter are former students of the late art professor Bess Chappell, who taught at Northwestern from 1945 to 1969. Thornton earned a degree in education and home economics during her years at Northwestern, and Snozek earned an art education degree and has taught art to young people for several years.

Snozek said she was thrilled that an art minor was back on Northwestern’s campus. She heard about the NAS show from her aunt, Jeanne Hepner, a 1969 alumnus from Freedom, and just had to bring something to display to show her support. The pair made the drive to northwest Oklahoma on Friday, and Snozek delivered the artwork as club members were setting up the show.

Snozek is showing three fine art pieces, and her mother is displaying a bowl on which she painted the design.
Club members had a nice visit with Snozek about art classes she had taken here, and she shared her experiences as a resident assistant in what was at that time, the newly opened South Hall. Her family has had a long history with Northwestern, and currently her niece, Kelsey Harper, Freedom freshman, is attending the university.

To celebrate the 10th year of the art show, a special category for artists includes pieces fitting the theme “Creativity Takes Courage – Celebrating the Arts: Honoring a Decade of NWOSU Art Society.”

Through various fundraisers during the school year and the added financial support of the Student Government Association, a co-sponsor of the show who is providing $250, nearly $1,000 is raised each year for the show with $700 needed just for prize money in student categories.

Current and retired university employees and alumni placing in the show will receive ribbons. Everyone will be considered for the cash prizes in the special Celebrating the Arts category. CORE is the sponsor of the Reuse, Recycle, ReArt category again this year and will be providing prize money to student winners.

A $50 People’s Choice Award also will be given to the artwork voted best by their peers. Angelia Case, NAS Art Society sponsor, said everyone attending the show will have until 5 p.m. on March 26 to vote for any piece on display.

Artwork may be viewed anytime the library is open. Their hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:45 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m. to midnight. The library also will be open during Spring Break on Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with regular hours again on Sunday, March 24.

All winning entries will move to the Runnymede Hotel in downtown Alva for a “Winners Only” art show open to the public during the First Friday Art Walk event on April 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. A “People’s Choice” award also will be given during the Runnymede show.

Following the Runnymede Winners’ Show, a number of pieces from the NAS Art Show will be selected by Graceful Arts Gallery staff to be displayed through the month of April in their space in downtown Alva.

Unless pieces are selected for the Graceful Arts Gallery show, all non-placing artwork should be picked up from the Media Center in the library by 5:30 p.m. on April 1. Winning pieces may be picked up at the Runnymede after 8 p.m. on April 5. All remaining artwork should be picked up no later than 5:30 p.m. on April 8 from the Media Center. Artists with pieces selected to be displayed at the Graceful Arts Gallery through April should make arrangements with gallery personnel on when items need to be picked up.

To learn more about the Art Society, please visit www.nwosu.edu/art or contact Case at arcase@nwosu.edu.

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