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PAWS 4 PAWS CHARITY ART AUCTION CATALOGUE Limited Commemorative Edition

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 Weborg 21 Centre www.skipperscupboard.com Facebook: Paws 4 Paws or Becky Hale (308) 672-5015


TERMS AND CONDITION DATE/LOCATION: The Paws 4 Paws Charity Art Auction will be held on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at Weborg 21 Centre, Gering, NE. Registration from 6:30pm to 7:00pm. Auction from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. Rocky Mountain Time Zone governs. SEQUENCE OF BIDDING: A unique identification number was randomly selected for each “dog icon” using Random.org. The auctioneer will offer all the dogs in Lot A (16” tall icons) and then move to those in Lot B (36” tall icons) progressing sequentially through the dogs from lowest identification number to highest; i.e., A1…A2…A19…..…B20… B21…B37, etc. The “dog icons” are listed in the same manner in the printed and on-line auction catalogue. METHODS OF BIDDING: This is a customary, “live” competitive event. Auctioneer will announce each “dog icon” and request bidding increments. The auctioneer will “call out” bids from in-person bidders as well as announce competitive bids on behalf of by-phone and absentee bidders. Auctioneer reserves right to reject any bid. DEFINITIONS: In-Person: person who raises paddle to indicate his/her bid to auctioneer. By-Phone: non-attendee who, by phone, communicates bid to auctioneer via auction clerk. Insurance Bid: Dollar amount submitted (in advance) by a bidder should auction clerk be unable to communicate/reach phone number (s) listed on Registration to Bid Form. Absentee: non-attendee who submits a maximum bid prior on his/her Registration to Bid Form.

REGISTRATION TO BID: Bidders must register to bid. Registration form will be available at the auction clerk’s desk at “live” auction. Absentee and phone bidders must submit an Absentee/Phone Bid Registration Form. It must be returned by email no later than 3:00pm (MST) on Monday, September 9, 2019 to snickersdad80@gmail.com. Unsigned or incomplete forms are invalid. METHODS/TERMS OF PAYMENT: Payments are due to Skipper’s Cupboard, Inc. at conclusion of auction. Cash, check, money order or credit card accepted. With prior approval, auction clerk will send invoice (net; 1 ½% monthly late fee). Payments are IRS tax-deduction eligible. DISPUTED/TIE BIDS: Auctioneer has sole discretion to determine winning bids. In the event that insurance and absentee bids are the same amount, Skipper’s Cupboard, Inc. retains the right to use “date of earliest receipt” to determine winning bid. DELIVERY/SHIPPING: By request, “dog icons” can be packaged, insured and shipped; however, winning bidder is responsible in advance for associated costs. HOLD HARMLESS: Neither Skipper’s Cupboard, Inc. nor its directors are responsible for failure to execute bids or for errors relating to submission of bids. Bidder is responsible for determining the condition and authenticity of any “dog icon.” Each sold AS IS with no returns or refunds.


PAWS 4 PAWS

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aws 4 Paws is a “large and special” event we envisioned to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Skipper’s Cupboard. It is also

building support for community art and the wonderful artists who have donated time and talent to create, paint and adorn the beautiful dog-icons pictured in this Charity Art Auction Catalogue.

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ll bidders are asked to be generous with offers recognizing not

only that they are supporting a unique charity, but also that

they are purchasing “one-of-a-kind” pieces of quality and valuable artwork; the cost of each, if purchased on a “commissionable” basis, would be exceedingly expensive.

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e receive additional requests to feed hungry animals every day; and to meet them, we rely exclusively on tax deductible

donations from private individuals and organizations. We do not ask for (nor receives) funding from public agencies or governmental programs.

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kipper’s Cupboard is a 501C3 organization. Winning bids at the Paws for Paws Charity Art Auction are tax deductible. All funds

received will go to accomplish its mission of providing animal food to distressed pet owners. An abridged electronic edition of this cata-

logue can be found at www.skipperscupboard.com Steve Morgheim and Beck Hale Skipper and Snickers (Emeritus) Founders and Co-Directors Skipper’s Cupboard, Inc. (308) 672-5015


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Paul Reed Construction

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CREATORS AND ARTISANS BAILEY, Brandon ....................................................... page 70 BARGER, Jani ..................................................................................................... page 38 BRUMBAUGH, Hailey ................................................................................... page 58 CARTER, Catlin ........................................................... page 32 CLAUSE, Rodney.............................................................................................. page 40 DADGOSTAR, Stephanie .......................................................................... page 64 DENTON, Michele ........................................................................................... page 12 DISHMAN, Kerri .............................................................................................. page 14 ERDMAN, Beth .......................................... page 37 & page 42

EVERSOLE, Rachelle .................................................................................... page 74 FILING, Diane ................................................................................................... page 82 FRIEDLAN, Wade ....................................................... page 22 HALE, Becky ........................................................................................................ page 60 HERBERT, Charla ........................................................................................... page 16 GROTE, Kay......................................................................................................... page 80 HOEVET, Doug................................................................................................. page 26 KEENAN, Val ...................................................................................................... page 18 KHANEVSHKAYA, Yelena ........................................................................ page 24

KLINGSPORN, Tanya ................................................................................... page 28 MAPEL, Rose ...................................................................................................... page 62 MAY, Randall ......................................................................................................... page 6 MEISNER, Jennifer ...................................................................................... page 54 MORRISON, Julie ........................................................................................... page 30 NIGHSWONGER, Julie ............................................................................... page 76 POWELL, Tami...................................................................................................... page 8 SANDOZ-BAILEY, Pricilla ....................................................................... page 56 SCHNEIDER, Paige ....................................................................................... page 34

SETTLES, Steve .............................................................................................. page 10 THOMAS, Becci ................................................................................................ page 48 THOMAS, Debbi ............................................................................................... page 52 THOMPSON, Leigh ............................................................ page 20 & page 66 THOMPSON, Donna...................................................................................... page 78 VARGAS, Martin ............................................................................................... page 68 WATSON, Bud .................................................................................................... page 72 WILKES, Traci ................................................................................................... page 50

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LOT A BIDDING ORDER A1

MAY, Randall ............................. page 6

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POWELL, Tami ........................... page 8

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SETTLES, Steve ....................... page 10

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DENTON, Michele .................... page 12

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DISHMAN, Kerri ...................... page 14

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HERBERT, Charla ..................... page 16

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KEENAN, Val ............................ page 18

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THOMPSON, Leigh ................... page 20

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FRIEDLAN, Wade ..................... page 22

A10 KHANEVSHKAYA, Yelena ......... page 24 A11 HOEVET, Doug ......................... page 26 A12 KLINGSPORN, Tanya ............... page 28 A13 MORRISON, Julie..................... page 30 A14 CARTER, Catlin ........................ page 32 A15 SCHNEIDER, Paige .................. page 34 A16 ERDMAN, Beth ......................... page 36 A17 BARGER, Jani .......................... page 38 A18 CLAUSE, Rodney ...................... page 40 A19 ERDMAM, Beth ........................ page 42 4


LOT B BIDDING ORDER B20 THOMAS, Becci ........................ page 48 B21 WILKES, Traci ......................... page 50 B22 THOMPSON, Donna.................. page 78 B23 MEISNER, Jennifer .................. page 54 B24 SANDOZ-BAILEY, Pricilla ......... page 56 B25 BRUMBAUGH, Hailey................ page 58 B26 HALE, Becky ............................ page 60 B27 MAPEL, Rose ........................... page 62 B28 DADGOSTAR, Stephanie .......... page 64 B29 THOMPSON, Leigh ................... page 66 B30 VARGAS, Martin ....................... page 68 B31 BAILEY, Brandon ..................... page 70 B32 WATSON, Bud .......................... page 72 B33 EVERSOLE, Rachelle ................ page 74 B34 NIGHSWONGER, Julie .............. page 76 B35 THOMAS, Debbi ....................... page 52 B36 GROTE, Kay ............................. page 80 B37 FILING, Diane ......................... page 82

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RANDALL MAY

(Beckett)

Randall was born in Colorado and grew up in the mountains and ranch country. He has spent many hours on horseback watching wildlife, working livestock and starting colts. He loves hiking and exploring mountains and canyons. For many years, his closest neighbors lived more than 8 miles away. Having no television, telephone or many other modern conveniences, he learned to work with his hands. Not only did he use old hand tools, but he also began drawing and painting at a very early age. In his adult years, he has traveled abroad extensively: exploring locations overseas; spending time in Canada, Alaska and Mexico; and visiting most of the United States. Randall’s work is found in museums, public and private collections; both nationally and internationally. And, he has received numerous prestigious awards and scholarships. His love for animals and experiences in western life still influence his art today, though he does not limit himself to just to western and wildlife art. He strives to create sculptures and paintings that are unique, thought provoking and often humorous slices of life. 6


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TAMI POWELL (Marilyn Barkrow) Tami has lived in Nebraska her entire life: 36 years. She is a ‘stay at home’ mom who is currently working on opening her own art studio. Tami boasts that she is married to a great husband and is raising 2 amazing children. As Tami grew up, she watched her wonderful mother (Jani Barger) paint and carve carousel horses. Tami says, “My mom has been a big influence in my art career.” She has taken her art down many different paths; from tattoo parlors to painting murals in bars. “I'm always working on some sort of art project every day,” Tami says, “I really enjoy making someone's vision a reality.” Tami believes that every different outlet is a new and exciting adventure to express her artistic views.

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STEVE SETTLES

(dog named Psycho) Steve was raised in Mitchell, NE, has lived there the majority of his life and operates an art studio on the south end of its main street. He works with Bronze, Sculpture, Silver, Jewelry, Stained Glass and Pottery. He started as a potter and progresses into making castings. Since then, his endeavor has gradually grown into a full-service foundry that serves several artists. He also does mold making, castings, patinas and wood bases. Steve graduated from Chadron State College and studied art at the University of Denver. He has taught art in several publicschool systems, numerous community art programs and Nebraska Western Community College. He is an active member of the art community and has served in officer positions for the Nebraska Association of Art Clubs, West Nebraska Art Center and North Platte Artists Guild.

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MICHELE DENTON

(A Dog Named Flicker)

Since grade school, Michele has entered events that have allowed her to “give back to” nature: high on her priority list. She encourages others to value the planet and its inhabitants. Teaching by art is part of her life such as working with the US Fish Wildlife, Nebraska Game and Parks and local organizations to teach wildlife art and conservation through the Federal Jr. Duck Stamp program. She often focuses her talent on children. Nature and the human connection to it inspires her artwork. She views herself as a “symbolist” ranging from impressionism to realism to portray her rural heritage and respect for people. She has worked in watercolor, oil, acrylic, pottery, sculpture, glass blowing, metalwork, paper Mache, printmaking, weaving and jewelry making. And by fashioning costumes and sets, she has combined various mediums into single pieces. “This area has been so generous to me,” she says, “I am forever grateful to be able to share the beauty of nature 12


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KERRI DISHMAN Star Struck

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CHARLA HERBERT (Sparkle Dog) While growing up, Charla often reclined under the blue sky in fresh green grass and imagined pictures in the billowing clouds above. Her work is inspired by the endless prairie horizon, and she contemplates and paints the abundant natural beauty found in western Nebraska. Charla uses oils, pastels, watercolor and gouache. Her paintings are primarily floral and still life realism with some atmospheric landscape series and figurative work. She works in pen and ink, does paper cutting, and some conceptual art. She earned a degree in Architecture at the University of Nebraska and takes classes as her personal commitment to life-long learning. She recently returned to her childhood hometown. Sharing her art seems to be the natural expression to this chapter of her art-filled life. She is active in art guilds, art center and enters local art shows and competitions. “There is no place like home,” Charla says. “especially when home is the expanse of Western Nebraska!” 16


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VALERIE KEENAN A community education class inspired Valerie’s passion for glasswork . In 2002, after researching and learning from mistakes, she started Stained Glass Visions, a firm that designs, builds and restores stained glass in large public spaces to small windows in private homes. Her work has often been honored with first place awards at juried art shows and has been shipped throughout the United States. Nature is a key influence on her artwork. Her husband encourages Valerie while contributing his woodworking skills for her frames, light boxes, lamp bases and furniture pieces. Valerie loves pets, and she considers them to be a member of her family.

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LEIGH THOMPSON (Champ) Leigh and her husband live in Mitchell, NE, and have two grown sons. “Each,” as Leigh says, “carries a piece of my heart with him.” Now days, her return home is anxiously awaited by the couple’s three dogs: Haugen-Daz, Doodlebug, and Rocket. Leigh has always loved art and has always been able to create “something from nothing”. Only in grade school did Leigh attend an art class: otherwise, she is self-taught. She creates art using acrylic paints on canvas, glass, fabrics or carving and painting organic matter such as wood or gourds. Postponing her return to school for 20 years, Leigh currently attends Western Nebraska Community College as a full-time, non-traditional college student and also works there part-time. She has worked with animal welfare groups and animals throughout her life and was the kid who always brought critters home. requested that she paint 20


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WADE FREIDLIN Wade, a self-taught artist, was mentored by several artists in the Panhandle region. He spent a decade 0of apprenticeship in oil painting with master artist, Ziya Sever.

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working in oils: a medium he respects and creates beautiful and archival artwork. He considers the prairie landscape of Western Nebraska his muse as its beauty, history and landmarks provide his work with ample subjects. Through his work, Wade strives to capture and share moments of visual harmony in which viewers experience the beauty and majesty of the Nebraska Plains.

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YELENA KHANEVSHKAYA Yelena was born in Russia and received her first art training in Children’s Art School. After completing a Master of Art Education at Oryol State University, she worked as an artist on silk before moving the United States in 1995. It is here that she started to paint and draw professionally. While honing her artistic skills in a variety of media, she painted in local, regional, and national juried art shows. Her artwork is displayed by several galleries in the Midwest. Since 2000, she has taught Art at Western Nebraska Community College; and while dedicated to the classroom, she actively pursues personal goals in art. 24


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DOUG HOEVET

(Flower Child)

Doug’s artistic journey was indirect and inevitable. Always able to see, design and fLvarious artwork, he recalls sketching goofy figures in Math class and creating sculptures for amusement. Following parent’s advice, he pursued civil engineering to became a Registered Professional Engineer. In 2008, wanting to express himself in ways not allowed in spreadsheets, he combined his interest and new education to begin a new chapter in his life: “Doug Hoevet--the Artist.” His ability to harmonize engineering and artistry, allow Doug to conceptualize, draft and construct sculptures that display a balance of simplicity, innovation and designintegrity. He utilizes recycled materials as the primary components in his sculptures. To improve his knowledge, range and technique, Doug attends classes, studies books and invests in equipment and spends countless hours at the drawing board chasing his visions. 26


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TANYA KLINGSPORN

(Hendrix)

Tanya is an abstract artist, mother of four, resident of Bridgeport, NE, , and medical coder/ biller at Morrill County Community Hospital. Paintings by Peter Max, Baron Wolman, John Beckly and Stanley Mouse and photographs by Herb Greene and Paul Natkin inspire her as well as artwork portrayed on posters found in Colorado. Tanya seeks to awaken old memories, open minds and relate familiar sensations to the viewers of her artwork. She believes she communicates the most honesty and authority when describing familiar items, so she chooses materials and styles that reflect her unique passion and free-spirited love of life. Tanya thinks ‘outside the box’ and believes an artist’s creativity portrays inner emotions and passions that onto a canvas. She loves paintings that tell a story or explore the imagination of what others see in them. As she says, “Nobody sees the same thing in abstract artwork.” 28


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JULIE MORRISON (Warrior) Julie (Morgheim) Morrison grew up in Gering and has owned for over thirty years Julie’s Antiques, the largest antique store between Omaha and Denver. She is a self-taught artist usually works with wood and refinishing or refurbishing furniture. Some pieces she finds worthwhile to sand and stain; others she paints, stencils or applies decoupage. She has also re-imagined and remodeled numerous homes and a pair of commercial buildings. However, the project nearest and dearest to her heart was designing the Afghanistan-Iraq Veteran Memorial at the Scotts Bluff County Administration building in Gering. Over the years, Julie has spoken to many groups on topics such as antiques, glassware, jewelry and linens. She says, “I have found those so valuable because I learn more in these sessions than I teach.”

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CAITLYN CARTER (Vince) Caitlyn Carter is known for A stark and often monochromatic style ranging from harsh realism to only slightly softer fantasy. Doing much of her work in pencil and charcoal while aspiring to oil, she strives with to uncover beauty in darkness; both literal and representative. Caitlyn has no formal training but has studied history’s giants; e.g., Hayz, Bouguereau, Dali, and

Michelangelo: their influence is in every stroke and accent she applies to

canvas. Whether drawing inspiration from the horrific, or simply exploring the nuance of the mundane, she works in the ephemeral moment between twilight and dawn. She has exhibited at the Western Nebraska Arts Center; earning a “Best in Show” accolade. 32


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PAIGE SCHNEIDER

(Huesos)

For Paige Schneider, “art” has always been a big part of her life. As far back as she can recall, she has filled her time by sketching and coloring. In her eighth-grade year of school, Paige really began to take “art” and her talent seriously. She decided to keep a personal sketchbook in which she drew pictures that were mostly inspired from video games, movies, and her cat, Zeke. Paige is currently a sophomore at Gering High School. She is actively involved in the school’s Art Club and just completed Art II class. While cramming for spring finals, competing in the State Tennis Tournament, working part-time at Sam ‘n Louie’s Restaurant, Paige found time to create a beautifully painted dog for the Paws 4 Paws event.

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BETH ERDMAN (Tiger Dog) Raised in Western Nebraska, Beth and family live on farm near Lyman, NE. She is a stayat-home mom of two. She is self-taught artist who discovered her art talent at a young age. Her brother, also an artist, greatly inspired her. Beth expresses her artistic creativity through fine art as well as portraiture photographer. Her mediums of choice are pastels and acrylic. Whether from west to east, rolling hills to buttes or farm ground lying in the valley the sky typically inspires Beth’s art. She loves to encourage young people and volunteers at schools, art groups or 4H clubs. Beth has mainly shown her in the Panhandle of Nebraska in the past years but has also sold her art work nationwide. 36


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JANI BARGER (Hero) Jani says, “Art started as soon as I could hold a pencil, and I loved drawing horses.” Frequent Merry-Go-Round rides fostered a desire to carve carousel horses. Eventually she crafted and carved several that sold across the country. Her work has been well publicized, and she often speaks to library groups and to Christian Women’s seminars. She proudly replicated a bald eagle and American flag to portray the theme, “Freedom from Cancer,” on a cowboy boot icon auctioned at a Cattleman’s Ball to benefit the American Cancer Society. While her carvings have dwindled, Jani still draws and paints for commissions. She says, “God has given me a great gift; I thank Him for that, and know He truly is an awesome God.” 38


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RODNEY S. CLAUSE (Bronzy) Born in Scottsbluff, Rodney’s educational journey lead to a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, a Bachelor of Science in Art Education, a Masters Degree in Fine Arts in Sculpture with a minor in Ceramics. Other “education” came from working in Bronze foundries, teaching in community centers, public schools, local community colleges and Chadron State College. After several years in Colorado, Rodney opened the Der Topfer Gallery and Studio in Scottsbluff. His work definitely does not “stay” in the lines and features explosions of colors, textures and combinations of organic, geomantic and abstract elements. His artistry is summarized in the anacronym ART: A – Action 40

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BETH ERDMAN (Corn Dog) Raised in Western Nebraska, Beth and family live on farm near Lyman, NE. She is a stayat-home mom of two. She is self-taught artist who discovered her art talent at a young age. Her brother, also an artist, greatly inspired her. Beth expresses her artistic creativity through fine art as well as portraiture photographer. Her mediums of choice are pastels and acrylic. Whether from west to east, rolling hills to buttes or farm ground lying in the valley the sky typically inspires Beth’s art. She loves to encourage young people and volunteers at schools, art groups or 4H clubs. Beth has mainly shown her work in the Panhandle of Nebraska in the past years but has also sold her art work nationwide. 42


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BECCI THOMAS (Doodles) Becci recalls art classes as the highlight of her studies at Alliance High School. However, her art life began watching her Grandmother sew, embroidery and make crafty gifts. When asked what art venues she has tried, Becci replies, “If it comes in more than two colors, I have tried them all: stained glass, basic items, paper, scrapbooks, photos and mixed media.” She also creates art in zentangle, a creative form of meditation that has taught her how to enjoy working in black and white. She served as Director of the Knight Museum and Sandhills Center in Alliance for 26 years. She teaches art classes, judges art at county fairs and travels with “The Inky Girls,” a group of five that has attended nine major art week-retreats with many of the main industry teachers. Becci readily admits, “Art is my life, I hate to cook and clean, and that’s ‘enuf’ said!” 48


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TRACI WILKES (Rune) Traci loves and reveres all animals and is honored to have three cats she considers her fur babies and a blessing to her home. Traci has adopted two cats from the Human Society since moving to Scottsbluff. She enjoys feeding the squirrels that live in her yard and shows concern to any animal that wanders through. Traci, as an artist, is primarily an abstract painter. She feels that by experimenting with different substrates and mediums her art stays fresh and evolving. Traci has offered workshops on painting with oils and cold wax and teaches children at the West Nebraska Art Center Summer Art Camp. Two of Traci’s paintings are on display locally: a sea horse at the Gering Library and a butterfly at Lied Scottsbluff Library. Traci is a past President of the North Platte Valley Artist’s Guild. The inspiration for her Paws 4 Paws project is parent’s dog, Star, who has passed. Star’s best friend was a cat.

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DEBBIE THOMAS (Tundra) Debbie, of Mitchell, NE, grew up on a cattle ranch near Pinedale, WY. She pursued a love for horses and art at Colorado State University graduating in 1984, and subsequently prepared architectural renderings for several years prior to opening Debbie’s Creative Designs. A love of animals and the outdoors are her primary subject matters.

By chance, while filleting

geese, she grew fascinated by the intricate design and amazing beauty of their feathers; and soon, she began painting on them. Her paintings continue to evolve, and besides feathers, she enjoys painting on canvas, walls, fences and fireplaces. She is currently working in a variety of mediums including pencil, acrylic and watercolor. 52


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JENNIFER MEISNER (On the Boarder Collie) On The Boarder, the third album by The Eagles, began in London in 1972. In March 1973, members returned to London hoping to complete it at Olympic Studios with help from Glynn Johns. My oldest son, Dana (Randy Meisner), myself and friend, Janice Heilbrun, accompanied the band, explored London and attended the Queen’s Silver Jubilee concert with Elton John and Pink Floyd’s unveiling of Dark Side of the Moon. The Eagles returned to LA and completed it at The Record Plant studio. Midnight Flyer is my favorite song on the album. Dana suggested the name, On the Border Collie, and painted tiny albums and the record label on the dog. 54


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PRISCILLA SANDOZ-BAILEY Artist

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HAILEY BRUMBAUGH (Sugar) Hailey was born in 2007. She is currently a 6th grader at Geil Elementary in Gering, Nebraska. 58


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BECKY A. HALE (Denali)

Becky graduated from Mitchell High Schools and since graduating from college, has resided in Gering. She began drawing when she was four, and the next year told her mother, “I’m going to be an artist when I grow up.” In 4th grade, the budding artist entered drawing and poster contests and by 8th grade produced and framed her first painting on canvas. In 9 th grade, she received the first, of many, awards from juried, national competitions. She proudly recalls, however, the honor of being awarded the “Peoples Choice” award in the Five State Art Show, when she was in 10th grade. She received multiple college scholarship offers and chose Nebraska Western College over Chadron State and Kearney State being the first graduate of Mitchell High School to receive a college art scholarship. She has created with oil and acrylic paint; watercolors; carved or burnt wood; linoleum cuts, and etched copper. In 2009, her original drawings illustrate a historical book for children the earnings from which helped start Skipper’s Cupboard. She is gifted in paintings natural and landscape scenes; and the works of Michelangelo and Da Vinci particularly inspire her imagination. Becky has been commissioned to produce many original works; often for fans of Nebraska Football. 60


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ROSE MAPEL (Jo Jo) Rose has always been interested in art; even as a child she drew and colored; and then as a ‘tween she sewed clothes for outgrown dolls. Growing up with only one TV channel, Rose always used her imagination. In high school, she discovered art, and it inspired her to pursue such a career. While she attended Minneapolis College of Art and Design for a year, Rose is largely self-taught. In 2016, she and her husband started Rustic Milling and Craft. From here she paints commissioned barn quilts; makes custom coaster, jewelry and simple wood items; crochets wearables and installs epoxy countertops, floors and walls. Rose also teaches barn quilting, marbling, painting, and acrylic fluid art workshops. Her work has been featured in The Garden County News, The Lexington Clipper-Herald, and The Kearney Hub newspapers; on “The Good Life” and “Pure Nebraska” TV shows; and the March-April 2018 issue of AAA “Living Magazine”. Rose was commissioned to paint the 50-State Barn Quilt tourist-attraction for Cozad, Nebraska. She also serves as a board member and instructor for the Great Plains Creative Arts Association. 62


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STEPHANIE DADGOSTAR (Sol) After graduating from Sidney High School in 2001, Stephanie trained as a Visual Information Craftsman in the Air Force to which it deployed her to Kirkuk, Iraq in 2004 in support of OIF/OEF. Upon discharge, she lived in Delaware for nine years before returning to Sidney. Along her journey, Stephanie furthered her education in visual communication receiving an Associates of Arts degree in photography, advertising and marketing in 2009. Her world was forever changed in April of 2009 when husband, Nicholas, was in a life altering accident. Stephanie has been his full-time caregiver since. She is an avid gardener, a beekeeper, and most importantly a dreamer of many good things. 64


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LEIGH THOMPSON (Nebraska Strong) Leigh and her husband live in Mitchell, NE, and have two grown sons. “Each,” as Leigh says, “carries a piece of my heart with him.” Now days, her return home is anxiously awaited by the couple’s three dogs: Haugen-Daz, Doodlebug, and Rocket. Leigh has always loved art and has always been able to create “something from nothing”. Only in grade school did Leigh attend an art class: otherwise, she is self-taught. She creates art using acrylic paints on canvas, glass, fabrics or carving and painting organic matter such as wood or gourds. Postponing her return to school for 20 years, Leigh currently attends Western Nebraska Community College as a full-time, non-traditional college student and also works there part-time. She has worked with animal welfare groups and animals throughout her life and was the kid who always brought critters home. requested that she paint 66


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J. MARTIN VARGAS (Glamour) Martin took art classes in high school and college; but never thought he was good enough to be considered “an artist.” While working at an interior design store, he created floral designs and holiday displays, discovered collage, black ink, gold leaf, zantangle, found objects and more as received validation to create new and innovative projects. As a member of the North Platte Valley Artist’s Guild, he has shown pieces at the Western Nebraska Arts Center, Courtyard at Barn Anew, WNCC Harm’s Center Art Show and Art in the Park. Martin creates works that expresses who he is as an artist such as taking pieces of “this” and “that” and making them into “something” different. He also likes hiding items in his arts, such as Marilyn Monroe’s corset, glass of wine, a screw or just different things that may spark a conversation or something extra. 68


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BRANDON BAILEY (K9 Officer) Brandon was born in 1984 in Cheyenne, WY. Wildlife and Western Art have always come naturally to him. “Seeing animals and how they react in their natural environment is key in creating an interesting scene that is true to that subject,” he says. Growing up in Wyoming, his fascination with rodeo and the Old West began in childhood and continued throughout his life. At one, time he rode bulls competitively and participated on the Laramie County Community College Rodeo Team. Brandon jokes, “I figured if I can ride a two-thousand pound wild farm animal, there is nothing I can’t at least try to overcome.”

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RICHARD “BUD” WATSON (Husker)

“Bud,” as family and friends know him, started his art career at a young age---not with a textbook, but with a Grandfather and Dad who loved the sights, sounds and creatures of Mother Nature. Their patience in sharing the tender touch of nature’s lessons instilled in him a desire to capture her on canvas. Years of hunting, watching and observing nature have given him a keen eye for details. His love of painting was always with him, but it had to take a back seat to his family and his refrigeration business. He left it for teaching refrigeration skills at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington, WY. He retired in 1998 and has been painting steadily since winning accolades and ribbons. But nothing he says compares to the passion for which he now paints Gracie’s Promise, an charity that assists families who are crushed by

their children’s illnesses. It is named after Bud’s great-grand-daughter, Gracie Claiborn. 72


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RACHELLE EVERSOLE (Earth Angel) Rachelle was raised near Giltner, NE. A self-taught artist, beautiful Nebraska landscapes and animals attracted her eye. She recalls her favorite view being a windmill at sun set as seen from her family’s kitchen. She now lives in Broadwater, NE, near the Platte River, and it stirs her passion for painting. Her choices of mediums are oils and acrylics. She has taught the “wet on wet” technique of painting. She has also taught adult art classes at community colleges across Nebraska, and currently teaches in her home studio and offers classes at Hobby Lobby in Scottsbluff. She has displayed in juried shows at Carnegie Art Center in Alliance and at Western Nebraska Community College. 74


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JULIE NIGHSWONGER (Hallow) Julie Nighswonger’s art exemplifies life in the West in a way that the beauty of her surroundings in a style that she describes as impressionistic realism. Her work captures so many moments that all too often are taken for granted. Julie’s artwork also expresses nature, animals, and the West. “Certain things catch my eye,” Nighswonger says, “it’s the crisp early morning light, the warm glow of the evening, or the way the light dances off a horse’s mane. In Julie’s paintings, she strives to document and show the uniqueness of the Western landscape and its Cowboy lifestyle. “It is my hope to strike a memory or evoke an emotional response.”

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DONNA L. THOMPSON (Agatha Grace) Donna is a contemporary, abstract artist, designer and certified instructor. In her Gering studio, she creates with acrylic, watercolor, collage and mixed media. She operates The Art of Yarn teaching creative and technical skills in numerous fiber art classes including knitting, crocheting, dyeing, felting and surface design. She has taught at many venues, fairs and events in Nebraska and Wyoming, as well as knitting as a “brain food” in Scottsbluff and Gering schools helping students achieve focus, concentration, a sense of accomplishment and well-being. In 2016, Donna exhibited her fine art felt pieces in a duo show at West Nebraska Arts Center. One piece, Pushing Through, won Best of Show award in a South Eastern Wyoming Artists Association exhibit. She is a former Executive Director at West Nebraska Arts Center; original co-founder, sponsor and board member of the Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair; member of the North Platted Valley Artist’s Guild and Association of Nebraska Art Clubs. 78


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KAY GROTE

(Annie the Adventurer)

Kay considers herself a ‘deferred’ artist as she deferred creating art 20 years ago. At the time, her specialized graphite drawings of ranch life and children received awards including Best in Show and People's Choice in several regional art shows. Then the busyness of life, family, and career crowded out her love and moments for drawing. However, she sustained her creativity through work in journalism, writing, photography, magazine and website layout and design. But keeping her promise to one-day return to her first love, Kay enrolled in art classes at Western Nebraska Community College. Presently a painting and sculpture student (of instructor Yelena Khanevskaya), Kay is rediscovering her talents and joy in art, and she has happily shared them by creating a rendering that captures and celebrates the beauty of creation, the grandeur of Nebraska's landscape, and the spirit of a beloved pet. 80


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DIANE S. FILING (For the Love of Dogs) Diana is a lifelong creative soul; however, her father counseled against art school. Retiring from a 27-year career as a Corporate Trust Administrator, she opened Saddle Bum Studio in Glenrock, WY (now in Harrison, NE). To make up the lost years, she committed herself to painting 8 to 10 hours daily; thereby, ‘learning by doing’. “With a better teacher,” she reflects, “I would probably have learned more quickly; but the journey has been enjoyable.” She uses acrylics, pen, ink and pencil and is now mastering colored pencil, watercolor, and sculpture. Her art theme uses touches of the West and its animals in scenes flavored by vivid colors. Pet portraits and other commissions also keep her busy. She has received many awards and acceptance into national and international exhibits. “I cherish the time spent with artists and folks who appreciate creation and art,” Di beams, “What a great life!” 82


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It took a year to “raise” a “litter” of poly-pups into a beautifully painted “pack” of dogs that instantly form bonds of friendship, pride, and love with whomever sees them. Simply put, the Paws 4 Paws Collection is an art treasure that reflects the world-class talent and community-spirit that flows about this area. We owe a debt of gratitude to the sponsors who provided seed-money at the genesis of this project; and, then too, our heartfelt appreciation to the artists who freely gave of time and treasure to create and paint the dogs. Many businesses, organizations and volunteers supported this endeavor; and, in no particular order, we want to thank them: Weborg 21 Centre (“visionary” Lisa Weborg and her talented and hardworking staff); Paws on the Platte and Paws-itive Partners (Jo Mabry); Mark Chiropractic Clinic (Dr. Samuel Mark); Icon Poly (Danielle Vohland); Denver Coach (Wally Schlager); the Star Herald (Gene Awtry, Brad Staman, Jerry Purvis, Doug Southard and Kelly Zwetzig); West Nebraska Art Center (Michele Denton, Maria Lena Medina and Stephanie); Gering Library Summer Reading Program; Steve Flowers (Wolf Automotive); Girl Scouts of America (Samantha Hernandez); Bridgeport New-Blade (Janelle Kesterson); City of Gering (Kathy Welfl); Minatare Tabor Days Parade; Oregon Trail Days: Committee (Bill Schlaepfer, et al), Parade (John Ewing), Kiddies Parade (Mary Robinson) and Chili Cook-Off (Sherry); Celtic Fest (Traci Wilkes); City of Sidney (Lori Borchert): Camp Clark Days Parade (Mick Lund); KNBC (Brian Sherrod); Prairie Winds Community Center (Cara Harper/Ryna Giboney): Carnegie Art Museum (Kyren Conley and Ray Schleyer); Nebraska Parks and Recreation/Lake Minatare; Lamar Signs (Deborah

Galyen); Carhenge Visitor Center (Mary Wernke); Alliance Times Herald (Erica Chipperfield); Torrington Telegram (Tom Milstead): Alliance Heritage Days Parade (Jack Berg); Regional West Hospital Gift Shop (Allyson Berggren); Biancos (Morgan, et al); Schaefer Feed, Scotts Bluff County Fair Parade/Mitchell (Shane Reinpold); Mitchell Craft Fair (Carol Bernard); Daryl Schilz (West Nebraska Storage); Staples (Emily, et al); Andrea McDaniel; Jackson Thomas; Anne Adams; Cindy Gellner; Jeff Allen; Steve Settles: Kay Grote: Lori Thomas: Glen Yetter: and firms that displayed the event on electronic reader boards , “hosted” dogs in their showrooms. To anyone we may have omitted, please know it was unintentional.

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PAWS 4 PAWS CHARITY ART AUCTION

Tuesday September 10, 2019 Registration 6:30pm - 7:00pm Auction 7:00pm - 8:00pm Weborg 21 Centre Gering, Nebraska 86

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Skippers Cupboard Tuesday, September 10, 2019 Weborg 21 Centre

Paws 4 Paws Charity Art Auction Catalogue  

Skippers Cupboard Tuesday, September 10, 2019 Weborg 21 Centre