Texas wildflowers frozen in time

Bosque Museum delays opening of 10th Annual Bosque Wildflower Art Show & Sale due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

CLIFTON – With surroundings springing to life every year, the hills, landscape, trees and flowers represent major reasons most artists choose to live in Bosque County. So, it’s only natural that the Bosque Museum chose the Texas wildflowers as the permanent theme for an annual art show.

The Bosque Museum’s Wildflower Show began in 2011 as a celebration of the designation of Clifton as a Cultural Arts District in the State of Texas. Because of the ongoing novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic mitigation measures, the 10th anniversary edition of the Bosque Wildflower Art Show & Sale has been put on hold indefinitely, and the opening reception planned for May 9 has been postponed.

Until a new date can be determined, artists are encouraged to still submit their wildflower art for the 2020 show as the entry deadline will be extended.

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Texas wildflowers remain the permanent theme for the 10th Annual Bosque Wildflower Art Show & Sale held by the Bosque Museum (top). Renowned artist Nancy Boren will serve as the judge for the 2020 show (above).

Bosque County artist Nancy Boren, recognized as one of America’s leading female artists, will serve as judge for the 2020 show.

Boren’s first painting, a watercolor, was done at age 12 while sitting next to her artist father, James Boren, as he painted at the Grand Canyon. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Abilene Christian University and cites the influence of notable traditional painters such as Sargent, Sorolla, and Fechin.

Boren's painting, "Aloft in the Western Sky," is part of the permanent collection of the Booth Museum of Western Art in Cartersville, GA. She has also exhibited at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, the Gilcrease Museum, The National Arts Club and the Salmagundi Club, NY.

The American Impressionist Society awarded her painting Best in Show in 2018 and she has recently completed a Liliedahl art instructional video titled “Light, Motion, and Drama.”

All entries for the 10th Annual Bosque Wildflower Art Show & Sale must be for sale, and artwork must not have been shown previously in Bosque County. The Bosque Museum will receive a 25 percent commission for all work sold during the show.

Each artist may submit only one original art piece – no prints, giclées or photographically produced artwork will be accepted – which must contain Texas wildflowers.

To be accepted, entries must be framed and include a wire hanger suitable for hanging. The accepted mediums are drawings, oil/acrylic, pastel, and water media produced within the last two years. To identify the Texas wildflowers in their paintings using the common name or Latin name, the artists are encouraged to use the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center website: https://www.wildflower.org/plants/.

Deadline to enter the show is April 25. For more guidelines, entry forms and information, please visit the Bosque Museum website at: www.bosquemuseum.org/wildflower-art-show, or find the Bosque Museum on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/BosqueMuseum/ .


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