Finding beauty in the weeds

Bosque Museum reschedules 10th Annual Wildflower Show & Sale for July 11, entry deadline extended to June 27

CLIFTON – With the Central Texas road ways teeming with beautiful wild flowers at the moment, people can look forward to the 10th anniversary edition of the Bosque Museum Wildflower Show and Sale on July 11.

Originally, the opening reception of the Wildflower Show and Sale was planned for May 9, but was postponed because of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 mitigation measures. During the opening reception from 2-4 p.m., awards will be presented at 3:30 p.m. Attendees get to vote on the Popular Choice award between 2-3 p.m.

With the new date set for the show and sale, artists now have until June 27 to submit their wildflower art for the 2020 show as a result of the entry deadline being extended. Each artist may submit only one original art piece – no prints, giclées or photographically produced artwork will be accepted – which must contain Texas wildflowers.

The artists are encouraged to use the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center website: https://www.wildflower.org/plants/ to identify the Texas wildflowers in their paintings, using the common name or Latin name.

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Texas wildflowers serve as the inspiration for the 10th Annual Bosque Wildflower Art Show & Sale held by the Bosque Museum (top); Renowned artist Nancy Boren will serve as just of 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.

Boren 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.

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.

In light of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s press conference April 27 announcing plans to begin reopening the economy, Bosque Museum will reopen May 5. The museum directors ask for groups to limit their size to five, and that all visitors maintain social distancing. All hands-on exhibits remain unavailable at this time.

Please check back to the Bosque Museum website at: https://www.bosquemuseum.org/ and visit the museum Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/BosqueMuseum/ for more updates and announcements of upcoming events.

Photos by SIMONE WICHERS-VOSS

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