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NRL launches new online art gallery

Readers of Nebraska Rural Living have a new section to browse this month as we have officially launched the Fine Art in Towns Under 10,000 online art gallery after 10 Nebraska artists were selected to showcase their work on the site.

The selected artists hail from Meadow Grove in northeast Nebraska to McCook in southwest Nebraska. The art is showcased in the new online gallery where Nebraska Rural Living readers from around the globe can enjoy and purchase the art.

The artists range from art teachers to self-taught artists, a photographer and two sculptors, who tell the story of rural Nebraska through their art. Some realized their creative talents as children, and others discovered their niches later in life. We invite you to browse each artist’s page as they share their stories of how they became artists and where they find inspiration.

NRL art gallery founder Betty Sayers of Holdrege said she was surprised at the number of artists who applied to be part of the gallery during the first submission period.

“I’m impressed by the artistic quality of each piece in the gallery,” Sayers said. “And I think their art illustrates aspects of Nebraska that words cannot tell as well.”

First call brings great variety of Nebraska artists

Seventeen artists from across the state submitted artwork during the first call for entries. Art was juried by professional artists, and 10 were selected for the gallery during this first round.

The goal of the gallery is to give artists a platform to share and sell their art while at the same time increase knowledge and appreciation of life in rural Nebraska.

“I’m hoping artists market their art on the site and sell pieces to Nebraska Rural Living’s worldwide audience,” Sayers said.

The Nebraska Rural Living Fine Art in Towns Under 10,000 gallery is funded with the support of the Phelps County Community Foundation, the Nebraska Arts Council, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and private donors. Nebraska Rural Living is currently seeking future art gallery sponsors.

Additional art entries will be accepted throughout the year for future placement in the gallery. Submissions will be juried each quarter with the following deadlines: November 1, February 1, May 1 and August 1. New artists will be added each quarter if selected.

To submit pieces for review, artists must have a Nebraska address in a rural town with a population of 10,000 or less. For rules and criteria and to submit art to be juried for the online gallery visit

Artists selected during the first round:

Moving Day, by Desiree Hanjay

Desiree Hajny

Desiree Hajny of Blue Hill, NE has been involved in carving full time since 1985. Before that she was a high school art instructor for ...
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Platte River Thaw, by Patricia Scarborough

Patricia Scarborough

Nebraska native Patricia Scarborough has focused on painting landscapes of the Midwest since she wound her way through Kearney State College, graduating eventually with a ...
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Plum Blossoms in Ball Jar, by Alissa Milsap

Alissa Millsap

Alissa Millsap, born of a carpenter, has dreaming and creating in her blood. She is a light chaser, a seeker of the small, and a ...
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Halsey Evening, by Deb Goodenburger

Deb Goodenberger

Deb Goodenberger lives on a farm south of McCook with her husband. She has been an artist as long as she can remember. After receiving ...
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Growing Into Something, by Susan Hart

Susan Hart

Susan Hart grew up in Gibbon, Nebraska, and now resides in rural Cozad with her husband, Jim. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in ...
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Winter Creek, by Beth Cole

Beth Cole

Beth Cole is a former web designer who exchanged pixels for a paintbrush in 2012. She grew up on a farm in western Nebraska where ...
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Red Paint, by Sherry McClymont

Sherry McClymont

Sherry has been painting off and on most of her adult life. Basically self-taught, she has taken classes and workshops through the years, but painting ...
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Aerial View

Wild Focus Photography – Roy Swoboda

Roy Swoboda was born and raised in Nebraska. His parents and grandparents knew every bird, wildflower, and mammal that made a home in Nebraska’s woods, ...
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Loon Oh My, by Mary Tanner

Mary Tanner

All of Mary Tanner's great grandparents were early settlers in Lincoln County. She grew up on the family farm along the Platte River and returned ...
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I Dew, by Jeremy Lawrence ‘Spike’ Cash

Jeremy Lawrence ‘Spike’ Cash

Jeremy Lawrence ‘Spike’ Cash paints from his studio in Nebraska City, Neb. He is a self-taught artist with many influences. He hasn’t won any awards ...
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For more information, contact gallery coordinator Kristine Jacobson

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Kristine Jacobson

Kristine Jacobson is a writer, mom of three, farmer’s wife and unlikely promoter of rural Nebraska. In high school, she was the girl who couldn’t wait to move to the big city and escape her small hometown in rural Nebraska. She pursued her dream and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she earned a degree in journalism. After college, she married her high school sweetheart and a few years later found herself back in her small rural hometown. She now embraces the simplicity of life without crowds and traffic. She’s found great friends and lots of opportunities to make an impact in her small town. When she’s not writing or working for clients in her business (KRJPR), she can be seen on a bleacher somewhere watching her children participate in sports, or she can be found reading a book, biking, walking, camping or enjoying nature, scrapbooking or planning a trip somewhere. Her daughter calls her a “pictionarian,” or one who likes to take pictures, and “trippish,” meaning she likes to travel.

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