New Location For Popular Art Show Brings In New Faces


A change in venue is bringing new eyes to the area's longest running art exhibit.

"Wings over the Platte" wrapped up its 2014 show on Sunday.

It's slightly smaller this year, with more than 50 artists. That's because the show has been moved from the Stuhr Museum – which is currently undergoing renovations - to Bartenbach Galleries.

The exhibit's curator said the move hasn't impacted the popularity of the show, but has brought in some new faces.

"It's actually just kind of changed the landscape of the exhibit and brought some different people and also brought some people to downtown Grand Island that might have stayed out by the river more," said Kari Stofer.

This year's featured artist -- a Saint Paul native -- has several styles.

On display were graphite drawings, computer generated art, acrylic drawings and paintings.

She's been showing in "Wings over the Platte" since it started 23 years ago.

"It's very much an honor. I have been wanting to be a featured artist for many years," said Donna Schimonitz, of Lincoln. "Some of the artists that came before me were very big inspirations for me, so I feel like I've made it."

By the end of the week Bartenbach will play host to another Stuhr staple -- the Hall County Student Art Show.

The Stuhr Building renovations are expected to be completed next spring.