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      Reputation of Kearney's Art In The Park Draws Respect From Art Community

      Artists have traveled hundreds of miles to be in Kearney this weekend, organizers say that's because the community's Art In The Park has gained a reputation.

      They say the event is hard to show in for a reason. Founders Larry and Sherry Peterson made a commitment to bring in high caliber work to the show, and whether it's traditional work like photography or something new like fused glass, it makes artists want to participate.

      "There's a lot of different ways to do the glass," said Oklahoma artist Jim Shelley. "And when someone says 'Hey, I haven't seen anything like that before', it makes me happy, makes me think I'm on the right path."

      "I think arts are a very neglected part of culture," said Kearney artist David Wiebe. "And this is one part that Kearney has done very well, I think, to promote this type of art in this community."

      Plans are already in the works for next year's event, and organizers are also looking ahead to the 50th anniversary.

      This year, a silent auction was held with proceeds being split between the MONA library and a visual arts scholarship for a Kearney senior attending UNK.
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