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.