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The arty side of Scottsbluff

February 11, 2010

For a community of this size, Scottsbluff is chock-full of arts-n-culture opportunities.

The historic Carnegie Library building houses the WNAC. The west side of the building (with the arched windows) was constructed in 1922; the east side was added in 1936.

Last weekend, husband and I attended a photography exhibit opening at the West Nebraska Arts Center. WNAC is housed in the 1922/1936 Carnegie Library building (on the National Register of Historic Places). The opening was pretty cool because we got to meet several of the artists and because there was food. (We had popped into the Center to see the previous exhibit of paintings, but it was midday on a weekend, and the place was deserted and therefore a little dull.) I was particularly fond of some berry-and-cheese-on-a-toothpick hors d’oeuvres and the quad-photos of a particular artist. I can’t tell you the artist’s name because I neglected to write it down (bad reporter!), and because the WNAC website leaves a little to be desired in terms of info. (I should be careful about saying stuff like this; I might get drafted to improve the situation!) WNAC changes its exhibits monthly, and I look forward to attending future openings.

Also last weekend, husband and I neglected to attend a major annual bash: a fundraiser for Theatre West, a summer repertory company that includes Western Nebraska Community College, members of the community, and professional and early-career actors. We skipped the event for a number of reasons. For one, “theatre” is not really my thing, perhaps because I’ve had hit-or-miss experiences in the past. Second, the fundraiser was “Broadway in the Bluffs,” featuring a bunch of singing, and I’m especially averse to musicals. Third, the fundraiser was followed by a “chocolate buffet”. While chocolate would normally have been a draw for me, I had spent an unproductive two-and-a-half hours sitting on an uncomfortable metal folding chair at the mall that morning, waiting to hear that my entry in the Chocolate Challenge did not place (I entered in the “cookies” category, and was beat out by cupcakes (?) submitted by someone who runs a business that sells cupcakes), and I was a little grumpy about the topic of chocolate.

Sooo ANYway, Scottsbluff has a bunch of cool art opportunities. I’ll post about more events as they come up.

The winning white chocolate raspberry CUPCAKES-on-a-chandelier that were entered in the candy/cookies/brownies category. And by the way, white chocolate isn't chocolate. It's not BITTER enough. Grumble grumble.

Copyright 2010 by Katie Bradshaw

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 11, 2010 1:43 pm

    Some logic seems to be missing on the part of the judges?

  2. February 12, 2010 8:42 am

    Hoppped on over here from The CottonWife’s blog. Enjoyed learning about the Scottsbluff area. We farm in WY and occassionally end up running for supplies/parts in Scottsbluff.

    One of the few restaraunts we have had time to check out is Lira’s in Lingle,WY. A local recommended we try the tacos which are awesome. (Call ahead for their hours as they close between lunch/dinner.)

  3. zestforwhy permalink
    February 13, 2010 8:46 am

    Hey, Kath, thanks for the recommendation! As close a neighbor as Wyoming is, I’ve only made it to the state once so far (to Laramie), but I do plan to do some more exploring.


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