Bronze sculpture of a person's head and face
"Silence Speaks," bronze sculpture by Mary Michael, of Belt, MT

Despite two major highways being closed from the middle of Nebraska all the way to Utah due to bad winter snowstorms, the American Plains Artists (APA) Signature Show opened in mid-March at the Petrified Wood & Art Gallery (Ogallala, NE) to a large, steady crowd.

Realistic and representational artworks of the American Great Plains – the wildlife, landscape, people, and the life of the Plains – were exhibited by 22 APA Signature Members from across the U.S.A. Nationally recognized awards juror Don Dernovich awarded the following:

BEST OF SHOW: “Comfort Mood,” an oil painting by Sherry Blanchard Stuart of Scottsdale, AZ

PUBLISHER’S AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: “Mama’s Boy,” an oil painting by Judy Osburn of Norman, OK

PUBLISHER’S AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: “Silence Speaks,” a bronze sculpture by Mary Michael, of Belt, MT

PUBLISHER’S AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: “Collectibles,” an oil painting by Cheryl Roush of Midland, TX

Oil painting of a woman and child
Sherry Blanchard Stuart, “Comfort Mood,” oil on linen, 16 x 26 in.

Other awards included:

The Arrowhead Award chosen by the Petrified Wood & Art Gallery: “General’s Game,” a colored pencil artwork by Eileen Nistler of Upton, WY

The Golden Spur award chosen by the APA Signature Members: “Grand Autumn Day,” an acrylic by J. I. McElroy of Gurley, NE

A special “Ogallala” Award given by the APA: “Prairie Wind,” an oil painting by Barbara Summers Edwards of Smithfield, UT.

The APA Signature show continues through May 22, 2021. The public is invited to see this “Art of the Plains” show and is also invited to attend the ending reception on May 22. For more information please visit

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  1. I have been waiting and checking daily for the May 2021 issue to be at Barnes and Noble bookstore in Norman Ok, to no avail. When will it be available for purchase. I was mentioned as award winner in the article on the American Plains Artists Show and would like a copy of the magazine. I enjoy the magazine and purchase it often.

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