Western Wildlife Art Show ("Fort Robinson Centennial, Inc.”, 1972)
Instated with the IRS on April 11, 2016
IRS EIN and STATE OF NE
Originally incorporated in May 1972, a Public Charity Board
Articles of Incorporation list the initial Board of Directors from North Platte to Lincoln NE and Pine Ridge SD
Marcy Thompson is a former head librarian at Crawford Public Library. She was born in Crawford and grew up in Kearney, with many summer visits to grandparents in Crawford, where she now resides.
A graduate of Iowa Western Community College, Marcy worked at Hewlett Packard and for the City of Wahoo. She was a family caregiver for many years.
Marcy and husband Ronnie raised two daughters, a foster son and a foster daughter. She is the proud grandmother of 12.
Marcy has been on the Board of Directors since 2015 as the Marketing chair and Financial Officer, and has served as Co-Chair since 2016. Marcy enjoys the fellowship of the Art Show family, and loves to see the new work from returning artists each year as well as eagerly welcoming new artists every summer.
Crawford resident Shelly joins the WWAS this year as co-chairman with Marcy Thompson, focusing on marketing.
Gwen was born and raised in southeastern Ohio on a small farm.
She joined the US Air Force where she worked in many key positions, honing the skill set which she shares in her many roles at the Western Wildlife Art Show. Gwen retired from the Air Force after 20 years.
In the Civilian world, Gwen was hired by a military contracting firm as a data entry specialist, moved up to a receptionist, then an office specialist working for the site director.
Gwen has worked as a church secretary, and enjoys reading, crocheting, and counted cross-stitching in her spare time.
The Art Show is grateful for Gwen's considerable skill set in her role as the Children's Wall of Art chairperson, and as Board Secretary.
Retired after 20 years as a MSgt in the Air Force, Richard is an enthusiastic, dedicated volunteer for the Western Wildlife Art Show. If it needs doing, Richard can and will do it! He grew up in Crawford, retired to Chadron with his wife Gwen, and has decided to give his time to his community.
Richard brings expertise in computer systems, accounting and general organization. When not at the Art Show, you can find Richard promoting Northwest Nebraska Tourism, lending his time and talents to the Dawes County Historical Museum, and to historic Fort Robinson State Park.
Annie is a fourth generation Dawes County resident. Her training is in radio and television, but the majority of her working life was spent teaching.
Her mother, Ellen Eaton Armstrong, an oil painter, taught Annie a love of color and texture -- serving on the WWAS board is a creative outlet.
She is an aspiring novelist, and enjoys gardening, photography, travel, living on the ranch, and all things grandchildren.
Annie raised and homeschooled five sons, is the grandmother of nine, and is married to her childhood sweetheart, Richard.
Jenett has served for a year on the WWAS Board. A native of Alaska, Jenett currently lives in Crawford.
Jenett is enthusiastic about the art show. She shines in her role caring for the artists during the show, helping with the Children's Wall of Art, and supporting the co-chairs behind the scenes in any way she can.
Daniel has lived in Western Nebraska for thirty years, and firmly believes it to be one the most striking and beautiful parts of America.
Daniel also believes in the potential and power of art, faith and community. In addition to his work with the Western Wildlife Art Show, he contributes to the community through organizations like Chadron Open Art, the United Methodist Church Men's Group in Chadron, and the Northwest Nebraska Planning Committee.
Support Staff and Maintenance
The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) provides energetic Senior Citizens who volunteer during the Show as greeters and hosts, assistants to the artists as needed, and promoters of the show within the community.
Youth from the Job Corps are instrumental in preparing the veterinary hospital building for the Show--cleaning, hauling tables and chairs, hanging banners and directional signs, and so much more. Job Corps volunteers also assist the artists by carrying their art into the building and back out when the show is over. They provide much needed muscle and cheerful service.