MONA Goes West is a cooperative venture between the two art organizations – the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney and the Prairie Arts Center in North Platte.

Together, they are holding a day-long celebration of western Nebraska art and artists on Saturday, June 8 at the Prairie Arts Center, 416 N. Jeffers.

The event includes a silent art auction, Brigitte Timmerman’s Sandhills Cowboy movie featuring Marty and Donna Blocker, Lloyd McCarter and the Honky Tonk Revival Band. There will be a beer garden, demonstrations by Jackson Dinsdale Art Center, a mobile glass blowing van from Hastings College, Lauren Olson, and Kyle Rosfeld’s Art of Boot Making as well as food trucks, and more.

Admission is $5 per person from noon to 4 p.m.

From 4-6 p.m., there will be a patron reception with a live art auction, cowboy poetry by R.P. Smith, an accordion player, cocktails and appetizers. The cost is $100 per person.

The Prairie Arts Center is a creative space, a place to gather, explore, learn and share. The working art center, once a historic 1913 Post Office Building, stands as the cornerstone of downtown North Platte.

At PAC, you can view the beautiful structure, take a class, experience monthly gallery exhibits, shop the gift shop, rent a space, get to know local artists and help create a cultural legacy in western Nebraska.

Located in Kearney, the Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) is the home of the official state art collection, numbering more than 5,000 works by artists of regional, and national and international acclaim.

MONA offers a friendly museum experience, where the views are great and the power of art captures the spirit of Nebraska.

To make reservations, or for more information, contact the Prairie Arts Center at (308) 534-5121 or the Museum of Nebraska Art at (308) 865-8559.