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Prairie Arts Center Eclipse Spectacular

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416 North Jeffers Street

North Platte, NE 69101

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North Platte's Prairie Arts Center is housed in a beautifully crafted historic Italian Renaissance building, originally North Platte's federal building, built in 1913. This vibrant venue is filled with special exhibits, chamber music performances, classes, and community events. During the 2017 total solar eclipse, the Prairie Arts Center is the headquarters for experiencing the solar eclipse through the arts.

The exhibit in the main gallery during the eclipse is the "Bridges: Sharing Our Past to Enrich the Future" that showcases images of historic sites or hidden treasures from all 93 counties across Nebraska as part of our Nebraska 150 Sesquicentennial celebration.

In the smaller Focus Gallery visitors will find a collection of art and posters from the nearly two dozen expeditions around the world taken by eclipse chaser Derryl Barr.

The full schedule of events includes:

August 16th, 9:00am - Paint the Universe with artist Patsy Smith. Create your own spectacular eclipse souvenir! The cost is $40 and the class runs from 9am to noon. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

August 18th, 1:00pm - Paint the Universe with artist Patsy Smith. Another opportunity to create your own spectacular eclipse souvenir! The cost is $40 and the class runs from 1pm to 4pm. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

August 19th, 10:00am - Art and Eclipse Story Workshop. Eclipse in Clay and Native American Stories. This workshop is open to youth and adults. Tickets are $25.

August 19th, 7:00pm - Job, Peter and Chuck Concert. Listen to classic 70's music with this entertaining local trio. Tickets are $15 and include refreshments and snacks (Adults enjoy two glasses of wine). This great entertainment will be the perfect backdrop for experiencing the Bridges exhibit in the gallery. Tickets are limited to 50 for online sale.

At 1:30pm on Sunday August 20, the Great Hall of the Prairie Arts Center will host "Eclipse: The Art and the Science", a lecture by eclipse chaser Derryl Barr. Barr has spoken on numerous occasions about solar eclipses to local, national and international groups emphasizing Nebraska’s role in “The Great American Eclipse of 2017.”

The observation and study of solar eclipses is one of Barr’s greatest passions, taking him to all seven continents. Most recently, he has returned from Indonesia where he observed his 22nd solar eclipse. During the presentation, Mr. Barr will share photos of many of his experiences. Currently Barr lives in Indianola, Iowa where he serves as an adjutant instructor in the Horticulture Department of the Des Moines Area Community College, volunteers during Drake Observatory Public Nights, serves as the secretary of the Des Moines Astronomical Society and plans future eclipse expeditions.

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