Pets, sports and bombers on 2019 museum schedule

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Courtesy image ‘Bomber Boys: Portraits from the Front’ will be on display from June 15 through Aug. 23 at the Moses Lake Museum & Art Center.

MOSES LAKE — Pictures of great pets, hometown sports and the young men who flew the B-25s will be among the exhibit subjects in 2019 at the Moses Lake Museum & Art Center.

The museum will feature works from its own extensive historical collection, and its large picture collection, during January.

The first show of 2019 opens Feb. 1. “Best in Show” will be on display through March 8 and is all about pets. Artists and pet owners were encouraged to submit works “portraying the domesticated (and not-so-domesticated) creatures that occupy our homes and our hearts.”

Sports and what they mean to communities across the country is the subject of the exhibit opening March 22. “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America” is a traveling exhibit sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution.

Millions of Americans play sports, or did once upon a time, and millions more watch the game, whatever the game is. The exhibit includes artifacts and photos from America’s long history with sports, along with a local exhibit telling some of the story of sports in Moses Lake. “Hometown Teams” will be on display through April 26.

Artist Fred Holcomb will display works from his series the “I-90 Project” beginning May 3. Holcomb said he’s been working on the series of “landscape paintings” for several years. “My subjects have tended toward the peripheral, such as that glimpsed at a blur from a car at freeway speed.” The paintings all depict views of the state along I-90, “which I see as a kind of statewide spinal cord.” The exhibit will be on display through June 7.

“Bomber Boys: Portraits from the Front” will be on display from June 15 through Aug. 23. The exhibit is based on memorabilia saved by Keith B. Lile, a 19-year-old from Puyallup who flew 56 missions as the tail gunner on a B-25 bomber. Lile’s daughters found his diary and keepsakes after his death in 1996. The exhibit focuses on the B-25 crews that fought the air battles over Europe and the Pacific, and the crews that took care of their planes.

The work of Wenatchee collage artist Chad Yenney will be on display from Aug. 30 through Oct. 4. Yenney uses pictures from old magazines to create new works; most of them start as pictures from the 1940s through 1970s. (Yenney has a day job as an audio engineer.)

Artist Justin Beckman manipulates existing images to tell a story of the West, its rural and urban areas and where they come together. “How the West was Won” opens Oct. 11 and runs through Nov. 15. Beckman works as a graphic designer at Central Washington University.

An exhibit of wildlife photography by Ephrata artist Mark Peters will open Nov. 22. Peters’ day job is as an engineer.

Cheryl Schweizer can be reached via email at education@columbiabasinherald.com.

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