When the museum opened the aviation art exhibit of local boy made good Rick Herter as part of the Dogwood Fine Arts Festival in May, Rick expressed an interest in finding a way to keep one of his paintings at the museum. He set about finding a donor so we would be able to keep his self-portrait, “If Only I Could Fly,” at the museum.
Rick Herter Painting Stays at the Museum
Over the summer, Rick dropped the price significantly and talked to the right person to locate 2/3 of the funds for a purchase. We held a program by Rick for our premium members in July, which found us the remaining funds.
Because of the generosity of major donors Don and Joan Lyons, Lyons Industries, Inc. and Chuck and Kathy Burling as well as other contributors, “If Only I Could Fly” will be a part of the museum’s permanent collection. Herter is so well known for his aviation art that his story with the painting and other prints will be featured in the museum’s exhibit Small Town Big World: Locals Who Made History. Look for that exhibit this winter as we shuffle some items around to make the space.
Rick also donated three signed prints that the museum can sell for its benefit. The signed prints cost $100 each and proceeds will go to the museum’s general fund for future use. Visit the museum or contact the museum at 269.783.2560 for more information.
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