Art show, reception to honor late local sculptor
McCOOK, Neb. — The family and friends of late sculptor Gary Ginther, of McCook and the Cambridge lake, plan an art show and reception Saturday, June 1, to celebrate his life and his gift as an artist.
The reception and a showcase of Ginther's artwork are scheduled from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the McCook Art Guild, on the bricks in downtown McCook at 209 Norris Ave.
Donations to the new art scholarship program created in Ginther's honor can be made during the reception.
Following Ginther's death on Christmas Day, 2018, his children established a college scholarship program for art students graduating from McCook Senior High. Ginther is a 1965 MHS graduate and, in 2007, was inducted onto the school's "Wall of Fame" for awards and acclaim in the fields of art and bronze sculpture.
The new "Ginther Art Scholarship Program" is administered by the McCook Educational Foundation, a 501C3 non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance educational opportunities and build upon the tradition of excellence at McCook Public Schools.
Tax-exempt donations to the Ginther art scholarship fund can be made the day of the Art Guild reception, or mailed to the McCook Educational Foundation, 111 West D; P.O. Box 782, McCook, NE 69001.
Ginther was a self-taught artist who became well-known locally and throughout the United States for his work in bronze, pewter, resin and fiberglas. He sculpted bison for TV executive and bison rancher Ted Turner, for the Museum of the High Plains in McCook, and for McCook Senior High; a dinosaur for the Las Vegas Natural History Museum; an antelope and an eagle for sidewalk art projects in Wyoming and California; Sandhill cranes for museums, art galleries and gift shops throughout Nebraska; sandlot baseball players for the city park and baseball/softball complex in Cambridge; and a World War I veterans' memorial soldier for the Oxford Cemetery.
Ginther, a conservationist and naturalist, designed awards for Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever, and received national and international acclaim for the detail, delicacy, sensitive fidelity and realism of his wildlife sculpture.