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The Bowman Museum hosted an art show and sale last weekend, raising more than $10,000 for the museum

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 - Pamela Claflin stands amidst her paintings, including one of Steins Pillar. Claflin came up with the art show and sale idea and invited two other Prineville artists to join the show.

Nine paintings sold during the Bowman Museum Fine Art Show and Sale last weekend, bringing in $10,030 for the museum.

"It was a great fundraiser for sure," said Bowman Museum Executive Director Sandy Cohen. "It was a huge visitation. We had about 500 visitors through the weekend, so it was huge."

Prineville artist Pamela Claflin came up with the idea of featuring the works of three local painters at the museum and donating half of the proceeds from the sales to the museum.

It was a deal Cohen couldn't turn down.

"Certainly I owe Pamela a huge debt of gratitude for taking the lead in organizing a lot of this," he said.

The Bowman Museum Fine Art Show and Sale, the first of its kind, was held Friday through Sunday at the museum. The works of Claflin, Eric Jacobsen and Laurel Buchanan were displayed in the museum Community Center.

All three artists sold paintings, and almost all of the paintings were purchased by individuals from Prineville.

Proceeds will most likely be used for future museum exhibits and education programs.

Cohen reported 494 visitors over the three days, which averaged out to about 164 visitors per day.

"There was a real fest to it, a real energy to the whole thing. It was thrilling. I want to have as many of these as possible," Cohen said. "We were trying to gauge the success of it, and it was very successful, so we want to do this at least once a year, for sure, and maybe even more than that."

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 - Bowman Museum Executive Director Sandy Cohen, left, visits with artist Eric Jacobsen. Jacobsen said the show was an opportunity for folks to see artwork in a place that normally does not exhibit artwork and attract new people to the museum.

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 - Artist Laurel Buchanan, right, visits with Richard and Katherine Craig, who came to the show from Bend.

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