LMAWM kicks off 2011 membership drive

FRITCH—The Lake Meredith Aquatic & Wildlife Museum kicks-off its 2011 Membership Drive with a special offer: For every $25 you donate for your membership, you get one ticket into a drawing to win two elegantly framed LaNelle Poling prints on canvas.The original oils of Late January and Lacinta Creek were part of a collection owned by Walt Poling that unfortunately were destroyed when Poling Ranch Headquarters burned in 2008. Among others, Mr. Poling had prints of the originals put on 11x15 canvas and framed. He donated these two prints to the museum to help raise funds for the LaNelle Poling Memorial Fund which the Fritch City Council has set aside for improvements to the museum or educational programs.The two works together are valued at over $500 and look like originals. Such is the phenomenon of the technology that allows prints to transfer to canvas. Along with the membership and chance to win, you will receive the museum’s monthly ,newsletter. The late LaNelle Poling was a popular area artist who saw the beauty in the natural landscape of the Texas Panhandle. Inspired by nature and a community spirit, Mrs. Poling led the Bicentennial Committee in 1976 to found the Lake Meredith Aquatic & Wildlife Museum in Fritch, Texas. There she created six wildlife dioramas featuring mounts of local wildlife in a 3-D setting depicting their natural habitats as found around the Lake Meredith Area. She later painted wildlife dioramas for the Carson County Square House Museum in Panhandle.Mrs. Poling has been honored nationally for her artistic contributions by Congressman Mac Thornberry and was the recipient of the Golden Nail Award for the Panhandle area. She donated many paintings to HOPE to help raise funds to help fight cancer and was featured in Accent West, a regional magazine.Many of Mrs. Poling’s works are winter scenes from the Panhandle some of which depict inspiration of the old west. At least 15 originals were printed as Christmas cards and distributed by the Fritch State Bank. Each of those paintings has a rabbit hidden in plain sight in the background. For almost two decades locals collected the cards in search of the elusive rabbits. Tragically, some of Mrs. Poling’s original works were destroyed in a fire that engulfed Poling Ranch Headquarters in January 2007. Most of Mrs. Poling’s works remain in private collections throughout the southwest.For more information about the Membership Drive contact the LMAWM at 857-2458. Offer ends April 1, 2012.