Shawnee woman wins painting in Sternberg's Museum's 10th John Cody print giveaway

Angela Blanchard, Shawnee, won the 10th John Cody print in a drawing March 29 at Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History.

Blanchard, whose name was pulled from the hopper by the artist himself, will receive a signed, limited-edition print of Cody's painting of the Luna Moth.

"You probably know this delicate moth for its role in a television commercial for a sleeping aid," said Dr. Jerry Choate, director of the museum..

The drawing was from ballots submitted by persons who visited the Sternberg Museum during February. Additional drawings will be held each month until the exhibition closes in May. Previous winners were Virginia Levy, Lenexa; Joe Riegelsberger, Avon Lake, OH; Elaine Smriga, Hays; Bartlett Ramsey, Topeka; Mary Goetz, Chubbuck, ID; Janet Boeve, Katy, TX; Steven Wright, Topeka; Janel Ruder, Hays; and Darren Hirsh, Great Bend.

About 80 of Cody's paintings of moths are on display at the museum, along with associated interactive educational and scientific exhibits. "John Cody's Moths," originally scheduled to close Aug. 21, 2005, has been such a popular exhibit that the run was extended to May 14, 2006. The drawings will also continue until the new date.

All visitors who participate in the museum's balloting to determine the most popular Cody painting are entered in a drawing. Ballots are distributed with museum admission to all visitors age 4 and older. Separate drawings will be held from ballots collected after each month of the exhibition.

"This is the slowest time of year in terms of the number of visitors to the museum, so the statistical chances of winning a beautiful and valuable Cody print is better now than it was earlier or will be later," said the museum's director, Dr. Jerry Choate.

Individuals are limited to one entry per drawing but may enter in multiple drawings. Details on museum membership, which entitles individuals or families to unlimited free admission along with other valuable benefits, is available toll free at 1-877-332-1165 or online at

Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 7 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and youths (age 4-12), and $3 for FHSU students with ID. Admission is free for museum members and children age 3 and under. The museum is closed on Mondays.

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