Lenexa woman is Sternberg Museum's 5th winner of a John Cody print

Virginia Levy, Lenexa, of all the October visitors to Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History, is the winner of the John Cody print for that month.

Levy's name was picked from the hopper by the artist, John Cody, in a drawing Friday, Nov. 4, at the museum. The print Cody selected for October's winner is "Royal Walnut Moths" (Citheronia regalis), a signed, limited-edition print (No. 81 of 500) of a 1992 painting.

The drawing was from ballots submitted by persons who visited the Sternberg Museum during October. Additional drawings will be held each month until the exhibition closes next May. Previous winners were Elaine Smriga of Hays, Bartlett Ramsey of Topeka, Mary Goetz of Chubbuck, ID, and Janet Boeve of Katy, TX.

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, has been such a popular exhibit at the museum that the run has been 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 will be entered in a drawing. Ballots will be 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.

A total of 13 prints will be given away in the drawings. The next drawing will be in December to choose a winner from visitors to the museum during November.

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 www.fhsu.edu/sternberg/member.shtml.

Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 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 3 and under. The museum is closed on Mondays.

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