Photos, art, textiles, and poetry have been submitted for the 10th year to make up the winter exhibit at the Coopersville Farm Museum and Event Center (www.coopersvillefarmmuseum). On November 2nd, 37 winners of the annual contest were awarded recognition and prize packages provided by local businesses and the Coopersville Area Arts Council at a special Artists Reception. Every entry is on display until January 12, 2012. The youngest participant is three year old, Reuben Talsma, of Zeeland, and the oldest is somewhere in their 70s. Homeschoolers, classrooms, individuals, retirees, and professionals have captured the heart of America, the fading rural scene, and through their work, they are preserving history, as well as providing a display. So as not to take for granted those passing icons around us, a different rural subject is selected every year. Some of the other subjects over the past decade have been farm animals, windmills, weathervanes, lightning rods, farm houses, agriculture, and country towers (silos). Next year will be fence rows, so start snapping those pictures now. The Coopersville Farm Museum and Event Center is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and for groups with reservations or for special events. To compliment the exhibit of “Great American Barns II,” Jane Nemecek, (www.janenemecek.com) a Lake City artist, is exhibiting her pastels, oils, and watercolors in the “Art of Rural Life” Gallery inside the Coopersville Farm Museum and Event Center. Many of Nemecek’s pieces include barns and rural scenes so it was a natural fit. Take a walk along a country road this winter, inside the 12,000 square foot facility, nestled in historic downtown Coopersville at 375 Main Street.