By Micah Oelze/Barton Community College
Dave Barnes, director of the Shafer Art Gallery, believes the heart of a community is reflected through the eyes of its artists. For a glimpse into the soul of central Kansas, visit the Barton County Arts Council’s Friends and Acquaintances exhibit, at the gallery through Nov. 4.
“The heart of a community is revealed in the artistic expression of its citizens,” Barnes said. “The Barton County Arts Council Friends and Acquaintances Art Festival gives our community the opportunity to see the wide gamut of artistic enterprise in our county. All styles, experience levels and viewpoints share the spotlight to make this a genuinely inclusive event.”
Great Bend sculptor Chet Cale, president of the Barton County Arts Council, described his enthusiasm for the upcoming exhibit.
“The Shafer Gallery is very good at supporting local artists and this is one of those ways,” he said. “We have a huge amount of fine, fine artists in our community county-wide.”
Cale’s piece “Christ on the Cross,” included in the display, holds significant value to the artist not just from the imagery but the source of the limestone used to create the sculpture.
“The stone was a salvaged piece of Hoisington High School after the 2001 tornado. I think there is a real parallel,” he said. “We have this imagery of just before the resurrection and we have this stone that would have just ended up in somebody’s creek or buried in the ground someplace was able to be brought back and used for one of the most historically dramatic images.”
The Shafer Gallery, located in the Fine Arts Building on the Barton Community College campus, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is always free.
The show is underwritten by the Bill J. McKown Memorial Endowment distributed by the Golden Belt Foundation.