Story by Joe Vinduska
A wide range of local artists’ work will be on display at the Shafer Gallery as part of the Barton County Arts Council Friends and Acquaintances exhibit Oct. 23 through Dec. 1. The virtual reception will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Facebook.com/shafergallery and will include brief interviews with participating artists. A catalog of all the pieces will be posted as well. The show is underwritten by the Bill J. McKown Memorial Endowment distributed by the Golden Belt Community Foundation.
Gallery Director Dave Barnes said this exhibit is a chance to let community members showcase their talents in a professional gallery setting. The exhibit consists of 2D and 3D entries.
“It’s the time of year when we try to honor and encourage the wonderful and dedicated artists that grace our front porch,” he said. “Barton Community College services a wonderful chunk of the state of Kansas that is filled with incredible artistic talent. Seeing the new work presented by all our friends is the highlight of our year. It is amazing to watch the development of the work of artists who have exhibited year after year.”
This exhibit usually coincides with the McKown Masquerade Ball, which will unfortunately not be taking place this year, but community members are encouraged to come out to the exhibit. Masks are required in the gallery.
“The creative community is strong and well,” he said. “The Shafer Gallery is a safe place to visit and we encourage everyone to come out and support our local artists. You might find a treasure.”
The Shafer Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is always free. For more information, contact Shafer Gallery Director Dave Barnes at [email protected] or (620) 792-9342.