Every Tuesday and Thursday, the American Legion Post 180 at 1011 Kansas Avenue will host Bingo at 7 p.m. (except when it falls on a holiday). Proceeds from the dessert sales benefit Quilts of Valor. No advance reservation required to play.
The Great Bend Public Library facilitates a "Baby and Me" activity each Tuesday at 10 a.m. for children ages birth to three years of age. Bring your little explorer for interactive fun. We read stories, experiment through sensory activities, and get to know other babies. The activity lasts about thirty minutes.
The Great Bend Public Library offers a free story time every Tuesday at 11 a.m. and every Friday at 10 a.m. for kids ages three through Kindergarten. In story time, we read books, practice school readiness skills through crafts, and get used to hanging out with other kids our own age. It's okay if the kids can't sit still yet. Sitting still is hard work, and something we will all practice and learn together!
In the new exhibit at the Shafer Art Gallery Cheyenne artist Bentley Spang tells the story of the 2012 Ash Creek Fire that blackened 250,000 square acres and destroyed his family’s ranch located on their ancestral homeland on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana. He tells the story from the perspective of the trees. Spang makes the voices of the trees concrete through video documentation, performance art as well as through a series of expressive drawings made by rubbing drawing paper across the ravaged boughs of the trees themselves.Spang is a well-known contemporary native artist and educator who has exhibited widely in U.S., Mexico, Canada, South America and Europe. Most recently he was chosen to be one of a hand full of living artists to represent all contemporary native artists in the definitive exhibit “The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky” curated by the Nelson Adkins Museum in Kansas City. The exhibit traveled worldwide and is now located at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. Concerning the installation in the Shafer Gallery Spang says,” For these drawings I used the burned trees for my charcoal. I scratched their branches on the paper facing away from me. Since I could not see exactly what the result was going to be there was a chaotic thing embedded in them because of what the tees went through.” The artist experienced a catharsis moment and “a chance to grieve with the tress.” The results are haunting abstract images.Spang says that the drawing reveal something of the character of each tree species, “the Ponderosa pine has bigger marks … the cedar tree has more delicate marks.” For Spang these drawing embody the qualities that attracted him to art making as a young adult, “this release, this healing, this moment of clarity that is brief but pure.”The exhibit could stand alone with just the drawings but Spang produced a performative video to go along with them. “The video gives people a sense of place, a sense of time, and it gives people a complete experience of the piece and what happened there.”Shafer Gallery Director Dave Barnes says, “Bentley is a visionary artist, his work has always initiated a conversation between the land, the animals and the people that live upon it. He tries to be true to the voice of his native heritage. With the issues of climate change and a changing environment looming before us he believes that voice is more important than ever.”
Join the Shafer Gallery and the Barton Foundation in the dedication of the new sculpture on the BCC campus. Dedication is at 5:15 and there will be a reception in the Gallery at 5:30 with live music by Prairie Timbre Barbarshop Quartet.Bill McKown was a true friend of the Shafer Art Gallery. He passed away in March of 2014, but his legacy lives on through numerous art-related improvements that have been made on the Barton campus as a result of a generous gift from his estate. The final element funded by his estate is the “Winged Aspiration” sculpture which will adorn the circle driveway in front of the Shafer Gallery. Barton will unveil this aesthetic enhancement and at the same time pay tribute to the man that made it possible, Mr. McKown. A ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13 in front of the Shafer Gallery. Bill J. McKownBarton Coordinator of Fundraising and Special Events Coleen Cape said honoring McKown’s generosity was the primary goal when deciding how to use his gift.“Bill loved Barton, specifically art classes, and he took as many as he could whenever they were available to him,” Cape said. “It was apparent he was a loyal supporter of the college, but no one could have possibly foreseen just how committed he was to Barton and its mission of providing excellence in education for our students and community.”In April, the Barton Community College Foundation received notice it had been named as a beneficiary of his estate.“To say that Bill’s gift was generous, would be a gross understatement,” Cape said. “It was a very substantial gift and in addition, it was given with absolutely no restrictions whatsoever. The Foundation was free to use the funds wherever they felt they were most needed. The Foundation prides itself on being prudent and caring stewards of all gifts made by our donors. It became our mission to find projects and enhancements that would have made Bill both happy and proud. Because of his love of art it was decided to fund much needed projects in the Shafer Gallery, Ceramics and Art Departments.”The new educational kiosk in the gallery on how to build a bronze horse, equipment for the Ceramics Department and chairs, drafting tables, and computers for the art department were all made possible by the Bill J. McKown Memorial Fund. Finally, the “Winged Aspiration” sculpture was commissioned to be erected in the circle drive of the Fine Arts Building. This piece is a large reproduction of a wax mold created by Gus Shafer for a sculpture that was never cast.Cape said McKown’s gifts have helped create a legacy at Barton that will not be forgotten.“Bill loved art, art classes and the Shafer Gallery,” she said. “I know without a doubt that Bill would not be happier or prouder of what his gift made possible if he could have chosen these projects himself. For years to come, whenever a student steps into the classroom, a patron enjoys the gallery or eyes fall upon the statue as it reaches to the heavens in the sunlight, they will be beneficiaries of the generosity and vision of Bill J. McKown.”The “Winged Aspiration” sculptureIn the late 1970’s, L.E. “Gus” Shafer produced a series of images in wood and wax as models for a monument to hope and the future. Although visually different from his western art images, these elegant wing-like abstract forms pull the viewer’s eye upwards like a finger pointing towards the sky and toward infinite possibilities. Shafer Art Gallery Director Dave Barnes said the organizing committee felt it was appropriate to bring to life Gus Shafer’s vision as a public sculpture, which will link the Barton campus grounds with the interior spaces of the Shafer Gallery and the Fine Arts Building. “The sculpture continues the gallery’s mission of promoting the Shafer legacy while creating an inspiring entry experience to the Fine Arts building and Shafer gallery,” Barnes said. “The sculpture, with its allusion to flight, connects the aspirations and hopes of fine and performing arts students, with our regional attention to the skies and the winged migrations of waterfowl. Its feather-like extension pointing towards the future functions as a concrete reminder that the goal of Barton Community College is to equip students to soar beyond their circumstances and to attain success and fulfillment beyond their present horizons.”A limestone base and an array of limestone blocks were designed and arranged to include the word “aspire,” which make up the supplemental infrastructure of the entire installation.Ellinwood Kansas sculptor Aaron McCaffery fabricated the 14-foot tall bronze rendition of Shafer’s piece. The sculpture weighs around 900 pounds. Great Bend sculptor Chet Cale designed the base.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will be hosting a free Stop ‘N Learn Session titled “Cooking With Gloria” on Tuesday, October 13th, from 12:00 – 1:00 pm at the Great Bend Recreation Center (1214 Stone St.). Join us over your lunch hour for a fun cooking class. During this class, Gloria Hernandez will be teaching you how to prepare a few healthy dishes for your family. For more information, call the Recreation Commission office at 793-3755 ext. 2 or e-mail us at email@example.com.