Behind the metal door – GREAT BEND TRIBUNE


The Shafer Gallery has unveiled its latest exhibition, “Behind the Metal Door: Selections from the Permanent Collection,” and it will run until February 25.

Gallery director Dave Barnes said this exhibition is a chance to show pieces the gallery has from a myriad of sources.

“Many people don’t realize that the Gallery not only hosts quality exhibitions from regional, national and international artists, but also has a growing permanent art collection,” he said. “Over the years, the Museum has acquired, through donations and direct acquisitions, a diverse body of works. Sometimes works added to our collection have been donated for the purpose of sharing with our community and preserving in the future beloved works of art that hold a special place in the lives of donors. Sometimes, they are given taking into account the related tax credit. Occasionally, in conjunction with the Barton Community College Foundation, we receive funds that enable us to purchase artwork. However we receive them, each work adds to the cultural treasure of our community.

Barnes said the gallery’s ability to store and care for art is limited. Thus, not all works of art are accepted into the permanent collection.

“Our selection criteria are based on quality, value and the extent to which the works of art offered meet the Gallery’s vision,” he said. “The 80 works in the exhibition Behind the Metal Door showcase the many styles, media and decades of artwork that lie behind the metal door of our collection room. Some have been acquired recently, others date from the founding of the Shafer Gallery. All this deserves open attention.

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.


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