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  • Art Center asks for Shepard works

  • The 5.4.7. Arts Center is asking county residents to contribute pieces of their private collections to the upcoming Archie Shepard retrospective.


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  • The 5.4.7. Arts Center is asking county residents to contribute pieces of their private collections to the upcoming Archie Shepard retrospective.
    “I started learning from him in the fourth grade as a student and I studied with him all the way through high school,” said Pat Wirth, a 4.5.7 Art Center board member. “A lot of graduates that had Archie Shepard for a teacher will be here that weekend.”
    The Art Center has organized the show to coincide with Memorial Weekend May 25-27, when former county graduates will return for an Alumni celebration.
    Shepard, known for his farmland and Kansas landscapes was quite prolific producing hundreds of works while working in various medium including oils, charcoal, pencil and later mixed media pieces in collaboration with his son William, who is also an artist.
    “He had done some other types of work,” said Wirth pointing at a small collection of Shepard works on display. “This one here is an early Jesus portrait done in charcoal. Later, he and his son did these small wooden plaques. But mostly his paintings are prairie scenes and farm scenes. He did some commissioned work for area residents at their homes and ranches also including a piece at the Eagle Canyon Ranch just south of Mullinville.”
    Shepard’s work has received increased attention following his death. His works can fetch hundreds of dollars at auction, as they are very popular with local collectors and former students.
    “I think they hearken back to a simpler time,” continued Wirth. “They portray prairie and rural life as it used to be. They show the beauty of the prairie that isn’t always appreciated unless you stop and look.”
    The art center is asking area residents to loan their Shepard paintings to the show, which will run from May 15 until June. The show will feature select paintings and other works, a number of which have been donated by the Pratt Library. “They were very generous in loaning us some of their wonderful pieces,” she added.
    Shepard was born in Pratt and graduated from Pratt High School.
    Wirth asks that anyone interested in loaning one of their paintings contact her at (620) 723-3128.
    With some of Shepard’s paintings valued at hundreds of dollars, not to mention the additional sentimental value, some people might be hesitant to loan pieces of their personal collection to the art center.
    “Under our insurance policy [all of the loaned artwork] is covered,” said former director and current 5.4.7. Art Center board member Stacy Barnes. “They will be handled with the utmost care. We’ve had over 25 exhibits [at the gallery] so we are experienced at handling artwork having handled some pretty big named artists. We understand the importance of Archie’s work.”Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000247 EndHTML:0000005583 StartFragment:0000002433 EndFragment:0000005547 SourceURL:file://localhost/Users/prattuser/Desktop/4-25-12%20The%20Signal/Archie%20Shepherd/Art%20Center%20asks%20for%20Shepherd%20works.doc
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    “I started learning from him in the fourth grade as a student and I studied with him all the way through high school,” said Pat Wirth, a 4.5.7 Art Center board member. “A lot of graduates that had Archie Shepard for a teacher will be here that weekend.”
    The Art Center has organized the show to coincide with Memorial Weekend May 25-27, when former county graduates will return for an Alumni celebration.
    Shepard, known for his farmland and Kansas landscapes was quite prolific producing hundreds of works while working in various medium including oils, charcoal, pencil and later mixed media pieces in collaboration with his son William, who is also an artist.
    “He had done some other types of work,” said Wirth pointing at a small collection of Shepard works on display. “This one here is an early Jesus portrait done in charcoal. Later, he and his son did these small wooden plaques. But mostly his paintings are prairie scenes and farm scenes. He did some commissioned work for area residents at their homes and ranches also including a piece at the Eagle Canyon Ranch just south of Mullinville.”
    Shepard’s work has received increased attention following his death. His works can fetch hundreds of dollars at auction, as they are very popular with local collectors and former students.
    “I think they hearken back to a simpler time,” continued Wirth. “They portray prairie and rural life as it used to be. They show the beauty of the prairie that isn’t always appreciated unless you stop and look.”
    The art center is asking area residents to loan their Shepard paintings to the show, which will run from May 15 until June. The show will feature select paintings and other works, a number of which have been donated by the Pratt Library. “They were very generous in loaning us some of their wonderful pieces,” she added.
    Shepard was born in Pratt and graduated from Pratt High School.
    Wirth asks that anyone interested in loaning one of their paintings contact her at (620) 723-3128.
    With some of Shepard’s paintings valued at hundreds of dollars, not to mention the additional sentimental value, some people might be hesitant to loan pieces of their personal collection to the art center.
    “Under our insurance policy [all of the loaned artwork] is covered,” said former director and current 5.4.7. Art Center board member Stacy Barnes. “They will be handled with the utmost care. We’ve had over 25 exhibits [at the gallery] so we are experienced at handling artwork having handled some pretty big named artists. We understand the importance of Archie’s work.”

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