Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Have you voted for Kansas Art yet?

Only 8 more days to have your say in the top 8 Wonders of Kansas Art! There are 24 diverse choices. Learn more about them and vote at www.8wonders.org. This Kansas Sampler Foundation is designed to help educate the WORLD about Kansas and to inspire travel in the state.

Have you seen the beautiful art work on Wichita North High School? It's so impressive! Kansan Bruce Moore's colorful bas-relief sculptures and decorative panels are found in several places on the exterior of the building. The high school is at 13th and Rochester. Construction was started in 1928.

This neat Red Barn Studio in Lindsborg was the working studio of professional artist/craftsman Lester Raymer (1907-1991). It's filled with his diverse art and craftwork, most of which are made from recycled materials. My favorite piece is the hand-stitched "sun" quilt! Open Tuesday-Sunday 1-4 p.m. at 212 S. Main.

Wow! That's the first word you'll say when you enter this church in the unincorporated city of St. Benedict. The town is located 1 mile west of Seneca on U.S. 36, 3 miles north on K-127, 1/2 west.

The restoration of this lavish ornamentation earned this G.F. Satory-painted church a Kansas Preservation Alliance interior restoration award.

As I researched for all 24 finalists my awe for Kansas grew. Hopefully this sampling will take you to the website at www.8wonders.org to see all 24. But the best is to go out and see these places in person!

What a great state we live in! Kansas Explorer #2, Marci Penner

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