The Finney County Historical Museum recently opened an exhibit featuring 13 paintings, prints and other artwork from its collection, spanning the 19th and 20th Centuries.
The exhibit, “Painted and Printed, Perspectives from the Past by Local and Area Artists,” is on display in the museum's Front Door Gallery and showcases pieces ranging from oil and watercolor to charcoal.
One notable piece is a 19th Century floral painting on a fragile glass transom from the Windsor Hotel, executed by Ciddie Stephens, wife of Garden City co-founder John Stephens, who built the hotel. Another highlight is a two-watercolor set by the late Patricia Potucek, featuring the now-demolished Garden City sugar factory, as well as scenes of Finnup Park and Lee Richardson Zoo in 1962 and 1963. There is also a sketch by sculptor Jasper D’Ambrosi, which he used in creating the statue of C.J. “Buffalo” Jones, which has stood in front of the Finney County Courthouse since 1979.
“We have so many wonderful items in the museum that we can’t always have on display, so we’re glad to put these framed works on exhibit for the public,” said Todd Roberts, collection manager.
Additional works include a 1980 scene by Eldora Kleysteuber, a 1988 landscape by Jim Mathews, pieces by Virginia Abbot from the 1940s and '50s, a 1975 image by Grace Stoner, an Ed Pennebaker painting dating to 1976 and another from 1940 by W.H. Maltbie. The most recent piece is a 1988 watercolor by Methvyn Sheehy, depicting a Garden City Municipal Band concert in Stevens Park.
The exhibit will remain on display for up to two months.
The museum also recently opened a small exhibit featuring photographs and memorabilia from the Roy and Helen Fankhauser family and the Charles and Audrey Collins family, recipients of the 2018 Finney County Pioneer Awards. Housed in an antique cabinet, the display will remain in place throughout the year.
Admission at the museum is free, and exhibit hours are 1 to 5 p.m. daily.