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Native Witness reception a hit

Great Bend resident Bob Button puts detail into the feathers of one of his many wood-carvings at the Shafer Art Gallery reception Sunday afternoon. Some of his projects can take up to 150 hours or more to complete. “You have to have a lot of patience,” he said.

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The latest efforts from Shafer Art Gallery Director Dave Barnes are drawing attention from diverse interests.

From a film festival and live musical performance to eye-catching Navajo blankets and wood carvings, the current exhibit, Native Witness: Indians in the Shafer, is a multi-faceted approach to displaying the art and culture of Native American life.

Dozens maneuvered through the gallery Sunday afternoon, during the exhibit’s reception, which featured several short films by Native American filmmaker Bently Spang and a live demonstration of detailed wood carving by Great Bend resident Bob Button, whose Navajo blanket collection will line the walls of ...


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