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Shafer Gallery receives Maher painting

Shafer Art Gallery Director Dave Barnes, left, Great Bend artist Esther Maher and Barton Foundation Director Darnell Holopirek pose with a painting titled “Arizona,” which Maher painted several years ago.

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The Shafer Gallery at Barton Community College received another painting for its permanent collection this week – this time from one of its students.
Longtime Great Bend artist Esther Maher has been taking painting and ceramics classes at Barton since 1975. One walk through her home, which is riddled with paintings, bowls, pots and sculptures, gives visitors a good idea of what one can accomplish with nearly 40 years of art classes.
She took last semester off for health reasons, but she’s back on her feet with a recharged, inherently positive attitude, and has every intention of returning to Barton ...


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