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Duntz turns personal demons into art
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Hand sculptured figurines by area artist Heath Duntz are on display at Petrs Frame Shop in Great Bend. A reception for the exhibit will be held this Saturday. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

The artwork of Heath Duntz is currently featured at Petr’s Frame Shop, 2009 16th St. in Great Bend. The opening reception will be from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the shop. Musicians Jered Becker and Anibal Rivas will accompany the show, matching its atmosphere.
The event is free and open to the public. Great Bend Coffee will cater food. Wine will be served. For more information call 620-282-9845.
Frame Shop owner Petr Grigorev writes that Duntz, St. John, finds inspiration from a family tragedy and expresses his emotions by remembering his childhood and directing it to creativity.
With those dark emotions and subjects in mind, Duntz brings unique, one-of-a-kind colors, shapes and sizes to his artwork.
A strictly three dimensional show, Duntz’s exhibit is titled “Fever Dreams.”
Duntz has produced a lot of work since those family tragedies. He creates an artistic one-of-a-kind toy line of hand sculptured figurines. There are very few of this type of artist in central Kansas.
The artist uses a new material, epoxy clay. It’s very similar to regular clay but takes less time to dry and is much lighter.
Duntz is originally from Great Bend and graduated from St. John High School. He is a full-time artist, creating a full spectrum of art from drawing to sculptures.
He has repurposed an old church building into a studio.
“Heath spins around a tragedy to his own advantage,” said Grigorev. “His work is very emotional. He takes it personally.”
Duntz’s two dimensional work has been featured before at the gallery.