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Shafer Gallery open again
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Quilting enthusiast Maggie Gerstenkorn of Great Bend admires the finite details of a quilt titled Fibonacci Nebula during the Shafer Art Gallerys grand reopening Sunday afternoon, which featured works of art from the National Quilt Museum Exhibit. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

The Shafer Art Gallery at Barton Community College officially reopened Sunday from a lengthy construction project, with a reception for its annual National Quilt Museum Exhibit. The program also featured area woodcarvers and roots music by Wayne and Arthetta Long.
Maggie Gerstenkorn of Great Bend said she comes to the gallery every year for the quilt show. “The talent here is beautiful, and it’s fun to see where the quilters are from.”
Shafer Art Gallery Director Dave Barnes said it feels good to have the gallery open again after a lengthy floor-replacement project and other capital improvements.
“It’s exciting to have it all back in operation,” he said. “And, I’m glad to kick it off with this show in particular. It’s important and significant, and the quilts look amazing.”
The exhibit will run through Dec. 18. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1-4 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free. The next step for the gallery is to plan the locally beloved Christmas exhibit, which fills the gallery with Christmas trees primarily decorated by local children.