Over the years, on the treeless prairie of Southwest Kansas, Steve and David Parman have carved out an unlikely livelihood from wood.
Watch how their handcrafted and personally designed kaleidoscopes are made in the Parman Brother’s factory on Johnson’s Main Street.
“Just last year we sold 6,214 kaleidoscopes, which were shipped to dealers across the country, as well as internationally,” office manager, Carol Ruth said.
Made from a variety of woods, including red gum, black walnut, maple and oak, the scopes range in price from the desk scope at $24.95 to the cathedral, with a wood base that revolves, listed at $229. rn
Known as a “cultural oasis on the prairie”, the Baker Arts Center is an art education facility which promotes the arts in Southwest Kansas. A 5000 square foot three level handicap accessible building is the former home of Irene Dillon and Francis Marion Baker.
The Baker Arts Center offers a visual art exhibit that features national traveling exhibits, local one-artist shows, an annual juried art show, works from area high schools, and pieces from its own collection. Included in these exhibits have been pieces ranging from oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, to sculptures, photography, quilt displays, handmade jewelry, woodworking, glassworks, and collages. A workshop area, a Discovery Center for kids, the Baker Memorial Room, a Library and a Sales Gallery, all make the Baker Center a delightful place to experience.
The ‘point of rocks’ mural is an interesting stop along Jetmore Main Street. It depicts early day farm life along the Sawlog Creek in southern Hodgeman County.
Dodge City’s oldest monument (1927), is a tribute to the early day cowboy. Early day pioneer dentist, Dr. O.H. Simpson, sculptured the cowboy statue to commemorate the Dodge City cowboy era and the cattle drive. Simpson used a live model, Joe Sughrue, to form plaster of paris molds for his sculpture. Sughrue was a former cowboy and later a marshal of Dodge City. The inscription reads, “On the ashes of my campfire this city is built.”
Listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, the center features a variety of art exhibits. The building is a former Carnegie Library constructed in 1907. Rounded architectural features create one of the more unique of Carnegies’s libraries.
The bronze statue on the courthouse lawn was unveiled in September 1978 and dedicated at the July 4, 1979 celebration of Garden City’s Centennial. Highlights of Jones’ life are inscribed on the base of the statue. He was well-known in earlier Garden City and became somewhat famous after he left this area. . He toured with Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show, was the first game warden of Yellowstone National Park. Jones died in 1919. He is buried in Valley View Cemetery in Garden City. rn
These metal collages form two gateways between the fencing in rural Protection east on Highway 9.
Stan Herd spent his boyhood in Protection and the influence of his early farm life and love of the outdoors shows up in his murals painted throughout Kansas on the walls of city buildings in the small towns for all visitors the see while passing through.
More recently Stan Herd has extended his talents to the birds eye view of Crop Art, where he has designed and created art sculptures covering acres of land using soil, rocks, and plants as his medium.
On Main Street Protection you will have an opportunity to view a collection of Stan Herd’s artistic creations and aerial photos of his Crop Art. Located on the side of one of the buildings in Protection is one of his earliest outdoor murals depicting a farm scene from Stan’s youth.
The Wichita Center for the Arts is home to three professional theater programs. Center Theatre features respected, thought-provoking comedy and drama in a four-play season running from fall to spring. Off-Center Theatre provides engaging and educational dramatic experiences to school-aged children throughout the school year. And the Center’s alliance with the Wichita Children’s Theatre and Dance Company ensures that quality drama and dance events, for and by children, will always have a professional home in Wichita.
Our sales gallery is open year-round, featuring consigned works of real merit, with an emphasis on regional artists and Prairie Printmakers. The Collectors’ Gallery features a rotating display of works from the Center’s Permanent Collection. The Rounds, Weidemann, Hurst, and Contemporaries Galleries house traveling shows, artist exhibitions, and a variety of national contests.
Located in the heart of Old Town on Old Town Plaza, CityArts is a center for artistic creation and appreciation. See the best of local and regional art in one of Wichita’s largest exhibition galleries. At CityArts you can develop your own creativity as well! A wide variety of youth and adult classes are offered ranging from beginner to advanced! Call for class drop-in rates, gallery showings and anything else you may want to know! CityArts also offers field trips and birthday parties!rn