Isaac B. Werner was both a collector and a creator, for at the time of his estate sale there were several framed etchings among his collections, and his journal is lined with margin sketches of his inventions. He would have enjoyed the current holiday exhibition at the Filley Art Museum in Pratt, KS, where collections from local supporters of the museum are shared with the community, along with many local artists' creations of a wide-ranging variety. Visitors will be amazed by the taste and talents of those who have loaned objects to the museum, as well as by their generosity of loaning holiday objects that would normally be part of displays in their own homes during the winter season.
My own ancestors, including those who were friends and acquaintances of Isaac, are having quite an adventure this December, for our Angels and Ancestors Tree is among the holiday collections on display at the museum. (See "Christmas Guests" at 12-13-2012 in the blog archives.) You can see our tree in the background of the photo at right.
As you might expect, there are many Santas on display, as well as several nativity figures. Several of these nativity groups represent the work of artists from foreign countries, and one nativity has a historical appeal for Pratt residents, having been purchased from the old Duckwall's store on Main Street in the late 1940s or early 1950s.
There are also fiber artists whose work is on display, the work including quilts, cross-stitch, clothing for the Santa's, needlepoint and ornaments, as examples.
There are ceramic pieces, such as the beautiful example at right, as well as 2-dimensional objects on the walls of the museum. The pastel painting in the image at right is my work, which was used as our Christmas greeting in 1989. There are two beautiful photographs by Pratt's own Stan Reimer, and an unique example of paper cutwork, among many other wonderful things.
An example of living art in the form of a Magnolia Topiary by Lou Lynne Moss centers a table of figures. In the background of the image below you can see a beautiful carousel horse, hand carved and painted by Jon Hartman, who has carved enough full-sized figures of different animals to fill a carousel! Some of the needle work can also be seen in the distance.
These images represent only a tease of all the wonderful things to be seen in this exhibition! I cannot credit all of the artists and collectors, but when you come to the exhibition you will find carefully prepared information accompanying each object
The exhibition extends only through December. The opening reception for members is Saturday evening, Dec. 5th at 7:00 p.m. The exhibition opens for the public at 1 p.m. Dec. 6th, and because that is the First Saturday of the Month, there will be a Docent Tour starting at 1:30. No reservations are necessary for the 1st Saturday Tours, and we hope people in the region are getting accustomed to those regular docent tours held each month. I will be the Docent doing the tour Dec. 6th, so I hope to see some of you who follow this blog at the tour!
Do you know what a Tomtegubben is? If you come to see the special holiday exhibition at the Filley Art Museum you can find out, and for those who come to the 1st Saturday Tour, remind me to show you a tomtegubben!