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Kauffman Museum to host gallery walk for exhibit closing

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The final day of Kauffman Museum's current special exhibit will feature comments from a historian and an art historian.

This Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum event will be Jan. 5, the closing day of “Art That Worked: WPA Art in Newton, 1935-1943.”

Starting at 3:30 p.m., there will be a walk through the exhibition with informal remarks by historian John Thiesen, archivist for the Mennonite Library and Archives at Bethel College, and art historian Rachel Epp Buller, Bethel assistant professor of art.

Thiesen will share his experiences researching the background of the WPA artworks in the MLA collection. Epp Buller will comment on printmaking techniques and WPA prints as a teaching tool.

“Art That Worked” celebrates Newton’s impressive collection of work from the Kansas Museum Project, a Works Progress Administration (WPA) program. This statewide education initiative trained unemployed artists and created a visual art education collection for use in schools, libraries and museums across Kansas.

The Kauffman Museum exhibition features artworks from the collections of USD 373-Newton Public Schools, the Newton Public Library, the Mennonite Library and Archives, the Bethel College art department and Kauffman Museum.

The gallery walk is free and open to the public.

Although “Art That Worked” closes Jan. 5, there's still a chance to see it during the holidays. Regular Kauffman Museum hours are 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum is closed Mondays as well as Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Admission to the special exhibit, along with the permanent exhibits “Of Land and People,” “Mirror of the Martyrs” and “Mennonite Immigrant Furniture,” is $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-16, and free to Kauffman Museum members and children under 6. For more information, call the museum at 316-283-1612 or visit its website, www.bethelks.edu/kauffman/, or Facebook page.