Artist Hays is part of the “Palimpsest” exhibition featuring works from the Society of Layerists in Multi–Media

“Desert Garden” by Hays artist Kathleen Kuchar is an acrylic collage medium. (Courtesy of Kathleen Kuchar)

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GREAT BEND — The Shafer Art Gallery at Barton Community College has unveiled its new “Palimpsest” exhibition, which will run through June 23 and features works by 13 members of the Society of Layerists in Multi–Media.

The society is a network of artists who express a holistic perspective in any style or medium and the show celebrates its 40th year.

According to founder Mary Carroll Nelson of New Mexico, the company is always on the lookout for artists who combine levels of experience into a single work of art.

“The layers of layered art are the references and meaning the artist brings to the work rather than the materials used to create it,” she said. “As a company, we focus on the intentions of the artist.”

Shafer Gallery director Dave Barnes said the show was extremely diverse and dynamic.

“The viewer will see a show featuring 2D and 3D works of art made in a variety of styles and mediums,” he said. “They are visually arresting, full of intense color, and feature many well-known members of society from our Midwest region. So the name we came up with for this exhibit really helps to embody and describe the work in there. A palimpsest is something that has a new layer, look, or appearance that builds on its past and allows us to see or perceive parts of that past. This expresses the intentions of all the artists in this exhibition.

The Shafer Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is always free.

For more information, contact Barnes at [email protected] or 620-792-9342.

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