Blackbear Bosin art display

04/15/2011 12:00 AM

04/15/2011 12:08 AM

The Carriage Factory Art Gallery in Newton has a rare showing of originals and signed reproductions by renowned artist Blackbear Bosin. Most are for sale.

Here are the details:

1) Works in the exhibit are from the private collection of Blackbear Bosin's stepson, David Simmonds, says Bob Pomeroy, gallery president. A program on April 30, the last day of the exhibit, will include reflections by Simmonds about his stepfather.

2) Blackbear Bosin is arguably the most recognized of Kansas artists. His " Keeper of the Plains" is a 44-foot-tall sculpture overlooking the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas rivers. His paintings have been exhibited at the Smithsonian, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Denver Art Museum and at the White House Festival of the Arts.

3) Part of the collection on display will be a gift given by Bosin to Simmonds and his wife on their wedding day. "The Day the Sun Died" is a composition of bright, intense colors, depicting a surreal representation of American Indian response to a solar eclipse. For a complete listing of works on display, go to

4) Starting Saturday, the gallery will host a series of workshops on paper-making and mold-making using American Indian themes. They will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 and April 30. All ages are welcome. Cost is $50, which includes all materials. Reservations are required.

The Carriage Factory Art Gallery is at 128 E. 6th St. in Newton. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Call 316-284-2749 for information.

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