Arts

Barton County Arts Center Located at 1401 Main Street, this historic building houses a sales gallery and special exhibits. The gallery is a great place to buy a little gift or some serious art. The Back Room at the Gallery is a real discovery. This tiny venue hosts well-known and emerging artists who are passing through town. It’s a regular stop for blue grass superstars, folk singers, and Irish bands. 

Birdhouse Project Chicago has its cows. Lindsborg has its dala-horses. Marion has its rhinos. Great Bend has its bird houses! As part of a community-wide tourism campaign capitalizing on the area’s winged wetland creature heritage, numerous decorative fiberglass bird houses decorate the sidewalks of downtown. The goal, to create foot-traffic and get shoppers to ‘flock’ to businesses. For more information click here to download the Birdhouse brochure, or call the Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau at 620-792-2750. 

Shafer Art Gallery This architectural designed gallery in the fine arts building of Barton Community College, features bronze sculptures created by its namesake, late Hoisington artist Gus Shafer and boasts of an outstanding permanent collection. The collection also contains masterpieces by artists such as Chagall, Matisse, Picasso, Sandzen, and Audubon. The gallery demonstrates the perseverance of a dream and a strong commitment to culture and the arts. For hours, tours, and additional information, visit the Shafer Gallery webpage.