Artistic and musical event to have a positive impact on the local community
Dick Bixler, board member of the Vernon Filley Art Museum in Pratt and owner and metal artist of Bixler’s Art Barn in rural Patt, set out to expand the reach of the arts and education for our community. With this passion, he invited churches, museums and galleries across the region to participate in an open house on May 8, starting at 3:30 p.m. at Bixler’s Art Barn, 20011 SE 20th Ave.
The open house events will feature Western gospel singer Barry Ward. Anyone interested is welcome to wear a mask and practice social distancing during the outdoor concert.
“This project will have a big impact for us and the community,” said Brittany Novotny – Co-Director at VFAM. She explained that this project would impact a large audience by improving the resources and capacity of the museum, in addition to the resources of the Bixler Art Barn and Studio.
More than 4000 visitors in total attend the Filley each year, which demonstrates the need for this cultural outlet and artistic activities. The Filley Museum offers free tours to educational groups from more than 40 school groups, clubs and organizations in the region on an annual basis, but aims to develop and extend this reach to neighboring communities.
Ward’s songs come from his deep roots in the heart of rural America. As a 4th generation Kansas farmer and rancher, he writes and sings about men and women whose lives are tied to the seasons, the land, and the will of God. His song “Harvest in the Fall” is featured in the documentary The Great American Wheat Harvest. In addition, he is one of the artists included in the soundtrack of the movie Home on the Range.
Ward has performed in 40 different states and 3 foreign countries, including on stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Barry has won several awards, including the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame; Male Artist of the Year (Academy of Western Artists / International Western Music Association / Country Gospel Music Association), as well as many others.
Concert attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs and to practice social distancing.
For more information, contact Dick and Nancy Bixler (620-255-4284) or visit their website at www.dickbixler.com.