Date(s) - 09/30/2022 - 10/30/2022
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Smoky Valley Arts & Folklife Center
A Retrospective Exhibition featuring works by John Heter (1944-2013)
Heter was a lifelong artist and craftsman who worked in many mediums and was a talented musician. He came to Lindsborg in 1970 to attend Bethany College and spent the rest of his life, as a Lindsborg resident.
His early paintings were the street scenes of Lindsborg, as viewed from his southwest corner studio/apartment in the second story of the Sundstrom Building. These second story apartments where Heter and many Bethany art students lived, during the late 1960s and 1970s, and created art were referred to as “The Slums.” Over his life, Heter painted scenes from his experiences in various subjects. His unique style of not blending the colors in his work gives a “paint by number” effect that makes his paintings distinctive. Heter was always experimenting with different mediums including scratchboard drawings, scrimshaw on old piano ivories, and assemblages from piano parts that he called, “Kachinas”or “Piano Men.” Later in life, being a musician, he began creating musical instruments, both as art objects and actual working instruments.
This retrospective is a representation of many of the mediums in which Heter worked. Heter’s work is in private collections thought out the United States, and the works in this exhibition are all on loan from many of them.
A reception will be Sunday, Oct. 2, 2-4 p.m.