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Bourbon County Arts Council Exhibition Biggest Ever, Continues Today and Saturday


Al Letner, Pittsburg, is the first-place winner in ceramics and also won best-of-show in the three-dimension category at the Bourbon County Arts Council Fine Art Exhibit.


Fifty-six artists submitted 150 art pieces for the 28th Bourbon County Arts Council Fine Art Exhibit and Sale.

“This is the largest show we have ever had,” Deb Anderson, president of the BCAC, told the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce Coffee attendees on Thursday morning.

“We feel we have an outstanding show, ” she said.  “The judge was challenged in this show (to pick place winners). He was very complimentary.”

The judge was James Oliver, assistant professor of painting and drawing at Pittsburg State University.

The exhibit will continue today, March 6, from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ellis Fine Arts Center on the campus of Fort Scott Community College, 2401 S. Horton.

Following are the first-place winners in each category:

Liz Darling, Pittsburg,  is first-place winner in mixed media and also wins best-of-show in two-dimension art.
Ripp Harrison, Lawrence, took first-place in MY HOMETOWN THEME.
Bob Schlyer, Rich Hill, MO, won first-place in painting.
First-place in sculpture is Jim Miller, Joplin, MO.
Chance Fuhrman, Bronson, won first-place in drawing and graphics.
Carleen Shatto, Drexel, MO is first-place winner in glass.
First-place in photography is Ron Gates, Girard.
First-place in pastel is Clyde Wendel, K.C.MO.
Skip Kreibach, Derby, is the first-place winner in watercolor.
Barbara Gibson, Fort Scott, wins first-place in jewelry.
Jean Strader, Fort Scott, received first-place in fiber arts. Courtesy photo.
Bourbon County Arts Council Members present at the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce Coffee on March 5, from left, Elaine Buerge, Deb Anderson, Terry Floyd, Steve Floyd, and Linda Noll.

Prize sponsors are Buerge Art Studio, Landmark Bank, Citizens Bank, Briggs Toyota Auto of Fort Scott,  Union State Bank,  H & H Realty, Fort Scott Broadcasting, Bernita Hill, Ward Kraft, City State Bank, and In Memory of E. C. Gordon.

Chamber Coffee At Ellis Art Center March 5

The Chamber Coffee will be hosted by
Bourbon County Arts Council
at the Ellis Fine Arts Center
March 5, 2020
8 am
Chamber Members & Guests are
welcome to attend and pay $1 to make any announcement about their business or organization including events, new products, promotions and more!
Upcoming Chamber Coffee Schedule:
Tri-Valley of Fort Scott – 3/12
Briggs Auto, Fort Scott – 3/19
Smallville CrossFit – 3/26
Woodland Hills Golf Course – 4/2
Fort Scott Presbyterian Village – 4/9
Home Show KOMB 103.9 FM – 4/16
City State Bank – 4/23
Winfield Scott, 1st Grade Class – 4/30

Bourbon County Arts Council 28th Annual Fine Arts Exhibit

Bourbon County Arts Council 28th Annual Fine Arts Exhibit

The Bourbon County Arts Council will present their 28th Annual Fine Arts Exhibit, March 5th through 7th, at the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center, on the Campus of Fort Scott Community College.

“The mission of the Bourbon County Arts Council is to foster, promote and increase the knowledge, appreciation and practice of the arts in our community,” said Deb Halsey, who is  a board member and also  co-chairing the Fine Arts Exhibit along with President Deb Anderson.

The Exhibit will be open to the public on Thursday and Friday, March 5th and 6th, from 12:00 pm to 7:00pm, and on Saturday, March 7th, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. A Reception will be held on Thursday evening from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, to honor this year’s Juror and artists; the public is invited to attend and enjoy the opportunity to meet and visit with them about the art. (Note: In previous years, the reception was held on Wednesday evenings. The change to Thursday was made in hopes of allowing a greater number of community members to attend.) The Bourbon County Arts Council will host the Chamber Coffee at 8:00am on Thursday, March 5th.

Artists will have their work on display and for sale in this multi-media exhibit, with categories including Ceramics, Drawing & Graphics, Fiber Arts, Glass, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting (oil and acrylic), Pastels, Photography,Printmaking, Sculpture, and Watercolor. A “themed” category was added to the Exhibit, with this year’s theme being “My Hometown”. An artist may create a piece in any of the above catogories, in relation to the theme. In recent years, artists from Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Vancouver, British Columbia have participated in this show. This year, 55 artists have contributed 148 pieces of art. Local artists presenting at this year’s Exhibit include Elaine Buerge, Cheyanne Carpenter, Steve Floyd, Chance Fuhrman, Jane Gaines, Barbara Gibson, Deb Halsey, Bobbi Kemna, Cindy Lipe, Paul Milks, Connie Neil, Jezeriah Simpson, Bri Stokes,and Jean Strader.

James Oliver will serve as Juror for this year’s Exhibit. He holds his BFA from Denison University in Granville, OH, his MA from Easten Illinois University in Charleston, IL, and his MFA from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. Mr. Oliver has acted as Pittsburg State University Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing since 2001, and was Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at Denison University from 1997 t0 2001. James has taught courses at Pittsburg State University in Designed World, Intro to Art Studio, Drawing, Perspective Drawing, Color Theory and Application, Painting, Structural Anatomy and Figure Drawing, Special Topics of Plein Aire Painting, Portrait Painting and iPad for the Artist, and Graduate Drawing. He has participated in numerous Group Exhibitions, and his works have been featured in Solo Exhibitions in Deleware, Illinois, Missouri, New York, and Oklahoma. Mr. Oliver has affiliation to the College Arts Association, the Popular Culture/American Culture Association, and FATE(Foundation in Art:Theory and Education. Publications include American Art Collector and New American Paintings.

The Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center is located at 1208 Horton St., in Fort Scott, Kansas. There is no admission charge for this event, and all are encouraged to come and enjoy a wonderful collection of original artwork.


Takin Notes Will Perform Jan. 31

Members pictured are Brian Crites Kyle Crites, Randy Maple, Billy Beckman , Roger Bland, Dr Larry Buck, Terri Louk, Mike Church. Not pictured is our soundman,  Jeff Deal.

A band of friends from the Iola area will perform in Fort Scott at the Fort Scott Community College Round Room, Bailey Hall, on Friday, January 31 at 7 pm.

The public is welcome to come to listen to some old and newer country, rock, along with bluegrass and gospel music.

Special guests are the Matt Kloepfer family.

The Matt Kloepfer family. Submitted photo.


The band “Takin’ Notes” has played downtown several times and is looking forward to sharing their talents with you.

These bands have something enjoyable for everyone.

Admission is free so come on over and have a great evening with us!




Free Concert At Common Grounds Jan. 8: Celebrating Elvis’s Birthday

Common Grounds Coffee Company, 116 S. Main.

Grab a “cuppa coffee” and a cookie at Common Grounds Coffee Shop and prepare to celebrate Elvis Presley’s birthday on Wednesday, Jan. 8.

A group of area musicians are playing in honor of Presley at Common Ground Coffee Shop, 116 S. Main, at 7:00 p.m.
The “Sounds of Graceland” concert will feature a variety of songs recorded by the young man born in Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8, 1935.
Vernon and Gladys Presley and their 13-year-old son Elvis moved to
Memphis, Tennessee in 1948, and the rest is history.
Featured on vocals are Danny Brown, Bruce Jameson and his son Colton, and more.  Rob Hunt and Carolyn Tucker on keyboards, Paul Studyvin and Robert Uhler on drums, guitarist Jerry Bahr, and Randy Brasuell on bass. Sound will be provided by Dave Oas.
The evening will conclude with celebrating the gospel side of Elvis as
vocalists and musicians perform some of his most-popular sacred
The free concert is sponsored by the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce.
For more information, contact Ralph Carlson.

Chamber Coffee at City Hall Dec. 19

Chamber Coffee
Thursday, December 19th
will be hosted by the
City of Fort Scott
123 S. Main St.
Click here for the City’s Facebook page.
Click here for the City’s website.
Chamber Members & Guests are
welcome to attend and pay $1 to make any announcement about their business or organization including events, new products, promotions, or
anything else to share!
Upcoming Chamber Coffee Schedule:
* No Chamber Coffee 12/26/2019 or 1/2/2020
* Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 1/9/2020
* Fort Scott Compassionate Ministries 1/16
* Walmart, in the Vision Center 1/23
* My1Stop hosting at Empress Center 1/30

Christmas Dinner Theatre Dec. 14: A First For HPA

The Liberty Theater is the venue of the HPA Christmas Dinner Theatre and fundraiser. Pictured is a group of diners at a previous Liberty Theater function.

The First Annual Bourbon County Historial Preservation Association  Christmas  Dinner Theatre and Fundraiser Auction will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Liberty Theater in downtown Fort Scott.

The Fort Scott Community College Drama Department is the entertainment for the dinner theater.

Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce office for $25.

“Christmas Unplugged” is the name of the play the FSCC Drama Department is performing, under the direction of Allen Twitchell.

Several local actors are featured.

Annabelle Moore of Lyndon, Isabella Loyd of Fort Scott, Abby Jazmin Havens of Pittsburg, Colton Hofer of Fort Scott, Abby Sweat of Pleasanton, Anthony Oneri of Gardner, and Allen Twitchell of Fort Scott.

Music will be provided by the Apostolic Christian Church Choir under the direction of Alita Banwart with Jerry Bahr on guitar.


Twitchell explains the storyline:  “A grandfather walks into the living room and encounters all his grandkids riveted to their cell phones, oblivious to the world around them.”

“He demands their participation in an old-fashioned Christmas tradition by reading ‘The Night Before Christmas.’ After the story is read, a knock on the door reveals a group of carolers from the past. They sing for the family, who decides to start a new Christmas Eve eve tradition.”


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The dinner theatre takes the annual HPA fundraiser in a different direction.


“We didn’t have Homes for the Holidays last year, and decided to change directions with our Christmas program,” Bourbon County Historical Association President Brian Allen said. ” We will be selling a few items from our extensive collection at the event. The items to be auctioned are still being determined. ”


“Enjoy some food, drink and entertainment from the FSCC Drama Department. Doors open at 6:00 pm program starts at 7:00 and concludes with a special auction you won’t want to miss,” Allen said.

See more on the Bourbon County HPA Facebook page.

Backwoods Holiday Shopping Dec. 7

Backwoods Holiday Shopping event is Saturday Dec. 7.

Admission is a free-will donation of non-perishable food for Uniontown First Missionary Baptist Church,  whose Pastor  is Marty Dewitt.

The event host is  Perry’s Pork Rinds LLC.

 Rosie’s Cabin is the venue, located at 563 Maple Road Uniontown, just 20 minutes from downtown Fort Scott.
Vendors will be selling from 9 am-4 pm on  Dec. 7.
Free photos will be taken by  Erika George Photography from 10 a.m. to noon.
Wine sales/samples will be  from noon-4 p.m.
Online Give Away/Door Prizes- prize pick up during the event from 9-1.
The paid sponsors are:Kelly Hall – Tupperware, Misty Miles- Smart Coffee, (Sales Partners) Danny Becker and Angela Foust – Country Roads Wood Specialties and Angela’s Hometown Boutique.

Kansas Photo Contest Invites Youth to Enter

Happy Birthday, Kansas! Student Photo Contest Now Accepting Entries

Contest deadline is December 20, 2019


TOPEKA, KS—Third-grader Katherine Bartel of Wichita photographed James in the Pasture last year. Her photo showed a boy peering over a fence while cattle operations were in progress, the vivid blue sky with puffy clouds overhead. She received first place in her category in the Happy Birthday, Kansas! Student Photo Contest and won an iPad for her work. Katherine’s was one of 402 contest entries and she was among 24 students to receive awards.


Students are once again invited to enter their photographs in the Happy Birthday, Kansas! photo contest, and will be eligible for special prizes. This year’s theme is Going to School in Kansas. First place winners in each grade from first to 12th will receive iPads; second place awards in each grade are Kindles. These photographs from students across the state contribute to the pictorial history of Kansas. They will be preserved by the Kansas Historical Society.


  1. W. Halbe was an early 20th century student photographer who made a similar impact in his community. With a small box camera, the 15-year-old captured photos of Dorrance in Russell County and left a remarkable history, that continues to be preserved at the Kansas Historical Society. Today’s young photographers can make similar contributions by photographing people and places in their lives.


The contest deadline, for first through 12th grade students, is 5 p.m. Friday, December 20, 2019. Winners will be announced as part of the state’s 159th birthday commemoration at the Kansas State Capitol at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. Find more information and a complete list of contest rules at


The contest is sponsored by the Kansas legislative spouses in conjunction with the Kansas Historical Society.


Find photographs from the Halbe collection online in Kansas Memory:


Find photographs of last year’s winners online at KSHS.ORG:


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