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Local Art Featured in Mullet Place at Schowalter Villa

Posted 8/30/2018

Pieces from twelve local artists will be featured in Schowalter Villa’s new assisted living buildingopening on Sept. 7. The interior walls of Mullet Place will be adorned with prairie-inspired art, including a custom piece titled, “Dutch Avenue Cottonwood” by painter Kristin Ediger Goering.

Goering, an artist currently based in Kansas City, grew up in Hesston surrounded by miles of farmland. The custom 36x60 inch painting will feature an iconic Hesston tree rooted just 1 ½ miles west of town on Dutch Avenue. The acrylic painting on canvas will hang in the lounge area of Hesston Bakery & Cafe, located inside the new addition.

“The tree was almost perfectly round and looked like a child’s representation of a tree,” said Goering of the cottonwood located near her childhood home. “As an artist I always wanted to take something that ‘perfect’ and make an interesting painting from it.” 

In addition to “Dutch Avenue Cottonwood,” Goering will have several other selections displayed in the building. She plans to return to her hometown of Hesston for Mullet Place at Schowalter Villa’s grand opening the first week of September.

“I’ve really enjoyed working on this project; it was close to my heart,” she said. “Hesston will always feel like home to me.”

This past spring Schowalter Villa sent out a Call for Art, with a total response of 58 submissions and 25 pieces selected for display.Bluestem Communities Executive Administrative Assistant Tonya Widener, who organized the Call for Art, explained that the pieces chosen are symbolic of south central Kansas and feature activity.

“You’ll notice that a lot of the pieces contain movement; whether that be the wind blowing or rolling water or a bird about to take flight,” she said. “That was on purpose. Our community is very active and vibrant and we want the art on the walls to represent that.”

The art selection committee was comprised of LeeAnn Clark, Paul Friesen, Russ Gaeddert, Treva Greaser, James Krehbiel, Lamar Roth, Kathy Schroeder and Tonya Widener. Featured artists include David Ediger, Kristin Ediger Goering, Jon Friesen, Cheryl Hershberger, Beth Hostetler, Yolanda Kauffman, Gale Nachtigal, Kelly Nachtigal, G. Lamar Roth, Alan Smith, Virginia Swartzendruber, and Sean Tomlinson. 

“We recognize there are many talented local artists and we wanted Mullet Place at Schowalter Villa to celebrate our community,” said James Krehbiel, President/CEO of Bluestem Communities. “We are excited for the public to see this beautiful artwork on display.”

 The community is invited to the Mullet Place at Schowalter Villa grand opening and dedication on Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. at 445 S. Main in Hesston.