Keith's work, the catalogue said:
"Because of their directness and honesty of
expression, some persons find them to be a very special kind of folk
art. We are not inclined to agree with this view. Unlike most folk art
that we know, this is a sophisticated and wise oeuvre, knowledgeable
and perceptive. It is most pleasant to view such works as these. They
are made without pretense, flourishes, or conceits inflicted upon us
so often in exhibitions of lesser distinction. . .
Show photos are by Jim Bass)
by Bob Keith
sculpture filled one gallery of the Mulvane Art Center
in Topeka, Kansas. The other gallery held John Gorbutt's colorful abstract
constructions, fashioned out of bent tube lights.
of visitors attending this 1971 show hit new highs. Kids, particularly,
loved the show; school buses piled in.
art training has been informal. I attended evening drawing classes at
Washburn and learned from artist-friends, from reading, and from frequent
visits to shows and galleries.