Bonner's collection on display at Keystone
By MIKE CORN
ELKADER -- It's October, and that means it's time for Arto Bizarro, a quasi-retrospective art show from the art vaults of Chuck Bonner.
Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at Keystone Gallery, not far from the ghost town of Elkader, Bonner's show will be on display.
It will feature pieces dating to Bonner's days at Fort Hays State University on through a series of works that have just been completed.
Bonner said the oldest piece on display likely will hail from 1972, on up to three pieces that recently have been completed.
He's hoping to finish one more, but the rigors of putting together a wild ride of more than 40 years might exclude that from happening.
It's a show Bonner has been planning for several months now, borrowing some of his works from private collections to display.
Bonner said it's in keeping with the spirit of Halloween and will offer a variety of pieces of art.
"Everything's going to be wild and exciting," he said. "There probably won't be a landscape in the bunch."
He's hoping approximately 50 "wild and crazy" pieces will be on display, many of them complementing the collection of fossils at the gallery.
While the show is set for Saturday, Bonner said the pieces likely will remain on display for a month.
There's no charge to view the exhibit.
The Keystone Gallery gift shop will be open, and there will be a series of new fossils on display as well.
Bonner isn't sure how many people the show will attract, but the gallery's 20th anniversary event drew in approximately 300 people.
Keystone Gallery is located 26 miles south of Oakley or 18 miles north of Scott City, adjacent to U.S. Highway 83.