Posted On 07/08/2013
SEK Art Fest is proud to bring you its first-ever exhibition, “Mining Memories.” Local and regional artists were given free rein to decorate 26 giant replica coal buckets, and the resulting works of art now line Broadway Street in Pittsburg’s historic downtown. The coal buckets represent a slice of history in a region known for its mining roots where almost one third of the nation’s bituminous coal was mined from the 1880s through the early 1900s.
University Bank had the pleasure of having artist Gary Lofts of Arma design their coal bucket. Gary has been a professional artist for the past 30 years and he earned a degree in art education from Pittsburg State University in 1997. He is currently the art teacher at Northeast High School in Arma, Kansas. His works include Immigrant Park in Pittsburg, the Centennial Mural in Arma, Kansas, the Café Del Rio murals in Pittsburg and Joplin, the Coconuts Grill in Joplin, the Miner’s Museum in Franklin, Kansas; fourteen Behavioral Unit murals at the Girard Hospital; and twelve 10’ x 30’ murals on canvas for the Northeast High School prom festivities over the past twelve years.