Thursday, December 8, 2011

A lazy Thursday & Blackbear Bosin artwork

Today I did not change out of my yoga clothes after class. I just did a few things around the house and read blog posts. So, I do not have an outfit to show you. I will show you more of my collection.

Blackbear Bosin prints
Top print is "The Challenge"
Bottom print is my favorite " Wichita, My Son"
It shows Native Americans from the past looking into the the city as it would be in the future.
 From Wikipedia "Blackbear Bosin (June 5, 1921–August 9, 1980) was a Comanche-Kiowa sculptor and painter also known as Tsate Kongia." He lived in Wichita from the 1940's until his death in 1980.  He lived not too far from where we did in the 1970's and we would often see him walking in the neighborhood. He is one of my favorite artists.

He created a sculpture called "Keeper of the Plains" which stands at the confluence of the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers. (Note: In Kansas, the Arkansas river is the R-Kan-sas not R-Kan-saw.)  It sits near the Mid-America All-Indian Center, which has a wonderful museum. The Keeper was placed on a man-made promontory and there are firepots which surround it that are lit at different times of the evening. It is a beautiful sight to see. I've included links so that you can find out more if you would like. The Keeper is a much loved symbol of Wichita's heritage.

From Wikipedia
From Kansas Travel


  1. Thank you for sharing this info about "Keeper of the Plains" - I'd heard of it, but did not know the origins. Your prints are wonderful too, and you seem to really appreciate them.

  2. Beautiful collection! I learned to appreciate this type of art when we were in Arizona!
    i am particularly fond of the jewelry I bought on the reservations!

  3. Interesting Debbi. I had never heard about the Keeper. Do you read any of the Native American authors?

  4. The prints are absolutely beautiful! Can't wait to see more of your artwork! Hugs! ~Serene

  5. I really like that second painting! How cool that you got to see one of your favorite artists walking around!

  6. If you decide to head east for a holiday, the Rockwell Museum of Western Art in Corning, NY has the largest collection of Western-themed art east of the Mississippi. And we could do a blogger meetup!

    I'm trying to talk Shybiker into making a roadtrip to see the Corning Museum of Glass with me, it's truly spectacular!

  7. If you ever see a Wichita My Son for sale please let me know. I have been searching but with no luck. I have three of his other works and since I grew up in Wichita , and now live in San Diego I would like a piece of my "home" to be with me.