Kaw Valley Bank Stage at Redbud Park in NOTO
Photo credit: Ryan Ogle
The Story of our Mural:
The 30 foot is located in the Main bank 1110 N Kansas Ave. and was painted by John William Bashor in 1965. He painted the mural in his studio on a stretcher frame from which it was then removed to be cemented on a wooden panel at the bank. The 30 foot mural covers 145 square feet and is done in linen canvas.
The theme of the mural is based on early history from approximately 1859 to the 1900's and include scenes from Papan's Ferry, Old Garfield Park, Fire Station #1 in North Topeka, Citizens Bank and Kansas Pacific Railroad Station to name a few. There are also many well known Kansans painted in the mural to include Arthur Capper, John Brown and Oren Curtis. The mural is now listed in the Topeka Public Art Guide as one of the 20 public art destinations in Topeka
About the Artist:
John Bashor was born March 11, 1926 in Newton, Kansas. Majoring in art, he received his B.A. from Washburn University and his M.F.A. from the State of University of Iowa. Some of his main exhibitions include Nelson Art Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri; the Magnificent Mile in Chicago; and the American Water Color Society in New York.
Mr Bashor's numerous awards include the Mid-American Annual -First Purchase Award- Water Color, 1952; the Missouri Valley Annual- Morgan Prize- Pil, 1949, 1951; and the Kansas Free Fair- Sweepstakes, 1951.